Anxiety

Anxiety, at one time or another, is a fact of life.  Many people experience feelings of anxiousness when facing stressful situations or important decisions.  An Anxiety disorder, however, is a serious mental illness and can interrupt a person's ability to lead a normal life. For people with anxiety disorders, irrational worry and fear are overpowering and relentless. There are several different anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. The symptoms for these disorders vary, but all generally include some type of extreme, irrational fear and feelings of dread. Many people with an anxiety disorders also have physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, tension headaches, nausea, or muscle weakness. Anxiety disorders (characterized by at least six months of symptoms) are fairly common, affecting about 18% of the population. A mental health professional can be helpful in dealing with normal feelings of anxiety as well as specific anxiety disorders.

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It’s important to explore the underlying thoughts, feelings, and related experiences associated with anxiety as well as the body’s response to stress. My training in working with anxiety includes ways to calm the physical stress response and reshape the body’s response to trigger events, as well as a variety of options for exploring and changing the accompanying thoughts and feelings.

Anxiety often stems from worries about the future or unknown experiences. I work with clients using a variety of methods including desensitization, thought record, somatic work, grounding, and mindfulness.

Anxiety is our brain\'s way of trying to \'do something\' to change a hard situation, but it often results in us simply treading water (or barely even staying afloat), and it can be debilitating. Together we will brave the waters and calm that impulse to help you actually be able to find your center and go with the flow.

We are all wired to sense threats to safety and survival. Being constantly on-guard, though, is exhausting both physically and emotionally and we long to feel safe and to thrive. I work with clients to understand and befriend this adaptive response, calm the chronic or traumatic distress, and build emotional resilience in the safety of the client-therapist relationship.

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point, but for some the anxiety is so frequent or intense that it interferes with their lives or even triggers panic attacks. I collaborate with my clients on the development of skills to reduce the frequency or intensity of the anxious feelings, to tolerate the anxiety when it does occur, and to practice habits that reduce stress and improve mental health.

Anxiety is a common condition in which the person excessively worries about a variety of different topics or a specific topic or experience. This worry is excessive and uncontrollable and associated with additional symptoms of anxiety. Firefly clinicians are available to provide support from a relational and cognitive behavioral approach to reduce stress and worry and engage in life.

Anxiety is often associated with stress, which may infact be more closely associated with anticipation, fear, and cognitions, that is beliefs and notions that leads to believe the interpretations we have about ourselves, others and the situations we may find ourselves in. Unraveling what is real and what is not is our gaol to regain balance.

I have extensive experience working with individuals with anxiety disorders and have found acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness training and compassion focused therapy to be particularly helpful.

Probably one of the most common complaints express by people today which can range from a long-term condition to a situation in your life where there just doesn't seem to be enough time to manage all your responsibilities in a balanced way, feeling a sense of well-being rather than a constant state of stress. I rely on a number of therapeutic approaches to help you find a healthier way to live.

Anxiety is very common - we all experience it to some degree, but when it keeps you from doing the things that you love and are important to you, a change is needed. It can be a result of over-analyzing or over-thinking situations to the point that it no longer serves you. I will help you “get out of your head” and embrace your inner strength to enjoy the things that are important to you.

Experienced in mindfulness based CBT for anxiety

From a somatic perspective, anxiety can be framed as a fight/flight/freeze response to distress. In 'the wild' animals are able to run away, fight or play dead. This response goes away when danger has left. I work with clients to remember how to recognize these bodily responses and be able to tap into our organic ability to come back to baseline after stress.

As a practicum student, I worked primarily with issues of anxiety. I was able to research and practice treatment while in Graduate School.

I have over 20 years experience and expertise guiding others to live differently and more skillfully with anxiety., panic and OCD. I understand anxiety from first-hand experience and can attest to evidence-based practices that work.

There are tons of reasons to experience anxiety in the world we live. Anxious feelings and the struggles it creates is a central part of my practice. I work with you to become more grounded and calm in the hectic world we live. I blend narrative therapy, mindfulness practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, to reduce levels of anxiety.

I specialize in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, phobias or panic attacks. I also focus on working with individuals navigating post-trauma recovery and living with PTSD. I use tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and other current trauma informed modalities to create an individually-tailored therapeutic approach for my clients.

I utilize a multifaceted approach to the treatment of anxiety incorporating mindfullness, CBT and DBT techniques as well as mini meditation.

The theoretical orientation I was trained in focused heavily on the causes and treatment of anxiety. In addition to my undergraduate and graduate training, I have had over 9 years experience diagnosing and treating individuals with various types of anxiety diagnoses.

I have experience working with a range of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety, OCD, and other ways that this can manifest. I generally work on coping skills using mindfulness and a zen focus, along with practical behavioral interventions.

Anxiety can be experienced as fatigue, restlessness, racing/ unwanted thoughts, excessive worry, fear, anger, feeling of impending doom and insomnia. Phew! Those experiences can cause self-esteem to plummet, social phobia to rise and make everyday experiences that seem like they should be normal and easy exceptionally difficult. Together we can move towards a different experience.

Having worked with hundreds of pre-teens and teens over my career as a school counselor, I have an acute understanding of the anxiety experienced by many young people. I have advanced training from the Portland DBT institute and have read extensively about CBT and DBT interventions for anxiety.

Sometimes worries about life events, social situations, or general worry impact how a person lives their day to day life and I will work with you to move towards personal values with self-compassion.

Anxiety is a chaotic and overwhelming experience of feeling lost and out of control. It is our body's way of letting us know that safety is nowhere to be found. By cultivating a safe and trusting client-therapist relationship, we can explore what your system might need to feel more settled, trusting, and connected to yourself.

