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.
Local Experts in Anxiety
I have extensive training & experience helping people address & reduce generalized anxiety, social phobia, panic, trauma-related anxiety, existential anxiety, and more. I use various approaches and techniques depending on the person and the anxiety, including mindfulness, exposure techniques, challenging anxious thoughts, improving insight/awareness, processing experiences, & creating closure.
There are a variety of counseling techniques that are helpful in the treatment of anxiety symptoms. Mindfulness techniques are particularly effective as they allow for an increasing awareness of the external triggers and subsequent thought processes that lead to anxiety. Body-focused therapies are also proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety.
We'll work together to find your strengths and coping skills and then use a combination of mindfulness-based practices and cognitive therapy to reduce anxiety.
Anxiety is one of the most commonly experienced human emotions. However, if you are feeling worried more often than not, if reassurance and checking is no longer helping reduce anxiety, or you find yourself avoiding things that might cause anxiety, you may be experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Therapy can help you regain control of your life and put your anxiety back in it's place.
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.
For over ten years I have worked with clients and anxiety. Some with only a single phobia to others with severe trauma (PTSD). I have had great success with school-aged children and teens with separation anxiety and general anxiety.
Many of my clients struggle with either underlying issues of anxiety and/or depression. I have worked in individual, couples and group settings addressing both anxiety and depression.
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.
Part of the Existential philosophy that guides my practice is the acceptance that Anxiety is a part of being human. Awareness that our time is limited, and ultimately we alone are responsible with what we do with our lives, creates a natural anxiety. When this anxiety rises to a distressing level, therapy helps to recalibrate, and transform that energy into fuel for a self-directed life.
Life can be traumatic. Our brains are structured in relationship. My ongoing training in interpersonal neurobiology enables me to understand the way your brain is uniquely wired in the face of a threat. I will help you uncover the precipitants that make you anxious so you will no longer feel helpless in the face of anxiety which can feel crippling and seems to come out of nowhere.
Anxiety is a normal part of life - until it becomes so overwhelming, until it becomes so overwhelming that it shuts us down. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical therapy and mindfulness techniques which have been shown to effectively lessen or eliminate extreme anxiety symptoms.
I have worked with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety throughout my career. I approach anxiety with a mixture of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches.
Nature is a true sedative. People who participate in nature based activities in or out of therapy are more calm. We add professional therapist to the mix and see wonderful results.
Experienced in mindfulness based CBT for anxiety
Many of us come to counseling with some sort of an issue like anxiety, depression, or low self esteem. I believe that these \'issues\' are actually pathways inward to wholeness and freedom. Anxiety is life force energy that is stuck, obstructed or unchanneled. The more we clear fear, resistance and doubt from our systems, the more usefully our life force energy will flow.
A little bit of anxiety is not a bad thing, however when we experience too much anxiety, it can be overwhelming and crippling. Our therapists can help clients cope by getting to the root of the anxiety and learning a variety of techniques aimed at reducing stress and suffering.
Anxiety can be a response a daily stressor or can be rooted in past traumas. For some, it can feel like they have been struggling with symptoms for most of their lives and for others it may be intermittent. With the right support and guidance you can learn to access the internal resources needed to step back, change our perception of a situation and experience life with less stress and more ease.\n
Using tools and approaches from my special training in mindfulness and somatic-based approaches, I have supported many clients to gain the skills needed to reduce and even eliminate the overwhelming feeling of anxiety. To treat anxiety, I often draw specifically from proven techniques found in CBT, DBT, and Sensorimotor psychotherapy approaches, and will soon be learning EMDR.
Anxiety can arrise in people's lives for various reasons; difficulty coping with life changes, relationship conflict, unresolved trauma, biological predisposition or living a lifestyle that is incompatible with your core beliefs or values. I treat Anxiety through a combination of finding ways to cope and reduce anxiety in the moment, and inviting clients to explore options for deeper healing.
I utilize Mindfulness practices
Anxiety disorders are fairly common but can at times be very uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating. I most often treat individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. I find that by teaching clients about Cognitive Distortions, behavioral coping strategies, mindfulness techniques, and stress reduction techniques, anxiety symptoms can be managed.
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.
I teach emotion-body/mental-pattern awareness, and what to do with that awareness. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, body centered psychotherapies and Yogic techniques to show you how to manage anxiety. I have practiced Kundalini Yoga for over 25 years and can teach you to make use of breathing techniques to calm the nervous system at will.
I have decades of experience treating and experimenting with tools to alleviate debilitating feelings of anxiety and worry. I work with you to develop a strengths-based understanding of your worry. Coupled with evidence-based deliberate breathwork can provide lasting effectiveness with physiological reduction of stress in the body and mind.
Worrying has been described as using your creativity to imagine a future you do not want. Let's redirect that valuable creative energy and use it to help you feel calmer, safer, and more fulfilled. We'll also identify your other strengths and gifts and see how they can help you find peace and move through life's challenges.
I have helped many clients learn new skills to cope with symptoms of anxiety, and to understand how their anxiety developed.
I have extensive experience with anxiety disorders, chronic worry, and panic attacks. As someone who had her first panic attack at age 14, I can not only empathize with people who struggle with anxiety, but have learned many amazing tips and tricks along the way in my own journey towards health!
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.
Is intense worry getting in your way some or most days? I specialize in helping people who suffer from a wide range of anxiety issues , from mild to severe--work through the underlying issues toward self regulation, connection, and a more fulfilled experience.
