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Are You Ready For The Turning Point?

Christine Hassell, MA, LMFT

Christine Hassell, MA, LMFT

Symptoms generated by the mind can show up in the body, as well as in mood and emotional distress.

Left to its own devices, the mind can lapse into some very destructive habits.

It can wreak havoc on your relationships, your work performance, your career objectives, your educational pursuits, even sleep problems can be caused by psychological beliefs or constructs that no longer serve you but still run in the background, like an application on your computer that you no longer use.


I developed Turning Point Psychotherapy as a hybrid counteractive/transformative approach to change.

Turning Point Psychotherapy has proven effective in treating  a very broad range of symptoms listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders as well as body oriented dysfunctions:

  1. Sleep Disorders
  2. Social Phobias
  3. Depression
  4. Anxiety
  5. Post Traumatic Stress
  6. Mood Disorders
  7. Addictions
  8. Chronic Pain Memory Reconsolidation

If you would like to eliminate symptoms and their underlying causes, I’d be honored to help. I have been a certified EMDR practitioner and Coherence-based psychotherapist for over 13 years. I have helped thousands of clients like you reach their turning points. Please don’t wait another minute. I’d like to help!

At Your Service,

Christine Hassell, MA, LMFT

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Why do  mood, food and relationships trouble us so often?  I see a  common thread that lies in the ways we think. In mental health, a thought is what we call a “cognition”.  Cognition means  knowing. Cognition means perception.  Change the way you construct your reality and the quality of your experience will follow.


100 Anxiety Symptoms +

  1.     Allergy problems that increase in how many times they happen and how bad they happen.
  2.     Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, or low range of motion  in the back.
  3.     Looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin.
  4.     Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin.
  5.     Body jolts, body zaps, electric jolt feeling in body, intense body tremor or “body shake”.
  6.     Body temperature increase or decrease.
  7.     Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin.
  8.     Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders.
  9.     Chest pain, chest tightness.
  10.     Choking.
  11.     Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out.
  12.     Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body.
  13.     Cold chills, feeling cold.
  14.     Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets.
  15.     Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue.
  16.     Dizziness, feeling lightheaded.
  17.     Electric shock feeling, body zaps.
  18.     Too much energy so you feel you can’t relax.
  19.     Falling sensation, feel like your are falling or dropping even though you aren’t.
  20.     Feel like you are going to pass out or faint.
  21.     Feeling cold or chilled.
  22.     Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange.
  23.     Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu.
  24.     Flushed face, red face, flushed skin.
  25.     Head Zaps.
  26.     Heart palpitations or racing heart.
  27.     Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy.
  28.     Increased or decreased sex drive.
  29.     Infection – increased infections, persistent infection.
  30.     Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking.
  31.     Muscles that vibrate, twith, jitter, tremor, or shake.
  32.     Nausea or vomiting.
  33.     Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness.
  34.     Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night.
  35.     No energy, feeling lethargic, tired.
  36.     Numbness and tingling, and other skin sensations on hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body.
  37.     Persistent muscle tension, stiffness.
  38.     Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard.
  39.     Pulsing or throbbing muscles. Pulsing or throbbing sensation.
  40.     Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage.
  41.     Not much interest in sex.
  42.     Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face.
  43.     Shooting pains in the face.
  44.     Shooting pains in the scalp or head.
  45.     Skipped heart beats.
  46.     Sore or tight scalp or back of the neck.
  47.     Startle easily.
  48.     Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating.
  49.     The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason.
  50.     Tightness in the ribs or rib cage area, may also feel like a tight band around the ribs or rib cage area.
  51.     Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area.
  52.     Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking.
  53.     TMJ.
  54.     Trembling or shaking.
  55.     Twitching.
  56.     Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
  57.     Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms).
  58.     Warm spells.
  59.     Weak – feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint.
  60.     Weak legs, arms, or muscles.
  61.     Weight loss, weight gain.


Symptoms of anxiety commonly associated with the chest.

  1. Chest pain or discomfort.
  2. Concern about the heart.
  3. Feel like you have to force yourself to breath.
  4. Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath.
  5. Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath.
  6. Heart Palpitations – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat.
  7. Heart – Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough.
  8. Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard.
  9. Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage.

