Life can be challenging. Expected and unexpected events can overwhelm us. Many children, adolescents and adults struggle with strong emotions for a variety of reasons. When these feelings begin to interfere with regular activities and decrease quality of life, it may be time to seek therapeutic support.
Therapy need not be a life-long endeavor. Many benefit from the opportunity to gain understanding and develop increased skills for handling life’s challenges.
Anxiety can take the form of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Panic Disorder. I utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to help the client understand the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Utilizing a cognitive approach, I teach the client to challenge their anxious thoughts and take control in a positive way. For younger children, I utilize a more behavioral approach and teach parents the skills to partner with their children in overcoming and managing their anxious feelings.
Depression can be debilitating. It may appear suddenly or take over gradually. Individuals experiencing decreased enjoyment in activities previously enjoyed, demonstrating sleep or eating disturbances or appearing lethargic or withdrawn may be depressed. With proper treatment, these symptoms can be decreased. Utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), clients can learn to challenge negative thinking patterns and systematically engage in behaviors to enhance overall well-being. CBT can increase understanding of the connections between thoughts, feelings and behaviors and allow the client to take action through modification of thoughts and behaviors to increase positive feelings.
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