Willow Rose Counseling, LLC

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Anxiety

 In many circumstances, a healthy amount of anxiety is useful toward action and performance. However, anxiety can become problematic and overwhelming, and can hinder everyday life and activities. Treatment for Anxiety depends on the type of anxiety disorder and the anxiety symptoms. Initially we will work toward identifying symptoms, your level of distress, and common triggers to stress responses. Once these are determined, relaxation and mindfulness techniques will be used to provide symptom relief throughout your daily and evening routine. Long-term/dynamic work will focus on integrating the cognitive and emotional components of anxiety along with reduction of somatization. Ultimately, the exploration of the nature and potential root of anxiety can increase self-awareness and reduce or prevent future anxiety. I utilize Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and challenges cognitive distortions by modifying dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. CBT is the most widely-used therapy for anxiety disorders. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions including trauma. CBT addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves. The basic premise of CBT is that our thoughts—not external events, affect the way we feel and the ways our bodies feel. In other words, it’s not the situation you’re in that determines how you feel, but your perceptive of the situation. CBT involves two main components:


Cognitive therapy examines how negative thoughts (cognitive distortions) contribute to anxiety.

Behavior therapy examines how you behave and react in situations that trigger anxiety.

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Depression

When sadness persists in that it begins to affect everyday life and normal functioning, then an individual may be suffering from depression. Treatment of depression varies based on the intensity and the severity of symptoms. Initial stages of therapy will focus on safety planning, identifying depressive symptoms, and incorporating tools/interventions to relieve depressive symptoms (mindfulness and interpersonal therapy approaches). Long term work will involve psychodynamic therapy to explore early childhood relationship patterns and how these may be impacting the way in which the individual views himself/herself, others, and the world around them. I utilize Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying and challenging dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. CBT can work as well or better than medication to treat depression and can be effective if your depression is mild or moderate. It also can help with more severe cases  if combined (per recommendation of a skilled psychiatrist) with other treatments, such as antidepressants or trauma therapy. CBT helps you identify negative or false thoughts and replace those thoughts with healthier, more realistic ones. For example, you may feel worthless and believe your life is horrible and will only continue to get worse. You may obsess over your flaws, mistakes, and shortcomings. I can help make you more aware of these thoughts and can aide you in exchanging them for more positive ones as well as practice self compassion. This change in perspective can lead to a change in your feelings, how your body feels, and your attitude and behavior which helps to reduce depression.

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Relationship Distress

The treatment approach to relationship distress depends on overall symptoms and the nature of the relationship. Talk therapy utilizing interpersonal and psychodynamic approaches is beneficial in understanding the function of the relationship as well as a better understanding of the underlying conflicts and issues. Solution focused work, problem solving strategies, Gottman interventions, Imago Therapy dialogue, and Emotional Focused Therapy may be applicable to aid in developing healthy emotional boundaries and improved interpersonal tendencies. Individuals seek help with therapy when dealing with romantic relationships, however, relationship distress can occur in all relationships such as family, friends, and colleagues. Some common reasons for seeking help with relationship distress can be:


Feeling overwhelmed with anxious/depressive symptoms but unsure how to improve the relationship

Family conflict

Partner will not attend couple’s therapy to resolve issues jointly

Wanting to make amends

Contemplating divorce/break-up

Help coping with loved one’s mental illness and/or substance abuse

Healing from a break-up

Feeling unappreciated

 Stress & Life Transitions

In the NOVA area, pressure to perform and achieve our goals/accomplishments is intense for all ages. Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some levels of  stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes such as marriage, births, or new jobs are positive, however, other major life transitions, such as moving, retirement, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life may cause a significant amount of stress. Parenting, school/athletic/music pressures for children and teens, honors and AP courses, as well as the strains of daily social pressures. Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful to seek treatment with talk therapy to be able to better adjust to changes they cannot control. 

Expressive, Meditation, and Holistic Therapy

Expressive therapies involve the use of art, dance, music, drama, movement, mindful meditation, creative writing, and sand tray within the context of psychotherapy. These approaches reach beyond words to transform feelings and emotions that are deeply felt, but difficult to express in words. I can provide psychoeducation and practice around grounding techniques, daily and nightly behavioral coping skills, and mindfulness techniques to alleviate depressive and anxiety symptoms, negative thought rumination, and overwhelming stress due to career, strained family dynamics, or relational/social issues. 


I have also been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which is an eight-week program that assists individuals who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions, and promote overall healthy living. I can provide the following mindful meditations to decrease mind wandering and intrusive thoughts patterns: depression meditation, happiness meditation, anxiety meditation, loving kindness meditation, wildlife sanctuary meditation, mountain meditation, and more. 


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Grief and Loss

Grief and loss counseling helps individuals work through negative thoughts, feelings, and memories associated with the loss of a loved one. Although grieving can occur for other types of losses as well (loss of goals, finances, career, and relationships), grief counseling is generally directed toward positive adjustment following the loss after the death of a close loved one. Grief counseling helps the individual recognize normal aspects of the grieving process, cope with the pain associated with the loss, feel supported through the anxiety surrounding life changes that may follow the loss, and develop strategies for seeking support and self-care. Grieving may initially be so significant that you may experience physical symptoms such as your heart feeling as if it has been broken, inability to eat and/or sleep, or experiencing tearfulness, or great sadness. You may also feel completely numb and experience no feelings at all. Regardless of how you may be processing your grief, you are likely overwhelmed with daily activities and isolate yourself, feeling even more alone or devastated. I will compassionately walk alongside you as you bravely and courageously process your grief and stay resilient along your journey.