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.

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

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

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

Sandy E. Gorter-Cass
(215) 860-7001
GKC Associates
Langhorne, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1995-05-22

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Frank M. Dattilio
(610) 434-6960
1251 S Cedar Crest Blvd
Allentown, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Italian,Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1988-05-31

Data Provided by:
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

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

Alexandra C. Goldwater
(610) 692-2092
Ste D2
West Chester, PA
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1997-04-09

Data Provided by:
Dr. Henry Beck
(215) 661-8867
115 W. Montgomery Ave, Suite 201 North Wales Crossing
North Wales, PA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Multicultural Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Personality Disorders
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Kenneth Small
(717) 795-8588
410 East Main St
Mechanicsburg, PA
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Utah State University
Credentialed Since: 2006-04-25

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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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