My mind and body are in perfect balance. I am a
~ Louise Hay
My name is Ina Lasmane. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, grief & loss, phobias, family of origin issues, relationship difficulties, and career/employment concerns. I offer therapeutic approaches that are research-informed and are proven to have good therapeutic outcomes.
My approach to therapy is solution-focused and action-oriented. I incorporate traditional as well as nontraditional approaches such as EMDR Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Thought Field Therapy, Mindfulness, and other new and cutting edge approaches. I am interested in how negative experiences and trauma impact the brain and the methods to heal the brain via emotional, cognitive, and sensory reprocessing and resourcing.
Clients have told me that after working with me they feel calmer, more joyful, and whole - as if a large weight has been lifted off. If you are contemplating a change, please give me a call. Appointments can be scheduled by clicking the "Appointment Request" tab. If you have any questions, please click on the "Contact Me" tab.
Ina Lasmane, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified EMDR Therapist
Certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (Master Practitioner)
Therapy for Anxiety: "What if" Thinking Tips
A typical symptom of anxiety is “what if” thinking. What if I ended up alone? What if my kids get sick? What if I don’t get that job? What if the plane crashes? What if thinking increases the fight or flight response and leads to more anxiety. Anxious thoughts can be like noxious weeds that take over your mind space. Your mind can go over and over the same worry like a hamster on a hamster wheel without a solution. This is called rumination. Like tomatoes, anxious thoughts need pruning. Here are some simple tips to deal with these types of worries:
- First identify if you have a real problem or at what point it may become a problem. Remember, real problems have real solutions. If you start your thought with “what if” most likely it is a worry.
- If it is a real problem, make a plan and follow steps to address the problem. Doing so will give you a sense of control. Procrastination and avoidance breed anxiety. The more you avoid, the more anxious you will feel. Embrace “just do it” attitude like the Nike slogan says.
- If you determine that it’s a worry and not a problem, use thought stopping. Simply say “STOP” to the thought and redirect your mind onto a something positive and productive - such as what’s for dinner or when is my next vacation? Replacing worry thoughts with pleasant imagery like a beach scene can also be very helpful.
If you need additional skills for managing anxiety, feel free to contact me. You can do so by calling or clicking on the “Contact me” form or tab.