Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Leawood KS

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.

James P. McHugh
(913) 663-3000
4707 College Boulevard
Leawood, KS
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), 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)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arizona
Credentialed Since: 1978-10-16

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Ms. Linda Divine
Linda Divine, LSCSW, LLC
(913) 341-7447
8340 Mission Road Suite 230
Prairie Village, KS
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Credentials: MSW, LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
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Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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John L Nieters
(913) 469-6069
Ste 103
Overland Park, KS
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PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Individual Psychotherapy, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: St. Louis University
Credentialed Since: 1978-09-05

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Ms. Karen Rowinsky
Rowinsky Counseling Services
(913) 663-3511
10551 Barkley Street, Suite 320
Overland Park, KS
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Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Marty Devins-Chaplick
MDC Serenity Counseling
(913) 515-7769
10965 Granada Lane Suite 106
Overland Park, KS
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Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Tracy E Ochester
(913) 317-5566
Ochester Psychological Services, LLC
Leawood, KS
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Psychoeducational Evaluation, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wright St U
Credentialed Since: 2004-05-13

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Neal B. Deutch
8575 W. 110th St.
Overland Park, KS
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 1991-03-19

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Ms. Linda Stiles
Stiles Counseling Services
(913) 645-1236
7240 W. 98th Ter. Bldg. 8, Ste. 150
Overland Park, KS
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Credentials: LSCSW, LCSW
Licensed in Kansas
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Helen Hewins
The Family Tree
(913) 221-4944
8826 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 215
Overland Park, KS
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Credentials: LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, St
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Sally M. Pollock
(816) 822-1922
8080 Ward Pkwy Ste 230
Kansas City, MO
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Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), 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
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Credentialed Since: 1995-11-20

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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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