Therapy for Anxiety

For some people anxiety has been persistent for most of their lives. For others there is often times some sort of event (either major or minor) or phase of life that can bring excessive anxiety or stress to surface to the point where it’s impacting your day to day living and relationships.

If you experience anxiety, excessive worry, or overwhelm I will help you better understand the nature and meaning of your thoughts and feelings and collaborate with you on a number of things you can do to better manage your overwhelm. I will be with you every step of the way to better understand the roots of you anxiety, teach you a number of beneficial coping skills, and support you in stepping outside your comfort zone to change for the better.

Sometimes when anxiety has been part of our experience for a long time we can internalized the belief that being a worrier is simply part of who we are to the point where it’s easy to lose hope that we can ever be freed from it.  Frequently we negatively judge ourselves and fear being judged by others, but change is possible. Places where anxiety has negatively impacted your work, social interactions, relationships, sense of inner well-being and peace can shift and you can experience an increased level of self-esteem, confidence, and inner peace.

Many of those I work with around their anxiety tend to:

  • Worry or stress about attending a social event or engaging with others in conversation
  • Difficulty connecting in intimate relationships
  • Indulge in excessive substance use to try to cope, esp. in social situations
  • Have difficulty sleepingAlex Hoeplinger, M.A. - Berkeley Psychotherapist for Teens, Adults, Couples, & Families
  • Struggle with perfectionism
  • Use humor to cover up their anxiety
  • Feel fearful around work deadlines or having their work performance reviewed
  • Avoid certain social situations all together even though they really want to connect with others
  • Worry that others are judging them
  • Struggle to quell their inner critic
  • Anger or bitterness towards others as a way of masking their own shame or feelings of insecurity
  • Hyper focus on the ‘worst case scenario’

I can help you:

  • Learn how to better accept yourself and your limitations
  • Set more realistic expectations for yourself
  • Understand how you may be acting out aspects of your past with your anxiety
  • De-stress
  • Feel more relaxed in social situations
  • Be less critical and judgmental of yourself
  • Improve your ability to advocate for yourself in various situations
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Experience greater ease when engaging in conversations with people
  • Develop a stronger ability to make friends or feel more comfortable around the friends you already have
  • Better enjoy your life and feel more satisfied

I will help you by getting a very rich and resonant sense of not only you, but the entire sum of your life experiences up to this point. All of your experiences are very tightly and intimately interwoven to make you the person you are today. In spending a fair amount of time looking at your entire life story I will have a better opportunity than most (perhaps even you) to see various things that you may not be considering in relation to your anxiety. Our feelings, despite how confusing and difficult they can be at times, are rarely random. I believe that our feelings contain wisdom and inherent truths for us – for who we are, where we come from, and what it means to be us, which inevitably influence how we show up in the world. Anxiety has a tendency of begging for our attention to parts of our life where there are old wounds, where you have internalized negative beliefs about yourself, and relationships with others and the world. While those beliefs and defense mechanisms may have made sense for us at a younger age while you were trying to cope with whatever was going on in your life, they may now be blocking you from fully living your life. It is by addressing and working through these parts of ourselves that we can begin to move forward with our lives. I would love to be a part of that growth with you.

For more information on my approach please visit my About Therapy page. For a complimentary 20 minute phone session or to schedule an initial session 50% off please contact me at 510-329-8674.

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