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Why am I so Anxious?

Feelings of anxiety are normal.

People who are not normally anxious may be experiencing some changes in their lives that can contribute to anxiety. A move, a job change, concern for the future, a change in family obligations, or a change of family members are all examples of normal life changes that can evoke feelings of anxiety and distress.

If you are experiencing any (but not limited to) the following symptoms, perhaps it is time to assess whether anxiety is beginning to play a bigger role in your life than you realize.

Examples of how anxiety is beginning to wear out its welcome in you can look like:

  • Crying and depressive symptoms
  • Physical pain/symptoms (headaches, racing heart, upset stomach, tics)
  • Inability to complete tasks and concentrate

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is especially helpful when a person encounters excessive anxiety. This type of therapy enables the client to collaborate with the therapist about what
thoughts and dysfunctional methods of thinking contribute to feelings of anxiety. These reasons can be anything from long-standing family of origin issues, trauma, or can be related to contextual situations the person is currently experiencing. For more information about anxiety-related disorders, visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml. If you would like to begin therapy for excessive anxiety, call us at our Northshore (Mandeville) or Southshore (Metairie) locations to make an appointment.

Micah P. Hatchett, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC
Clinical Director, Northshore & Southshore Counseling & Wellness

Job Interview anxiety

Dr Andre,

The more interviews I go on, the more anxious I become, and I feel less confident each time. Can you help me with this problem?

 

Stress/anxiety reducing skills, relaxation techniques, and confidence building skills are all teachable. For example, we could challenge the thoughts you are having about yourself, and your performance. We could assist you in seperating fact from fiction. as we often magnify our perceived imperfections. A more relaxed and confident approach could be developed, at a pace that is comfortabe for you, with your goals in mind.

 We could assist you in seperating fact from fiction.

If you would like more specific information regarding your job interview anxiety please call our office for an appointment. We’re located in Metairie (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville (985) 624-2942

-Dr. Andre Sagrera Judice, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, DCEP

How long does therapy take?

Dr. Andre, How long will therapy take?

How long therapy takes depends on the issues, what the client wants to
accomplish,and how engaged the client is in the therapy.  For this reason,
it is important to clearly identify the client’s goals at the start of
therapy and give the client a rough idea of what methods or techniques will
be used to get to those goals.  This helps clients get a better idea of
what the time span would be.

Some examples for length of therapy are:

Couples counseling, if the couple want to change some patterns in their
relationship this would average from three to six months to clarify the
goals and work through how to make the desired changes.  It takes practice
and support to change patterns that have been in place for a while.

Transitions such as making a career change or committing to a relationship
can often be worked through in three to ten sessions.  The person needs
help weighing their options and usually knows on a deeper level their own
answers but needs help getting to those answers.

Issues such as depression or anxiety can often be alleviated in 5 to 10
sessions if they are a matter of the person being in denial about changes
that needs to be made in their life.  Sometimes in working on these issues
other problems such as early abuse will surface and this can require more
long term work.

Physical or sexual abuse  or serious family dysfunction especially at a
young age can require a year or two of therapy.  The imprints made on a
young mind are much deeper and interfere with normal development, so
children or adults who have experienced this as a child can expect to be
involved in long term therapy.  However, this time frame which would have
been 5 – 10 years in the past has been greatly sped up with the new
therapies that help to open up neural pathways and release the energy
charge held in the body from the traumas.

These are therapies such as EMDR, AIT, EFT and Energy Psychology.

The Many benefits of Mindfulness

The term Mindfulness comes from Eastern spiritual and religious traditions like Zen Buddhism.

It refers to being completely in touch with and aware of the present moment, as well as taking a non-judgmental approach to your inner experience.

Simply put, being mindful means knowing what you are doing (and thinking and feeling) in the present moment.  “Sounds simple” you say?  Think of the last conversation that you had with your child or loved one.  How many times did you check your phone or drift off thinking of what you had to accomplish next?  Or the last time you went to a party in hopes of enjoying yourself but instead were distracted by negative thoughts such as “what do they think of me” or “I’m not good enough to be here”.  This inner dialogue distracted you from enjoying your moment.

Mindfulness practice helps us know clearly what is happening, and how we are reacting to what is happening, as it is happening, so that we might choose a skillful response instead of reacting mindlessly and ruining our moments. Many people are lost in worries about the future and regrets about the past. They are caught up in their projects and their fantasies, and their minds are not connected to their bodies. If the body is not united with the mind, we are not really alive.  Many of the therapists at Northshore Counseling and Wellness incorporate mindfulness into their treatment plans.  We use this practice not only to teach general health and happiness but to heal a host of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, PTSD, eating disorders and many others.

Life is short so learn how to get back into your life and enjoy your moments with the many benefits of mindfulness.

Dana Duet-Champagne, M.Ed, NCC, LPC