Anxiety

Feeling a certain level of anxiety over big stressors or certain life events is totally normal. However, if you find that your fear or worry does not go away and, in fact, gets worse over time, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling and often passes quickly, while severe anxiety can seriously affect your day-to-day life. If you are finding your anxiety unmanageable, can’t identify the cause of your anxious feelings or if you are suffering from physical symptoms (such as heart palpations, fatigue, sweaty hands, upset stomach, or insomnia), it may be time to get help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s anxiety specialists today. 

Meet the specialists

Anxiety. It’s like the monster that never sleeps. And because of it, you’re probably having some trouble in that department too. How many days do you wake up feeling more tired than the day before? It’s like you’re spinning your wheels trying to get caught up on a never-ending to-do list. And yet somehow, it feels like it’s never enough. And it tells you that you’re not enough. There’s a big difference between feeling a little nervous and totally helpless. I’m talking about that crippling, panic-attack-inducing anxiety that leaves you completely wiped out when it’s over. Feeling a little worried over a big event is very different from feeling completely terrified of every event. The good thing is, there’s hope. You don’t have to keep feeling like your life has no worth and value.

— Dr. Zakk Gammon, Therapist in Owensboro, KY

I have experience working with teenagers and adults with anxiety related disorders, whether it’s relational anxiety or anxiety related to work/school and the ever demanding world that we live in.

— Emily Minter Stavas, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Anaheim Hills, CA
 

The presenting problem of anxiety, as well as depression, is what usually brings people to therapy in the first place. Anxiety can result from long-term stress. It can stem from life changes, even as positive as getting married or having a baby, or as negative as divorce. It can also stem from relationship issues, medical problems, or work-related issues. I have been studying and training in anxiety-stress throughout my career of 35+ years, starting with my post-doc internship.

— Dr. Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

You can't stop thinking about the future. It's hard to stay in the present. It affects your eating, your sleeping, your work, your relationships, and everything else. The good news is I've got a TON of coping skills for us to try, from journaling to improv to throwing ice cube at the side of an empty parking garage. While we try different skills week-to-week, I'll also help you look into where the anxiety truly comes from, and if there's a way to change your expectations for yourself.

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I offer a mindfulness based approach to treating anxiety. Research shows that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing anxiety. I'll teach you how to regulate your nervous system and cultivate a calm body and steady mind to reduct your anxiety.

— Jen Johnson, Counselor in Wilmington, NC

It starts like this: your chest is pounding, it's hard to breath, you are constantly worried, tense, and a feeling of impending doom takes over you. You feel scared, lost, and probably think it will never get better. BUT, there is relief! You don't have to feel anxious all the time. I can help you find peace and calm on your body by holding space to get to the root of your anxiety. I'll provide you with evidence-based tools to decrease these uncomfortable sensations and increase resilience.

— Isabel Decian, Counselor in Auburn, WA
 

I utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based treatments, along with other CBT techniques to help improve your ability to remain present and ride the wave of anxiety. My focus is on teaching how to feel discomfort and know you will be ok. Trying to "manage" anxiety or develop coping skills can be codes for your brain to avoid, which tends to feed into fear of future anxiety and panic attacks. By decreasing avoidance, anxiety reduces in frequency and intensity.

— Stephanie Hurley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

Assist clients with managing anxiety developing coping strategies - mediation, breathing exercises, and self care.

— Tamara Walker, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Livingston, NJ

I work with many clients that are wrestling way excessive worrying about the future. Or extremely overwhelmed with the present.

— Paige Towers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seansea, IL
 

Anxiety has so many causes and triggers. Anxiety can create an ever decreasing experience of the world as fear shuts us down and out. But the good news is anxiety is highly treatable. And there is not just one way to treat anxiety. Treatment involves taking good care of yourself, self-care, nurturing and gentleness. It also involves courage, facing into scary situations, regulating emotions, staying in the present moment. Hard work but worth it. Most of the modalities I use focus on anxiety relief. Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, tapping, nutrition, lifestyle changes are all tools that I utilize. Anxiety may also be rooted in trauma. Anything that resembles past hurts can send us spiraling into panic or shut down. I have taken extra courses to help me be trauma informed and mindful of how to work with your anxiety so you begin to feel empowered to live life again.

— Lynette Kreidler, Counselor in Fairlawn, OH

I have extensive experience working with clients who experience anxiety, and am trained in a wide range of treatment modalities that support this work, including narrative therapy, CBT, DBT, solution-oriented work etc. Whether you're experiencing social anxiety, panic attacks, or general anxiety - I can help you sort through what is going on, develop new coping strategies, and address the underlying root cause.

— Lacy Alana, Counselor in , TX
 

I work to provide immediate relief for Anxiety and the root cause of Anxiety.

