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Most Common Anxiety Panic Attack Symptoms

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series Panic disorder (PD) is an anxiety disorder that affects an estimated two to three million people in the U.S. This article explores the physical symptoms associated with PD, some of the neurological research that has provided us with insight into the causes of PD, and various treatment options for sufferers. Although agoraphobia and depression may and often do accompany PD, they are not discussed here.

What is a Panic Attack?

Panic disorder is characterized by what is known as a panic attack. Panic involves the activation of the alarm response systems that are triggered by one of a number of bodily sensations. These may be caused in various ways, including general sympathetic nervous syst...

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What is a Codependent Relationship?

Do find yourself making lots of sacrifices for your partner's happiness, but not getting much in return? If this kind of one-sided pattern sounds like yours, you don't have to feel trapped. There are lots of ways to change a codependent relationship and get your life back on an even keel.

What is a Codependent Relationship?

The first step in getting things back on track is to understand what a codependent relationship is. Experts describe it as a pattern of behavior in which you find yourself dependent on approval from someone else for your self-worth and identity.One key sign of a codependent relationship is when your sense of purpose in life wraps around making extreme sacrifices to satisfy your partner's needs."Codependent rel...

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Treating Cybersex Addiction

An Analysis of Counseling Interventions Cybersex, Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

Cybersex addiction is a widespread problem in our society that has serious consequences for both addicts and their spouses. In the first article in this series, I introduced the phenomenon of sexual addiction and outlined its effects on addicts and their partners. In the second article, I provided a transcript of a first-time visit to a therapist of couple who had been affected by sex addiction, showing what may typically occur in therapy. In this ...

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Visiting a Therapist for Sex Addiction

Cybersex, Part 2 of a 3-Part Series In my previous article in this series, I introduced the phenomenon of sexual addiction, and outlined its effects on both men and women. This article builds on that discussion by providing a vignette of a first-time visit to a therapist by a couple who have been affected by sex addiction. The following transcript is a compilation of what may typically occur in therapy. It describes a first-time appointment for a couple who are struggling with pornography use by one of the partners, in this case the husband as that is the most common scenario.

Sex Addiction in the Cou...

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Addiction to Sex Affects Everyone One Way or Another

Cybersex, Part 1 of a 3-Part Series

Sexual addiction is the inability to stop sexual behavior, even when it damages your life. It involves engaging in excessive sexual fantasies and urges in response to anxiety, depression, or stressful life situations. Sexual addiction is characterized by repetitive but unsuccessful attempts to control or significantly curtail these fantasies, urges, and behaviors. Engaging in sexual behavior without regard for the risk of emotional or physical harm to yourself or others is another hallmark of sexual addiction. This article is the first in a 3-part series in which I share the impact of Cybersex.  

Pornography and Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual function or dysfunction as a result of viewing pornography, especially on the Int...

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We’re Just Not Communicating: Thoughts from a Christian Counselor

By Patricia Lyon, MA, LMHCA, Seattle Christian Counseling, PLLC

What does this statement mean? It may mean that you are seeking some helpful communication techniques: how to fight fair, resolve conflict, express wants and needs, etc. But my guess is that both of you feel lonely – desperately lonely. Fear is often the emotion that underlies this loneliness. Our connection with our mate is deeply primal – just like the relationship of a child and parent. Stories about neglected orphans recount their lack of crying and their failure to thrive. When the marriage relationship is neglected, it is as deeply filled with grief. Failure to communicate may actually be grief at not knowing how to rescue or change the relationship. In her book Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson describes what she calls "...

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Dealing with Age-Diminished Loved Ones: Advice from a Christian Counselor

By Patricia Lyon, MA, LMHCA Seattle Christian Counseling

“I hate my mother and just wish she would die. But I shouldn’t feel like this!” said one of my friends. You’ve watched your mother decline into dementia. She thinks people are stealing from her and trying to kill her. You might even be the one she accuses. Remember, she is so afraid. Instead of reacting with anger or argument, will you create a moment of joy? Perhaps you could pull out a photo album, or give her a foot massage, or tell her a childhood story. Sometimes diversion is a wonderful cure for the raging brain that people can no longer control.

When Your Parent Regresses into Childhood

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are heartbreaking to watch. They can be so frustrating to manage, especially when you are a ...

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