Anxiety and Depression Counseling
Has anxiety or depression hijacked your life?
Have you been feeling blue or on-edge and realize that these feelings have made it difficult to attend to life or engage with others in a meaningful way?
Do you find that you either are consumed by worry and can’t stop the negative thoughts or feel so inadequate and hopeless you don’t see any point in trying to engage with your life?
You know that you need to take care of yourself, but – as hard as you try – you find you aren’t sleeping well or eating right or spending time with the people in your life.
Do you feel powerless to change anything significant?
While feeling blue and feeling on-edge are simplistic descriptions of the more complex psychological states of depression and anxiety, either one or the other (or both) has brought you to this page. So, while you are here, let’s explore these two states, discuss why it is important to do so, and how you can work towards greater clarity, more energy, and a richer life.
On the outside, you have it all together. On the inside, you aren’t sure how you are making it through each day or you feel like a fake. Actually, you know you are faking it, because either you want to just go home and hide under the covers or you want to break everything in sight – and no one else knows that! That authentic and meaningful life you desire seems very out of reach.
Lots of us have been hijacked by depression or anxiety.
If it seems as though others around you are often irritated or down, you are probably right. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18% of the U.S. adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder, with almost 34% experiencing an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.
Depression is the second most prevalent disorder, with an estimate of almost 7% of the adult population experiencing the symptoms of major depressive disorder. Thus, both anxiety and depression are quite common in the US, and they are likely to affect each of us either directly or via someone we are connected to.
And, these statistics include only the conditions that are diagnosable and that have been reported. Not included are the individuals who suffer in silence, don’t seek treatment, or experience negative (but not diagnosable) symptoms and the costs associated with those symptoms.
There is a bright side. Working with a compassionate and skilled counselor, you can address the hijacking and begin to reengage with life.
Counseling can help you create a plan of attack.
Most of us experience circumstances that trigger either anxiety or depression, and our genetics are a factor in how we naturally respond to these circumstances. While we cannot control the external circumstances, we can work out a plan to change the outcomes. In a very general sense, what we want to do is to help you build resilience. Resilience is the factor that distinguishes those who can work easily through the tough situations in life and those who struggle more. We can’t necessarily change the genetic factors that impact our mental health, but resilience is something you can develop or improve.
While each of our counselors have varying preferences for how to treat anxiety and depression, some of the strategies we use to help you develop or increase your resilience and, thus, reduce anxiety and depression, include:
Gaining awareness of anxiety and depression triggers
Increasing your understanding of how anxiety and depression manifests in your psychological, emotional, and physical state
Developing a self-care plan to both help you manage anxiety and depression and to prevent or shorten relapses
Providing customized, practical intervention exercises/tools/apps that work with your lifestyle
Integrating positive wiring to reframe negative or worst-case scenario mindsets
Integrating mindfulness techniques
Helping you to increase the amount of self-compassion and kindness you show yourself
Developing and improving the quality of your relationships and connections to others