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10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 313
You will benefit from Psychotherapy if you have any of the following symptoms: Worry often, nervous, fears, irritability, sleep problems, anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, shaky, sweaty palms, fear of failure, and depression. I have twenty-five years of experience providing psychotherapy to Children, Adolescents and Adults suffering from Anxiety. I use both experiential therapies and cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients overcome their anxiety and live a more full life. My job and passion is to see you feeling calm, happy, and satisfied with your life. I take all Insurances and Employee Assistance programs. I offer a free phone consultation. Give me a call or email me to discuss your needs.
People who are anxious have the following symptoms: anxiety; nervousness; panic attacks; excessive worry; depression; fatigue; sleep problems; stomach problems and sweaty palms. Many people who suffer with anxiety worry about the future. They will think about what may happen in the future – often worrying that something bad will happen. The future may be later that day or in a week, a month, or years. People who are anxious try to predict the future so as to prepare themselves for anything bad that might happen. They believe that if they think of all of the possibilities, they can feel safe. The problem with this thinking is that the person rarely feels safe, instead they worry a lot and feel nervous.
Another thing that people who are anxious do is what I call the “what if game.” What if my car breaks down, what if I get sick, what if I lose my job, then I will lose my house and so on. People who are anxious tend to feel that everything is catastrophic – meaning seeing small problems as huge problems. For example, if a person’s boss is annoyed about something minor, the person thinks that he/she will be fired. Also, people who are anxious don’t see all of the times that things worked out for them in the past. They will tell themselves “that was luck” or “that doesn’t mean it will work out in the future.”
The good news is that people who are anxious can feel calmer and learn to think differently which will lead to feeling good. I provide therapy for people who have anxiety using cognitive behavioral therapy and other experiential therapies to overcome anxiety.
Jeffrey Crouch, L.C.S.W.-C.
Anxiety in Children
Most children and teenagers occasionally experience periods of higher anxiety when they start school or new activities. Once they make friends, their anxiety usually goes away. Some children feel nervous more often which can manifest in the following symptoms: poor concentration; worry; social fears; sleep problems; separation anxiety; change in appetite; and tension.
What is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is when a child often feels anxious around friends. Children and teens with social anxiety report that they worry about embarrassing themselves by what they say or do. They also report worrying about what others may think about them. Children and teens will avoid going to parties and/or going out in groups. Children and teens who have social anxiety will often try to stay home from school by saying they have stomach aches and headaches. Social anxiety can be treated using cognitive behavioral therapy.
What is Separation Anxiety?
Many children will experience separation fears when a parent has to go out without them. Children will cry for a few minutes until they calm down. Many children also experience separation anxiety when they start preschool. A child may hang on to his/her mother or father as the parent tries to leave. This behavior can last days and even weeks. Children with moderate to severe separation anxiety may needs psychotherapy to help the child and their parents learn strategies to feel safe and ‘separate’ more easily.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized anxiety in children and adolescents is experienced as pervasive worry about future events. A child with generalized anxiety disorder will have irrational worries about what can happen either days or weeks in the future. Common worries include: I will fail in school; friends won’t like me; I will get an illness; and something bad will happen to my parents. If a child or adolescent worries a lot, psychotherapy will be needed.
Karen Johnson, L.C.S.W.-C. and I both have 25 years of experience treating children and adolescents who have problems with anxiety and fears.
Jeffrey Crouch, L.C.S.W.-C.