Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Depression
Oakland Therapist, Shannon Rogers is experienced in providing relief for stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.
Treatment for Anxiety
If you are experiencing stress, worry, panic, or anxiety, I may be able to help. I provide psychotherapy for those with anxiety, panic attacks, and social anxiety. I believe help is available no matter how debilitating your symptoms.
Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic Attacks
If you have a history of anxiety, unmanageable stress or panic attacks you may find yourself experiencing:
- anxious and uncontrollable thoughts and worry, even if you know you don't need to worry
- physical symptoms of anxiety such as racing or pounding heart, shaking, feeling like you can't breathe, sweating, nausea or stomach discomfort
- feeling anxious and dizzy or faint, possibly with chills or hot flashes
- anxiety with a fear that you are going crazy or losing control or dying
- intense discomfort while being out socially (social anxiety) including fears about having a panic attack
- self medicating with drugs or alcohol to ease the intense discomfort of anxiety
As a licensed therapist/ psychotherapist I work with you to help manage your anxiety and panic. Our work may also focus on eliminating the high levels of self criticism as well as the depression and hopelessness that often accompany anxiety.
Techniques to treat Anxiety, Stress, and Panic Attacks
Approaches such as Mindfulness and Mindfulness-based CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and somatic work are often very effective in helping to alleviate anxiety symptoms. As an Oakland therapist whose work centers around anxiety, I tailor interventions to your individual needs and work with you to find techniques to fit your lifestyle and experience. I have specific training in these areas including:
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
- Psychoanalytic psychotherapy (various classes/trainings at NCSPP, SFCP, PINC)
- Other Mindfulness based models including meditation and somatic psychotherapy that teach clients how to be present in their bodies (Yoga instructor certification and Vipassana meditation training)
Managing anxiety, stress, and panic attacks is possible. If you are interested in learning more about working together, please call. I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation and welcome your questions.
Trauma, Abuse & PTSD
Often Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resembles un-managed stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. I work with anxiety as well as trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
If you have experienced trauma such as prolonged or catastrophic illness, car accident or other accident, physical abuse, sexual abuse or other types of abuse including domestic violence, you may find working with a therapist helpful in alleviating painful symptoms. I am a trauma informed therapist and provide treatment to manage trauma symptoms and help you heal from past trauma and PTSD.
Symptoms of Trauma and PTSD
If you have a history of trauma you may find yourself experiencing the following anxiety-like PTSD symptoms:
- re-experiencing intrusive memories of the traumatic event such as nightmares or flashbacks
- avoiding thoughts, feeling, activities, people and places connected to the traumatic event
- excessive hyper-reactivity that can include: insomnia, increased startle reactions, difficulty concentrating, anxiousness, and irritability
- numbing mechanisms such as blocking feelings and feelings of detachment toward loved ones, feelings of depression, and diminished interest or participation in significant activities
Additional Symptoms of Untreated Trauma
Living with PTSD and untreated trauma can be very distressing and show up as other mental health issues including:
- major depression
- anxiety and panic attacks
- irritability and aggression
- phobias including social phobia
- excessive alcohol and drug abuse or dependence
If you are experiencing any of the distressing symptoms of trauma or PTSD, or feel like you need additional help please call or email to set up a time to talk.
Depression often accompanies anxiety and untreated trauma. If you are experiencing feelings of sadness, irritation and anger, or other feelings of depression I will work with you to develop a plan that may help to alleviate the symptoms. Some ways we may work with depression are:
- identifying and maintaining healthy boundaries with important relationships
- eliminating unhealthy thought patterns through the use of CBT and other thought stopping techniques
- developing and implementing a self care plan
- mindfulness work