Dr. Kristin Schaefer-Schiumo| Manhasset NY


Anxiety Counseling in Manhasset

Are You...

  • Experiencing excessive worrying about certain aspects of your life or struggling to concentrate?
  • Experiencing shortness of breath, increased heart rate, trembling or dizziness?
  • Finding yourself with persistent unwanted feelings, thoughts, or fears of situations or objects?
  • Constantly feeling irritable and on edge?
  • Partaking in routines or rituals as an attempt to prevent these thoughts?
  • Feeling as if you're in danger?
  • Experiencing overwhelming panic or a lack of control?

Is your child...

  • Worried that something bad will happen to their family?
  • Experiencing stomach and/or headaches?
  • Uncomfortable during social interactions?
  • Excessively worried about the future?
  • Frequently absent from school due to their extreme worry?

If you answer yes to ANY one of the above questions you may want to speak with me. I can help you improve your life!

Treatment for Anxiety

Everyone feels anxious from time to time. Stressful situations, such as meeting tight deadlines or important social obligations, often make us nervous or fearful. Experiencing mild anxiety may in fact help us become more alert and focused on facing and resolving challenging or threatening circumstances. But if you experience extreme fear and worry that does not subside, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. The frequency and intensity of anxiety can be overwhelming and interfere with your daily functioning. Fortunately, the majority of people with an anxiety disorder improve considerably by getting effective psychological treatment. Because anxiety can interfere with your relationships, sleeping patterns, eating habits, work, school, and routine activities, it is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy.

Effective treatment can significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with your anxiety, allowing you to resume regular activities and regain a sense of control. Rather than treating symptoms alone, as medications do, therapy aims to identify and address the source of the anxiety. The self-reflective process of therapy helps people to understand, unravel, and transform anxiety and learn self-soothing techniques to use if anxiety flares up again. We will work collaboratively and may incorporate lifestyle adjustments to help relieve anxiety such as meditation, stress-management and relaxation techniques, self-care, exercise, and eliminating or reducing intake of stimulative substances like caffeine.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely-used therapy for anxiety disorders. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions. Cognitive behavioral therapy addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves. As the name suggests, this involves two main components:

  • Cognitive therapy examines how negative thoughts, or cognitions, contribute to anxiety.
  • Behavior therapy examines how you behave and react in situations that trigger anxiety.
The basic premise of cognitive behavioral therapy is that our thoughts-not external events-affect the way we feel. In other words, it's not the situation you're in that determines how you feel, but your perception of the situation. If anxiety is something you experience and struggle with, it is important to seek treatment and to include family members when possible.

Mindfulness Meditation

Many people are now open to using mindfulness meditation as way to facilitate the healing process. Mindfulness meditation provides a way for you to work with emotions at a very deep level, paying attention to the "here and now." Together, we will work to help you become aware of your negative, distorted thoughts such as "I am not worthy," or "I can't get anything done right" and learn to acknowledge them, without judgment, with the understanding that these thoughts are not accurate reflections of reality. This will allow you to begin to view your thoughts as less powerful. The experience of "learning to observe your thoughts" ultimately leads to your distorted thoughts having less weight and impact on your emotions and body. This will allow you to make more room for the wonderful benefits of peace, calm and focus in your everyday life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

At times, deeply-held beliefs may interfere with or block the successful treatment of your anxiety. The experience of trauma can leave many of us with dysfunctional beliefs about ourselves. Some examples include: "I'm worthless," "It's all my fault," and "I have to be in control of everything all of the time." Such beliefs can easily lead to feelings of anxiety as well as anger, shame, compulsive overeating, self-sabotage, and a fear of success and/or failure. EMDR can successfully remove these blocking beliefs about the self and the world. EMDR is then used to install positive, helpful and accurate beliefs about the self and world. Often, removing the "interference" of blocking beliefs allows individuals suffering from anxiety to begin to be open to other forms of effective treatment.

There are many different forms of anxiety and people may become anxious for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have developed anxiety in response to significant life events, such as a change in marital status, death of a family member or friend, expected or unexpected career changes, or financial difficulties. No two people experience anxiety in exactly the same way. I understand that you may feel overwhelmed, but excellent treatment options are available.

I have training and experience in a variety of modalities, and I can help you develop a plan of treatment that makes sense for you. I have successfully worked with a wide range of individuals struggling with anxiety, from moderate to severe, and collaborate with other mental health professionals as needed. Many of my clients are high performing, creative individuals who struggle with anxiety symptoms. If anxiety is interfering with your life, it is important to work with a mental health provider. I can help.