Anxiety & Depression
“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.”
Recent statistics show that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults ages 18 and older every year, while major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in ages 15 to 44 (via ADAA). Many people do not seek treatment, thinking it will dissipate naturally over time. Though the latter may be true, often times the anxiety and/or depression lingers longer than necessary and can become debilitating - it can greatly impair the way we work, irritate our relationships with family, friends, and children, even get in the way of our imaginative & creative capabilities, and negatively impact our ability to function. Seeking help is the first step to recovery.
Therapeutically, my approach to anxiety and depression is often in seeing what triggers may be present in the environment that could be cause for such feelings. From there, I often use evidence-based behavioral approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in order to recognize and name unwanted beliefs associated with the anxious and depressing feelings. Alongside this, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) offers clients concrete coping strategies to further their sense of control over the unwanted symptoms that arise, providing opportunities to handle suffering for the long term. Analytically, we can look back into older wounds that may be root cause for some of the unwanted symptoms as well. Often I hold therapy within a transpersonal/psychospiritual framework for deeper healing, bringing in meditation and other experiential exercises for fuller integration.