My name is Josh. I am 41 years old. I am married to a beautiful lawyer and together we have 3 beautiful boys. I design buildings for a living and work from home in Pennsylvania for an architecture firm located in Florida.
During my senior year of college, I experienced my first panic attack, which spiraled in to months of suffering from chronic anxiety and depression. After serendipitously finding the Midwest Center for Anxiety and Depression, I started my road to recovery. Over the following months I learned about my condition, and slowly recovered from the chronic anxiety and depression, but over the years, continued to battle mild bouts of anxiety and depression.
About 15 years after college, I hit a wall with my anxiety and depression. It seemed to “come back” harder than ever, and for no apparent cause. This is when I was connected with Janine as my coach.
When Janine and I started talking, I felt confused at my “relapse”. Looking back, I think the one thing that gave me the greatest confidence that I could recover was the fact that Janine had a similar story with overcoming anxiety and her own personal challenges, which ultimately ended with her success story!
Initially, my goals were to just feel “normal” again, not realizing that the “normal” way I had been thinking in the past was THE reason for my suffering at the moment. Janine had a variety of tools to introduce, but I think it was the candid conversations and non judgmental personality she has that helped me not fall in to a defensive shell when discovering about my self.
I call Janine my angel here on earth for many reasons. She always made herself available when I needed to talk. She could relate and be empathetic, and she always had an idea that worked for her or book she read that could help. I ALWAYS felt better after talking with her.
Janine’s experiences have given her the tools to successfully help people recover from anxiety and depression. I think her belief in me recovering was stronger and definitely more helpful than my family physician! I am grateful for Janine’s helping hand in what I now see was the beginning of my journey towards insight/ enlightenment.
I’m Operations Manager for my family’s electronics repair business located in Pennsylvania. I began working with Janine to get better at dealing with social anxiety, worrying, and self-confidence issues. My goal was to learn how to reduce the role that these fears played in my life. I was able to achieve this through discussions during our weekly sessions as well as practicing the exercises and suggestions Janine provided.
I have come to understand that I had been putting too much pressure onto myself. I’ve learned to make decisions more easily now. I also didn’t realize just how much I was concerned with how others think of me. I’m getting better at being more confident in who I am. Two things that particularly helped me were going through the exercise of logging all of my negative thoughts for a period of time and also practicing not giving attention to anxious feelings.
Janine truly understands what causes anxiety, panic, worry, and so on to manifest itself. Her wealth of knowledge combined with her kind, patient, and encouraging demeanor make for an amazing life coach. John
When faced with the crippling affects of anxiety and the fear it brings to your life, it is very hard to understand.
Having Janine as my coach, who also suffered from anxiety and knew exactly what I was feeling was one of the main reasons for my recovery. I looked forward to our weekly phone call.
Janine was the person who was by my side helping me conquer things that I never had to think about doing before. She gave me the tools and the strength I needed to face my fears and even more so the confidence. When I regained my strength she gave me the key to open that door to being anxiety free!! Thank you Janine, not only did I conquer anxiety, I gained a friend.
Diane – New Jersey
I recommend working with Janine.
For myself, she gave me a whole new insight into the relationship between anxiety and depression. I had already experienced a lot of anxiety, depression, and anger. But I got a better understanding and better coping skills from the new insights and the new skills that I practiced.
Janine, you were sincere, open, and knowledgeable…and you worked with a good program. I followed the materials and you helped me apply it to myself. The most difficult part was when I couldn’t see myself very clearly and you did not push, you just asked me to delve a little deeper. For this I thank you, because that acceptance of my stance added to your kind questioning, did offer the ground where a new attitude could grow in me. I also feel the two way communication was enhanced by your sharing of similar feelings.
Finally, I simply learned a lot about the issues of anxiety and depression. This has been helpful in my relationships and mentoring roles. Thanks again Janine. Carol
I struggled with anxiety since I was a child. As an adult I appeared outgoing, but inside I was not always confident and very anxious.
Janine gave me the tools to overcome my anxiety. An example is that I would have negative thoughts about a conversation I had with another person in the past. I would feel extremely angry towards that person, even though her statements had nothing to do with me.
I thought that she should have behaved in a certain way. Many times my expectations of others caused my thoughts to spiral to the point where I was more focused on how my anxiety was making me feel. I wrote the negative thoughts down, and changed them into thoughts that were truthful, and made me feel better. It turned out when I kept track of my thoughts, they were NOT true and quite often laughable.
Janine also knows how to attack a problem by asking insightful questions. She was a joy to work with.
Now that I am anxiety free I have stronger, better relationships.
I wanted to let you know how you helped me and how grateful I am to you.
“One night I lay in bed praying for relief from my anxiety. Medications gave me horrible side effects and “white knuckling” it wasn’t working. I needed something real. The next morning I turned on the TV to see The Midwest Center’s infomercial and Lucinda Bassett. After putting skepticism aside, I called. My personal coach, Janine was great! I kept an open mind with each session.
Some I would approach and look at the title and say, “ I don’t need that one.” Well, that was usually the one that I needed the most! Janine and I talked once a week. She gave me insight, support, and helped me fully understand each session. It has been 2 years since I completed the program and I continue to live anxiety free.
That’s not to say things don’t come up, they do. But now I can handle them. Now I live my life in peace and I know I can handle anything. My most sincere thanks to you and the MWC for giving me my life back.
I would say I was on a journey a few years ago when I look back at my life. I was lost, with little self-esteem. However, I did not know this. I thought I was physically ill. My body literally hurt and I thought I had every illness in the book, especially since I was a nurse. I found Janine from the MWC for Stress and Anxiety.
I am here today to tell you that I found myself and understand what was really going on in my head. I physically didn’t feel well, and lost a lot of weight, but with the help of my coach Janine, I found myself again. I use the tools very frequently and I have sticky notes posted in the areas that I see every day. The five basic steps that lead me to a glass half full instead of half empty are the steps I used when I became anxious.
Positive affirmations instead of persistent negativism are the key to a healthy life. So my story goes: I became engaged and also became extremely anxious for several months. I could not even talk about a wedding let alone visualize such a thing. So with Janine’s help, I was able to identify why I had such severe anxiety. Through weeks of coaching found out who I was, not what everybody wanted me to be.
I didn’t have to be the perfect wife I thought I should be; I realized perfection was not healthy. Once I realized my problems and stopped worrying about the what if’s, I was ready to move forward. I am now happily married to a wonderful man who supports me and understands me. People must be able to work through their own issues in order to be able to feel good about themselves. That alone makes you feel that you have accomplished a great deal. Thank you Janine.
My coaching experience with the Janine from The Midwest Center was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s hard for me to open up and tell someone what I’m feeling where she can understand it and where I wont feel judged.
I was extremely anxious and depressed and didn’t ever think I would be able to function and live a so called normal life. Today, I have a brand new home that I share with my wonderful husband, and a job that I love and this is therapy in itself. Janine helped me see that I’m not alone and if you really work at it, you can overcome anything.
She kept me motivated and it was nice just to be able to share my troubles with someone that didn’t know me and that I couldn’t see and that she couldn’t see me. I really could tell her anything. Thank you Janine from the bottom of my heart.