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"Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strengths."
- Corrie Ten Boom

Welcome to Therapy for Anxiety and OCD

Are you experiencing constant anxiety or obsessions? 
Does it seem stressful, overwhelming or discouraging?
Are you struggling to feel in control of your life?
Have you tried to solve the problems in your life on your own and realized you need help from someone else?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have made the right choice by being here. I know seeking help can be hard. You've likely been debating seeking help for months if not years, but I am so glad you have taken the courageous step of being here.

 Together I can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome your challenges. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, OCD, or parenting an anxious child, it is important that you know you don't have to be alone in this journey. I have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. 

I understand no two individuals are the same, and I tailor my sessions together to address challenges unique to you. I will work together to understand the root cause of your struggles and address them with long-lasting strategies, helping you get closer to the life you've always wanted. 

If you're ready to work towards the life you've always wanted, I am ready when you are.

It's 8:30 a.m. and you're running late...

It's 8:30 a.m. and you're running late. You know that you have to leave right now if you have any chance of being on time to work. You grab your keys, walk out the front door and check to make sure you locked the door behind you. You start to walk to your car, but you have a nagging feeling that you need to check the lock again. Rationally, you know that it's already locked, but you can't shake the feeling that you have to go back and do it again just to be sure. You consider ignoring the urge to check, and experience a jolt of anxiety that feels impossible to manage. Instead, you spend the next ten minutes unlocking and relocking the door until it finally feels "right," an inexplicable sensation that no one else seems to experience or understand. You drive to work, feel stressed and overwhelmed, or perhaps defeated and discouraged, because you know it's another day where your thoughts and feelings got in the way of living your life.

You roll over in bed and look out the window...

You roll over in bed and look out the window. The room is dark and quiet, with only the neon red "2:59 a.m." from your clock illuminating the room. You find yourself thinking about a disagreement you had with your partner before bed. Before long, it feels like a million "what if's" are playing on repeat. What if my partner never sees my point of view? What if my partner never understands how I'm feeling? What if our relationship isn't as strong as it used to be? What if my partner doesn't think we can be happy together anymore? What if my partner decides to leave me and we get divorced? Something that started as a small disagreement has quickly escalated into something that feels insurmountable. You feel anxious and feel more certain than ever that your relationship is ending. No matter what you do, it feels like your brain won't "shut off" and you begrudgingly accept that sleep will be impossible tonight. You know your partner is going to feel frustrated when you seek reassurance in the morning, but it seems like the only way to quiet the raging storm happening inside your head.

You finally make it to work and settle in at your desk...

You finally make it to work and settle in at your desk. You hear the person next to you sneeze twice. Your anxiety starts to spike as you think about the germ particles floating in the air and settling on your personal items. You pull the sanitizing wipes out of your top drawer and wipe down your keyboard, mouse and the top of your desk. You still can't shake the feeling that your hands are "germy," so you use the hand sanitizer that always sits next to your computer screen. You still have a nagging worry that your coworker is going to get you sick, but you do your best to push those thoughts away and focus on today's work. After ten minutes, you finally feel like you're focused and getting work done. All of a sudden, your coworker sneezes again and jokingly says, "Get used to hearing this today. I guess I caught my daughter's cold."  This seemingly insignificant comment triggers anxiety at almost unmanageable levels. You know you can't leave work and yet you can't imagine sitting next to this person for the next eight hours. You pull a mask out of your desk drawer and use another pump of hand sanitizer, knowing that your hands will be dry and cracked from all of the sanitizer before the end of the day.

Sometimes it feels like no one else can truly understand what it feels like to suffer from anxiety and OCD. Does this sound like you?

Meet Stephanie McKinney, LCSW

The most important part of our treatment process is our relationship. My priority is that you feel heard, respected and validated, because all too often we feel isolated, alone or unsupported. It's important to me that my clients have support and never have to shoulder the burden of anxiety or OCD alone.