Mood and Emotions

Symptoms most commonly associated with fearful moods and emotions:

  1. A heightened fear of what people think of you.
  2. Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits.
  3. Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
  4. Fear of being in public.
  5. Fear of dying.
  6. Fear of losing control.
  7. Fear of impending doom.
  8. Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others.
  9. Fear of passing out.
  10. Fear that you are losing your mind.
  11. Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations.
  12. Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings.
  13. Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness.
  14. Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable.
  15. Need to seat near exits.


Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the head:

  1. Burning, itchy, tight scalp.
  2. Dizziness.
  3. Feeling light-headed.
  4. Frequent headaches, migraine headaches.
  5. Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness.
  6. Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness.
  7. Head zaps, head tremors.
  8. Giddiness.
  9. Numbness.
  10. Numbness  and tingling.
  11. Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face.
  12. Shooting pains in the face.
  13. Shooting pains in the scalp or head.
  14. When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards.
  15. Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache.
  16. Clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth.


Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with hearing:

Feel like there is something stuck in your ear, that your ear canal it plugged or blocked, that there is a pebble in your ear that you can’t get out.

  1. Low rumbling sounds.
  2. Reduced hearing, frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears.
  3. Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head.
  4. Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s).


Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mind and thinking:

  1. You feel fear often.
  2. Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling.
  3. Feeling like you’ve done or experienced something before.
  4. Your thoughts or feelings seem like they don’t belong to you.
  5. The world seems strange or unreal.
  6. Less sensitive and more indifferent.
  7. Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss.
  8. Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations.
  9. Lose track of where you are or what day it is.
  10. Fear of going crazy.
  11. Fear of losing control.
  12. Fear of impending doom.
  13. Feelings of unreality.
  14. Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do.
  15. Having difficulty concentrating.
  16. Nightmares, bad dreams.
  17. Obsession about sensations or getting better.
  18. Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’.
  19. Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information.
  20. Short-term memory impairment, can’t remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago.
  21. Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out.
  22. “Stuck” thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that “stick” in your mind and replay over and over again.
  23. Trapped in your mind feeling.
  24. Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear.
  25. You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders.

Mood / Emotions

Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings:
Always feeling angry and lack of patience
Your thoughts and feelings seem like they don’t belong to you
Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
Emotionally  flat, or numb
Dramatic mood swings
Emotions feel wrong
Everything is scary, frightening
Feeling down in the dumps

Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
Frequently being on edge or ‘grouchy’
Feel like crying for no apparent reason
Have no feelings about things you used to
Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You feel like you are under pressure all the time

Mouth and Stomach

Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach:
A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste.
Swallowing too much air, stomach pain, belching.
Burning mouth as if you feel like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times.
Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these, or all of these together or at different times.
Constant craving for sugar or sweets.
Don’t have regular healthy bowel movements.
Can’t swallow easily.

It’s hard to  talk or pronounce certain letters or sounds or your mouth feels like it isn’t moving right or your  speech is slurred.
Dry mouth.
Feeling like you can’t swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat.
Feeling like your tongue is swollen.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Lack of appetite or taste.
Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat.
Mouth muscles twitching/jumping.
Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound or you have noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking.
Feeling Nauseus.
Your abdomen feels tight.
Numbness and tingling.
Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating.
Teeth grinding.
The thought of eating makes you feel ill.
Tight throat, lump in throat.
Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking.


Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the skin:
Burning skin sensations, sensitive skin.
Numbness  and tingling.
Skin problems, infections, rashes.


Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sleep:
Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams.

Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake.
Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night.
Jolting awake.
Waking up in a panic attack.
You feel worse in the mornings.


Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sight:
Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision.
Dry, watery or itchy eyes.
Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes.
Eyes sensitive to light.
Spots in the vision.
Flashing lights when eyes are closed.
Your depth perception feels wrong.


Anxiety symptoms commonly associated with touch:

Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity.
Feeling cold or chilled.
Numbness and tingling.
Tingling, pins and needles feelings.
In addition to these anxiety symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about:

  1. Having a heart attack.
  2. Having a serious undetected illness.
  3. Dying prematurely.
  4. Going insane or losing your mind.
  5. Suddenly snapping.
  6. Losing it.
  7. Uncontrollably harming yourself or someone you love.
  8. Losing control of your thoughts and actions.
  9. Being embarrassed or making a fool out of yourself.
  10. Losing control.
  11. Fainting in public.
  12. Not breathing properly.
  13. Losing control of reality.
  14. Choking or suffocating.
  15. Being alone.