Common Concerns

Anxiety

Have you found yourself with worries or fears that distract you from living fully? Do you feel it in your body (i.e. tense/rapid heart beat, sleeplessness)? You may be experiencing anxiety. There are excellent means to conquer these worries and it starts with asking for help. Common worries can include:

  • Fear of rejection/embarrassment.

  • Threat to your health.

  • Trauma or safety-threatening events.

  • Dire things happening to yourself or loved ones.

Relationship Issues

The heart of all healthy relationships is finding the balance between your needs/wants and their needs/wants. Therapy can be useful by:

  • Developing your assertiveness with others.

  • Accepting others for who they are.

  • Coping with the loss of a relationship where balance wasn’t possible.

  • Problems with sexual performance.

Depression

Mood concerns are the “common cold” of psychology as many people experience them at one point or another in their lives. Therapy can help with these concerns by breaking patterns in your thinking or actions that keep you from feeling stuck. It can be hard to break this pattern, but I would welcome the chance to help you do so and live more fully. Have you noticed:

  • Feeling sad or more irritable? Are your emotions becoming a challenge to control?

  • Is it harder to become motivated? Are things not as enjoyable lately?

Personal Growth

Personal growth is exactly that…personal. There isn’t a standard life path for everyone. We are each attempting to find our curving life path and maximize our potential along the way. I would be honored to guide you in that journey of learning more about yourself and being at peace with the aspects of who you are. Examples of personal growth concerns may include:

  • A successful career-driven woman/mother/wife/daughter/sister who learns that her self esteem is not defined by pleasing the needs of everyone around her simultaneously.

  • A young gay man who finds peace by integrating two seemingly contradictory parts of himself, his sexual identity and his spiritual values.

  • A middle-aged single woman who realizes her past negative experiences with men do not dictate her present. As such, she begins choosing partners who are truly trustworthy and is able to accept herself for who she is now.

  • A couple using food as a way of managing difficult emotions who discovers they are repeating patterns they learned from their own families. This prompts a mindful approach to change their lifestyle and activate new patterns for coping that feeds more than just their appetite.

Psychotherapy Approaches

As a psychological treatment and health education coordinator, I have designed, implemented, and/or led a multitude of programs to help those with anxiety and mood concerns such as:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, social anxiety, worry, panic, phobias, OCD (ERP), male sexual dysfunction, and impulse control problems

  • Mindfulness and Acceptance Commitment Therapy skills for mood and anxiety management

  • Integrated Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Managing Stress and Anger

  • Strength-Based Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for depression and relationship concerns

  • Clinical Hypnotherapy for physical problems that have a psychological component

Since the research-proven effectiveness of therapy approaches varies depending on individual factors and diagnosis, please ask about any of the above approaches if you are wondering what might work best for your specific concerns.