Anxiety – Understanding it and managing it

Facilitated by Julia Di Giacomo, LCSW

A weekly, online group, Via a secure, Live Video Platform.
Commencing Saturday June 4, 2022 12pm-1pm. 10 weeks.

The purpose of this group is to help individuals understand the origin of their anxiety and to learn how to manage their anxiety so that it does not continue to negatively impact the quality of their life.

This group intake is currently paused due to high volume – please check back.

Julia Di Giacomo, LCSW

I have extensive experience working with women who were homeless and who endorsed a dual diagnosis as well as had long histories of trauma, loss and other co-morbidities. Given their life experiences trusting others was sometimes difficult for my clients.
As such, I developed an empathic client-centered, trauma informed approach which afforded me the opportunity to build a therapeutic relationship with my clients that not only helped them identify their goals but aided in working collaboratively with me to achieve them. It was essential that my style remain flexible and adaptable to meet their needs

Anxiety can run the full range from day-to-day stress, to ongoing anxiety, extreme anxiety or panic. For many, the anxiety they experience can impede their ability to manage their daily activities and interfere with their ability to work, meet their goals and to make progress towards the life they want to live. In fact, some individuals can become so overwhelmed by their anxiety that they cannot attain a sense of wellbeing. At times, anxiety can make individuals feel so uncomfortable that they become irritable and aggressive, and these emotions negatively impact their relationships with others. Therefore, the anxiety becomes crippling as it seeps into every area of their life, and they seek treatment to help manage it. Learning what triggers anxiety and how to manage it is necessary in order to achieve treatment goals and obtain optimal mental health functioning.

A portion of this group will provide psychoeducation on the triggers and origins of anxiety. Once group members become aware of the triggers and origins to their anxiety the group can begin to normalize the experience and explore how they are coping. The group will identify coping into two categories of healthy and non-healthy coping and will decide if some of their coping can be swapped out for better choices. The next portion of the group will focus on skills building in which members are introduced to tools and techniques such as grounding techniques which help them to “ground” themselves when feeling anxious so they can be mindful and present. This portion will also help identify the thoughts that precipitate the anxiety and ways to reframe the thoughts so that the anxiety is lessened. The member will focus on their thought patterns and be able to identify which patterns are most troublesome for them and in which environment they show up. The more the members can anticipate the environment that triggers their anxiety and the thoughts that will be experienced the more they can prepare themselves for the triggering environment and consider ways to counterattack the negative self-talk.

It is expected that the members in this group are also in individual therapy and are self-aware to know that they suffer from anxiety. Members must also know that their current way of thinking, perceiving, coping with their anxiety is not optimal and they are not effectively managing it. Members must be open to learning new tools, techniques in order to improve the way they manage their anxiety and their overall quality of life.