About The Service
What is covid-19 anxiety?
Anxiety that is specifically surrounding Covid-19 affects folks who were vulnerable to the effects of anxiety before the pandemic or who have started to experience symptoms of anxiety specifically at the onset and surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Symptoms of anxiety include restlessness, feeling wound-up, or on edge, being easily fatigued, having difficulty concentrating, irritability, having headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains, difficulty controlling feelings of worry, and experiencing sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep. Overthinking and catastrophic thinking about Covid-19 and the effects of the pandemic are common in folks struggling with panic and anxiety specific to Covid-19. Mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression are easily affected by the surges in cases of Covid-19 numbers and news surrounding Covid-19. Anxiety is a normal reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic however someone who is affected in ways that inhibit their daily life such as avoidance of people and places altogether, negatively affecting relationships, and affecting physical well-being could benefit from therapy to help restructure thinking and develop coping skills to assist with symptoms of panic and anxiety surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Overcoming the struggles
It might seem unrealistic or impossible now but you can find a renewed peace and balance even in the middle of a global pandemic. You can learn how to cope with the restrictions and many changes that have taken place in this country and in your community while finding relief from stress and worry.
Together we will work on 4 pillars of wellness in life. Develop skills for self-advocacy within life by learning effective communication skills and setting healthy boundaries. Explore the unhealthy thinking patterns that you are stuck in and learn how to restructure them. Learn how to prioritize while also gaining skills to be more mindful and present with your family and yourself. Learn the importance of recognizing what emotions you are feeling and allowing such a natural process to simply be.
I will help you through this entire process, tailoring each step to your specific mom life circumstances and needs. My approach to therapy comes from a place of believing that you are doing the very best that you can with what you have been given. I want to give you more though and help you build on the resilience and power that you have within you. I want to help you not only survive this life but truly thrive in it.
It is time to find strength and resolve in the midst of Covid-19.
What do covid-19 anxiety counseling sessions like?
Therapy is a unique and vulnerable process for a lot of people. I understand that it is a tough step to reach out for help. With that in mind, I am going to make this as comfortable of a process as I can. In our first session, we will get to know one another and explore the challenges that you have been facing. We will also begin to discuss what skills you have been using so far and what has been helpful in coping with anxiety and managing your life. In therapy, we will spend time talking about how you think about life in general as well as how you think about stress and anxiety-provoking events. We will take a look at what type of thinking patterns you have going on and then look at ways to restructure these thoughts so that they are not causing as much stress. We will discuss your routines and prioritization in your life and learn ways to advocate for yourself and communicate clearly to those around you. Taking a look at the body is a huge piece of treating anxiety as well. We will work on skills to help you calm and relax your body to be more present and to be able to tackle panic symptoms better.
How long do I need to be in therapy and how often?
When folks first begin therapy I usually recommend once every 1-2 weeks based on the severity of the challenges that they are experiencing. I like to think of this process as similar to physical therapy; you are going to get more out of it and be able to work those muscles better the more often you come to therapy.
With that said however I know the life is busy and you have many responsibilities and obligations.
We will work with your schedule however we need to. If you are not able to come weekly we will explore what is going to work the best for you. As far as the length of time that you are in therapy; that will depend on the progress that you make in therapy and how you feel you are doing. Some folks end therapy within three months and come back every now and then for a “tune-up”.
Others need longer to work on building the skills efficiently and effectively for long term success.
How do we get started
Click the button below or avigate to the contact page and send me your info and availability for a free 15-minute phone call. In this phone call, we will explore briefly what challenges and circumstances you are experiencing. I will answer any questions that you have about the therapy process, cost, insurance, availability, and any other logistical questions you might have. We will then find a time that works for your schedule to come on in and get started with your first session.