Freedom From Struggling with Anxiety

Women’s Stress and Anxiety Therapy in Ballard, Seattle

Is Anxiety A Problem in Your Life?

Overwhelm, unease…
A pit in your stomach…
A racing heart…
Worry…
and a mind that never stops going…
Exhaustion…

Anxiety makes everything harder.

Women and Anxiety

If you are a woman, you are twice as likely to be affected by stress and anxiety than a man.

In today’s world, we are called upon to fulfill more roles, complete more tasks, and face more demands in a day than ever before.

Often, we carry the emotional burden for our families. We are under constant performance pressures at work and at home. We struggle to meet the high expectations we and others place upon us.

Life can become unmanageable, with too many moving parts to juggle, and not enough time or the right support to get them done. We are often left stressed, anxious, and depleted.

Stress and anxiety become a way of life- and it does not have to be this way. Anxiety responds well to treatment.

It may seem like no one can truly understand what you are going through and that you are alone in your suffering. You are not alone.

Evidence-Based Treatments for Women’s Anxiety, Worry, and Stress

Support – Insights – Tools

As a mother, wife, daughter, and professional balancing home and career, I understand the challenges you face from the inside out.

Twenty years’ experience supporting women with anxiety has made me a compassionate ally and a competent, practical guide.

I focus on working with stress and anxiety conditions so you can get the best help possible.

You will receive evidence-based therapy that has undergone empirical, scientific testing and has been shown to be effective. I feel passionate about helping you gain control over your stress and anxiety so you can feel good again.

I Work with a Wide Range of Women Experiencing Stress/Anxiety in…

Work    Relationships    Parenting    Pregnancy     Major Life Transitions

 

These are some of the concerns that the women I work with bring in. If any of these sound like you, you may respond well to the anxiety treatment approach I offer.

“I feel overwhelmed.”
“I am my own worst enemy.”
“I feel like I am never enough.”
“I am on edge a lot of the time.”
“I always worry about something.”
“I am self-critical and hard on myself.”
“I often feel panicky and nervous.”
“I’ve lost my confidence.”
“I feel guilty a lot.”
“I feel stuck.”

How Anxiety can Affect Your Body

M

Muscles aches

M

Hot flashes

M

Muscle tension

M

Headaches

M

Trembling, twitching

M

Lightheadedness

M

Gastrointestinal distress

M

Elevated heart rate

Anxiety Disorders I Treat:

N

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

N

Panic Disorder

N

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

N

Social Anxiety

N

Phobias

N

Perinatal Anxiety Disorders

N

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Free Yourself from Struggling with Anxiety with Iris Hogan

How Therapy for Stress and Anxiety Works

Chances are you or someone you care about is experiencing anxiety in a very painful way. It is hard to believe -but stress and anxiety do not have to be the enemy that hijacks your life.

I use evidenced-based approaches and match them to you and your unique needs.

I draw from a wide range of best practices from disciplines like mindfulness, compassion-based, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), positive psychology, and neuroscience.  

I wholeheartedly believe that you can learn to develop a different relationship with your painful thoughts and feelings, allowing you to live a full, present, and meaningful life. 

Goal-oriented and present-focused.

I want to help you get out of your mind back into your life- to live a vital, fully present life. This means we will spend less time talking about the past and more time focused on creating the life you want. 

In a warm, caring environment, we can look together at the challenges you are facing. You can unburden yourself, and we can find new ways to move forward. You can safely experiment with new tools and gain new skills.

What You Might Experience During Therapy

The tools acquired during therapy last a lifetime and can lead you into a fuller, more intentional, and satisfying life. I would be honored to work with you too!

  • We will focus right away on giving you strategies and tools to get some relief from acute anxiety and feeling overwhelmed.
  • I will help you to develop skills and tools like mindfulness, acceptance, different breathing techniques, and the use of self-compassion. 
  • You will learn how your body and mind react when you become anxious and what you can do about it.
  • We will explore how anxiety affects you in different areas of your life -personal relationships, career, family, and recreational choices.
  • You will learn about the role that avoidance has played in your life and how to reclaim the parts lost.
  • Clarify your values so they can serve as anchors to help you navigate difficult emotions.
  • Gain insights into your unique anxiety pattern, what triggers it, where it comes from, and how you can change it.
  • Gain psychological tools that help you stay in the present moment and connect to what is important to you.
  • …and more…

I’m here for you. Whether you’re still unsure and have questions… or are ready to schedule your first session.

