Last couple of years were dominated by Hunger Games novels and movie. The first book opens with children being selected to fight till the end. The anxiety the characters feel during the selection process is extremely intense and all to familiar. According the National Institute of Mental Health, Anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias) affect approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder. These are stagerring numbers. We are not playing Hunger Games but Anxiety Games.
Although I use a cognitive and behavioral approach to resolve anxiety, stress, depression, and sleep disorders, which often come with anxiety, my approach is more in-depth than that commonly used by other therapists. Generally cognitive and behavioral concepts may be helpful for some, however I find that they are too superficial, and therefore don’t get to the core reasons that trigger these disorders.
To bring about meaningful and lasting change, I have expanded on CBT to address core underlying factors associated with anxiety. Once these core factors are identified, I provide insight and strategies to help you work through them right away.
Having experienced anxiety in the past myself, I quickly atune to clients needs and assist in bring about awareness of core issues by using a variety of techniques but specifically peeling layers of an onion. In therapy you will also learn about the two types of nervous systems in your body and how to control them. Many clients come to me after having tried other therapists and self-help. They often report my direct approach helped them learn more in the first few sessions with me than they have working with their original therapists for years.
Common self help treatments include, but not limited to:
Get enough sleep
Thinking happy thoughts
Do not compare yourself to others
Practice deep breathing