Stressed Woman

Anxiety & Depression 

Approximately 25% of the adult population in the United States deal with anxiety, depression, or a combination thereof. If you fall into this category, I'm so glad that you're here. You've taken a critical first step towards getting help and overcoming the challenges standing in the way of a happier, more fulfilled life. 

Counseling for Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most pervasive mental health issues in the United States, yet women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. This means women deserve special attention and personalized treatment plans designed to bring peace to your life. 

Everyone experiences anxiety a bit differently. Some levels of anxiety equate to a diagnosable disorder, but most of the time anxiety is a normal response to a stressful environment, subpar self-care choices, and/or unproductive thinking patterns.  

 

The most prevalent symptoms of anxiety include: 

  • Feeling nervous, irritable, or like you're "walking on eggshells" 

  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom that is unexplainable  

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation), sweating, and/or trembling

  • Feeling weak and/or tired, even after getting a good night's sleep

  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing 

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems like nausea, cramps, or constipation 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, or specific phobias, integrative counseling can help you. 

Conventional v. Integrative Approach 

Conventional medicine treatments for anxiety disorders can include a range of antidepressants, sedatives, and benzodiazepines. However, these medications are highly addictive and come with a long list of negative side effects. 

At HerTime, anxiety is treated with an integrative model that includes identifying symptoms, characterizing a diagnosable disorder (if present), and evaluating whether the anxiety has a medical explanation, such as hyperthyroid, substance abuse, supraventricular tachycardia, or asthma that manifests as anxiety.

 

Treatment will include a combination of psychotherapy and complementary medicine such as recommendations for dietary changes, supplementation, and herbs that can address anxiety, such as GABA, L-theanine, passion flower, skullcap, hops, kava, and lavender oil

Counseling for Depression

Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects women twice as often as men. Yet, despite how common symptoms of depression may seem it is not normal for women such as yourself live life in a depressed state. 

 

There is no single cause of depression. Studies show depression has links to several factors, including family history, brain changes, cognitive patterns, hormone levels, medical problems, chronic pain, poor nutrition, and, of course, stress. Depression is also connected to negative health conditions including heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

Common symptoms of depression include: 

  • Feeling sad and empty

  • Feeling the need to cry often

  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, or worthless

  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities, especially those that you once enjoyed

  • Decreased energy and increased fatigue

  • Difficulty staying focused or remembering

  • Difficulty and exhaustion when making decisions

  • Sleep issues, including oversleeping and inability to sleep through the night

  • Lack of or increase in appetite

  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide

  • Feeling easily annoyed and angered

  • Constant physical symptoms that do not get better with treatment, such as headaches, upset stomach, and pain that doesn’t go away

Conventional v. Integrative Approach 

While depression feels overwhelming, there are effective treatment options. The traditional medical model often recommends medication, such as an SSRI or SNRI, but these can be addictive and dangerous, making them a last resort. 

 

Treatment for depression at HerTime takes a holistic approach. This means you will work collaboratively with a therapist in traditional counseling sessions to find underlying problems, make changes in behavior, create more productive thought patterns, and integrate exercise and nutritional medicine into your daily routine.

 

Depending on your specific presentation of depression, your treatment may also include referrals for complementary treatments such as massage or acupuncture that will promote more immediate relief and long-term change. 

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