Therapy for Anxiety & Grief
Anxiety itself is not a bad thing; in fact, it is usually protective. It's what compels us to lock our doors, study for tests, and look both ways when we cross the street. But sometimes anxiety gets out of control and hijacks the brain. When this happens, the body reacts. Learning how to calm our bodies through the use of effective therapy techniques can give us the pause we need to retrain our brains and tame the anxiety to a manageable level.
When we become dysregulated, daily life can become a challenge. It is normal to have feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression during abnormal times. I can offer you some physical and psychological first aid to help you manage these emotions and provide you with tools you can use right now to feel better and to stay connected to yourself and your loved ones.
More people are experiencing grief than ever. In the United States, more than 500,000 people are known to have died from COVID19. It is estimated that each death leaves behind an average of nine bereaved family members (grandparent, parent, child, spouse, siblings), as well as neighbors, co-workers, friends. Others are mourning as well. While some are grieving for the grief-stricken, after reading their annotated life stories in the newspaper or seeing images of bodies being carried out of hospitals, many of us are also feeling grief for all the other kinds of losses we are experiencing. Loss of job, school, routine, weekend plans. Some of us have lost our social circles, and others have no more alone time.
Grief produces physical symptoms such as feelings of exhaustion, a need for sighing, muscle tension and pain, uncontrollable weeping, a sense of numbness. It can alter your appetite and ruin your sleep. Emotions of sadness, despair, anger, worry can feel overwhelming, especially when everyone around us is grieving too. If you are experiencing such feelings, sharing them can help. I can offer you a safe haven for support and strategies to begin to feel better.