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Stress & Anxiety Management

In stress and anxiety management therapy, Patricia works with the patient to develop coping skills to manage stress more effectively. The goal is to develop ways to deal with stressful life situations so you keep functioning and not feel paralyzed. Stress and anxiety management can help you:

  • Deal with negative thoughts about stress
  • Manage stressful situations
  • Stop obsessing about stressful situations
  • Deal with panic attacks-sometimes in conjunction with medication prescribed by a psychiatrist
  • Confront your fears and understand that many fears are irrational
  • Anxiety, stress or guilt issues


Stress mannagement

is the "wear and tear" our bodies experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us and can create positive or negative feelings. As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; it can result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which in turn can lead to health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. With the death of a loved one, the birth of a child, a job promotion, or a new relationship, we experience stress as we readjust our lives. In so adjusting to different circumstances, stress will help or hinder us depending on how we react to it. The anxiety disorders include panic disorder, which is the fear of having a spontaneous anxiety attack / panic attack, social anxiety or agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD, which causes the development and repetition of habitual rituals and post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD which occurs after a life changing incident or experience such as bereavement or a near fatal accident for example. People with social anxiety may have specific panic attacks / anxiety attacks in situations where they feel they may embarrass or make a fool of themselves in some way. The other major disorder is generalised anxiety disorder which presents symptoms of one or more anxiety conditions in varying degrees.

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Patricia Hecht, MFT
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