Anxiety and Stress Therapy

Anxiety and Stress Therapy

Anxiety and Stress Therapy

When you’re anxious, you often don’t use the word, “anxious.
You say things like you’re… Worried. Stressed-out. Distant from others. Suddenly angry. Compulsive. Panicked. Grim. Tense. Avoidant. Isolated. Easily bugged. Traumatized.
Anxiety feels awful. It’s the most common psychological complaint (close to a third of us will report high anxiety) and when it’s severe you might think you don’t know how you’re going to stand another minute of it.
At its worst, you’re convinced that you’re going to die. It feels so bad that we often avoid doing anything that might make us more anxious, and will do almost anything if it might make us feel less anxious.
How’s it hurt you? Promotion? Forget it. Meet someone? Youget anxious and act weird. Connect with my kids? All I want to do is zone out. Enjoy life? Are you kidding?

Let’s see how your thoughts increase anxiety and we’ll teach you how to change them.

Call us today at (510) 497-4174, text us at (510) 497-4174, or email us.

You are not your best self when you are anxious. If you’re anxious, you might be:
Feeling…
– Edgy, pressured, tense, panicked, angry, miserable, manic, depressed.
Thinking…
– About the worst thing that might happen. About how you might have humiliated yourself last night. About the bad thing that happened to you, maybe a long time ago. Anxious thinking chases its own tail, and makes you feel worse and worse.
– That you are powerless to fix the big problems, that asserting yourself will make things worse, that you shouldn’t get help, that it’s hopeless.
– About a bad thing that happened to you (or trying not to think about it).
Acting…
What’s it make you do? Drinking, TV, porn, shopping, compulsive OCD rituals, angry outbursts. People often do things that relieve them in the moment, but damage their lives, which leads to, you guessed it, increased anxiety. These are all forms of avoidance of challenges – and the inherent or imagined risks of failure, embarrassment, rejection, or making someone mad at you.
Acting anxious makes you more anxious, which makes you act anxious…
Anxious people often try the same thing over and over again – and are afraid to try something new, like, oh, say therapy.
I mean, you’ve tried lots of solutions on your own, right? Why keep trying, without an expert to help?

Let’s see how your behaviors keep your anxiety spiraling upwards and teach you things to do that will spiral it downwards instead.

Call us today at (510) 497-4174, text us at (510) 497-4174, or email us.

Anxious people often don’t seek therapy because, well, thinking of calling a therapist makes them anxious. But therapy is really, really good at treating anxiety, and there are a lot of things a therapist can do to help eliminate anxiety, from thought-stopping to exposure to relaxation techniques, psychoanalysis, EMDR… Figuring out what will work best for you is a key part of the therapist’s job.
Treating Anxiety – The Bridge Center Difference
We take a multi-modal approach – integrating the best tools from many approaches. We use interventions that are shown by research to be the best, and that work best for you.  We break the repetitive, upward spiral.
We will assess:
– How you think, and what you do
– The body.  Everything from recent lab values to sleep to diet to exercise.
– Relationships.  Because getting relationships working can be the fast-track to relieving anxiety.
And we will intervene. Because it’s time you had someone in your corner who doesn’t settle, and knows how to get your life on track.

Let’s look at how the people in your life actually feed your anxiety and teach you simple skills to make connecting with others help you calm down instead.

Call us today at (510) 497-4174, text us at (510) 497-4174, or email us.

Anxious people are usually not doing these things:
– Developing the simple habits that can make them feel much, much better.
– Challenging and interrupting destructive thought reruns.
– Finding increasingly better ways to connect with other people.
– Doing one little thing after another that will quiet the anxiety, and free them to get on with their lives.
But you can.
Are you ready to take that first step toward peace and happiness?

You really can get there from here.

Our Therapists

Bridge Center Therapy dan quinn

Dan Quinn, Psy. D.

Clinical Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist (CA23350)

Dan supervised the therapy and research of doctoral students at The Wright Institute, in Berkeley, where… read more

tim edwards

Tim Edwards, MBBS

Relationship Coach

Tim has worked for over 20 years coaching people on ways to draw upon their strengths, intuition, and common sense to improve their lives…read more

Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Stacy completed post graduate course work at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and trained in expressive arts therapy at the…read more

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Rob Gross, MA, MFTi

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Rob’s training is consistent with his values of respect and caring for the individuals and couples he works with. His experiences include working in community mental health, hospital based care and family services… read more

yael-stiles

Yael Stiles, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Yael helps clients identify and galvanize their strengths, and the parts of their lives that DO work, to get the rest of their lives working better…read more

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Kirsten Maier, MA, PsyD (ABD)

Licensed Psychological Assistant

Kirsten Maier has 15 years of therapy experience working with a wide range of individuals, couples, and groups in Canada. She is a PhD….read more

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