Anxiety and its symptoms often impact us in different ways. Maybe anxiety is an experience that’s new to you. Maybe it’s a familiar sensation that has been around for a long time. Maybe it is getting worse…
Anxiety can show up and create havoc in our everyday lives. Our sleep, our work, our relationships, and our self-esteem can take a hit when anxiety tries to take control of our lives.
Are you noticing any of the following?
- Sleep disturbances (trouble falling or staying asleep)
- Sleep Walking or Talking
- Feeling distracted, unfocused
- Thoughts that keep circling in your mind
- Waiting for the other “shoe to drop”
- Feeling on edge, restless
- Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
These are a few of the burdens that anxiety loves to unload on us. It can feel like it’s never going to change…especially if you have experienced this for a long time.
We are here to tell you that anxiety does not have to control your life! Healing from anxiety and its symptoms is possible! We have witnessed it, we have experienced it, and we continue to explore new and individualized ways to conquer anxiety.
Therapists at Vitality Counseling have extensive training to help you defeat anxiety. A few of the therapeutic modalities may include:
- Somatic Experiencing®
- Mindfulness-based Practices
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Please reach out to for more information on anxiety counseling and how we may be helpful.
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Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Somatic Experiencing™ (SE) is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the body’s natural and amazing ability to heal from traumatic or distressing experiences. SE was developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is based on neurobiological research which explains how distressing life events can be stored in the mind as well as throughout the entire nervous system. This can result in differing physiological and cognitive symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, inattention, increased feelings of guilt or shame, stomachaches, restlessness, fatigue, or any other expression within the body. SE helps individuals become more aware and tuned into the physical sensations in their body. This attunement allows for individuals to gently process and release the distressing energy which has been stored within in their nervous system.
One of the key principles of SE is that the body is always trying to heal itself. When we experience a traumatic or distressing event, the body often goes into a “fight, flight, freeze, or appease” response, which are natural survival mechanisms. However, if the traumatic or distressing event is not resolved, the body can become stuck in this state of heightened arousal, which can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, inability to focus, and even feelings of low self-worth and burnout. SE helps individuals to gently release this stored energy and return to a state of equilibrium…a return to feeling more like yourself!
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As a woman, it can be easy to lose sight of our true identity and worth in a world that often tries to define us by external factors such as our appearance, relationships, or career success. These pressures often lead to feelings of confusion, frustration, and an overall sense of low self-worth. If you are feeling this way, please know that there are supports which can help challenge old narratives and explore new and fulfilling ways to view oneself.
While exploring what makes you feel like YOU, establishing new practices such as these may offer an “opening of the door” to a new, more whole way of experiencing life.
- Truly Practicing Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with the same kindness, concern, and understanding that you would offer to a good friend. Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes or perceived shortcomings.
- Identify YOUR Values: What is most important to you in life? What brings you joy and fulfillment? Identifying your values can help you make decisions that align with your true self.
- Cultivate Self-Awareness: Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. What patterns do you notice? What triggers negative self-talk or self-doubt?
- Set Healthy Boundaries: It is okay to say “no” to things that don’t align with your values or which drain your energy. Setting boundaries can help you preserve your time and energy for things that are truly important to you.
- Surround yourself with Positive Influences: Seek out relationships and environments that uplift and support you. Distance yourself from those that bring you down or make you doubt yourself.
- Practice Self-Care: Take care of your physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. Self-care is often the act of learning how to prioritize these needs and establishing patterns which allow you to maintain and show up for yourself!
- Challenge negative Self-Talk: Identify and challenge negative thoughts that don’t align with your values or true self. Learn to replace them with positive, affirming thoughts.
- Celebrate your Accomplishments: Recognize and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small!!! Take pride in your strengths and accomplishments.
- Embrace YOUR Uniqueness: You are one-of-a-kind, with unique talents, quirks, and qualities. Embrace your uniqueness and celebrate what makes YOU special!
- Seek Support: If you’re struggling with self-worth or identity, don’t be afraid to seek support from a qualified mental health professional.
Remember, improving self-worth and connecting with our true identity is a lifelong journey. Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you work towards these goals. Please reach out if you have questions on how we support women in finding their true voice!
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Functional depression, also known as high-functioning depression, is a type of depression where individuals may be able to maintain their daily activities and responsibilities, but still experience significant depressive symptoms. In women, functional depression may look different from person to person, but some common signs and symptoms may include:
* Persistent low mood: One may feel sad, empty, or irritable, even when engaging in daily activities.
* Fatigue and lack of energy: Women living with functional depression may feel constantly fatigued and lack energy, even if they are able to continue with their daily tasks.
* Sleep disturbances: One may experience changes in their sleep patterns, such as insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness).
* Difficulty concentrating or making decisions: Functional depression can affect cognitive function, leading to difficulties with concentration, decision-making, and memory.
* Physical symptoms: Functional depression may also manifest with physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or other unexplained bodily discomforts.
Treatment for functional depression in women typically involves one or a combination of the following treatments which may include:
- Psychotherapy: Talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), can help individuals with functional depression to identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their depressive symptoms.
- Somatic Therapies: Somatic therapies such as Somatic Experiencing ® offer gentle and effective approaches to healing depressive symptoms.
- Medication: Antidepressant medication, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may be prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional to help regulate mood and alleviate depressive symptoms.
- Self-care: Practicing self-care, such as engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation, setting healthy boundaries, and managing stress, may also be beneficial in managing functional depression.
It’s important to remember that treatment for functional depression is personalized and may vary depending on the severity of symptoms and individual circumstances.
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