Anxiety Disorders & Treatment
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health issues facing kids and adults, and for many can be debilitating. For some, it can feel as though their entire lives are run by their anxiety. Fortunately, anxiety is also a very treatable disorder.
I use a combination of talk therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy mostly), lifestyle changes, stress management and relaxation training that are proven to help you manage your anxiety and put you back in charge of your life. I provide all of my clients with tools they can use every day to manage their anxiety, and I'll start teaching you those tools in the very first session.
Types of anxiety disorders I specialize in are:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Consistent sleep is an integral part of mental and physical health. If you've been struggling with insomnia, you know how hard it can be to fall asleep or stay asleep and how difficult it can feel to cope with every day life because you are so tired. Insomnia can be triggered by stress, aging, lifestyle, mental disorders, chronic pain and many other reasons.
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an effective research based and short term form of therapy that provides you with tools and techniques that have lasting effects. Sessions will focus on the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that maintain insomnia and typically takes 6-8 sessions to complete. CBT-I helps reduce or eliminate sleep medications and your doctor can be included in the treatment to help you decided how and when to stop using them. This treatment is covered by insurance because insomnia is a medical condition. If you would like more information, contact me for a free consultation to see how CBT-I can help you.
Stress is a big part of modern life for most, but it is important to know that chronic, unmanaged stress can lead to physical and mental health issues. Through lifestyle changes, learning to manage your thoughts, improving your support system, setting healthy boundaries and relaxation training, you can learn to take control of the stress in your life. Stress management is a stand alone treatment and is also incorporated into treatment for anxiety and insomnia.
If you have never seen a psychotherapist, you might wonder what happens in therapy. To get started, we will set up an intake appointment where we will discuss what brought you to counseling in detail. I'll also gather information about you and your history. The intake paperwork will be emailed to you so you can complete it online before the session and we will go over it when we meet.
In the beginning stages of therapy, we will ideally meet weekly; however, if it does not fit with your schedule or financial situation, you can stretch sessions out to every other week. When appropriate, sessions can occur even less frequently until your goals are met. As part of the type of therapy I do, you will have homework to help you practice the skills you learn in the session and keep you focused on achieving your goals.
The time your psychotherapy treatment will take depends on several factors, but it typically takes between two to six months. Some things require less sessions and some things require more, but you can always discuss your particular situation with me. I most often utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Oriented Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in treatment. I also like to teach relaxation skills including visualization to help with relaxation and stress management.
People often wonder if they should see a therapist or not. My advice is always that if the issue you are dealing with is affecting your relationships, health, sleep, ability to concentrate, job or any other area of your life, it is time to seek help. The first step of reaching out is always the hardest, but you truly don't have to face this alone. I am here to help whenever you are ready and will work hard to make you feel comfortable and safe from the very beginning.