Anxiety and Mood Disorders
~ Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain. But you are not the rain ~Matt Haig
Anxiety and mood disorders can be debilitating and can make us want to pull away from life experiences.
Our symptoms can make us feel scared and out of control. And, areas of our functioning, such as our sleeping or eating patterns and our ability to engage with others fully can be impacted.
While painful, moving closer toward these thoughts and feelings with incremental steps in a careful manner can help us to overcome them.
We can take control of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors as opposed to them controlling us.
Therapy Can Help To:
Raise awareness of triggers and bodily sensations associated with symptoms
Learn strategies to regulate our emotions, often resulting in more desired behavior
Monitor and track moods to know when increased self care or emotional regulation strategies are needed
Our Work Together Could Entail:
Healthy lifestyle tips to reduce anxiety and depression as backed by research can be discussed. This can include exercise, healthy eating, specific supplements and food, time in nature and social interaction. Disclosure: As always, clients are encouraged to discuss any decision about their lifestyle with their physician. Information on supplements is given for psychoeducational purposes only but not recommended or prescribed.
While I am not a prescribing physician, I can provide education on the potential risks and benefits of medication and give referrals to psychiatric providers, if needed. And, collaboration with a psychiatric provider during your treatment process is offered.
Emotional regulation techniques can be discussed and tried. I see these as experiments and work with you to find one that might resonate with you.
Psychoeducation on the neuroscience behind our brain’s ability to change is provided – yes, we can actually change our brains to help in the reduction of symptoms and to overcome fears. I can attest to this as I overcame my own fear of public speaking. The brain is adaptable.
If performance or self image related issues are tied to your experience of anxiety or depression, we can address them, in part, with concepts from a self help technique, Psychocybernetics.
Evidence based theories used include: Client Centered, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Polyvagal Theory, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology – Self Image
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