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5435 College Avenue #201
I am a Supportive, Experienced Psychologist with 25 years of clinical experience in the mental health field. I have extensive experience in working with individuals with a wide range of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders may develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment.
I treat the following anxiety disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by excessive, unrealistic worry that lasts six months or more. The anxiety may focus on issues such as health, money, or career. GAD symptoms include nervousness, muscle tension, insomnia, abdominal upset, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
Panic Disorder. This syndrome is characterized by sudden onset of severe anxiety symptoms including: heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, shortness of breath, trembling, dizziness, fear of dying or losing control, and feelings of unreality. Panic disorder often occurs with agoraphobia, in which an individual develops a fear of being in public places where a panic attack may occur.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD often follows after an exposure to a traumatic event such as a sexual or physical assault, war, a car accident, or a natural disaster. These events initially cause intense fear or horror, followed by four clusters of symptoms: "re-living" of the traumatic event through nightmares & flashbacks; avoidance of anything which reminds an individual of the trauma; emotional numbing (detachment from emotions & other people); and physiological arousal (such as insomnia, irritability, poor concentration, or becoming easily startled).
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia). Those suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder experience extreme anxiety about being judged by others or acting in a way which might cause embarrassment or ridicule in social or performance situations. This intense anxiety may lead to avoidance of social situations. Physical symptoms associated with this disorder include: heart palpitations, faintness, blushing and profuse sweating.
Specific Phobia. People with specific phobia suffer from an intense and persistent fear reaction to a specific object or situation (such as flying, heights, insects, or seeing blood). The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation, and is recognized by the sufferer as being irrational. The initial reaction includes panic symptoms, and this inordinate fear can lead to the avoidance of common, everyday situations.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable with psychotherapy under the care of a qualified Psychologist.
Different forms of psychotherapy which I use in the treatment of anxiety disorders include psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and relaxation techniques.
Drugs used to treat anxiety disorders include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), new classes of anti-depressant medications, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, beta blockers, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
In Psychodynamic therapy, one goal is to help an individual understand unconscious conflicts which may be causing their anxiety. Often, there are unresolved issues from childhood which have continued into adulthood that are at the root of their anxiety. The mode of this type of therapy is to explore thoughts, emotions, relationships, behaviors, and dreams. This process can help an individual understand and come to terms with their conflicts, which can in turn decrease their anxiety. In Cognitive behavioral therapy, one goal is to decrease the anxiety which an individual may be experiencing in their body by using different techniques to desensitize them to feared situations. Another goal is to teach the individual how to recognize and cope with anxious thoughts and feelings to prevent them from spiraling out of control.
Relaxation techniques used to treat anxiety disorders include: progressive relaxation, guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation and biofeedback.
Individual & Couples Psychotherapy Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral & Humanistic Approaches. Relaxation Exercises Hypnosis Guided Imagery Mindfulness Meditation
I can provide an insurance bill each month so that you can seek reimbursement from any PPO insurance.
$160 per 50 minute session. Some sliding scale fees may be available.