Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Bainbridge Island WA

There’s actually an explanation for seasonal anxiety. According to ayurveda, the changing weather affects your emotions as well as your body. When the weather turns cool, dry, and windy in late autumn and winter, it increases your vata dosha, which governs activity in the brain and nervous system.

Charles B. Slater
(360) 871-5407
P.O. Box 716
Manchester, WA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wash St U
Credentialed Since: 1990-03-01

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Ms. Carol Jakus
Carol A Jakus, MA, MSW, LICSW
(206) 755-9313
210 1/2 W Galer St.
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Washington
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Tr
Populations Served
Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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David J. Kosins
(206) 285-0900
318 W. Galer St.
Seattle, WA
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Group Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Primary Care
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - San Diego
Credentialed Since: 1986-08-04

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Franklin R. Lindsay
(206) 223-0050
2025 First Ave, Ste 760
Seattle, WA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Health Services Consultation to Business or Organizations, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Wash
Credentialed Since: 1980-07-18

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Ms. D'vorah Kost
D'vorah Kost
(206) 293-7108
3917 Corliss Av N.
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Life Transitions, Psychosomatic, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Seniors (60 +)

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Jay R. Skidmore
(206) 281-2916
Seattle Pacific Univ.
Seattle, WA
Services
Stress Management or Pain Management, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Biofeedback
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Virginia Tech
Credentialed Since: 1991-07-25

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Helene G. Russ
(206) 283-9637
210 W. Galer St.
Seattle, WA
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
Hebrew
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Adelphi University
Credentialed Since: 2007-10-29

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Kathie G. Larsen
(206) 284-3237
200 W. Mercer, Suite 101
Seattle, WA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wash St U
Credentialed Since: 1980-08-11

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Ms. Leslie Ora
Leslie T. Ora LICSW
(206) 782-6216
1818 Westlake Ave, N, Suite 312
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Lee Holt
Lee R. Holt, LICSW
(206) 281-9215
1800 Westlake Ave. N.,#105
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Relief from Seasonal Anxiety

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By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

Every fall I start feeling anxious and crave sugar. Why does this happen in autumn?

There’s actually an explanation for seasonal anxiety. According to ayurveda, the changing weather affects your emotions as well as your body. When the weather turns cool, dry, and windy in late autumn and winter, it increases your vata dosha, which governs activity in the brain and nervous system. Too much vata can create excessive thoughts and anxiety. You may have felt some relief from anxiety during summer—when the hot, humid weather dampens vata—but once the cold weather returns, so does vata-based anxiety.

It makes sense that you would reach for the sweets, because pleasurable foods high in carbohydrates and fat are known to increase endorphins in the brain, which help maintain a calm, happy mood. Obviously, though, the downside of eating refined sugar (mood swings, obesity, and nutritional depletion) will only add to your anxiety in the long run.

Instead, take a clue from ayurveda, and choose wholesome sweet food instead of sugar to calm your worries, boost endorphin levels, and balance your vata. Rice, milk, fresh and dried fruits, as well as whole grains and other complex carbohydrates are all sweet by ayurvedic standards and will satisfy your craving without creating further imbalances.

Another solution: Reach for a soothing hot drink, which will calm your agitated vata by its warmth and hydrating effects. Rather than caffeine, which can add to anxiety, try steamed milk (latte, hold the café), chamomile tea, or a blend of chai-like spices. As I mentioned earlier, even plain hot spring water can do the trick and has the added bonus of reducing cravings and aiding digestion.

Some additional dietary tips to balance vata include favoring cooked foods over raw and moist foods over dry, crunchy ones. (Out with the crackers, in with the rice pudding!)

It’s also important to address your overall tendency toward anxiety. Practices that might help dampen your overactive sympathetic nervous system—your fight-or-flight response to stress and anxiety—such as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, as well as regular exercise and an early bedtime, can all help stress roll off your back both at work and at home.

Author: Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

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