ANXIETY

Healthy anxiety is a natural part of being human. It serves an important purpose which is to warn of danger and help keep us safe. Unfortunately for many people, anxiety can get out of control and interfere with being able to live their best life. If this sounds like you, please know you are not alone – an estimated 40 million people in the U.S. suffer with some form of anxiety each year.

With more than a decade of experience working with clients who have anxiety, I am passionate about helping people find relief from their symptoms. These may include:

Mental Symptoms of Anxiety                                           Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
•   Feeling nervous, restless, or tense                                  •   Increased heart rate
•   Impending sense of danger, panic, or doom                 •   Rapid breathing
•   Difficulty controlling worries                                             •   Sweating and/or trembling
•   Trouble concentrating or thinking                                   •   Gastrointestinal problems
•   Problems with sleep                                                           •   Feeling weak or tired

Although anxiety can feel very overwhelming, my clients learn that it can also become quite manageable. I use a variety of techniques and strategies to help them. These may include psychoeducation, processing anxiety-provoking thoughts and issues, teaching new coping skills, and creating a solid game plan for clients to implement what they have learned in our sessions into their everyday lives. I am also skilled at doing Exposure Therapy for clients who suffer from more complex and severe cases of anxiety. This method is truly about conquering your fears.

Whether you have had lifelong anxiety problems or specific events, situations or people are triggering your anxiety, I believe there is a way we can work through it together to relieve, or at the very least, reduce the symptoms that are interfering with your life and sense of well-being.

WOMAN’S ISSUES

As women, we experience many things in life that are specific to simply being female. Often, they are not talked about or may even be viewed as “problems,” when in fact they are important parts of our lives and development. Some of these issues are:

  • Being a wife, or becoming a divorcee’ or widow
  • Fertility, pregnancy, and miscarriage
  • Challenges of motherhood
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Hormonal changes and menopause
  • Becoming an empty nester
  • And even life simply not working out the way you thought it would

I know what most of these experiences are like because I have lived through many of them myself. I understand the confusion, pain, loss, and grief of these events as well as the personal growth, enhanced self-understanding, and true joy that emerges from working through these challenging situations and stages of life.

Talking with family and friends can only take you so far. You do not need to feel alone in your struggles. With my compassionate approach and expertise, I am available to support you and help you work through these events and changes so you can feel empowered to move forward in your life.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

In addition to traditional counseling, I also offer Christian Counseling to anyone who is a Christian and would like to prioritize faith in their counseling experience.  By creating a framework that is based on where you are on your personal journey with God, we can work on strengthening that relationship as I help you address the personal challenges you are facing.

Unlike pastoral counseling or Bible study, Christian Counseling is a type of clinical counseling that incorporates faith-based principles to address issues for which counseling can be very helpful. Whether you seek support for mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and stress management, relationship or family concerns, grief and loss, work or health problems, lack of confidence, or almost any dimension of your life, incorporating your faith is a very powerful way to help you overcome challenges and build resilience.

And, if God is your source of strength, then we will make Him your first place for growth, understanding and resolution. I look forward to the possibility of sharing this journey with you.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” —Jeremiah 29:11

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” —John 14:27