Seasonal Anxiety Counseling Roswell 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.

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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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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Ms. Cathy Schueler
Bosque Mental Health Associates, Inc.
(505) 503-6838
7013 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM
Credentials
Credentials: MA, MSW, LPAT, LISW
Licensed in New Mexico
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsi
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Elizabeth Ann Penland
(505) 896-3444
2006 Southern Blvd. Suite 103
Rio Rancho, 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), Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Texas A&M University - Commerce
Credentialed Since: 2005-09-15

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Kathleen O'Malley Reyntjens
(505) 603-5052
110 Delgado Street
Santa Fe, NM
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, 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), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Texas Woman's U
Credentialed Since: 2008-04-24

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Mr. Doug S Southern
(575) 201-3925
Southern Counseling500 N. Main
Roswell, NM
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Trauma and PTSD, Domestic Violence
Qualification
School: Oklahoma City University
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$90 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

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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Monika Peterson
(505) 350-7160
2200 Grande Blvd SE, Suite B
Rio Rancho, NM
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), 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), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Brigham Young University
Credentialed Since: 2009-12-03

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Cathy L. Simutis
(505) 980-4060
1400 Central Avenue S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Services
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), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1986-01-17

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Wynne E. Broms
(575) 525-2425
1615 S. Solano
Las Cruces, NM
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Group Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: United States International University
Credentialed Since: 1993-05-24

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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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