— CRAIG GRIFFIN, Counselor in VANCOUVER, WA

I utilize emotionally focused, expressively integrated, collaborative treatment approach to treat anxiety. Help clients to develop coping strategies to promote resilience.

— Laurice Adams, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

Anxiety and panic love to take control and can be so debilitating, but I can help you fight back. I utilize neuroscience to empower you with information about what is happening in your brain when experiencing these symptoms and how you can regain control. We will discuss coping strategies to address your stress-response and talk through lifestyle changes that can decrease anxiety from building up. If sleep has been impacted, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia to help address.

— Meredith Waller, Clinical Social Worker

I believe that anxiety is a normal part of being human. It is actually useful in many ways. However, there is a line that can be crossed, where it goes from being helpful to limiting, and even harmful. I have been supporting clients as they learn to understand, manage, balance and cope with anxiety for many years.

— Taina Aceves, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chula Vista, CA
 

ANXIETY COMES IN ALL FORMS WITH VARYING INTENSITIES . TOGETHER WE TRY TO PINPOINT WHAT MOST OFTEN TRIGGERS THE CLIENT'S ANXIETY AND HOW IT MANIFESTS ITSELF. THEN WE TAKE A STEP BY STEP APPROACH TO TACKLE THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF ANXIETY, ANALYZING WHETHER THE CURRENT APPROACH IS PROVIDING SYMPTOM RELIEF OR NOT. MANY CLIENTS AFTER A SHORT TIME HAVE SIGNIFICANT RELIEF FROM THE INTENSITY AND FREQUENCY OF THEIR SYMPTOMS. MEDICATION IS SUGGESTED IF NECESSARY BUT IS NOT THE FIST APPROACH TAKEN.

— Miriam Zuroff, Psychologist in Farmington Hills, MI

generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety disorder, etc.

— Brishen Lewis-Weir, Clinical Social Worker in Fishers, IN
 

Anxiety comes in many forms- keeping you up at night, stomach turning, emotions at the surface, needing to control your environment, feeling overwhelmed in the face of seemingly small challenges. I welcome your anxious energy into the room. I'm curious about the way it seeks to protect you and move you. I offer a contained space to let your anxiety finally be fully heard and calmed.

— Polly Harrison, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I don't know of anybody who has not experienced anxiety, but it's most difficult when it clouds our judgement or gets in the way of considering effective options. Learning to slow down can be useful and can allow you to consider your options from a safer position. That is a basic purpose of the therapy room.

— Gilbert Bliss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD
 

Anxiety is commonly an issue for creative lifestyles, as there are many sources of stress to contend with. Whether it is related to finances, school, your job, relationships, or goals, let's find strategies that work for you in handling anxiety.

— Danielle Pinals, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Framingham, MA

Art making is an incredible way to soothe anxiety. I will provide you or your child with various creative coping skills to help manage anxiety. Through artistic exploration and verbal processing of art, you will gain self-insight into the roots of your anxiety. This awareness will help you be able to take creative action in your life and make changes.

— Tonia Herrero, Art Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

Bedtime is more of a nightmare than a time of peace. Racing thoughts invade your mind continously. Fear stops you from completing any goals you make. This starts a vicious cycle of anxiety and depression. It feels hopeless. With the right tools and hard work, anxiety can decrease and sleep is possible.

— Joy Parrish, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Parenthood involves many worries. When those worries take over our thinking, they become problematic and interfere with life. You don't need to be stuck with those worries and anxieties constantly plaguing you. I want to help you implement strategies to calm those thoughts, and to engage in actions that you find meaningful. Anxiety tends to shrink our world, so we will work together to help you step outside your comfort zone in a way that will help it to grow. Personal growth is never easy, but it's (almost) always worth it. We'll go at a pace you're comfortable with, but I won't let you get complacent and I'll challenge you to continue growing.

— Dr. Kevin Hyde, Psychologist in Palm Harbor, FL
 

I am passionate about using innovative techniques to treat anxiety including EMDR. I have received specialized training in a variety of interventions to treat anxiety. Anxiety can be a shared experience but it also as individual as a fingerprint. I am committed to helping people learn the tools and skills necessary to experience relief from anxiety.

— Kimberly Clapp, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

How do our bodies respond to stress? Are there truths to the thoughts we’re having? How do I manage it all? When it comes to anxiety, it is important to have clients monitor and track somatic and physical symptoms. Working through those thoughts allows us to break the barriers that exist and identify action steps to move forward.

— Evelia Ilarraz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

I take a multi-faceted approach toward managing anxiety. will help you explore the root cause of your anxiety and work on resolving any past learned behaviors and perspective that is causing you the propensity toward anxiety. W will look at preventative techniques such as ways to maintain healthy mental states and we will practice interventions skills like mindfulness, positive reframe, and tools for emotional regulations.

— Wendy Yeh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA