Counseling & Consulting
Phyllis Ann Crawford, LPC
Most of my clients want to thrive. They want the deeply fulfilling career and the strong bonds of a loving family. I bet you do, too.
Stress does take a toll on the body. It decreases the ability to think straight and cope well. It can interfere with good interactions with friends, family and co-workers. Left untreated, stress contributes to many chronic and life-threatening health problems.
The depression, anxiety, conflict, and negativity that often accompany stress get in the way of the genuinely healthy and satisfying life.
Did you know that the problems listed below are all signs of stress?
Difficulty with memory
Anxious or racing thoughts
Agitation or inability to relax
General unhappiness or depression
Irritability, short temper
Feeling lonely and isolated
Some people seem to thrive on stress, but if you aren't one of them, your stress could be at the root of the miscommunication that turns into relationship conflicts, decreased self-confidence, lower productivity, slower career progress, and confusion or inability to make the good decisions needed for lasting happiness.
That's not how you want your days to be, but maybe right now it could seem inevitable to you.
There might be physical problems, too, that originate in an overload of emotional stress. It's not often that we really connect how constant stress can contribute to the despair and hopelessness of depression, or the chronic fear and self-doubt of anxiety.
But you might be very aware of how a high demand work or family life contributes to overwhelm. Maybe you tell yourself that it won't always be this way, that if you just work harder and longer, or juggle more obligations, you'll survive okay.
Don't you want more than
a life that's just surviving?
As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, my goal is to help you successfully manage everyday difficulties, and to find a renewed sense of direction and peace within your life.
In counseling you can learn how to use thoughts and emotions to transform stress and its consequences into confidence and appropriate personal empowerment.
Getting counseling doesn't mean there is something wrong with you. It means you have perceived a problem and are smart enough to turn to an expert for help in resolving it.
For example, maybe you aren't sleeping well, or you are sleeping too much on the weekends, and missing too much family and friend time. Then, you feel bad, or guilty, and frustrated.
Perhaps you're experiencing panic that makes you think it's a heart attack, or having too many headaches and digestive upsets. You may have some methods for reducing these problems temporarily, but they aren't getting to the underlying cause -- chronic stress.
The good news is that you can
turn this around. I can help.
Maybe you've tried counseling before and didn't find it of much help. Well, that can happen when a client's goals need a particular type of therapeutic approach.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, also called CBT, is especially well suited for overcoming stress and its related depression and anxiety. Not all counselors are trained to use this approach, or have the depth of experience with it like I do.
I can help you navigate the complexities of life and feel renewed, refreshed and relaxed. If you are searching for ways to bring peace and tranquility to your life, I look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
Call me now at
and we can begin your journey
toward a blissful state of renewal and balance.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression?
Do you ever feel like you’re
ready to snap?
Wishing for easier days?
If you are like the majority of adults in this country, you know life can be very stressful and demanding. Stress or distress as it is sometimes called, can lead to anxiety and /or depression, and that's not all.