Anxiety & Depression
Do you feel down most of the time? Do you have trouble doing activities you used to find enjoyable?
Are you overwhelmed by fear? Do you experience racing thoughts that cause you chronic worry?
Maybe you find yourself experiencing more anger and irritability than in the past, or having less energy, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time.
Everyone feels sad or anxious once in awhile. The idea that if you aren’t happy all the time, then you’re doing something wrong, just sets you up for disappointment. Life has ups and downs and can be very stressful, but if these thoughts or feelings are what you experience most of the time, then you may have an anxiety or depressive disorder.
Anxiety and depression are common conditions and very treatable. Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, and at any time, 3 – 5% of people have a major depressive disorder (ADAA)?
You are a unique individual, and because of that, there is not one type of therapy that will work for every person. At Get Centered Counseling you will receive individualized care. I will work closely with you to help you understand the underlying causes of anxiety and depression. We will look at the ways you have tried to deal with these issues in the past, and we'll uncover the useful tools you have already learned, while helping you to build new and more effective strategies. Research has shown that anxiety and depression are decreased when people act in ways that are congruent with their values. By getting to know you, and better understanding the world from your point of view, I will work with you to explore what is most important to you and ways in which you can take action to live your life in balance with your values.
Grief is most often associated with the loss of a person, but it is actually a reaction to any type of loss. Everyone grieves differently. Some people are able to grieve and then resume their normal lives, while others find it difficult to find any relief from the grief. Just as grief will look different for everyone, so will the process for how you and I will work together. Some people do not need to attend counseling for their grief, but others may experience persistent grief, which is impacting their every day life and overall values. You can learn more about grief here.
Are you overcome by intense sadness? Maybe you are preoccupied with the loss or circumstances surrounding it? Are you intensely angry or bitter? Maybe you are having trouble connecting to the happy memories or avoiding a reminder of the deceased?
When you come to see me, we will spend time building a safe, trusting environment. You will feel accepted and comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings without the worry of being judged. I will help you to understand the grief process, and I will work to understand your beliefs around loss. Together we will explore ways to help you manage your symptoms more effectively, and we'll develop new tools to deal with the internal, private events (thoughts, feelings, and memories) which cause you pain. When the time is right, we will examine your values to discover what it is that you view as most important, and then we will look for ways that will allow you to start living in accordance with those values. Sometimes in counseling, people have found ways to honor the deceased through this process.
What can you do?
If you think you are experiencing anxiety, depression and/or grief, I can help you.