Decreasing Depression and Anxiety…
while Increasing Well-Being, Vitality and Joy
- Discover Emotional, Biochemical, Developmental & Traumatic Causes
- Learn Emotional Regulation, Relaxation & Stress Management Skills
- Retrain Habitual Nervous System Responses
- Repair Biochemical Imbalances Naturally
- Heal Developmental Wounds
- Develop Mindfulness
- Resolve Trauma
- Create Healthy Boundaries
- Learn Effective Interpersonal Skills
- Restore Joy, Passion, Vitality and Purpose
A Comprehensive Approach to Treating Depression
Depression has various components. There is the emotional component that is often based on a current stressful situation and known as “situational” depression. Then there is the biochemical, or neurochemical, component that creates a clinical depression. This is when the brain is low on the important neurotransmitters of serotonin and norepinephrine. These two components can often be interconnected…
Healing Anxiety Naturally with a Comprehensive Approach
Anxiety, especially a panic attack, is very uncomfortable and frightening. During anxiety our brains are flooded with stress hormones that trigger the release of adrenaline and a sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system response designed for true threats to our safety. With anxiety, however, there is often no real danger from which to fight or flee. Without the release of this energy through fighting or running, we are left with all of the physical symptoms of sweating, increased heart rate, shakiness, jumpiness, jitteriness, hypervigilance, hyper-attentiveness, or a high startle response. Often this is accompanied by stomach difficulties, difficulty concentrating, and apprehensive expectations that create more fear, worry and phobias. Panic attacks are a more severe form of this fight or flight response, often being mistaken for a heart attack because of the additional symptoms of chest pain, nausea, numbness, tingling sensations, dizziness, light-headedness or faintness.
In order to treat anxiety effectively, it is important to understand that anxiety has biochemical, neurological, emotional, cognitive (thoughts), behavioral and situational factors that contribute to this condition. Previous traumas and substance use may also factor in as well. My comprehensive approach takes all of these factors into consideration when creating a treatment plan that will help you experience relief from the discomfort and limitations of anxiety permanently.
While traditional treatments of barbiturate and benzodiazepine medications for anxiety may be useful in providing immediate relief, they are intended for intermittent or short-term use. When taken on a regular or long-term basis (beyond three months), you may feel symptoms getting worse without the medication as well as an increased need for more and more medication. Once this type of physical dependence is created, it can be physically and psychologically difficult and time consuming to wean off. Even non-addictive medications like BuSpar and beta-blockers have side effects and none of these medications address the root cause of your anxiety.