Having worked extensively in the area of grief and loss, anxiety is often a presenting symptom; working with clients to identify source of anxiety and either illuminate skills they have or help them find identify/learn skills to regulate the anxiety is part of the therapy process.

I incorporate a mindfulness-based approach to working with anxiety, working to help others change their relationship to their own anxious thoughts. Mindfulness can help us focus on the present moment rather than on feelings of worry or panic, meaning anxious thoughts become temporary, and are no longer viewed as reflections of reality.

Anxiety can be debilitating. This is where my passion lies: in helping you overcome the effects of anxiety so that you can live a peaceful, more meaningful, and fulfilling life. No one needs to suffer. I utilize evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy to help individuals dealing with anxiety.

Too much education, training, and experience to list here.

I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders utilizing CBT. Anxiety is a challenging part of life that affects most people at some point. In my experience, anxious thoughts can multiply and start a downward spiral that affects self esteem, confidence, and self worth. Becoming aware of these thoughts and finding where you can stop the spiral can greatly impact the power anxiety has over your life.

In working with individuals suffering from anxiety I have found that it is an inability to properly identify and manage the body's emotional experience that leads to the distress. I utilize emotion focused therapy to identify the negative emotional experience and together with the client develop healthier coping strategies to deal with that emotion.

We all experience anxiety to one degree or another! I offer methods of self soothing and regulation to help ease the load.

Whether it is fleeting or chronic, we all experience anxiety in our lives. Sometimes we need to process through it and feel better, sometimes we need more structure and tools to add to our toolbox. The majority of my clients seek counseling to work through life's anxieties, and I offer support and help you find your own strength to move through the anxiety.

Anxiety is the unpleasant experience of excessive worry, fear, and stress that can interfere with daily activities and your ability to rest/relax. Anxiety can manifest in repetitive thoughts and acute physical symptoms, such as heart-racing and difficulty breathing. I have had success treating anxiety with a combination of relaxation, problem-solving, and graded exposure exercises.

EMDR and Neurofeedback both provide a way for the nervous system to get out of fight/flight/freeze mode so that you can live from a calm and balanced body.

The body let's us know how it's doing through feelings of anxiety, fear, and panic. By learning how to attend to and care for these feelings, we can re-pattern how we respond to the circumstances of our life, which are often unpredictable. Empathy and body attunement are the tools we use here.

Anxiety is such a shapeshifter, and seems to be a nearly unavoidable companion of the modern era. Learning to recognize & diminish signs & symptoms, as well as transform how we relate to anxiety can facilitate movement, new experience, and a sense of relief from dominating impact.

Sometimes anxiety is situational and makes sense and other times it makes no sense at all. Anxiety is uncomfortable and scary. I approach anxiety by addressing unresolved issues from your past that is instigating your anxiety, while teaching you mindfulness, breathing and cognitive coping skills for continuous self-management.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming. I help clients learn tools to cope with feelings of panic, anxiety and stress. I believe using food, mindfulness and cognitive techniques can be helpful in conquering anxiety.

Anxiety can be debilitating, and my focus is to help explore what may be at the root of your anxiety symptoms and how to best help relieve these symptoms.

I have been working with students and clients to help them overcome anxiety since 2003. I utilize two pronged approach to treating anxiety, first by teaching my clients skills and techniques such as mindfulness practice to help them cope with and reduce anxiety. Second, I work with clients to uncover the root causes of anxiety and help them process those causes in our therapeutic sessions.

Anxiety serves as a protective factor that warns of possible danger. However, when experienced excessively, anxiety is frequently devastating/debilitating. Fortunately, several effective modalities can provide relief. My therapeutic approach aims to help people gain mind-body awareness, employ coping skills, and bolster their self-concept by utilizing ACT, CBT, and compassion focused therapy.

I have received extensive training in treating generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder. I have been trained in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy to treat these issues.

I can help you to feel less anxious and experience more security and self-confidence through a guided mindfulness based process

Today, everyone experiences anxiety in some form. I help people who are suffering from anxiety increase their awareness so they can better manage the thoughts which keep them from being able to enjoy life. I help people learn to live with anxiety in a healthy way rather than trying to avoid it or hide it.

Anxiety can make it hard for us to connect with people around us, and affects a huge part of our community. Almost all my clients have experienced some form of anxiety.

Anxiety can interfere with daily life, causing you to feel so nervous that you don’t follow through on plans or do what you want to. Anxiety often manifests in the body as an upset feeling in your stomach, tense muscles or a rapid heart rate. FHT is a process that allows you to connect to your body and soothe your fears and anxieties.

Anxiety is something that affects us all. You may have anxiety about a specific situation (a problem at work, social anxiety) or it may be more generalized and your anxiety involves deeper existential questions. Together we can explore the causes and effects of these intense emotions.

Stomach churning. Palms sweating. Heart racing. Sometimes, our bodies know we're anxious before we do. My approach to anxiety sees you as a whole person, taking into consideration your family context, life events, strengths, and hopes for the future. It can get better.

I have a solid background using mindfulness along with other evidence based interventions (CBT, ACT, DBT) to support individuals struggling with anxiety.

Through the utilization of techniques grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness practice, my goal is to create a safe space to explore my clients anxiety and triggers. With awareness and specific techniques aimed at symptom reduction, you can resume a life that you can enjoy and truly experience.

I specialize in social anxiety and phobia. I use a narrative and mindfulness approach to normalize and limit fears of social engagement.

In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness, observing your thoughts and feelings is a basic tenant that allows you to shift your perspective to a secure and grounded state so that positive and effective action may take place in the presence of disruptive events. Anxiety has a way of disrupting our experience of a natural flow state. Anxiety begets anxiety.

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