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Anxiety & Depression Counseling

"True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness"                                                                                                                                                -  Brené Brown PhD, MSW

What if they figure out that I'm not as good as they think?

Does insecurity, worry, or self-doubt get in the way of your joy? 

Too often we believe that to be secure, safe, or accepted, we must perform a role.  This role might be what we think others expect, what we've learned will earn an approving nod, or even what keeps certain parts of us away from the public eye.  Finding, trusting, and loving our true selves can feel impossible, or even downright dangerous.  So, we choose safety, but the internal price - anxiety, shame, anger, depression - is high.  And before long, working to avoid the danger of exposure is a full-time job, and the pain just keeps increasing despite our best efforts to keep it at bay.

Although pain is an inevitable part of life, you don't need to suffer. 

The problem is that we have been told that being happy means not being worried or sad or vulnerable.  The best therapists know that this is simply not true.  It seems counterintuitive, but it is what we do to protect ourselves from pain that leaves us stranded in suffering, having traded our most valued life for an elusive "escape". 

 

True happiness comes from the ability to experience and be at peace with any emotion as it comes and goes.  When we learn not to run from anxiety or sadness or shame, they stop dominating our experience.  Therapy for depression and anxiety is not about stopping you from feeling hard emotions, it is about helping you embrace the wisdom that your emotions provide with acceptance and flexibility. .

Therapy can be hard. Finding your valued life path is worth the struggle.

None of us live in a perfect world.  Tragedies and disappointments occur; we all experience grief and loss and find ourselves in frightening situations.  The goal of therapy is to help us gain the skills we need to face these inevitable situations.  Therapy shows us what innate strengths we already possess, and how to use them to disrupt unworkable patterns that keep us stuck so we can truly live according to our most cherished values.   Therapy is not a chat about how your week went, and it is not passive.  It requires hard work and stark honesty. It is filled with hope and purpose so you can move forward having found your path to True contentment.

 

Dr. Mohr brings experience, authenticity, and evidence-based therapies to her practice .

Dr. Mohr has more than 20 years experience working with high-functioning adults whose external achievements hide internal struggle.  She specializes in resolving stress-related issues and relationship struggles using evidence-based therapies scientifically shown to create the outcomes clients are seeking.  For individual therapy, Dr. Mohr primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but other "gold standard" behavioral therapies are included when necessary to help her clients achieve real, lasting change. 

 

ACT is a "3rd wave" behavioral therapy meaning that the model of change includes components of acceptance and mindfulness.  ACT is often considered a "process based" therapy because clients are encouraged to become aware of the process by which experiences, thoughts, feelings and behavioral responses come together in patterns.  ACT teaches clients to pay close attention to these patterns as they play out so they can come to understand the processes that define them and where change might be possible.  Mindful awareness of the present moment is critical for "seeing" the process as it happens.  Acceptance of events that cannot be controlled allows the client to choose the most useful response rather than feeling compelled to react in automatic, and often destructive or unhelpful ways.  Dr. Mohr has been studying and practicing ACT since 2000 and has found it to be extremely powerful for creating rapid and lasting change.

 

Therapy is an active process that challenges participants to shift long standing, emotionally entrenched patterns.  In therapy, you and Dr. Mohr will work together to set clear goals, monitor your progress, and create real, measurable change.  The first step is to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to determine if Dr. Mohr is right for you.  Please visit the Contact Us page to ask questions and schedule your consultation.