Recommendations for NYC therapist to treat IBS and anxiety?
October 9, 2011 11:59 AM Subscribe
I've been suffering from increasing anxiety for the last year, and much to my embarrassment, my fear manifests itself by making me run to the bathroom! I'd like to see a nice therapist and nip this problem in the bud (or, butt). More details below.
I saw a therapist for a few months and it helped a little...but she was a bit cold and she didn't seem to understand that anxiety causes my irritable bowel syndrome (which of course leads to more anxiety and avoidant behavior, which leads to more psychosomatic digestive issues, blah blah)! I never really felt comfortable with her.
I've ruled out food allergies, I've had this problem off-and-on ever since I was young, and my symptoms correspond directly with social anxiety, agoraphobia, and my bad habit of bottling-up tough emotions.
I'm highly motivated to change, and I'd like to find someone more understanding about these issues. I like therapists who are warm and personable, and who can prompt me with questions (otherwise I tend to sit there silently and waste time).
Any recs for a pro I can talk to in Brooklyn or Manhattan? I don't have insurance so sliding scale fees are preferable, but not a deal breaker!
You can email me at email@example.com, I'd deeply appreciate any responses at all! : )