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Anxiety and Depression

Alicia* sits by the window, feeling lonely…

No one could understand the terrible thoughts vying for attention in her crowded mind.

And even if they could, she has no friends… no family to turn to. She’s looking outside for any glimpse of humanity that might somehow lessen the pain of the solitude.

She’s having a harder and harder time dragging herself out of bed in the mornings. That’s one of the things she’s thinking about as she peers through the window: how difficult it was to get up that morning. When dawn creeps through the bedroom curtains, she wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed, secretly hoping the day’s responsibilities will magically disappear.

When she musters the strength to get out of bed, a seemingly unending list of to-dos impatiently waits for her attention. As difficult as it is to roll out of bed, trying to get through each day is even harder.

She often asks herself, “Is it nighttime yet” because nighttime provides a respite…

… from the constant internal war between her ears…

… from that dialogue centered on being unworthy, undeserving, unintelligent, unattractive, or unlovable…

… from the energy and emotional drain that leaves her feeling desperate and hopeless that she’ll ever be able to function in this world fully.

Life is doubly tough when you suffer from anxiety and depression.

Every ounce of it… I know.

You have so many thoughts swimming through your head that you can’t even think straight:

“Why was I born?”

“What’s my purpose?”

“Why am I even here?”

“I feel like trash.”

“I just want to die.”

Those are just a few of the intrusive thoughts that commonly weigh on the minds of people who suffer from depression and anxiety.

But it can get better, and I have a way.

Here’s what we’ll do…

We’ll get a baseline of your emotions and their intensity.

This gives us a place to start and a way to measure progress throughout our work together. We can do this with the usage of scaling questions. Assessing and measuring improvement is something I frequently do throughout our work together, and I use this data to feed decisions about our approach and make adjustments as needed.

I’ll listen to you without judgment.

My job is not to judge what you say to me. My job is to help you process and make sense of your thoughts and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

I am here to support you – if you’re anxious about an upcoming event, secretly thinking up excuses not to go, frustrated with your boss that you want to tell them off, or depressed that you find it extremely challenging to get anything done. We will become like investigators, identifying how your thoughts, internal dialogue, and feelings lead to action or inaction.

We’ll explore the root causes of your anxiety and depression.

Next, we will put your thoughts, internal dialogue, and feelings under the magnifying glass to see what led to developing this coping strategy.

Anxiety and depression are often linked to negative internal representations, feelings, and thoughts. I’ll guide you through a series of visualization processes designed to uncover the root cause of your internal representations and the associated thoughts. Through this process, watch your anxiety melt away like butter.

We’ll develop alternative strategies for coping with everyday situations.

With the root causes of your anxiety and depression exposed, we will create a revised internal representation that is both positive and empowering. We will develop alternate strategies enabling you to create new neural pathways, ultimately leading to behavior patterns that put you in a better state of mind.

You will be in a more helpful state by replacing the maladaptive thoughts and damaging internal dialogue. And you get to decide which state would be more helpful! You’ll also be better positioned to cope with everyday stressors without resorting to OTC drugs or alcohol, smoking, or shelling out hundreds of dollars each month to engage in stress-relieving activities.

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds

You can look forward to getting out of bed!

Imagine the joy of looking forward to each day… in the same way that the nighttime is appealing now. Imagine spending quality time with the kids and grandkids, enjoying playing make-believe! Imagine attracting the unconditional friendship and love of a life partner with whom you can travel and share life. How good will it feel to finally lift the heavy boulder of guilt and shame from your shoulders? Let’s find out… together.

*Name(s) and stories are composite narratives that do not reflect actual clients.