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Anxiety Therapy in Idaho

Did you know anxiety is something that most of us will deal with over our life course at one time or another? While it is a natural response to stress; however, for some of it feels more of a regular 'way of being', while others it can be purely situational.

Anxiety is also a common experience for individuals that experienced childhood emotional neglect, as a result of being raised by an Emotionally Immature Parent (EIP). This, due to the individual's lived experiences and the likelihood that the EIP is prone to anxiety as well, which increases the odds that this will be experienced by their child.


I believe that having an understanding of where it comes from and accepting that it is here to communicate something to us are two essential components of learning how to better navigate and manage these feelings. 




Symptoms of anxiety vary for each individual. They range from Cognitive (Thoughts) to Physical (Sensations) and we cope with these symptoms byway of various behaviors, usually avoidance.

Physical Symptoms

  • Heart Pounding/Racing

  • Shaky

  • Changes in Breathing rate

  • Temperature Changes

    • Feeling Flushed (hot face)​

    • Sweating

    • Going Cold

  • Butterflies in stomach

  • Feeling nauseous

  • Difficulty Swallowing

  • Muscle Tension

  • Headaches

  • Stomach/Digestive Issues

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Excessive Worry: the "what-if's"

  • Mind going blank

  • Feeling like "I'm going crazy"

  • Dissociating

  • Catastrophizing: worst-case scenario thinking

  • Ruminations/Obsessive Thoughts

Mood Symptoms

  • Nervousness

  • On-edge

  • Irritable

  • Agitated

  • Fearful

My Approach

There are various treatment approaches to address anxiety symptoms. The primary ones I utilize include: Mindfulness and Relaxation Skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). I work in collaboration with each individual and utilize the treatment approach(es) that best serves their needs, symptoms and root causes of the anxiety. One of the most difficult components in decreasing symptoms of anxiety is to decrease avoidant behaviors. That's why it is so beneficial to have tools and support along the way. 

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