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Anxiety Therapy

We offer in-person services in Lafayette, CA and Toluca Lake, CA, and also online services to all ages (children, teens, adults).

About Anxiety

Anxiety comes in many forms. It can feel like butterflies, like stunning fear, loss of control, or excessive worry with running thoughts. Anxiety can feel overwhelming. It might show itself as shakiness, tension, or even feeling sick. Another type of anxiety, what we call existential anxiety, occurs when the anxiety correlates with a sense of lacking purpose, meaning and/or place in the world.

We understand the nature of anxiety, including existential anxiety. We are experienced at addressing anxiety on several levels to help you, whether a child, teen or adult. We work to help you feel better and gain freedom from anxiety. We also really get how symptoms of anxiety can be confounded by neurodivergent traits and high sensitivity, and we work to help you manage that as well.

Anxiety Can Be Different In Neurodivergent Individuals

We understand and can pinpoint neurodivergent traits, overexcitabilities (OEs), sensitivities, overwhelm, and other intensities that support or are otherwise interwoven with the experience of anxiety. We understand that neurodivergent individuals tend to follow a thought so deeply that it can be easy to get lost in it. We really get that the neurodivergent mind can be very in tune with the possibility of potential danger, and thus more likely to activate anxiety.

You are not alone.

We Offer Experience in Anxiety Treatment

TheraThrive therapists are integrative. This means that we use a  variety of methods and techniques in order to form a treatment plan that will fit your individual needs. This includes understanding your particular personality, traits, strengths and challenges. We will typically utilize more than one psychotherapy treatment modality.

Anxiety Signs and Symptoms

  • Pervasive worry
  • Emotional outbursts, especially directly or indirectly related to a fear or worry
  • Fears (ongoing, new, or recurring)
  • Intense perfectionism
  • Avoidance, or manipulating situations so that the end result is being able to avoid something that is worrisome, or to avoid something that relates to a fear
  • Agitation
  • The sensation of a tight or heavy chest
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling sick when faced with (or thinking about) what is worrisome

Types of Anxiety We Treat

  • Anxiety related to adjustments
  • Generalized Anxiety or Chronic Worry
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Panic
  • Specific Phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), including Perfectionism-OCD
  • Social Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety related to PANS/PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome)

We Help With

  • Increasing insight and self-understanding, to address what is underlying the fear
  • Identifying triggers and anxiety behaviors
  • Unraveling the complexity of anxiety interwoven with other challenges
  • Managing overthinking
  • Re-gaining a sense of freedom by not avoiding situations
  • Learning self-soothing and self-calming techniques
  • Gaining perspective, exploring the complexity of the larger picture
  • Addressing underlying and historical aspects of anxiety