Understanding Anxiety Counseling
Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. My name is Kama Jensen, and I’m an anxiety specialist working with simple and complex anxiety conditions. I believe in a transparent and kind counseling relationship, and I’ll help you find your way through the fog of anxious fear.
How Can an Anxiety Specialist Help?
An anxiety specialist can make the process smoother and less complicated. Many of the patients I counsel have experienced problems trying to find help. Some of the symptoms can be embarrassing, humbling, or confusing.
I offer clear and easy clinical diagnostic assessments, and tailor counseling plans to meet your specific needs and concerns.
I’ll truly hear you, and I will not judge you. I will understand.
I’m a compassionate professional who loves her craft and caring for patients’ concerns. I travel and invest in my training, mainly with national experts, to bring quality interventions to the Midwest. These interventions or “mastery skills” are impactful and effective. Mastery skills are not quick-fix techniques, but practices that will support a healthy mind. You will learn helpful ways to incorporate these life-long practices.
Isn’t All Anxiety the Same?
I can’t stress how important it is to have an assessment. There is not one singular ANXIETY. There are multiple reasons for your fear-system to get activated.
The four main categories of anxiety concerns are (1) experiential (how you respond to thoughts, emotions, and sensations), (2) trauma-based or relational anxiety (activation of your nervous system), (3) medical (such as panic with COPD or high severity of anxiety with thyroid conditions), (4) and neurodiversity (which involves an element of being overwhelmed or overstimulated such as with ADHD or a TBI).
Beyond the categories, anxiety treatment should target specific themes and concerns. The solutions have to match the problem.
I enjoy helping people understand what’s happening in their bodies and minds. Then, we can collaborate for success because counseling should not be a passive process. It’s 100% okay for you to want your medical provider to care about your well-being, listen to you, and have smart options for solutions.
Other Important Anxiety Factors
Practicing since 2003, I’m an educator, writer, and researcher. If something isn’t working for a patient, I’m investigating the concern. Research has taken me down the path of being cross-trained in various medical concerns impacting mental health.
At least 30% of people seeking help for anxiety or depression have attention or executive function impairments (EF) – so EF training is integrated into my practice. Many people also struggle with insomnia – so I’ve rolled CBTi into the counseling experience.
Also, hormone shifts can have a significant impact on the severity of anxiety! It’s rewarding to help women struggling with PCOS, hormone imbalance, perimenopause, and menopause. Hormone tracking, wellness education, and resources are key to getting a female body back on track. A stressed body will cause an anxious mind. No joke – it isn’t a pleasant experience.
Lastly, pain. Pain management is going to have a significant impact on mood, irritability, and anxiety concerns – so it always needs to be considered in the counseling process.
Simply put, good outcomes come from a comprehensive review of what’s happening for you. It isn’t always just an anxiety problem – it can be a complex set of issues. We’ll start with the simplest solutions and go from there!
Are you ready to talk about the anxiety you’re experiencing?
It’s okay for you to talk about what’s happening. Things will make sense during the process. Your symptoms may be confusing now, but the confusion will fall away as you learn more about what’s happening.
Clinical counseling offers specific, research-supported treatments for particular anxiety & depression conditions. I’ll provide a simple, clear clinical assessment to explore the nature of symptoms and develop an appropriate care plan for each step of your care. I specialize in the following conditions:
Do you like to research, too? If you’re interested, you can look up these interventions. However, you don’t need to know everything about the process. That’s my job.
I’ll explain things in understandable terms. I want to help you decode an anxiety disorder, but most of all, I want to help you learn how to grow and fully engage in your life.
I offer research-supported, contemporary treatments, including:
Do you need your support on-board?
People struggling with an anxiety condition often benefit from adapting how they communicate with their partner or spouse. As anxiety symptoms are usually running the show! It’s helpful if your partner supports your recovery. I can coach your partner in helpful ways to communicate, break reassurance patterns, and offer compassionate support.
Loving partners enjoy feeling more confident in how they offer support to their partners. It’s a win-win. With the new patterns, couples can learn how to bond over other topics and enjoy each other without worry being the primary topic.
Are you working with another medical provider?
Working with a trusted medical provider or psychiatrist? I’d love to coordinate care with your medical team or prescribing physician – or we can keep this separate, too, if you desire more privacy.
If you need assistance finding a great provider or would benefit from a referral, I provide referrals to trusted providers in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area.
At CLCEC, we support both medication and holistic treatment plans. Again, it comes down to what’s the best option for you and your recovery.
Do you need to use your insurance?
Clinical counseling is an intervention for a medical condition, such as an anxiety condition, ADHD, or depression. These are recognized medical conditions and you may use your insurance to help with the cost of treatment. I currently accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Minnesota, Sanford Health, and private-pay.