PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION | PORTLAND OREGON & NEW YORK
Learn how to navigate your emotions for a better quality of life.
If you need support getting out of your own way or navigating a difficult life transition, I can help you find more calm and positivity, and start living life to the full. I provide highly personalised psychotherapy for those struggling with conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Social Phobia & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Whether you’re dealing with low self-esteem, loss, divorce, or a sudden life or career change, I have a knack for resolving uncomfortable emotions in a way that feels light and empowering.
therapies & practices I use to treat anxiety & depression:
CBT is a highly effective therapy for mood disorders as it brings awareness to negative thought patterns and behaviors that keep us stuck in anxiety or depression. It helps clients create healthier mindsets, and offers practical strategies to overcome day-to-day challenges.
This highly researched therapy can support profound change by helping clients develop better emotional regulation and self-care practices. EFT can bring to light suppressed emotions, and empower the client to accept and transform these negative emotions into positive insights and behaviors.
RO DBT is a new treatment model based on 20 years of research. It addresses emotional over-control, which leads to inhibited expression; hyper-detail focused and overly cautious behavior. This has been linked to anxiety, depression, OCD, etc. RO DBT helps clients relax their excessive need for control, and enjoy more openness, flexibility, and social connectedness.
Mindfulness is a great complementary practice when treating mood disorders. Those grappling with anxiety or depression are often overwhelmed with their own negative thoughts. Mindfulness can help us detach from these thoughts, feel calmer and clearer, and choose more positive responses and behaviors.
here’s some more information on the mood disorders I typically treat:
Anxiety is a very common condition that can be triggered by traumatic events, social and workplace situations, or simply manifest itself as a feeling of general unease and stress.
Experiencing a certain degree of anxiety is natural. But experiencing too much anxiety becomes unhealthy. Living with a constant or near-constant state of anxiety you feel unable to control, is destabilising and rarely corrects itself.
Under stress your body releases a hormone called cortisol to reduce the stressful feeling. Over time cortisol can weaken your immune system. Which is why treating anxiety generally improves your overall health as well as mental wellbeing.
Social Phobia stems from an intense fear of being judged or found lacking in social situations. Individuals suffering from social phobia avoid everyday social interaction like sharing a meal with friends. They may turn down a work promotion that requires frequent travel, or public speaking because they are afraid of embarrassing themselves.
Social phobia leads to intense anxiety and can trigger physical symptoms such as elevated heartbeat, nausea and perspiration. If left untreated, there is an increased risk of developing major depressive disorder and alcohol use disorders. Fortunately, effective evidence-based treatments are available.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) causes one to worry excessively and have uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors . People with OCD try to gain relief from their obsessions through ritualistic actions, which become compulsive and can lead to a cycle that spirals out of control. Typical obsessions include:
Fear of germs and dirt leading to compulsive handwashing
Compulsively checking whether the stove is turned off
Need for extreme tidiness / precise arrangement of items
Treating OCD can help to improve the quality of your life and mental wellbeing considerably.
Depression is a very common condition that can be triggered by traumatic events or appear for no reason, often involving a combination of biological and and socio-emotional factors. It can create feelings like loneliness, fear, guilt and worthlessness.
Sadly, many people struggle with the condition on their own, for months or even years, before getting professional help. If you suspect you may be experiencing depression do get in touch with myself or another healthcare professional. Depression can be effectively treated, but only you can take the first step.