Therapy for Anxiety
One of the most common issues clients seek treatment for is anxiety. Even if it is not the primary issue, it tops the laundry list of things clients would like to change.
Anxiety can be debilitating and it can take on different forms. Some people are anxious about a specific problem, such as giving a speech or flying. Others may be anxious about illnesses or worried about what people think of them. In some cases anxiety can effect an individual so severely that they cannot leave their homes and therefore cannot hold down a job. The isolation they may self-impose can be devastating.
When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is a most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy — unlike anxiety medication — treats more than just the symptoms of the problem. Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears; learn how to relax; look at situations in new, less frightening ways; and develop better coping and problem-solving skills.
I work with older high schoolers and adults and I use several Psychodynamic approaches to treat anxiety such as mindfullness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Object-Relations, Self-Psychology, and Relational Therapies. These techniques are especially effective with individuals who may have struggled socially and emotionally as children and have had difficulty developing effective coping skills as adults. These approaches help heal old wounds and enable people to develop more adaptive coping skills and defenses. Research has shown these therapies to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions.
It is extremely satisfying to see clients improve their ability to have healthy and happy lives. I take pride in approaching each therapy with compassion and I make every effort to exceed a client’s expectations for care.
If you would like to learn more, call me at 925.323.0515. Thank you for visiting.