Stella Zweben Samuel is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Los Angeles, CA who struggle with anxiety and depression.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Encino, CA
It is important to look at a client's thoughts, feelings, and actions which is the basis of cognitive behavioral treatment. Helping someone to see how their thoughts are inspiring their feelings and creating their behavior/actions provides feedback to help them create change in their symptoms. Our thoughts and feelings are sometimes mistaken for facts instead of recognizing them as valuable information to focus on an experience that is important to us.
Many of my clients struggle with anxiety which creates a unique perspective of their life experiences. Anxiety usually is about the unknowns of the future and the what someone should have done or thought in the past. As a result, many clients are not living in the present moment and providing mindfulness strategies as part of their treatment is important to teach them to observe themselves and view life from the present so alleviate some of the anxiety that challenges them.
Most of my clinical experience has been working with adolescents in the last 25 years. I enjoy working with adolescents because they inspire me to be creative and to think outside of the box for strategies that might work. I have learned that most adolescents do not feel heard and I provide a space for them to feel heard, validated in their experience, and teach them skills to cope with their environment.
I have been working for over 25 years who individuals who struggle with anxiety in a variety of settings. Anxiety is a challenging feeling as it tends to overwhelm the individual who can feel completely out of control. My goals for all of my clients who struggle with anxiety is to create a different experience with anxiety, to build a toolbox of coping strategies for the anxiety, and to help the clients feel more in control of themselves and their experiences.