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Anxiety Disorder Counseling

Anxiety is a normal emotion, which we rely on for achievement and performance. Positive engagement with reasonable level of anxiety can be motivating since it urges us to prepare for the challenges ahead (such as the upcoming public speaking). However, when anxiety becomes constant and overwhelming, it can make us timid and fearful, and we may find ourselves trying to avoid situations and people on a regular basis where we become ineffective in our daily lives. Alternatively, we may go into overdrive and become hyper-vigilant in everything we do or take on the persona of a perfectionist. Although the manifestation of anxiety can take different forms, the maladaptation typically falls within the spectrum of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder (PD), and trauma & stress-related anxiety including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

I provide a blended CBT / ERP (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Exposure & Response Prevention), attachment-based therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approach in working with clients. I have success in helping clients who are suffering from the following:

 

  • Exaggerated and prolonged worry, tension, and concerns when there is nothing significant happening

  • Obsessing about things that others don't seem to be bothered by

  • Constantly checking or seeking validation from others

  • Agonizing over large and small decisions

  • Mistreatment and/or separation as a child; attachment-related issues

  • Avoiding people and social situations

  • Hyper alert to noise, places, or personal safety