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Boca Raton psychologist offers strategies to control stress, anxiety

Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 18:19:12-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Stress and anxiety can come from many places, including the workplace.

After seeing a high rate of professionals committing suicide, a Boca Raton clinical psychologist decided to switch up her method.

At Therapeutic Oasis in Boca Raton, it’s quiet time.

With the help of clinical psychologist Nicole Davis, women aren’t just meditating, they’re taking control of their lives.

"Working women, myself included, there’s a lot of pressure to be a particular way and it’s about acknowledging what our way is and what works for us," said Davis.

It’s called mindfulness based stress reduction. In an 8-week training course using breathing and meditation techniques, Davis said the goal is to help people gain self-awareness to be able to deescalate stressful situations.

"I found myself as a single mom with no job, having to support three children and just doing it all on my own," said Lisa Ladomer, who claimed those circumstances started to lead her down a dark path. "My needs fell to the bottom of the totem pool. There were times I laid and bed and think, I can’t get up, I can’t get up."

That’s when a friend stepped in and recommended MBSR.

"I was able to bring that feeling of the meditation into everyday life," said Ladomer. "If I had a call with a client or a run in with a co-worker or something that made me really tense or anxious, I could bring in a little mindfulness practice and kind of on the spot right there in the middle of the workday deal with something."

Now Davis is hoping Ladomer’s story inspires others to take control of their stress.

If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or click here.