We understand anxiety can happen to everyone. It can be as simple as running late for an appointment or as debilitating as the many layers of generalized or unspecified anxiety disorder discussed in the DSM5. We approach anxiety with CBT, person-centered, and positive therapy. We understand each person’s anxiety, trauma, and stress level is as unique as the person.

According to the Mayo Clinic: Anxiety can be normal in stressful situations such as public speaking or taking a test. Anxiety is only an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all-consuming, and interfere with daily living.

The DSM5 :A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and feelings of stress. . Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities. anxiety may include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense.
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
  • Having an increased heart rate.
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling.
  • Feeling weak or tired.
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.


My Summer Project

Life happens when I don’t expect it. My summer project was my back yard or so I thought! My actual summer project was plumbing issues, carpet choices, ceiling paint, and broken appliances!

stress and self-care

How do we handle stress? Or does stress handle us? Sometimes I feel like pressure controls me. When my heart starts to race, my hand begins to open and close, and my legs rock. I seem to twitch or kick my legs when I am stressed. It is like putting a child on your ankle and rocking him up and down for a pony ride. I seem to forget all my training and simple let it build up in me. I know the things to do, […]

How Do I Go On ?

The need for self-care When you don’t know what to do, what do you do? Who do you talk to about your problems or struggles? If you are the one person everyone is talking to, where do you go? What happens when you are at the end of your rope? Do you have a place to go? Do you know how to get help? If you can’t find someone, to be honest with what do you do with all those feelings and thoughts you gather after […]

Social Distancing Frustration

When do you become frustrated?When people are expecting or demanding more than you can give, what happens to your ability to function?Our children who have special needs may have a lower tolerance or ability to handle frustration. People don’t typically think first before throwing out commands, and they may use a tone of urgency when speaking. These two actions may cause the child to react in significantly extreme behaviors, which in turn, we respond. I have noticed during this time of our ‘new normal’ and ‘social […]

Depression & Suicide in Kids

As a society, I ask what are we doing to our children to make them so anxious, depressed, and willing to take their own life? Where did this society go wrong with the most precious gift we have? I struggle with the idea an 8-year-old has to be in a hospital for violent or depressive behaviors. What has happened that our 8-year old is not all playing outside, finding bugs, or make princess tea parties? Greg is 7 and struggling with social anxiety. He sits on […]

Tips for Self-Care & Brunout

I have heard from parents who have special needs children. They feel the burnout, the stress, the overwork, and the fear of being a bad mother or deemed uncaring. This is very far from the truth. Caring for children can be the most rewarding and stressful job in the world. It takes your time, energy, and mental ability to stay on top of things involving children. With all the activities and responsibilities a child requires, what can a person do to ward off burnout? A few […]

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