Anxiety that significantly interferes with daily life is one of the most common psychological difficulties people face in United States, yet many people who struggle with it never seek help due to a lack of clear information on how to treat anxiety as well as perceived stigma around seeking help for emotional struggles. Left untreated, anxiety can become debilitating, as it often leads people to avoid whatever perceived task or tasks that are causing the anxiety, which only causes those tasks to seem even more overwhelming and hopeless when they can no longer be avoided. It is common for people struggling with anxiety to subsequently develop symptoms of depression as well, when they no longer feel hopeful that they can address their challenges.
Fortunately anxiety is highly treatable. I draw on methods from cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapies to help people feel the confidence necessary to begin tackling their challenges, so that they can break out of vicious cycles of anxiety and avoidance. Many people also feel self-critical for being anxious in the first place, as our culture tends to blame individuals for any perceived deficits in productivity and achievement, which of course only worsens anxiety. I help people to examine their anxiety through the lens of their life experiences so that they can have compassion for why they may feel the way they do and also so that they can start to distinguish between how tasks that rightly may have felt more overwhelming in the past may be more manageable in the present with the proper support.