I use Biofeedback to help you learn simple, effective tools to manage and decrease anxiety. Combined with looking for the root cause of anxiety, having tools to use in daily life can be life-changing.
I have had training in evidence-based approaches to treating symptoms of anxiety. I have used these approaches for a number of years.
Using CBT and mindfulness techniques, I help clients find real solutions to manage anxiety.
For some folks anxiety may be debilitating and get in the way of living a fulfilling life. I think of anxiety as one of the greatest teachers we can listen to in the therapy room. Anxiety can signal a perceived threat or that your internal experience needs to be heard. Healing anxiety involves curiosity, compassion, deep listening, and coping skills to get you through the most difficult moments.
Anxiety is often a chaotic experience, and I approach counseling from several angles in order to support a client's awareness and understanding of their own process. With emotional, physiological and experiential clarity, a client can begin to notice patterns and feel empowered to make choices about their own experience.
Gaining an understanding of where the anxiety comes from can be helpful but isn't always enough. I work with clients to increase their emotional sense of safety and self assurance. We also work on strategies to better deal with anxiety-provoking situations.
I have extensive experience in treating anxiety challenges in all the associated presentations, such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, social phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, abuse, and impulse control.
Many adolescents struggle with anxiety. This can manifest as irritability, lashing out, diminished performance in school activities, and even social disconnection. I work with Teens to identify the source of anxiety and to learn effective coping skills to manage or resolve issues when they become triggered.
Anxiety is a symptom of uncertainty, experiencing the unknown, and the inability to quiet the \'noise\' that permeates our being. I believe in approaching anxiety with Mindfulness, desensitization, stream of consciousness to reveal what lies beneath the surface, and behavior modification.
Anxiety isn\'t always tightness in your chest or a panic attack. Sometimes it is thoughts you can\'t seem to slow down, shutting down in social situations, or becoming irritable with others. No matter what anxiety looks like for you, we can work together to increase your ability to observe what is happening and slow your thoughts, allowing you to feel in control again.
Anxiety is a great motivator, but it can also paralyze you and prevent you from living fully. Using mindfulness principles and practice, I will guide you in gaining the tools and confidence to face your fears and anxiety. Over time, you'll spend less energy worrying and more energy embracing whatever life brings you.
Anxiety can take many forms, what is consistent across the board is the discomfort of anxiety. In addition to talk therapy I introduce people to the aplha stim machine. Through micro current waves the brain moves from agitated state to a more relaxed brain wave...the alpha wave. Helpful anxiety, depression and sleep issues.
Anxiety becomes problematic when chronic repetitive thoughts, a sense of dread, or physical symptoms of nervousness get in the way of experiencing your life as it unfolds. We can work together to help you recognize anxiety when it gets activated inside you, manage the symptoms to limit distress, and decode the the information anxiety provides about your emotional and psychological life.
Currently a provider at NW Anxiety Institute, a clinic specializing in exposure response prevention
Anxiety can be debilitating, whether we experience it more in the body or we experience it cognitively. By learning how much our brain is intertwined with our nervous system, we begin to understand the inner wisdom of the body. I can help you on this journey by working with you to become more acutely aware of changes in your body. \n
I have received advanced training in treating anxiety via hypnotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I often use spiritual models to address anxiety as well.
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.
Methods of treatment used are evidence-based, supported by research, and by the American Psychological Association (APA). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention are the most scientifically supported methods of treating anxiety, so are the main methods I use in working with clients.
I have experience helping clients reduce and manage symptoms of anxiety. I use mindfulness techniques, teach body-awareness skills, and encourage the exploration of personal sense of meaning/purpose/direction to treat anxiety. I also offer individualized therapeutic Yoga sessions to compliment our work in counseling, empowering you with skills to calm your mind & body on a daily basis.
If you are struggling with feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, or stress that feels unmanageable, counseling can provide an opportunity to not only learn new ways of coping and managing the anxiety and stress, but also offers you a space to gain insight into patterns that are keeping you stuck, and ultimately, bring healing and wholeness to yourself.
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.
Panic, Fears and Phobias, OCD, Social Anxiety/Phobia, Agoraphobia, some body image concerns, Health Anxiety, General Anxiety
Living with anxiety can be painful and exhausting. When we learn to live in harmony with our anxiety and approach it from a place of acceptance rather than fighting with it, we can enjoy a more balanced life and even experience the ways in which anxiety can serve our creative and productive instincts. We will soothe the anxiety by gaining self-awareness and embracing our anxious parts.
I have cooperatively created, with my clients, successful individualized exposure procedures for those who struggled with anxiety, specifically social anxiety and PTSD.
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 use an approach that builds insight into the causes of anxiety, provides coping mechanisms for managing that anxiety, and support for the challenges involved.
Anxiety and depression can lead us to feeling stuck, limited in our relationships, and at a loss for where to turn. In some circumstances, these conditions are influenced by a specific situation, and in other cases they are a component of our biology. Through mindfulness training and cognitive behavioral therapy, we will develop an effective, skills-based plan that will bring you peace and joy.
Anxiety and Depression go together. Both can be helped with CBT/DBT/behavioral and supportive interventions. It is important to help the client make life decisions that create a healthy life as the first step and to reduce the suffering due to the symptoms through coping skills and a hopeful perspective. At times, medication may be helpful and I can help monitor this with the prescriber.
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.