Specialties: Stress & Anxiety
When stress and anxiety begin to overwhelm you, it's time to seek therapy. J&L Psychology providers offer strategies to manage your anxiety so it no longer rules your life. Stress management aims to reduce symptoms that impact your physical health, sleep, relationships, work, and everyday functioning. We help you get "unstuck" from patterns that aren't working for you by teaching you how to more effectively tolerate anxiety when it appears throughout your life.
How we approach anxiety
First, we get to the root of your stress and anxiety and determine how it is affecting you. We then explore how it is creating barriers that keep you from living your life to its fullest. Finally, we create a plan of action with realistic, achievable goals that help you chip away at avoidance and get you moving forward. Small victories can lead to a greater sense of accomplishment and therefore a sense of calm and mastery as you go about your day.
Treatments for stress or anxiety often include techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a scientifically based approach toward changing negative thought and behavior patterns that may fuel anxiety. CBT can help you understand your experiences, name your fears, and confront situations or feelings that you may be avoiding. At J&L Psychology we also integrate mindfulness techniques and breathing exercises to help you relax and engage in the moment. Staying "present" addresses anxiety by keeping you focused on the now rather than rehashing the past or worrying about the future.
You'll learn how your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings impact one another and develop the skills you need to achieve your personal goals. For patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorders, phobias, and social anxiety, we use exposure therapy to help you gradually face your fears and develop new, more adaptive responses to stressful or frightening people, places, thoughts, and feelings.
Regardless of the source of your anxiety, treatment at J&L Psychology can help you feel more in control. We'll provide you with the tools to manage anxiety and the skills to confront the symptoms whenever they appear in your life.
anxiety over covid-19 and the pandemic
We have seen an increase in patients seeking support, specifically around issues and uncertainties related to the coronavirus crisis. As the pandemic persists, tempers wear thin, resilience wanes, and fears escalate. Some examples of concerns include:
For some, COVID has been the final straw. The pandemic has made the barely manageable overwhelming. We get it. We are here to support you by helping you regain your footing and meet these challenges with resilience and strength.
Our practice has experts in how to manage stress, anxiety, and the effects of trauma. J&L Psychology clinicians are uniquely equipped to help you with COVID-related challenges.
anxiety DURING life transitions
Life changes and new life stages can provide exciting opportunities, but also may introduce stress and anxiety.
Whether you're starting a new job, coming out, getting married, moving, or retiring, it's common to wrestle with indecision, sleeplessness, self-doubt, and confusion. Even positive life transitions can lead to contradictory thoughts and feelings. New roles and uncharted waters may lead to fear, sadness, anxiety, and indecision.
We can help you through these transitions and give you the strength and confidence to adjust more smoothly to the changes in your life.
grief and loss
Losses come in many different forms, and grief is a natural response to loss. We often use the term loss to refer to the death of a loved one, but individuals also experience grief in response to losses of relationships, physical and mental health, and job or career. While grief is an important part of healing, it can be a painful and isolating experience.
Traumatic losses – those that are sudden or unexpected – can lead to significant anxiety about what comes next. Often, if it is too painful to discuss your loss, emotions associated with the natural grieving process might overwhelm you. This can lead to a sense of being “stuck” or “stalled” in life with no clear path forward. If you are having these experiences more than six months after a major loss, you may be experiencing complicated grief.
Our team has worked extensively with people who have encountered significant loss and are grieving. How you cope is personal. There is no "right" way to feel and no timeline to meet. If you have experienced a loss and are having difficulty coping, we will support your process at your pace and help you implement tools that allow you to make sense of your experience.
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