Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Farmington NM

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 Stacey
(832) 224-5610
Choices Counseling313 West Apache Street
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety or Fears, Family Conflict, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Houston Clear Lake
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Native American
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Mary Eisele Cummings
(505) 672-3102
P.O.Box 4854
Los Alamos, NM
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arizona
Credentialed Since: 1978-03-17

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Michael R. Pitts
(575) 522-5466
1395 Missouri Avenue
Las Cruces, NM
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Individual Psychotherapy, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Adler School of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1996-04-12

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Ms. Heather Wulfers
(505) 310-2913
1503 Llano Street Suite A
Santa Fe, NM
Credentials
Credentials: MA, LMHC
Licensed in New Mexico
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Psychosomatic, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Richard C. Raynard
(505) 466-6325
15 Moya Loop
Santa Fe, NM
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University at Buffalo/SUNY
Credentialed Since: 1979-09-04

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Ms. Shara Moscinska
Placitas Healing Center
(505) 385-1932
03 Homesteads Rd. Ste. E
Placitas, NM
Credentials
Credentials: MA, LPCC
Licensed in New Mexico
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issue
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Jennifer Gillespie
Jennifer Gillespie MA, LPCC
(505) 231-3047
2074 Galisteo Street, Suite B-3
Santa Fe, NM
Credentials
Credentials: MA, LPCC
Licensed in New Mexico
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Obese or Overweight, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

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Janet K Robinson
(505) 265-0154
201 Tulane SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of New Mexico
Credentialed Since: 1997-01-27

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Mrs. Jane Rowland
Jane Rowland LISW
(575) 910-4425
500 N. Main Suite 400-J
Roswell, NM
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in New Mexico
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Algirdas S. Fedoravicius
(505) 345-6100
9426 Indian School Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
German,Lithuanian
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Waterloo
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-15

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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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