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How to handle our individual anxieties as many prepare to return to their place of business

Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D.
Velizar Nikiforov, M.A., LCPC
• May 29, 2020

Across the United States, there are varying levels of stay-at-home orders as well as plans in place or already in motion to re-open businesses. According to a recent Gallup poll, seven in ten Americans are hesitant to return to normal activities, while across the world, mental health conditions including acute anxiety and depression are on the rise (according to the World Health Organization).

How can we manage our fears and anxiety if we feel that we lack the information to make confident decisions? How do we as individuals weigh the costs and benefits of returning to places of business and resuming some regular activities? How are anxiety and depression manifesting themselves in new ways during the current crisis? Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D., Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Program and Velizar Nikiforov, LCPC, share their perspectives on the internal factors that contribute to anxiety and strategies on how to manage these new or familiar emotions.

Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D.

Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Program

Dr. Sutton began his psychotherapy training at The Family Institute and is very pleased to return. During his doctoral training at Northwestern University, he received specialized training in CBT for both anxiety disorders and depression. He furthered this CBT specialization at Northwestern Memorial Hospital during his pre- and post-doctoral years.

Velizar Nikiforov, M.A., LCPC

Coordinator, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Program

Mr. Nikiforov is a staff therapist at the Family Institute. He specializes in working with individuals experiencing problems with anxiety, worry, obsessive compulsive disorder or depression using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment that research supports as the most effective approach for these issues.