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Anxiety & Depression

 

Anxiety

Anxiety can feel different to different people and many don't realize they are anxious until things get really bad.  You might notice that you worry a lot, and it has become difficult to enjoy things because of worry. You could feel an uncomfortable, agitated sensation in your body, and its hard to relax. You might be tired more than seems warranted, or struggle to sleep. Anxiety can make us feel put upon, overwhelmed, it's hard to know where to start on the many things we have to do. Wouldn't it be nice to sit on a deserted island for a little while? The good news is, anxiety responds very well to psychotherapy and things can be much better. 

Treatment includes:

  • Understanding how anxiety feels and the effect it has on you

  • Understanding your life context form a bio-psycho-social perspective

  • Leveraging your existing areas of strength

  • Adding to your coping skills repertoire

  • Solving specific problems 

  • Building a foundation for sustained positive change

Depression

We all have ups and downs, and days of feeling down or "blue." Signs of more serious depression include prolonged periods of feeling down, that last most of the day. During these times, it might be difficult to feel motivated to do things, even things we typically enjoy. Some people feel numb, going through the motions at work and then collapse on the couch. When depressed, people often feel like they're not good company for others so they pull away from social activity and keep to themselves. Life looks bleak, it's harder to see the silver lining and hard to remember what it felt like not to be depressed. 

Treatment includes:

  • Empathy, compassion and a safe place to talk about your experience

  • Personalized assessment and treatment plan focused on improving energy and function 

  • Building up of strengths and coping skills 

  • Help and support every step of the way as you continue to make progress

  • Big-picture (bio-psycho-social) approach to prevent symptoms and associated impairment