Depression affects millions of Americans every year, and can severely impact one’s ability to function and enjoy life. Depression commonly takes the form of persistent feelings of sadness and/or emptiness, loss of enjoyment from things that used to be pleasurable, loss of energy and motivation, social isolation, changes in sleep patterns and appetite, and sometimes thoughts of death or suicide. Perhaps worst of all, depression can make the sufferer feel that they are trapped in a cycle that cannot get better, creating feelings of helplessness or hopelessness.
Things can get better. Depression can be defeated, and you can reclaim your life.
Anxiety can take many forms: chronic worry, fear of embarrassment or rejection, debilitating panic attacks, or phobias about specific places or things. Regardless of the source, anxiety can be exhausting and suffocating. Even worse, it can shrink our lives down to a small bubble of what feels “safe”, holding us back from experiencing the world, making authentic human connections, and pursuing the things that we find important and meaningful. Many people with anxiety suffer in silence, “white-knuckling” their way through the day.
There is good news: anxiety can be treated, and many sufferers have experienced remarkable recoveries through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the gold-standard approach for anxiety treatment. At Wayfarer Counseling you will learn how to use proven strategies from CBT, Mindfulness, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to master your anxiety and get back to what’s important to you.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a commonly misunderstood problem that affects millions of Americans. It is characterized by intrusive, obsessive thoughts that cause intense distress, typically followed by compulsive behaviors designed to neutralize or prevent those thoughts. OCD can take many forms: fear of germs or health issues, the intense need for things to be symmetrical or “just right”, unwanted thoughts of causing harm to others, obsessive worries about relationships, or even fears of not being “good enough” through the lens of our moral codes or religious beliefs. Sometimes called “the doubting disease”, OCD can make us feel like we can’t trust our own minds, trapping us in a pattern of obsessive behaviors, struggling to get control and relief.
You don’t have to fight alone. Decades of scientific research has demonstrated Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to be the most effective treatment available for combating OCD. At Wayfarer Counseling, you will learn how to reclaim your life from OCD.