Anxiety can be a normal part of life when faced with stressors such as transitions in one's life, changes in relationships, a new born child, a death, or making decisions. When anxiety is persistent and interferes with daily functioning, it can be a symptom of a mental health diagnosis.
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- Hope. ANXIETY & PTSD are treatable! Many people have healed from the hurts and frustrations that have fueled their anxiety related symptoms and we believe you can too. Research shows that when a person participates in either therapy, a prescription for medication, or a combination of the two they can successfully treat their anxiety.
- Get to know you and assess your current situation. We greatly value your perspectives and hopes for your life, so you will notice that we ask lots of questions to better understand your situation and how we can be the best help to you and those you care about the most.
- We create a plan together. Because we trust your understanding of yourself, and also trust our understanding of anxiety & PTSD, we like to work with you as a team to create a plan that will successfully treat your anxietyt.
- Treatment: We use specialized approaches to treating your anxiety & PTSD. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is at the forefront of our treatment for anxiety and PTSD. EMDR is an evidenced based approach that has been used for the last twenty five years in successfully treating these symptoms. We are shocked to notice that many people don't even recognize they are suffering from symptoms of PTSD when they come and see us for the first time. No worries, we can help! We have found clients notice marked improvements when they actively participate in a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), bibliotherapy, and EMDR (along with other treatments). We also use scored inventories to track your progress.
- Follow up. After you have successfully completed a course of treatment, it is very normal to schedule some booster sessions to help you maintain the gains you experienced during therapy.
Some of the signs of anxiety include the following:
- Racing thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Sleep difficulties
- Sudden periods of intense fear
- Pounding heart
- Sweating - not due to temperature
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Feeling of impending doom
- Panic Attacks
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Some ways to cope with anxiety
There are many ways to cope with anxiety. Finding regular practices that work for you is most important. Consult with your primary care physician or psychiatrist when anxiety becomes persistent or unmanageable. A few coping skills when struggling with anxiety might include:
- Reaching out to or creating a support system (i.e. family/friends, counselors, psychiatrists, or support groups)
- Deep breathing - filling your lungs up from the bottom of the lungs first to the top of the lungs, and then slowly exhaling
- Grounding exercises - i.e. counting objects or colors in your surroundings using your five senses (grounding)
- Avoiding caffeinated beverages
- Healthy diet
- Creative arts - some clients really enjoy the adult coloring books that have been trending lately
- Calming music
- Change the meaning of what is