Seasonal Anxiety Counseling East Stroudsburg PA

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.

Nicole Brogna
(570) 279-4940
134 Broad Street
Stroudsburg, PA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Marywood University
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$150+
Payment Methods
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Diana B Shanley
(570) 861-6219
523 Sarah Street
Stroudsburg, PA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Univ. of Scranton
Year of Graduation: 1981
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$90+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Ms. Theresa Steinbacher
(610) 915-8014
Theresa Steinbacher, Licensed Professional Counsel123 Walnut Street
Kunkletown, PA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Kutztown University
Year of Graduation: 1987
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Jack Porter
(610) 642-6876
1205 Manoa Rd
Wynnewood, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-25

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Edward Karmiol
(610) 449-3121
1727 Green Valley Rd
Havertown, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Play Therapy, 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.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Pennsylvania State University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-19

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Aspire Counseling and Consulting
(570) 704-5856
Aspire Counseling and Consulting134 Broad Street
Stroudsburg, PA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues, Brain Injury, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: Columbia University
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Helen Heeren
(570) 503-6969
523 Sarah St.
Stroudsburg, PA
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 1986
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Jeffrey B. Bryer
(610) 431-3575
West Chester Psychiatric Assoc
West Chester, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Boston University
Credentialed Since: 1983-07-12

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Ms. Cheryl Hoover
Cheryl A. Hoover
(570) 524-0881
11 Reitz Blvd. Suite 101
Lewisburg, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Stress,
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Heather Evans
Evans Counseling Services
(610) 282-5735
550 E. Station Avenue
Coopersburg, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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