Anxiety Disorders & Treatment

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health issues facing kids and adults, and at times can be debilitating. For some, it can feel as though their entire lives are run by their anxiety. Fortunately, anxiety is also a very treatable disorder. 

I use a combination of talk therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy mostly), lifestyle changes, stress management and relaxation training that are proven to help you manage your anxiety and put you back in charge of your life. I provide all of my clients with tools they can use every day to manage their anxiety, and I'll start teaching you those tools in the very first session.

Types of anxiety disorders I specialize in are:

  • Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia

    • Panic attacks that occur out of the blue and last several minutes with at least four of the following symptoms​

      • Fear of dying​

      • Fear of going crazy

      • Chest pains, palpitations, fast heart rate

      • Sweating

      • Trembling or shaking

      • Feelings of choking

      • Abdominal distress, nausea

      • Shortness of breath

      • Feeling lighheaded, dizzy or faint

      • Numbness or tingling sensations

      • Derealization (feeling disconnected from reality) or depersonalization (like you're out of your body)

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    • A persistent and excessive worry about many things​ that is difficult to control with at least three of the following symptoms:

      • Feeling nervous, on edge, irritable​

      • Sense of impending doom or danger

      • Increased heart rate

      • Fast breathing/hyperventilation, trembling, shaking

      • Feeling weak or tired

      • Difficulty concentrating

      • Sleep disturbance

      • Gastrointestinal issues (GI)

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

    • An intense fear of being scrutinized, judged or evaluated by others in a social situation or during a performance and can cause: ​

      • Fear of losing control

      • Derealization, depersonalization

      • Dizziness, lightheadedness

      • Shortness of breath

      • Rapid heartbeat

      • GI issues

      • Nausea

      • Sweating

      • Trembling/shaking

      • Blushing​

Psychotherapy Services

 

If you have never seen a psychotherapist, you might wonder what happens in therapy.  To get started, we will set up an intake appointment where we will discuss what brought you to counseling in detail. I'll also gather information about you and your history. The intake paperwork will be emailed to you so you can complete it online before the session and we will go over it when we meet. 

In the beginning stages of therapy, we will ideally meet weekly; however, if it does not fit with your schedule or financial situation, you can stretch sessions out to every other week. When appropriate, sessions can occur even less frequently until your goals are met. As part of the type of therapy I do, you will have homework to help you practice the skills you learn in treatment and keep you focused on achieving your goals.

The time your psychotherapy treatment will take depends on several factors, but it typically takes between two to six months. Some things require less sessions and some things require more, but you can always discuss your particular situation with me. I most often utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Oriented Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in treatment. I also like to teach relaxation skills including visualization to help with relaxation and stress management. 

People often wonder if they should see a therapist or not. My advice is always that if the issue you are dealing with is affecting your relationships, health, sleep, ability to concentrate, job or any other area of your life, it is time to seek help. The first step of reaching out is always the hardest, but you truly don't have to face this alone. I am here to help whenever you are ready and will work hard to make you feel comfortable and safe from the very beginning.

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