Every person I work with has strengths to help them recover from anxiety, depression, or relationship problems. Discovering these assets, combined with practicing new strategies, can provide a path towards recovery.
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are treatable conditions. Without treatment, they can wreak havoc by producing overwhelming worries, lack of motivation, and crushing negative thoughts. The tendency to avoid situations that trigger anxiety is understandable, but problematic. Over time, avoidance intensifies the very sensations you are trying to get rid of.
- Realize how your strengths and past healthy choices can be applied to a new situation.
- Gain understanding of the brain and how this can lead to lessening the impact of negative thoughts.
- Recognize styles of thinking that promote depression and anxiety and how to change them.
- Identify irrational fears and challenge them.
- Use of calming techniques to manage your mental states.
- Utilize beneficial parts of yourself to improve your mood and comfort.
I work with individuals to build confidence in how they relate to people. Whether your concern is an intimate partner, a family member, a work relationship, or an issue with a friend, you can develop your ability to deal with challenges. Most people simply have never been introduced to effective relationship skills. Here are a few examples:
- Recognize 4 behaviors that have a destructive effect on a relationship. And, learn what to do instead.
- How to effectively listen, thus encouraging others to respect what you have to say. This is a learnable skill that often takes some guidance and practice.
- Discover strategies to reducing conflict, avoid escalations, and move towards solutions.
- Respect your feelings and needs and how to go about expressing them.
Connie Fox, LMFT
Examples of concerns we can address in therapy: