Do you experience racing thoughts, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, or other physical symptoms? Are you avoiding people or situations that make you uncomfortable? Do you wish you could just relax and enjoy your life again instead of worrying?
Life throws many challenges at us, and sometimes we get overwhelmed, or worry we can’t handle it, and this causes our anxiety to ramp up. Intense anxiety can be uncomfortable, scary, and make you feel out of control. It can interfere with your work, relationships, happiness, and more. If not resolved, it can even lead to depression and health problems.
Ready for some good news?
Millions of people experience extreme anxiety. Just like any other problem, you need certain skills to resolve it. I’m a licensed clinical psychologist with an expertise in helping people overcome anxiety. I specialize in a type of therapy known as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). “Cognitive” simply means thinking, and your thoughts have a direct and powerful effect on how you feel and act. CBT has been shown to be the most effective method of treating and eliminating problematic anxiety. In our sessions, I will teach you easy-to-apply skills that you can use immediately to start managing your anxiety.
You’ll learn exactly what anxiety is, where it comes from, and why you are experiencing it. This understanding alone is likely to help reduce your anxiety, because you begin to recognize how and why it affects you.
Just like any other habit, our thinking patterns can become a habit too. But we can replace these upsetting thoughts with a healthier mindset. We’ll work together to help you identify problematic thinking and negative self-talk, challenge these notions, and change your thinking to be more positive, accurate, and less anxiety-provoking.
I don’t just listen and empathize–I actively impart self-empowering skills so you’re equipped with the tools you need to manage anxiety on your own. Life is never going to be completely stress-free, but you can learn to manage your emotions and reactions when difficult times occur.
Contact me to schedule a session.
But you still may have questions or concerns…
I’m afraid that if I see a therapist, I’ll find out there’s something wrong with me.
Anxiety is totally normal. It is an emotion that everyone feels. It becomes a problem when it turns excessive and starts interfering with your life, work, relationships, or happiness. It doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you, only that you are likely worrying too much about worst-case scenarios or bad things happening, and you may not know how to stop it.
In fact, anxiety disorders are one of the most commonly diagnosed – and successfully treated – mental health problems. Anxiety is a response that is built into everyone’s physiology and actually helps in times of crisis. However, because of thinking patterns developed over time, you could be creating more anxiety in your life than is necessary.
Learning about your anxiety may seem scary at first, but the better you understand it, the better you can manage it.
Is anxiety treatment really going to help?
Treating anxiety and stress is my specialty. I’ve successfully led individual and group therapy sessions at the San Francisco VA, California State University Sacramento, and Kaiser Permanente, and have seen the skills, tools, and insights help countless people of all ages and backgrounds alleviate their anxiety. My method of therapy is impactful, skills-based, and time-limited. Read testimonials from past clients on how they benefited from our work together.
How long will the process take?
How long anxiety treatment takes varies from person to person and is based on several factors including the type of anxiety you’re experiencing and how actively committed and motivated you are to the process. Because CBT is active, goal-oriented, and the most effective form of therapy for anxiety, progress is made quicker than with other approaches.
You don’t have to continue to suffer.
Contact me to schedule a session or with any questions you have about working with me.