Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Laurinburg NC

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.

Ms. Lilla Khalsa
Expressive Arts Alliance
(828) 777-1962
Samasati Center for the Healing and Creative Arts 440 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC
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Credentials: LPCC
Licensed in North Carolina
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Runa
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Gifted, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured, College Students
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Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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William James McCann
(336) 703-1883
Piedmont Plaza Two
Winston-Salem, NC
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Primary Care
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Antioch University New England
Credentialed Since: 2002-07-24

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Ms. Joanne Koster
Joanne Koster, PLLC
(252) 714-4324
620-A Lynndale Court
Greenville, NC
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Credentials: M.Ed., MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Persona
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Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
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HelpPro.com
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Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Marissa A Cangin
(336) 802-2205
Cornerstone Behavioral Medicine
High point, NC
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease, 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), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Immaculata University
Credentialed Since: 2008-12-08

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Mrs. Lisa Partin
Lisa Partin MSW, LCSW
(336) 392-3690
1107 West Market St
Greensboro, NC
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Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief
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Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
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HelpPro.com
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Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Rita Katz
Cape Fear Counseling & Psychotherapy
(910) 794-8210
6303 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC
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Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
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Military/Veterans, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Roxanne Barksdale
Hillsborough Institute for Change
(919) 732-8722
Ste. 102 960 Corporate Drive
Hillsborough, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW, CTA
Licensed in North Carolina
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pr
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Kim Mitchell
Creative Solutions Counseling, LLC
(919) 782-0272
5561-201 McNeely Drive
Raleigh, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Mindy Davis
A Work In Progress Therapies, Inc
(910) 483-8713
915 Bingham Drive
Fayetteville, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW, CHSMS, SAP
Licensed in North Carolina
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family D
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Twins, Disabled, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured, Biracial
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Wolfgang W. Riedel
(704) 443-0173
7912 Honey Fig Road,
Charlotte, NC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
German
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-25

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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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