Nicole Stone

Anxiety, relationship crisis, and the separation/divorce experience.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
2 years in practice

About Nicole Stone

I help individuals and couples regain a sense of calm, connection, and authenticity in the face of anxiety, relationship crisis and divorce/separation.

As a marriage/couples and family therapist, I believe that it is through our relationships with others and with our world that we engage in the process of becoming and understanding ourselves. I work primarily with persons in transition: those who are experiencing or contemplating a transition into or out of relationships with others and those who are seeking to engage in a new relationship with themselves. Transitions such as divorce or separation, illness and bereavement, relational conflict, and traumatic experiences challenge our mental and emotional health and can result in symptoms including anxiety, depression, guilt, grief, anger, and disconnection. I work with individuals, couples, and families for whom these experiences and/or symptoms have created problems for themselves and their relationships.

My approach to therapy is client-centered, nonjudgmental, and informed by your understanding and definition of your own life story. I work to provide a safe environment for exploring what you see as problems in your life, as well as exploring the way these problems may have impacted your relationships with yourself and others. When you are in my therapy room, you can expect to be heard and understood and invited into collaborative conversations that matter to you.

About me: I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, trained in relational therapy and systems theory at East Carolina University. As a married stepmother, I am particularly drawn to working with those whose lives have been impacted by divorce, remarriage, and the varied challenges of parenting/step-parenting roles.

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It is possible that you could have or be developing an anxiety disorder. There isn't really enough information provided here to suggest a particular disorder, but it might be worth meeting with a counselor or therapist to do a formal assessment. Some of the questions they might ask could be what... more

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The fact that you mention that he is "constantly changing his mind on if he wants to work it out," suggests that Discernment Counseling might be a really good fit for you both. Discernment counseling is a protocol for partners where one or both aren't certain they want to remain in the relationship... more

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Something to remember about anxiety is that it's a useful and necessary response to stressors, and we all have a level of anxiety that falls somewhere on the spectrum from very slight to very overwhelming. Anxiety is our brain's way of prompting us to deal with the stress in our lives by getting us... more

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The fact that you're reaching out says that there is something in you that wants this to be different, and that drive might be something worth tapping into. "Why do I keep trying?" is a question that might give you some insight into what it is in you that keeps you going. A lot of therapists... more

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I would be curious about there potentially being some emotional or physical trauma in your daughter's history that she is struggling with. Physical trauma is usually easier to identify, but emotional trauma can be feeling a lack of emotional connection in her important relationships, having... more

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It could be really helpful to see a counselor/therapist about your increasing depression/panic symptoms. Finding out the cause of depression/anxiety isn't always as straightforward as it seems, since both issues tend to become patterns we engage in rather than solely related to a specific trigger... more

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There's a quote I love that says, "Wherever you go, there you are" and the book by the same name by Jon Kabat-Zinn may be very helpful for you. The thing about changing things up when they get tough is that they often aren't the things that need changing. The awesome (and challenging) thing about it... more

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Seeking professional help does not mean that you will necessarily be admitted into an inpatient setting - though to be honest, that can become an option if you feel unsafe or if you are unable to plan for safety. However, many clients who struggle with self-harm can find help in outpatient settings... more

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Everyone has some level of anxiety - it's what helps us respond to stressors in our lives and clues us into the fact that we need to respond to something going on. However, if you're feeling overwhelmed by racing thoughts, feeling like you spend a lot of energy worrying about something specific or... more

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Relationships at any amount of distance can be so hard! It makes sense that you are encountering more anxiety than usual given that major change in your relationship. And you're right that being separated from our partners can heighten our insecurities and worries about not only our relationship... more

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