THERAPY FOR ANXIETY IN OAKLAND
Matthew Matt Lindgren is an Oakland therapist counselor coach who helps with anxiety in Oakland with therapy, counseling, and coaching.
ANXIETY CAN MAKE YOU FEEL CRAZY
- Do you worry about things a great deal, even when you know it is not reasonable?
- Do you find yourself unable to relax?
- Do you become easily angered or frustrated?
- Do you have sleeping problems, digestive concerns, and cannot sit still?
If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may want to consult with an anxiety therapist like Matthew Matt Lindgren to determine if you're suffering from anxiety, so you can receive the therapy you deserve.
ANXIETY PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS
Anxiety symptoms are often physical. As with any physical symptoms, you should check with a physician to make sure you don't have a medical problem:
- Heart racing or palpitating
- Nausea, or stomach or digestive problems
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in your chest
- Cold hands and feet
- Feeling dizzy or light-headed
- Shortness of breath or smothering sensation
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flushes
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
You may even have symptoms of a panic attack.
ANXIETY PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS
Anxiety has emotional and cognitive symptoms. You may have feelings of dread, that the future will turn out bad, and you may be sensitive to signs of approaching danger. It is very common for people who are anxious to have recurring nightmares. It is very common for anxious people to be "in their head" and unable to stop thinking about their fears.
If your anxiety is related to a specific situation, you may find yourself avoiding that situation. If you have social anxiety, you may avoid social situations or have difficulty establishing relationships. If you have panic attacks, you might find that your panic attacks tend to happen in certain situations, like when you're driving. If you've been through a specific dangerous situation, or a series of dangerous situations, you may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If these symptoms sound familiar, you should know that there are very effective therapies available for anxiety, and you or your child deserve to work with an anxiety therapist like myself.
ANXIETY IS OFTEN A LEARNED RESPONSE
Usually when people report problems with anxiety, they have been through some sort of traumatic situation in the past where they learned to become anxious. Anxiety often involves a type of instinctual learning that is meant to help us react quickly to dangerous situations. Sometimes when we survive a situation that is either dangerous or seems dangerous, our bodies decide to "hard wire" our reaction, so we can automatically do the same thing in future situations that are similar. The idea is that we must have done something that worked since we survived, so our bodies make sure we know how to do that again.
Quite often this strategy works and helps us in future situations, and sometimes we learn strategies that help us over a long period of time. For example, when we're children and we might have to deal with an abusive or dangerous parent and we need to somehow cope in order to survive. Usually, though, when people report problems with anxiety, it's because the original strategy is no longer helpful, and in some cases, the strategy may have never been helpful at all.
If you've been in a car accident, for example, your body might think it makes sense to scare you so much that you don't get back into a car. Your body doesn't care that you need to get to work or buy groceries, and it doesn't know that you're unlikely to get in an accident. It just knows that you were once in a very dangerous situation in a car, and so it wants to make sure that doesn't happen again. If you grew up with dangerous parents or have had dangerous relationships, your body might think it's a good strategy to avoid relationships so you won't be hurt, and so it may scare you away from others. Your body doesn't know or care that you may need relationships with safe people to feel whole and connected.
Anxiety is usually a self-protective instinct that can often serve to help us be safe, but sometimes it goes awry and needs some readjustment.
YOU CAN LEARN TO BE CALM & HAPPY
Our bodies are miraculous things. As our lives change and we find ourselves in a more safe world, with more resources and capacities, our bodies can also adjust their instinctual responses. Just as you may have once learned to be anxious as a way of surviving a dangerous situation, now that the situation is hopefully past, you can learn a new way of reacting to what is happening now.
Matthew "Matt" Lindgren helps people use their body's' natural resistance to anxiety to help them heal. In nature, animals find themselves in traumatic situations again and again, and yet, it is very unusual to come across an animal in the wild with anxiety problems. All mammals have certain ways of instinctually adjusting to changes in their environment, so that they can learn good strategies for surviving and adjust those that don't work so well. They do so through their physiology and through contact with others. Humans process trauma and anxiety in much the same ways.
Somatic therapy, or body oriented therapy, is based upon research on how animals process trauma. Matthew "Matt" Lindgren offers a highly effective technique called EMDR to help people quickly shift the disruptive lessons they learned from an event to something that is more useful and accurate for daily life. Matthew "Matt" Lindgren finds that it can be very helpful to teach people who are anxious to be aware of their bodies, because all of the physiological reactions to trauma involve some loss of body awareness. Apart from EMDR, one of the most effective empirically researched therapies for anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which Matthew "Matt" Lindgren offers to all of his clients..
SPECIFIC ANXIETY DISORDERS
Matthew Matt Lindgren specializes in helping people recover from a variety of anxiety related disorders, including:
- Panic attacks
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Specific Phobias
MATTHEW MATT LINDGREN OFFERS THERAPY FOR ANXIETY IN OAKLAND
Matthew Matt Lindgren has helped hundreds of people heal from anxiety. He is a California licensed marriage and family therapist.