Anxiety is the most frequently diagnosed mental health disorder. There are many treatment options. We can co-create a treatment plan based on your needs. Please call us if you need help: (415) 496-5496, or fill out the contact form on this website.
Anxiety is an adaptive & natural response that we all experience to varying degrees. Sometimes, however, our anxiety builds to levels that interfere in our lives. Occasionally, anxiety may even escalate to a degree that becomes debilitating.Anxiety includes a variety of clinical diagnoses: generalized anxiety disorder; panic disorder; phobias; obsessive-compulsive disorder; & PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Anxiety is often triggered by negative thoughts (cognitions) that can distort our perceptions and result in behaviors that interfere in our relationships, work, and ability to relax and enjoy life.Anxiety is often accompanied by a range of physical symptoms: elevated heart rate; rapid & shallow breathing; sweaty palms; upset stomach; head aches; tight shoulder/neck/jaw muscles; & teeth grinding. Anxiety may also show up in our unconscious in the form of classic anxiety dreams resulting in disturbed sleep and fatigue.Our therapists utilize an integrated approach to treat both the cognitive distortions as well as the physical symptoms of anxiety. This integrated treatment approach incorporates both short-term goals of symptom reduction as well as long-term goals to address and alter the underlying cognitive distortions.Effective long-term treatment and management of anxiety may include a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, EMDR, relaxation/mindfulness exercises, homework assignments to practice these tools, as well as referrals to consulting physicians (traditional & holistic) for further evaluations when appropriate.When effectively understood and managed, anxiety can then return to its useful role; reminding us when we need to pay closer attention to the dynamic, and occasionally stressful, circumstances of our lives.For more information, or to schedule an initial appointment, please: call (415) 496 5496; or send us an email at email@example.com
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