Anxiety is the body's normal response to perceived threat. It can be experienced in a number of ways, including shaking or sweaty hands, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, panic or a sense of being frozen. One of the worst parts about anxiety is the feeling that there is nothing you can do about it. There are numerous techniques you can learn to manage anxiety on your own instead of feeling helpless.
Symptoms of depression include sadness, poor sleep, difficulty concentrating, loss of enjoyment, tearfulness and sense of being overwhelmed. Depression is miserable. Sometimes it has a cause, such as loss, but other times it seems to come from nowhere. Depression can be treated, it can get better!
Couple Counseling -
Our quality of life is very much affected by the quality of our relationships. Whether it is our relationships with family, friends, coworkers or others, good relationships are very valuable to our well being. Sooner or later, however, every close relationship experiences conflict. How challenges are managed can enhance or detract from the health of the relationship. It is possible to learn skills and techniques to enhance the health of your relationships.
Life transitions/Grief and loss -
Life transitions can be challenging whether they are positive, like a new job, or detrimental, such as loss and grief. Sometimes it helps to talk it through with someone who is not involved.
I am available to work with clients age 14 or older. I accept most major insurance plans, employee assistance programs and self pay. Unfortunately, I cannot accept Medicaid, although I am able to work with Medicare.
Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues -
Does food rule your life? Do you spend most of your time thinking about what to eat or not eat? Does the scale determine your mood? Is the mirror your enemy? Do the people who love you express concern about the way you eat? Do you ever feel out of control when it comes to food? Have you ever wondered if you have a "food addiction?" Are you looking for a healthy diet instead of yo-yo dieting? Maybe asking "What should I do about my weight?" is the wrong question. It is possible to manage food, weight and eating issues in a way that leads to success, improved self-esteem, better health and more time and energy for the really important things in life. Using concepts such as Health At Every Size®, intuitive eating, and set point theory, all based on extensive research, normal eating is an achievable goal.
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are all recognized diagnostic categories. However, issues around food and body image that do not quite meet the criteria for one of those diagnoses can still be debilitating and damaging and they can improve with treatment. Poor self esteem is often linked to poor body image. Improving body image leads to improved self esteem.
Nancy Ellis-Ordway is available for supervision for graduate social workers who are working toward licensure.
1.5 or 3 hours
The work we do can be exhilarating and gratifying, while simultaneously discouraging and exhausting. While we try to make the world a better place, we have to find ways to manage our time and focus. How do we care for ourselves and find personal balance while dealing with the challenges of daily life? Good self care is an investment in our capacity to do the work we love. Bring your ideas and experiences to share
As social workers, we are often focused on the safety of others, but how do we keep ourselves safe as well? We frequently deal with people who are angry, frightened or desperate. We are less effective if we are also frightened. This workshop is designed to increase a social worker’s competence when in a possibly dangerous setting, and thereby increase confidence and comfort, which will enhance the working relationship.
This program has been approved to meet the Kansas state requirements for safety awareness training
This workshop meets the ethics requirement for Social Workers
3 hours, (This workshop may be combined with "What's Eating You?" presentation for a full day)
Increased stigma is an unanticipated consequence of the overwhelming and contradictory information about food, eating, weight and health. Weight stigma affects people of all sizes in ways that are personal, cultural, economic and social. As agents of social change, what is our responsibility to engage with this dynamic? How do we do so?
3 hours, (This workshop may be combined with "Ethics, Social Justice and Weight Stigma" presentation for a full day)
In social work practice, we often encounter clients who are struggling with body image, nutrition and weight concerns. What can we learn from research and clinical experience, and how do we sort truth from marketing? How do these issues affect quality of life and what can we do about it?