What about my struggle?
It’s not possible to specialize in everything and I may not specialize in where you’re at in life; that’s okay. Let’s talk on the phone and see if I can help or make a referral to another therapist.
Shyness & Social Anxiety
Shyness is natural and common. The majority of introverts are naturally shy and there's nothing wrong with that. However, the problem comes when shyness turns into social anxiety and it begins to create isolation. Feeling scared is very much natural. But when that fear prevents us from talking to others, raising our hand in class, meeting people or making friendships is when the problem starts. In addition to one-on-one therapy, I offer a social anxiety group as well.
Panic attacks feel like you’re dying or that you might never feel normal again; they are relentless, terrifying and confusing. In most cases they last anywhere between 10 minutes and a half an hour, however some people experience extreme panic attacks coupled with anxiety that can last upwards of 90 minutes. Together we can understand coping skills and the root causes of these attacks.
One of the most common issues on the planet, depression will likely affect everyone at some point or another in their lives. Sometimes the depression is a life long struggle and sometimes it is temporary and brought on by a sudden loss, death, or life change. Negative thinking, isolation, and self hatred can often come with it.
Figuring out life on your own is very hard and usually bewildering. Often times, many young adults feel as though they’re playing a game without knowing the rules. Trying to plan a career, looking for friends or love, getting married, or even just learning how to stay on budget can be very stressful and often make young adults feel “lost”. You don’t have to have it all figured out.
Life transition isn't always a bad thing, but often it can be a difficult thing to adjust to. Moving, divorce, adoption, getting engaged, changing jobs, or new beginnings can be painful experiences for anyone as they search for stability and normalcy again.
In my opinion, it’s nearly impossible to make it through middle or high school without at least a few mental breakdowns. Social adjustments, relationship transitions with others, first-time failures, parent-pressures, planning for college and all not even fully knowing who you are yet make it a very difficult time. My heart goes out to teens who are struggling.