HOW DOES THERAPY FOR ANXIETY WORK?
At Oasis, we will teach you to tame your anxiety. If you experience panic symptoms or panic attacks, we will arm you with tools to manage these moments, and over time come to fear them less. Secondarily, we will help you work on the deeper challenges that may be contributing to your anxiety, so over time, you experience fewer panic symptoms.
If you anxiety is connected to big life decisions, we will help you build resilience, and confidence in your choices. We’ll do this by shoring up your strengths and tackling the obstacles. You will learn to better assert your needs to yourself and others, and create healthy boundaries. Over time, your brain and nervous system will learn that they don’t need to create a stress response every time a new transition or big decision comes your way.
We have seen this approach work time and time again to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress both for individuals and couples. When you feel more mental and emotional safety, you are freed up to move through life more mindfully, and less anxiously.
The way we do this practically in therapy...
First, we want to know all about your strengths and how we can build on them. I want to know how you’ve gotten out of tough times before.
Then we want to know what’s getting in your way? Where are you getting stuck?
We use a really practical approach of teaching skills and tools that you can start using right away. By lowering your day to day stress, we will free up space to work on the root issue of building confidence. Our goal is long term change, so you can tackle any challenge life throws at you.
What about medication?
If you are currently on medication, we are happy to work with your psychiatrist or physician to coordinate treatment planning. And if you think medication might be necessary, we will refer you to one of our trusted medical partners.
While medication is a common treatment approach for symptoms of anxiety, studies show that therapy is as effective as or more effective than medication alone. And, psychotherapy has been found to offer benefits that last long after treatment has ended.
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— Elyse Gong, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA