I help anxious millennials silence their inner critics, so they can stop feeling like failures and make meaningful changes in their lives.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID
OCD is so difficult to deal with, especially because people often think of it as just being neat or tidy. But it's so hard when these anxiety thoughts become something that we feel like we can't get away from, and the only way we've learned we can deal with it is with some kind of compulsive action in the world. It may be hard to find proper care, but it is possible. I've been trained in CBT and ERP, to help you learn that you can sit with these feelings, without your compulsions.
Self-esteem is impacted by basically everything else in our life. If we're struggling with anxiety, it's hard to feel good about ourselves and have higher self-esteem. Sometimes working on self-esteem means working on other things, like anxiety first. Other times it means processing through how you actually see yourself, and getting yourself to a place where you can see yourself in a more positive way. But it is possible to change how you see yourself!
When we feel anxious, we often avoid the things that make us feel anxious. This seems so logical, but really, this doesn't help us. In the long run, when we avoid the things that make us feel anxious, we're actually teaching ourselves that we cannot handle these things. So when we are in a situation where we're facing the things that make us feel anxious, we have a harder time handling them. Exposure therapy helps teach you that you can handle these things, in a managable way.
Mindfulness techniques are something I use on a daily basis with my clients. Mindfulness includes so many ideas and concepts, from yoga to grounding. These techniques are so helpful in staying in the here and now, which is so helpful when anxiety thoughts are trying to convince us to think about a "what if" thought in the future.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of my favorite techniques, and it's my go-to therapy intervention. There is a great deal of research behind this being an effective intervention for clients who are struggling with many things, including anxiety, lower self-esteem, and even past traumatic experiences. I have been trained in Beck's approach to CBT as well as Ellis' approach to REBT.
Often times if we struggle with managing our weight, we also struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety, or lower self-esteem. We often use food as a way to cope and deal with emotions that we struggle with, and we can also essentially become addicted to foods. One common method that I frequently use to help heal a relationship with food is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT). This technique has a great deal of evidence behind it as being effective in healing our relationship with food.
Anxiety sucks, but it's also what I specialize in working with. When I think of anxiety, I think of it as a voice in our head that lies to us. It asks us "what if" something bad happens. It makes us think we aren't good enough, or that we're failing. These thoughts make our body react as though a very real danger is happening. But anxiety doesn't have to be this way. We can work through this to get you to a point where you feel free, confident, and satisfied.
Stress is awful. It can make us feel anxious or even just make us shut down, but either way it makes everything else in our life so much harder to deal with. You can change how you see stress though. When we work together, you'll learn ways to cope with stress in a health way, so you can trust that you can handle stressful situations, even if they may feel overwhelming right now.