Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Edmonds 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.

David R. Penner
(425) 640-9777
Capstone Counseling
Mountlake Terrace, WA
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), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: West Cons Bapt Sem
Credentialed Since: 1986-01-10

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Steven P. Hymen
(206) 361-7544
10740 Meridian Ave N, Ste 101
Seattle, WA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Oregon
Credentialed Since: 1996-08-13

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Caroline L. Rinke
(425) 385-3262
15418 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wash St U
Credentialed Since: 1979-08-03

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Beatrice Ellis
(206) 324-7954
823 NE 65th Street
Seattle, WA
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Couples Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Minnesota
Credentialed Since: 1997-08-13

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Mrs. Michelle Massey
Roosevelt Associates
(206) 954-5413
9415 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Washington
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trauma/P
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Kristi Marwood King
(206) 979-8177
20016 Cedar Valley Rd
Lynnwood, WA
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, 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: University of Rochester
Credentialed Since: 1994-07-25

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Bruce A. Olson
(206) 542-7516
18532 Firlands Way North
Seattle, WA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Child Custody Evaluation, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - San Francisco Bay
Credentialed Since: 1984-04-24

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Ms. Theresa Epstein
Lake City Professional Center
(206) 789-8732
2611 NE 125th St
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Washington
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Immigration/Newcomer, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Jennifer Lee
(206) 383-5995
9500 Roosevelt Way NE Suite 206
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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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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