Regina Flanigan, MS, LCPC

Caring & Skillful Therapy for Difficult Moods, Relationships & Life Transitions

When you come for therapy,  I commit to helping you develop the insights and skills needed to face stress, anxiety, depression,  feelings of inadequacy,  and other challenges  in healthy ways.   My intention is to provide a nonjudgmental, empathetic space in which you can freely explore and understand  your present difficulty.   I encourage you to shift from a self- critical and demoralized stance to one of self-compassion and hopefulness.

Contemporary cognitive therapies often say that one of their purposes is to help you become your own best therapist.   This seems like a valuable goal given that most people go through life without a clear understanding about how thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors affect and interact with one another.

I  try to combine the best of conventional and alternative therapies including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT),  humanistic psychology,  and mindfulness based approaches.  These approaches may  focus on:

  • Recognizing  and questioning unhelpful and unbalanced beliefs, thoughts and attitudes
  • Learning to recognize thoughts and feelings with mindful awareness –free of judgment and oriented to the present moment
  • Changing habitual behaviors that reinforce cycles of depression, anxiety,  interpersonal conflict,  etc.
  • Understanding how to build emotional connection and respectful communication with others
  • Learning meditation,  relaxation and breathing techniques, and imagery
  • Tapping into other  mind-body healing resources such as massage, yoga, exercise,  and acupuncture

“People who are more self-compassionate lead healthier, more productive lives than those who are self-critical.  And the feelings of security and self-worth provided by self compassion are highly stable.”   

Researcher, author, Kristin, Neff, Ph.D.

Education & Training:

I graduated from John Hopkins University (JHU) with my masters in clinical community counseling in 2001, and did post-graduate training at the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute in Towson, Maryland.   I am a member of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Association of America.

Experience:

 I have strong roots in the field of mind-body connection and complementary therapies    In 1995, I came together with other colleagues to establish the Center For Mind Body Therapies and have remained an active owner since that time.

Before becoming a licensed professional counselor (LCPC) in 2001, I was a Certified Massage Therapist trained in many body and holistic healing modalities.  I have many years of practice and training in mindfulness meditation and the perennial non-dual wisdom philosophies of east and west.

Specialties

Anxiety, Worry & Stress Related Disorders:

Some 40 million American adults are said to suffer from anxiety.  So if  you are experiencing worry and anxiety,  you are not alone and steady recovery is possible.  Facing your fears, while not always easy, is a liberating, confidence building process.

My approach relies on:

  • Cognitive Behavioral  therapy (CBT) to recognize and respond differently to the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that sustain anxiety( i.e. panic, generalized anxiety and social anxiety.
  • Exposure and response prevention for OCD as well as  exposure for panic, phobias and other anxiety disorders.
  •  Existential and humanistic approaches to fear of death, acceptance of uncertainty, and the limits of our control in life
  • Mindfulness, acceptance and relaxation practices

Couples & Relationships

In working with couples, I assess for strengths and help couples respect and appreciate each other by reducing defensiveness, criticalness, periods of silent withdraw, contempt and resentment.   Counseling related to infidelity and recovery from  a partner’s previous substance abuse is also offered.

As we  most couples know from experience, relationships can be a source of comfort, joy and safety as well as an opportunity to face our deepest insecurities, resentments and areas of unresolved issues.

Depression & Issues of Self- Worth/Self-Esteem

As human beings, we usually hold both positive and negative opinions of ourselves.  Most people with depression and self worth issues see themselves as inadequate or unlovable in some fundamental way, and have a tendency to be self-blaming.  A range of approaches are used including cognitive therapy, improving social support, and changes in lifestyle.

Adjustment, loss  and Life Transitions

Life is constantly changing and some changes such as death of a loved one, a career change, retirement,  and/or divorce may lead you to wanting support, an impartial listener, new insights and coping tools.

Relaxation practices for stress, anxiety and sleep

Tension and hyperarousal are the most common symptoms of stress and anxiety.  I support clients in learning ways to calm and soothe their bodies and minds.

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