Common Questions You May Have

Will Therapy Work for Me?

I want to be straightforward with you. Neither I nor any other clinician can promise that therapy will change everything or help you be completely symptom-free. I do have good reasons to be positive. The treatment modalities I use have excellent success rates. Many of the women I work with develop the skills to overcome stress and anxiety. They feel calmer and more self-compassionate and balanced. The tools acquired during therapy last a lifetime and can lead you into a fuller, more intentional, and satisfying life.

How Common is Anxiety with Women?

Women-Focused Facts and Statistics About Anxiety

  • As women between puberty and age 50, we are almost twice as likely as men to develop an Anxiety Disorder.
  • Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental disorders and concerns reported in the United States.
  • Women experience more body-based symptoms of anxiety than men.
  • Women who suffer from panic attacks experience more shortness of breath, faintness, and smothering sensations than men.
  • Women with OCD report that their obsessions are often more focused on cleaning, while men’s obsessions focus seems to be around symmetry.
  • Panic disorder tends to be more chronic in women.
  • 40 million adults, Americans, suffer from anxiety disorders. That’s 18% of the adult population in the US!
  • People with anxiety disorders are five times more likely to seek medical intervention.
  • Anxiety responds well to treatment but tends to remain unchanged without new tools and insights.
What causes anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are the effect of a unique combination of live events genetic heritage, brain chemistry and personality.

Why are women more likely than men to experience anxiety disorders?

There has been a lot of research to understand why women experience anxiety more often. Yet, there is no conclusive answer to this question. Research indicates that there are several factors at work. Biological (genetic, hormonal), socio-cultural (gender-specific learning to respond to our emotions from our environment), and psychological factors.

When Is My Anxiety Too Much, and I Should You Get Help?

8 Signs that Your Anxiety May Be a Problem?

  1. Do your worries keep you awake at night; do you have a hard time keeping negative thoughts at bay?
  2. Have you experienced a panic attack: racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, or feelings of terror?
  3. Do you feel like an outsider even with friends, like you don’t quite fit in anywhere?
  4. You’re distracted by a stream of intrusive anxious thoughts.
  5. Does your Anxiety at work, home, or socially making it challenging to excel and perform?
  6. Do you avoid activities you might enjoy because of a feeling of dread?
  7. You suffer from headaches, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, or stress-related health concerns.
  8. Is my Anxiety is hurting my relationships?
What Can I do to Feel Better Now?

10 Things You Can Do Right Now To Feel Better

  1. Cut down your caffeine intake. Caffeine can interfere with sleep, make your anxiety worse, and even lead to panic attacks.
  2. Get enough sleep. Anxiety can lead to insomnia, and not sleeping enough decreases your ability to cope with stress and anxiety.
  3. Eat healthily. Eat well and often. Several smaller meals during the day are often better than three big meals for people with anxiety. When you go without food for long periods, your blood sugar drops, leaving you anxious and irritable and eating complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables). Complex carbs stabilize blood sugar and boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter with calming effects.
  4. Avoid alcohol and nicotine. Alcohol makes anxiety worse! It offers the lure of reducing anxiety and worry short-term. Still, it causes anxiety symptoms to intensify as it wears off. Nicotine is a potent stimulant that leads to anxiety.
  5. Learn to use deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Techniques like progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and meditation have all been proven effective.
  6. Getting daily exercise can make a big difference in lowering your anxiety level. Exercise releases tension and reduces stress levels, which makes it a natural antidote to anxiety; it also releases endorphins, our brain’s “feel-good chemicals.”
  7. Limit your sugar intake.
  8. Connect with others. Spending time with other people in a meaningful way has been shown to lower anxiety.
  9. Do what’s meaningful to you. Make time for activities that nurture you and matter to you.
  10. Practice self-compassion-Having anxiety is challenging! Listen to how you speak to yourself and ask, “would I talk like this to a friend?” Try speaking with yourself in a more accepting way and observe how you feel.

Contact me with questions! I would be happy to connect.

How Much Anxiety is Too Much?
If your worrying or anxiety interferes with your daily life
—whatever that might look like to you—
That is Reason Enough to Get Help.

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