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Anxiety is Not the Enemy

Anxiety is Not the Enemy

In this guide for those that struggle with anxiety, Hood River psychologist Scott Rower, PhD sharesPart #1 - Understanding Anxiety.
This first part of the guide covers the following topics: 1. Healthy vs unhealthy anxiety
2. Zero anxiety is not ideal – the need for balance
3. Anxiety is universal & pervasive
4. When anxiety teams up with shame
5. When control doesn’t seem to work
6. Some good news

Susan Jepson, LCSW

Susan Jepson LCSW - Mindful Practice Counseling and Consulting:

25 years of diverse experience enables me to provide effective, empathic and evidence-based therapy. I offer therapy and consultation for many issues and challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, life transitions and adoption to name a few. I provide a nurturing environment for adults, teens, children (all ages) and families to explore growth and healing. I am also pleased to provide parenting consultation and coaching. My focus is to help individuals and families heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths, bringing more joy, balance, connection and peace. I use a variety of trauma informed, evidence-based modalities and practices in my work:

Rythmn of  Regulation /  Polyvagal - Informed TherapyCollaborative Problem Solving (Tier II Certified)Neuro-Sequential Model of TherapeuticsPsychodynamic PsychotherapySelf PsychologySand Tray TherapySomatic ExperiencingMindfulness-Base…

August Jensen, MA, LPC Intern

August Jensen, MA, LPC Intern My guiding mantra — pause and study, rather than fix or eliminate.

Yes, we are all at war with the parts of ourselves that bring pain and suffering. Our attempts at distraction, numbing, and splitting ourselves into “good” and “bad” parts are legendary. And while conventional wisdom says “just let go and move on”, in our hearts we know this isn’t working.

So step one — slow down, turn toward all that we are, and befriend what arises like a mother does her newborn, even the most undesirable parts of ourselves. It is our birthright. 

Step two, release our conceptual misunderstanding of who or what we are supposed to be, and embrace the felt-experience of that which makes us most human — vulnerability, uncertainty, and pain. 

From this place arises an innate and natural movement to wholeness, openness, and flexibility, both in relation to ourselves, and those closest to us.

Throughout this body-centered, experiential process, there is one quality of being, as a th…