Many of us struggle with living in harmony with those we love. And there are times when relationships become so toxic that change may be needed. We cannot change the way others think and behave, but we can change our responses to others. Sometimes we become entrenched in our own ways of thinking that we fail to respect others. Or we may become so concerned about others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Keys to healthy relationships is self-care, setting boundaries and keeping balance.
Anxiety shows itself in many ways, including physiological signs that seem like health problems, and in ritualistic behaviors that are unconsciously used as ways to cope with repetitive and fearful thoughts. However anxiety shows up, it can be mitigated with support, stress reduction, mindfulness, exercise, and simplification of life. Medication can cause additional problems, so behavioral strategies are preferable. We all suffer from anxiety at times, but it should not control your life.
Depression is a very common concern for many. Whether you are dealing with situational depression or longstanding depression, there is hope for remediation. I help individuals learn behavioral strategies and use natural supports for depression. Sometimes medications work well, in combination with therapy. Depression shows up at all ages, and sometimes disguises itself as irritability, isolation, and anger. For severe depression including suicidality, teletherapy is not recommended.