When is anxiety and depression a problem?
All of us feel anxious and sad sometimes, which is a normal part of life. Anxiety and sadness run on a continuum from everyday stress to the heightened”fight or flight” response that is activated in trauma. Our brain is a problem-finding, problem-fixing machine. Our brain’s job is not to make us happy, but to keep us safe. And our brain is doing its job to keep us safe when it sends feelings of worry or anxiety or sadness as a danger signal. This is often a helpful warning, telling us to proceed with caution.
If sadness lingers, it often becomes depression which means you struggle to get out of bed, have problems concentrating, or have thoughts of death and suicide. Anxiety usually accompanies depression which means you may have agitation and worry thoughts in addition to being depressed. Our brains often get stuck in patterns of repeating the same unhelpful thoughts over and over and over again, for example worries about the future, safety, what others think about us, or if we’re good enough. Even if you know that there’s no immediate danger right now, you might be frustrated that you still feel anxious and feel stuck in depression. You can find peace of mind once your body and your mind can both agree that you’re safe right now in this moment, you’re a worthwhile person, and that there are things you can do to make yourself feel better.
I want to sit with you in your places of fear and help you discover lasting peace for yourself. Let’s talk together about what may be behind some of the symptoms and thoughts you are experiencing as well as what holistic support for you can look like. Using a science-based approach, I’ll teach you about how anxiety and depression do not have to become chronic conditions and help you learn evidenced-based ways of taking small and repeatable actions that will help build the life you’ve been dreaming of!
How can you help with anxiety & depression?
Using the latest in neuroscience like EMDR and mindfulness, I take a full history and identify symptoms that are bringing you dis-ease and discomfort right now with the utmost care and respect. I’ll teach you coping skills taken from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which will help you take small and manageable steps towards feeling better right now.
We’ll also discuss ways you can relax your nervous system, which really helps to retrain parts of your brain that are struggling to rest and believe in yourself. Using this tools in session and outside sessions will help build your self-confidence and courage. And as we move forward, I’ll show you ways to self-soothe, reshaping your nervous system and brain for states of calm and teach you ways of talking kindly to yourself while also not engaging in the negative thoughts.
And when you are ready and only when you are ready, we can use EMDR to engage in a gentle exploration of your past so we can get to the roots of your struggles and help you heal. You’ll learn how amazing you really are and you’ll experience freedom from pain, which is my mission for you and your care!
What are some great self-care practices you can suggest to help reduce anxiety + depression?
There are so many things you can do to help yourself feel good again, and with intentional practice, you can retrain your brain to feel more calm, relaxed, and uplifted. Sign up for my monthly newsletter and receive a beautiful gift of science-based approaches I have created to will help you to be kind to yourself. You can sign up for my monthly newsletter here.
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