Connie Martin Ph.D.

Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples


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Anxiety and Stress Management

Anxiety  – or feelings of worry and fear – is a normal part of everyday emotional life.  However, if your anxiety reactions are more intense, last longer, or disrupt your everyday functioning, therapy may be able to help you regain control.

Symptoms of Anxiety and/or Stress:

Panic Attack/Anxiety Attack:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness, unsteadiness, or faintness
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling detached from reality
  • Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • A feeling of choking
  • Fears of going crazy or losing control
  • Fear of dying

Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces and/or panic attack):

  • Avoidance of public spaces (grocery stores, malls, restaurants)
  • Fear of enclosed places (elevators, automobiles, airplanes)
  • Afraid of being home alone

Social Anxiety / Social Phobia:

  • Avoidance of many social situations
  • Strong fear that you will say or do something that people will judge as “crazy”
  • Concern that you are being watched or monitored by others

Therapy can help you:

  • Reduce the frequency and intensity of your anxiety symptoms
  • Develop new coping skills for managing your anxiety, including relaxation techniques, positive self-talk, and assertiveness skills
  • Learn to identify, express, and communicate your feelings in a healthy way
  • Improve the quality of your relationships

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Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a therapist can feel overwhelming and confusing. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist so that you are able to share your concerns. A good therapist will be supportive while you process your concerns, will encourage you to make changes that you want, and will challenge you to try new behaviors and think differently. You can achieve significant improvements in your life as a result of a good working relationship with your therapist.


Therapy Sessions

In the first meeting you and I will discuss your specific concerns. You will be asked to review the problem area and you may be asked to fill out some questionnaires. You can ask me questions about the therapy process. At the end of the session, we will discuss a plan for future meetings,

Therapy sessions cover your personal history, current coping skills, the development of new skills, and the assessment of progress toward your goals. A session typically lasts 50 minutes and initially, weekly sessions are best.