Hi! I’m Dr. Tannah Chase. I am a licensed psychologist, and my area of expertise and passion is anxiety. In fact, I’ve made it my life’s work to help people overcome all forms of anxiety, including some of the most intense forms, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ve decided to start a weekly blog to provide some of the tools and tips I’ve learned along the way- things that have helped both my clients and myself.
Before diving in, I’d like to begin by clearly laying out my mission and intentions to ensure that we’re all on the same page…
To inform and, thereby, diminish stigma surrounding anxiety and psychological health.
Unfortunately, psychological health is a topic that is not built into the standard education system, nor is it built into standard parenting classes. As a result, we all live our lives managing our struggles the best we can amidst all of the mixed messages and misconceptions we receive from society about psychological health and processes. My goal is to provide information about psychological health- specifically the broad area of anxiety- that is based in cutting-edge science- not pseudoscience. That being said, it is also important to understand that, of all of the scientific fields, psychology is one of the youngest and most difficult to investigate, given it’s abstract and intangible nature. In other words, psychology is an ever-evolving field, in which there is still much to learn and discover. For example, did you know that we know more about space than we do about the human brain?!… I digress… My hope is that I can begin to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about anxiety and psychological health, so that you can know that you’re not alone in the universe and you can be more equipped to overcome your personal struggles.
To increase courage and kindness in the world.
I realize this may sound cheesy or cliché to some folks- sort of like when the girls in the Ms. America pageants say, “I wish for world peace.” But, truly, this world can sometimes seem so awful, especially when you watch the news. When there are so many people prioritizing their own fears out there and striking fears into the hearts of others, it’s easy to forget that there’s a lot of courage and kindness out there too. It’s also easy to lose hope that things can change. Take it from someone who has heard personal accounts of some of the worst horror stories you can imagine. If I can still witness and experience hope and change after that, I know you can too. My philosophy is that, we may not be able to eliminate all of the evil in this world, but we can always add good to it. If there’s something you want to see more of, ADD IT! I want to see more courage and kindness, so I am going to add it the best I can. I may not be perfect at it, but I’ll never stop trying.
This blog is not a replacement for therapy.
In this blog, I will provide information, tips, and tools for understanding and managing anxiety, but overcoming anxiety and personal growth are life-long processes. I hate to break it to you, but there is no quick and easy magic eraser for anxiety and struggle. Allow me to re-emphasize– overcoming anxiety and personal growth are ongoing, life-long processes. Furthermore, there are rich experiential learning and relationship processes that ocurr in therapy that cannot be supplemented with a blog (or book, podcast, alcohol, etc…). Also, you might have specific, individual needs and goals that don’t quite map onto this blog. Unlike a blog, a therapist can tailor this information to your individual needs and goals. I encourage you and everyone in the world to try therapy, but until that day comes, I hope this blog is a great start for you.
To reach a broad, diverse audience with diverse values.
I will try my best to speak inclusively to a wide range of people, cultures, ethnicities, orientations, religious/spiritual beliefs, etc. I encourage you to take from this what is most helpful for you and what is most in line with your personal values. All I can do is give you information, and it is up to you to apply it how you will, given your unique personality, background, beliefs, and values.
In this blog, I will be discussing a variety of topics related to anxiety and courage (e.g., worry, control, perfectionism, values, vulnerability, spirituality, and so on). In my next couple of blog posts, I plan to define what anxiety actually is and unpack what I mean by “Anxious Courage.” My hope is that this blog provides you with information and insight that empowers you to overcome anxiety, enhance courageousness, and live life more fully. If this is something that resonates with you, I encourage you to follow me!
Have courage and kind wishes!
Tannah E. Chase, Ph.D.
The Anxiety Counseling Clinic, P.L.L.C.