Kristen McClure Therapist's Anxiety Treatment and ADHD and Depression Updates

Every day I read and learn things that help my clients and myself. I have done this for as long as I can remember. When I first became a therapist , I used to stay late at my job so I could photocopy information from my supervisors office. This was in the 90's when computers weren't as much of a thing as they are not.

I was always a voracious reader. I am usually reading several books at a time. I collect bits of information, look for themes and patterns, am constantly looking for ways to help my clients think about their lives so they can be free from their suffering.

On these pages, I am just share bits of information that I find cool and interesting that you may or may not find helpful. Some are my thoughts and some are notes on other's thoughts.

ADHD and college accommodations

As a parent choosing a college is an extremely important step for your child when they are ready. It’s important to note that many kids who have ADHD are not ready at 18 or 19 for college. We know children who have ADHD have brains that lag in social and emotional development. So while your […]

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alcohol and anxiety

Alcohol and Anxiety Many women feel like they consume alcohol in a way that directly impacts their anxiety levels. It can be tough to determine how alcohol is affecting your mood and overall well-being, especially when anxiety is already a complex issue. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and therefore can have an effect […]

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anxiety and driving

Anxiety While Driving Anxiety while driving is a common phenomena. Many of my clients experience it. If you have it, it may be severe enough to be categorized as a specific phobia. That is, you have a phobia of driving, like someone would have a phobia of spiders, or of small spaces. You may be […]

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Depression and Relationships: What to do when someone you love is depressed | Kristen McClure therapist

Depression and Relationships: Tips to Help you get Through when someone you live is depressed.   One of the challenges of depression is that it affects the entire family system. Often when I am meeting with individual clients in my office, the topic of their spouse or family member and their behavior comes up. Usually […]

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DBT Skills to Manage anxiety: 9 Quick Tips and a Review of the Four Components | Kristen McClure Therapist

NINE  Quick DBT skills to manage anxiety   1. Label your emotions – say to yourself,” I notice that I feel lots of emotions.”   If you’re feeling anxious, say to yourself, “I notice my anxious thoughts are rapidly coming into my head.” 2.Practice letting go of anxious thoughts like “something bad is going to […]

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Facts about Antidepressants

Today I am learning about antidepressants. I recently had an experience with a client who was hesitant to take antidepressants and had questions for me. Basic ones that, as a therapist, I should be able to answer, I think. I found myself feeling at a loss and uninformed. I know antidepressants help some of my […]

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Predatory Listening

I have a family that can sometimes thrive off of debate. They aren’t always great listeners, and sometimes, I can feel uneasy and uncomfortable during dinner conversations.  Occasionally, it feels like they are preparing arguments for what they want to say while you are talking, rather than listening to you. It doesn’t feel good to […]

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How to get enough sleep

To get a better sleep, you don’t just need to  get enough hours of rest. You also want quality slumber–the kind that helps restore your body and mind so they can keep performing at their best levels! My clients who struggle with anxiety, depression , or adhd  are surely headed towards difficulty when it comes […]

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women and anger

Women and anger: Permission to Feel Angry Many of my female clients have a difficult relationship with their anger. I spend time in therapy working on giving women permission to feel their anger, learn how to understand it, accept it, and figure out what to do with it when they experience it. I believe anger […]

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Three steps to manage your self critic

Three Steps to manage your self critic One thing that consistently impedes our ability to be happy is what we call the inner self  critic. Many of us, along the way, have fed and nurtured a voice in our head that says harmful things to us. You know the voice that tells you others are […]

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