MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY
a holistic approach to wellness
Emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and memories are all intangibles, but they are deeply felt in both the mind and body. Talk therapy gives all of those a place to go, a safe holding container, and a way to get them organized so they no longer tangle up your attention and your energy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an approach that examines any unhelpful self-talk ("I'm so afraid of that, I can never do it!") in order to create a more helpful belief ("I don't know how to do it now, but I'm good at learning and can figure that out.").
Anxiety isn't just comprised of an irrational worrying thought -- there's a lot of physical discomfort that comes with anxiety. Physical discomfort needs body-based coping skills to start as interventions. I use mindfulness and breath practice, as well as yoga skills and accupressure energy work such as Emotional Freedom Technique, in order to treat the way emotions create intense and unpleasant physical sensations. Stopping that escalation clears space and creates enough calm for the brain to start processing stressors and find solutions.
We'll also take a look at essential factors like your sleep, exercise, and diet. Any of these can profoundly influence your emotional wellness as well as your physical health. How can you get enough sleep, and how do you nurse yourself though periods of not-enough sleep? How much and what kind of exercise can you add into your day that can be even more effective than an anti-depressant? And, even though they taste so good!, are processed foods creating unhealthy physical and emotional states? What can you eat to help yourself feel less stressed?