If you are committed to the therapeutic process and you are willing to acknowledge how anxiety is having an effect on your ability to function to your full capacity in areas of your life that are important to you, psychotherapy from a therapist with my background and training can be very effective. While some people who experience anxiety disorders have a general idea about when they started to feel anxious or afraid, many people do not understand the complex unconscious psychological conflicts that started their anxiety and even why they may cling to it as a form of self-protection.
Psychotherapy techniques can help you to understand the origins and put new language and meaning to things that you were not able to do on your own, so that you can find begin to believe that you do not have to continue to be afraid. In addition to teaching you how to manage your anxiety, we can work towards resolving you’re the underlying cause of your anxiety so that you can become free of the symptoms and experience real healing. My approach to treatment is unique and specific based on your individualized needs and goals. Short-term and longer-term treatment options are available, and we can discuss the evidence for each method that I have to offer you during your initial consultation as part of my initial assessment.
 Anxiety is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a “normal reaction to stress”. However, this demonstrates, at minimum, a lack of understanding about the cause of anxiety, the psychology of stress, and the role of trauma.
 American Psychiatric Association (2023). What are Anxiety Disorders? – Physician Review Philip R. Muskin, M.D., M.A. June 2021. Retrieved on January 15, 2023, from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/anxiety-disorders/what-are-anxiety-disorders
 Castration anxiety is a psychoanalytic term, which Sigmund Freud described as a general fear about injury to your own body. Technically speaking, the loss of any body part can provoke the feeling of castration anxiety. Jacques Lacan, however, understood that Sigmund Freud’s sexual descriptions were just a screen covering up an even deeper anxiety. Castration, for Lacan, meant the horrifying recognition of our human fragmentation, the very fragmentation that the infant has to “cover up” through its identifications with the world as it builds up a coherent personality. Richmond, R. (1997-2022) Identity – and Loneliness: Encounter – and Trauma. A Guide to Psychology and its Practice. Retrieved on January 15, 2023, from https://www.guidetopsychology.com/identity.htm#2. Copyright © 1997-2022 Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. Reproduced and adapted with permission by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. The material is copyrighted and may not be reproduced by any means.
 Panic attacks and anxiety attacks are commonly confused, and the terms are used interchangeably. The key difference between the two is that a panic attack begins abruptly without the person typically being consciously aware of ‘why’ they are having the attack. A person, who experiences anxiety attacks, is typically consciously aware of what causes the attack and so, it’s not something that begins abruptly, which implies without warning or an identifiable cause. This is an important distinction that most clinicians and even physicians fail to inquire about when screening their clients or patients prior to making a diagnosis. Why is it important? Well, because it comes down to how we treat these different disorders. Anxiety attacks are much more manageable because they are within the person’s conscious awareness. Panic attacks are more mysterious; however, they may stop just as abruptly as they started, never to happen again. The original unconscious cause of the panic attacks may show up in treatment, or it may not reveal itself until years later when you are open to it.