Panic attacks. Unshakeable insomnia. Crushing anxiety. These are all things I’ve had to deal with in my life, but many more people are experiencing for the first time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, combined with an election year and the upcoming holiday season. We talked to Addison-based Susan Stallworth, LPC, an Inclusive Therapist, about how to deal with everything going on right now.
“There is so much uncertainty – that’s the 2020 motto,” said Stallworth. “Often, I find that maintaining therapy during the holidays is very helpful in navigating family dynamics and tense moments throughout the holidays, like the beginning scenes from Home Alone. However, in light of COVID-19, I suspect it will be more of a collective grief that people will primarily need to focus on. It’s easy to rationalize that quarantining away from family and friends during pretty much this whole year is beneficial, but the absence of holiday feasts, family laughter, and baking and cooking with friends is most likely going to amplify the feelings loneliness and disconnect this year has been so persistent in facilitating. Prioritizing therapy during this time is especially beneficial because you are allowing those emotions to exist, acknowledging them, and then focusing on how to make a clear path for new ways of connection.”
After graduating from Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, Stallworth moved back to Texas in 2018 to be closer to family. She has been a practicing mental health therapist for about five years, with a foundation based out of a psychodynamic modality (think: Sigmund Freud). Over the years, she has expanded her knowledge into areas of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for personality disorders and skills development.
“I’m a huge advocate for mental health,” said Stallworth. “I often joke that your therapist should also have a therapist, but it’s true. I’m also a big advocate for holistic care – I have been a registered yoga teacher since 2009, I am trained in nutrition and wellness consultation, and I have experience in medication management. I have always enjoyed working from all areas in my clients’ lives, as well as my own, to achieve congruence and authenticity through collaboration.”
Stallworth chose to practice out of Addison because the community just spoke to her. She is located at 15851 Dallas Parkway, Suite 615A, in Addison. “The community and park events, the friendliness of everybody, the diversity in the restaurants and businesses – it all has a small-town feel that is so close and accessible to downtown Dallas,” she explained. “When I moved here, I loved the mixture of young adults, adults, families and dogs. People are active here, and I really like that. I have found that people here care about the things that I do. Health and wellness and nature and self-care and artistic expression are all part of the culture of Addison, and it shows up in how people show up for their work in therapy as well.”
Stallworth is available for in-person or telehealth appointments, so clients can do what feels comfortable for them. Her office does ask that everyone wear a mask, take their temperature and wash hands if you are doing an in-person visit, as well as to request a telehealth visit if you have any symptoms.
If you want help dealing with depression, anxiety or any other mental health issues, contact Stallworth today to set up an appointment. And if you love your therapy, vote for her in Addison – The Guide’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards for favorite mental health counselor. Call her at 469-232-7378.