Anxiety Therapy

Therapy for anxiety

One of the most common issues I treat as a therapist is anxiety. Many people deal with anxiety to different degrees. While some experience symptoms strongly, for others it’s less obvious and can be intermingled with depression or life dissatisfaction. Or maybe it’s been in the background for so long it feels natural to have a pervasive sense of “anything could go wrong at any moment.” Tiring and isolating, anxiety has reached epidemic levels in our culture. This is especially true in cities like San Francisco where we’re encouraged to live and work at such a fast pace. The good news is, it’s treatable. You can find emotional balance and live more in the present.

Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety can manifest in many different ways, most commonly:

  • Chronic worry
  • Trouble concentrating or being in the present
  • A feeling of dread
  • Feeling preoccupied with worst-case scenarios
  • Irritability, exhaustion
  • Emotional insecurity
  • Physical tension, racing heart rate, shortness of breath
  • Getting angry at yourself for being anxious

How holistic therapy can help with anxiety

A holistic approach addresses how anxiety shows up in the body, mind, and emotions. Together we look at how it affects the different aspects of your life, taking into account your wellbeing, relationships, and work. Understanding what is at the root of the anxiety and what perpetuates it will help determine what direction will give you relief.

Tailored to each person’s needs, areas of exploration can include:

  • Understanding what triggers the anxiety
  • Addressing root causes
  • Practicing tools to reduce overwhelm
  • Decreasing self-criticism
  • Unhooking from comparison and perfectionism
  • Calming the fight/flight response

Types of anxiety I work with

I work with generalized anxiety, relationship anxiety, and life transitions, as well as overwhelm about ecological crises.

A note about self doubt, perfectionism, and authenticity

By far the most common type of anxiety I work with is relational, whether it’s in your relationship with yourself or others. Anxiety is often a tangled up ball of feelings of inadequacy, self doubt, and the drive for perfection. That sense of not being good enough can lead to chronic self-evaluation and criticism. If you are constantly striving to feel good enough, chances are the people in your life see you as competent and confident but this doesn’t match how you feel inside at all. Living a divided life is usually frustrating and lonely. I specialize in helping people who feel split in that way have a more authentic and satisfying life.

Want to explore the possibility of working together?

If you would like support and want to see if we might be a good fit, call (415) 820-3202 or use my online calendar to schedule a phone consultation at no charge. There is no obligation to set up an appointment after we speak. And if I’m not the best fit for you I’m happy to give you referrals for other therapists.

Anxiety resources

Meditation and mindfulness
Tara Brach has a wealth of free guided meditations on her website.
The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center website has free meditations and online mindfulness classes.

Meditation apps: Check out InsightTimer, which is primarily free. Headspace is a good option if you are new to meditation and want step by step instructions. It has a free basic course and a monthly subscription if you want to continue.

Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach
The Guide to Compassionate Assertiveness, Sherrie M. Vavrichek
The Anxiety Tool Kit, Alice Boyes


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