Counseling - Oregon & Washington

"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is not trying."-B. F. Skinner

Specialities

Families

Families are affected by anxiety is many different ways.

  • A child with anxiety can create conflict between the parents as they negotiate behavior modification strategies
  • It can cause problems between siblings because the child with anxiety gets more attention
  • It can also make the child or adolescent with anxiety feel guilty for all the distress they are causing their family

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental, emotional, and behavioral problems to occur during childhood and adolescence.

Young children often express their anxiety externally. They show it by crying, meltdowns, and asking for reassurance. Preschool and Elementary kids often act more restless, irritable, and experience body or stomach aches. Adolescents often deal with their anxiety differently than younger children. They may internalize their anxiety, which means they often withdraw from people because of their fear.

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) is an effective way to identify and work through anxiety in families.  Email deb@dmertlich.com to get more information

Adults

I enjoy working with children/families as well as working with adults. I like the combination because the treatment can be slightly different, but anxiety still affects peoples lives. When anxiety becomes excessive it can become debilitating and lead to an anxiety disorder.  Some of the common symptoms tied with anxiety include excessive and intrusive worrying, agitation, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, tense muscles and trouble sleeping.

According to the ADAA, "Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year."