When you feel hopeless…

Life is a mix of good times and bad times. When it’s good, it’s really good, and other times we feel like we couldn’t get any lower. Sometimes though, the lows keep getting lower and lower, and don’t seem to let up? It can feel like you’re in a hole so deep you’re never going to get out. The exhaustion of depression makes it difficult to overcome, but it is possible to feel better. I am here to support you so you can have the happy, fulfilling life that you deserve.

When you don’t have the energy to get up out of bed, the prospect of leaving your house to go talk to someone may feel impossible. In fact, when you think about it more, you’re not even sure counseling will help. The future isn’t exactly hopeful right now. Or maybe this weight has been apart of you for so long, you’re not sure you can let it go.

Reaching out for help is a huge act of bravery and strength, especially when you’re fighting depression. It’s a testament to your strength: the same strength that will carry you through your depression and out on the other side. We’ve seen it happen time after time. If you’re fighting depression: there is hope.

Am I depressed?

Depression is not just feeling down or a case of the blues. You may not even feel sad; depression can be expressed many different ways, depending on your personality or current circumstances. These are the most common signs and symptoms, but it’s not an all inclusive list:

  • A loss of interest in things that used to bring you joy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Mental fog
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling restless
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Irritability
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Depressed mood — feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Thoughts about death or suicide

These are just the most common symptoms. No matter what your symptoms, depression is hard.  It can feel like it’s destroying your entire life from your job to your family life, to your own individual happiness.  You deserve to feel joy and happiness again.  Contact me to take your life back.

How I can help with depression…

I have seen many people fight and win against their depression. I can’t promise you a magic cure, and it will take more than one session, but I can promise you a partnership and a never-wavering companion as we walk this journey together. Of course, I also have many professional tools that can make that journey easier. For example, in a counseling session we might discuss:

  • The root cause of your depression (if there is one)
  • Coping strategies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (changing negative thoughts and detrimental behaviors)
  • Changing your self-image to a positive one
  • Shifting your environment to increase your mental health. Exercise, healthy eating and good sleep are all weapons against depression.

What you’re struggling with is unique, and we will meet you with a unique therapy plan. Hidden Stone Counseling is a client-centered practice, which means I believe in forming relationships and keeping the focus of a counseling session on you.

You deserve a happy, fulfilling life. You deserve to feel good about yourself and where you’re heading. Sound impossible? It’s not! With a little extra support, you can make it there.

What is Anxiety?

In a general sense, anxiety is the feeling of intense fear and worry surrounding everyday situations. Most individuals experience anxiety caused by a particular scenario, but others have a more generalized experience. Anxiety becomes a serious issue for individuals who experience it to such a degree it ultimately interferes with their ability to enjoy and partake in everyday life. Moreover, it is important to note that while feelings of anxiety are common, severe cases of anxiety disorder are not so.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH), it is normal for people to experience small waves of anxiety from time to time. These brief encounters with anxiety can appear in scenarios when an individual faces something new or feels unprepared. However, these shared experiences don’t necessarily mean someone suffers from an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders, which is anxiety that inhibits an individual’s ability to partake in a happy, fulfilling, and productive life, manifest themselves in different ways. There are different types of anxiety disorders, so it’s essential to have a medical professional diagnose your specific condition so you can find the best treatment available.

Most common types of Anxiety…

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders we encounter. GAD displays itself differently in clients but can relatively be defined as anxiety concerning one or more aspects of an individual’s life. Anxiety about work, bills, or relationships that have a negative effect on everyday life may be a result of generalized anxiety disorder. Excess stress can also cause GAD. Treatment may include medication, but your best chances for success are with a combination of talk therapy and medication.  I am happy to work with your primary care provider to ensure your best chances for success.

Social Anxiety

When clients have trouble functioning in social settings, they may suffer from social anxiety. Social anxiety is an irrational anxiety that arises simply from being in a social environment. This type of anxiety could cause severe problems in a person’s life, especially when it comes to maintaining a job and forming meaningful relationships.

Panic Disorder

A panic disorder is when a person experiences intense bouts of fear and anxiety. Sometimes people face specific scenarios that trigger a panic attack, but they can be completely random at other times. Even the fear of a potential panic attack can trigger them in some clients. I equip my clients with the tools they need to minimize the occurrence of panic attacks in their everyday life.

Post Traumatic Stress

Post traumatic stress is a condition in which people suffer from anxiety over a traumatic event they experienced in the past. The disorder is typically attributed to those who have lived through combat, but any traumatic scenario has the potential to cause short or long-term PTSD. One of the best modalities to treat PTSD is EMDR, which you can learn more about HERE.

Phobias

A phobia is a particular anxiety disorder where the source of anxiety is attributed to an acute fear of a specific thing. A typical example of this would be hydrophobia or claustrophobia. In these cases, a person experiences anxiety derived from their fear of water or small spaces accordingly. A phobia can be the fear of anything regardless of whether or not it is a rational fear.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is the existence of recurring obsessive thoughts, behaviors, or both. Anxiety can be both the cause and result of compulsive behavior. An example of OCD would be someone who feels anxiety about germs and therefore obsessively washes their hands and applies sanitizer. Some cases of OCD can drastically alter everyday life, while others are particularly mild in comparison.

How I can help with anxiety…

I will work with you to develop a plan that may involve a mixture of the following treatment models. If you are suffering with an anxiety problem I welcome the opportunity to help you reduce or eliminate symptoms altogether so you can live your life with confidence, enjoyment and peace.

  • EMDR
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Spiritual Direction/Development

Contact me now to schedule your free 15 minute consultation.