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Anxiety symptoms can include worry, restlessness, sleep problems, irritability, and muscle tension. Below are some of our blog articles on anxiety management tools. You can also take a look at our our webpage on anxiety.

Here in Ventura County, people have been through a lot.  The terrible shooting at Borderline, immediately followed the Woolsey and Hills fires; so much trauma, so much loss, so much grief, so much sadness.  And of course, many people have had trauma in their lives for a long time, well before these incidents.  With trauma… Read more

Life can be difficult, and sometimes we get discouraged. So often, our attitude is the result of how we think and on what we choose to focus. Here are seven rules for having a better attitude. Wait to Worry.  What were you worried about last year?  Did any of it really happen?  There are a… Read more

Until a couple of years ago, I had never heard of this.  Then I met a young woman who described in detail how agonizing it was for her to hear her family members chewing their food, or her fellow students cracking gum, or making any other sort of mouth noise.  The clicking of pens and… Read more

“From the moment he was born I knew he would be more difficult than my other children.”  “She cried almost non-stop for the first two years.”  “He will only eat chicken nuggets and refuses to try any new foods.”  “Getting dressed in the morning is always a battle, because she cries and complains that her… Read more

In September 2006 (nearly 10 years ago) I presented a seminar to the Conejo Valley Mental Health Professionals Association at the Sherwood Country Club. A few weeks later an article appeared in the Acorn newspaper entitled “Demystifying Sensory Dysfunction” that summarized the seminar. The article pointed out how children, teens and even adults may have this… Read more

When life throws things at us, we try hard to make sense of the chaos.  This is especially true in our relationships, both at home and elsewhere.  We have interactions, we pick up signals, things just happen, and in an effort to make sense of it all, we tell ourselves stories.  As author Brene Brown… Read more

Fall is definitely here, and with it the beginning of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and next comes Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s.  For some of us, this is a time of gratitude, joy and happy anticipation, and that’s wonderful. But for some, the holiday season is very difficult.  It may be… Read more

In my many years of practice, I have encountered quite a few people who don’t realize that they are what is called “a highly sensitive person”.  What does this mean?  It means that some people have a nervous system that is more easily over-whelmed by too much stimulation.  They don’t like too much of anything… Read more

Recently I read an article in Psychology Today that discussed a simple change in how we talk to ourselves.  It seems that if we are in the habit of using the first person “I” as we talk ourselves through a situation, we raise our anxiety levels.  If we use the third person, our names, we… Read more

So many clients have asked about group therapy for social anxiety, general anxiety and other related issues.  Here is some info on a new group starting up in Camarillo.  If you contact them, please let us know what your experience is like. ADULT SKILLS GROUP for individuals struggling with OCD and Anxiety issues. The goals… Read more

A while back I wrote a letter to doctors who refer to me, explaining what happens when they refer a patient for anxiety.  Here’s the letter, with some additional thoughts below. My general treatment plan for…..anxiety When you refer a patient for anxiety, chances are that they are experiencing symptoms severe enough to cause at… Read more

Harper’s Bazaar has a great article on how one woman overcame her chronic anxiety. See if its tips can help you or someone you love… Read more

Many people have a fear of dentists.  Anxiety about dental visits is extremely common, and may be related to having had a bad experience as a child, a painful experience as an adult, or having a very sensitive nervous system that translates mild discomfort into pain.  If you believe that you have symptoms of dental… Read more

The final post in our “Best of Families Counseling” series is one we can all use — how to do deep breathing and progressive relaxation for stress management. It was originally posted on 8/10/2008… Read more

Probably the most common question in many people’s minds about therapy is, why do people come in the first place? Why share your problems with a stranger, and how could it possibly help? The answers, of course, are as varied as people themselves. Here are some of the possibilities. To resolve a crisis. Crisis can… Read more

Have you heard of the ACES study?  It’s a study that began in 1994 that looked at Adverse Childhood Experiences and their relationship to current physical health.  The results are sobering,  and point to the need for treatment of childhood trauma, even when we are adults. An Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) is defined as experiencing… Read more

Today’s Ventura County Star as a great article called Feeling Fear Now … (Or Later?).  It’s based on a recently released study from the Mayo Clinic that concludes that children who avoid anxiety producing situations end up more anxious later on.  What’s your opinion… Read more

Here’s a great article on how to stop obsessing, written by a popular blogger who struggles with this issue… Read more

Recently I ran across an article in the Los Angeles Times that may be of interest if you have a child who has suddenly shown symptoms of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or tics.  It’s important to state that although the article explores possible connections between strep throat infections and the sudden onset of OCD symptoms… Read more

There’s a new song making the rounds that is supposed to be “the most relaxing sound of all time”.  Wikipedia says, On October 16th 2011, Marconi Union created an eight minute track, ‘Weightless’ [6] in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. In a scientific study commisioned by Radox, it was labelled as the… Read more

A recent newspaper article described some apps that veterans and others who suffer from PTSD can use just by reaching for their cellphones. They sound as they would be useful for anyone with PTSD or other anxiety issues. Here’s a list of the apps’ websites Breathe2Relax Mood Tracker PTSD Coach Full disclaimer:  I haven’t tried… Read more

Are you anxious? Not everyone experiences anxiety in the same way, so it’s not surprising that some anxiety management techniques work for some and not for others. Recently I found an old handout lying around the office, with no source quoted, so I apologize in advance to the original author. It talks about 3 “symptom… Read more

There’s a new long-term study out from Timothy Monk of the University of Pittsburgh that concludes that babies who have consistent wake and sleep times, play periods, and regular intervals between meals, will have less anxiety about new situations and environments as they get older.  He studied 59  1-month old babies, and followed them for… Read more

I came across a great article in the latest Runner’s World by Kristin Armstrong.  Unfortunately I can’t find it online to link to it.  She writes a motivational column, and this month’s focused on the “inner chatter” we all have. She is a busy mom, speaker, author and runner.  She was writing about how the… Read more

There are some wonderful breathing techniques that can quickly help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression.  If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you may be familiar with them.  If not, give this one a try and see if it helps.  It’s a great idea to practice this when you are not… Read more