Mindful Solutions for Modern Stress
Does Anxiety Feel Like a Constant Companion?
Some amount of anxiety is a good thing and propels you to work towards your goals. However, all too often, the pressures of modern life cause anxiety spiral to a place where it feels unmanageable. It can impact on both your professional and personal life and unfortunately put you even further away from reaching your objectives. You worry about performance at work only to come home to the same feelings of uncertainty about your relationships with friends and family. You want to feel close to others but end up spending so much time second guessing your choices and pushing for perfection that you struggle to really connect.
Do you regularly feel overwhelmed and stressed?
Do you often feel uncertain about how connected you are to others or feel like you are not “good enough”? Or have higher expectations of yourself than you do of others?
Do you struggle at work or jump from job to job because you are never sure you are in the right position, or question your ability to meet the demands/responsibilities of the position?
If You Resonate with Any of the Above, You’re Definitely Not Alone…
and Kate Ramstedt Counseling can help!
My approach is personalized, based on your specific needs and my ten years in private practice. I was trained in CBT but have since studied and utilize techniques from Buddhist mindfulness practices, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. Whatever the challenges, the strengths and solutions that come naturally from you will always be important in our work. You can read more about my education and training under the about page.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with
Buddhist wisdom (awareness, focus, openness and non-judgment). Developed by Dr. Steven Hayes in the 1980's, ACT is a mindfulness-based, values-oriented behavioral therapy. ACT guides us towards creating a rich, full and meaningful life, while effectively holding the pain and stress inherent in being human. Through mindfulness skills, ACT allows us to deal with painful thoughts and feelings more effectively so we avoid getting stuck. ACT then helps us in clarifying what is truly important and meaningful and takes this knowledge to motivate value driven behavior.
Self-Compassion has been dramatically influencing the field of counseling in recent years. Dr. Kristin Neff's research on self-compassion is scientifically demonstrating how this compassion towards our inescapable human imperfections can allow us to more effectively navigate our challenges. Take her self-compassion quiz and listen to great audio downloads on her website self-compassion.org.
I have a special interest in working with clients who identify as perfectionists and/or introverts. There is a tremendous amount of cultural pressure for perfection. It's easy to think that perfection will bring us deeper connections with others, but we often end up feeling more alone in this pursuit. When we give ourselves permission to be imperfect, we generally end up feeling closer to our friends and loved ones. Likewise, our cultural focus on extroversion can make it difficult to live as an introvert. Developing an appreciation for listening and being can help us affirm our value as introverts.
Anxiety is one of the most common health issues in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults (18% of U.S. population). Because of this, it is time tested and easy to treat with counseling for anxiety. Unfortunately only 4 million will receive treatment, and of those, only 400,000 will receive effective treatment. The good news is that since you’re reading my therapy website right now, you have the opportunity right in front of you to be one of the 400,000 who do it right.
Feeling anxious is NOT your fault. Struggling with anxiety is not a character flaw or a weakness … you didn’t one day wake up and decide you wanted to suffer from anxiety, did you? Of course not. Anxiety can be due to a number of causes — it can be due to recent situational factors, or can be something that has been around your whole life. It really doesn’t matter what the cause is or how long you have suffered from it. What does matter is that with the right kind of counseling for anxiety so that you can live a balanced, happy and fulfilling life by learning to:
Be more accepting of yourself, appreciating your imperfections and uniqueness.
Experience more stability around your work and career choices.
Have an increased sense of connection with a partner, family or friends.
Experience an increased sense of ability to successfully meet life’s challenges
Mindfulness-based Counseling- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present moment. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as being good or bad. Mindfulness deepens your relationships because it helps you truly connect with others, instead of fretting about the future. Mindfulness-based counseling for anxiety relieves symptoms by helping you stay with what is happening, rather than worrying about the future and what might happen. It helps you feel calmer, more secure and at peace with yourself.
Sounds kind of easy, huh? Well, it certainly can be once you start putting mindfulness counseling for anxiety into practice. One thing is for sure, as your counselor, I make any challenge you have more manageable. I can work with you to find that harmonious place where you can love yourself without always striving for perfection in every situation. Past counseling clients tell me I have a warm, understanding and authentic presence that they haven’t always found with previous counselors. Here is your opportunity to heal and be free of having anxiety in your life.
As your Seattle counselor for anxiety, I can help make this opportunity your reality…
If you are ready to start managing anxiety, take this important first step, call (206) 954-3395.