Individual counseling with adults struggling with anxiety and depression is a mainstay of our practice and accounts for approximately a quarter of our work in a given week. Most adults we see individually are struggling with some form of anxiety or depression resulting from a change in life whether at work, in physical health, or in the family.
The Worrier - Be Vigilant!
View of Self: I am responsible to see trouble coming so I can avoid chaos or hurt, including hurt or hardship to those I love.
View of Others: They are either vulnerable and need my help, or are potentially unpredictable or hurtful.
View of Life: Life can be precarious, even dangerous. Things can easily go out of control.
Self Directives: Therefore, I must think ahead and see problems before they arise. I’m responsible. I must be good and controlled, keeping myself disciplined to be alert for problems. Resting and trusting that I can take life as it comes might be irresponsible. Don’t do it.
Distress manifests as: worry, trouble initiating sleep or maintaining sleep, orienting toward things unsettled, fatigue, in high stress one has trouble with concentration. Elusive happiness. Feeling alone with emotional burdens.
We who are generally anxious often have developed a posture of alertness, even vigilance for what might become, or already is, out of control...
Treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder include: Counseling for self or relationship to help cultivate trust, rest, and safety...
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