Anxiety & Impulse Control Disorders
Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and freedom.
Anxiety is a natural reaction to life’s challenges and to our personal responsibility for the choices we make. When facing anxiety, however, many people get tangled up in their thoughts. Patterns of worry and rumination create ongoing stress and get in the way of effective decision-making. Others cope with anxiety by developing unhealthy habits to calm themselves down: substance misuse, hair pulling, binge eating, sexual compulsivity, working out, or shopping, to name a few. These habits may even help find relief in the short term. The problem is that excessive rumination and compulsive behaviors can move us further away from the people we care about and the life we want to be living.
Mindfulness-based therapy can help to build awareness of stress reactivity, to get a little distance between you and your thoughts, to increase tolerance for difficult emotions, and to develop healthier coping behaviors. Most importantly, it helps to bring about these changes through patience, kindness, and self-compassion instead of perfectionism and self-judgment.
With offices in SF and Oakland, I provide evidence-based treatment for anxiety and impulse control disorders. I integrate mindfulness with cognitive behavioral strategies to teach emotion regulation and healthy coping skills. Please contact me to discuss your needs and to explore how we might work together.