Anxiety can manifest in many forms.  When one experiences an excess of anxiety, the distress can seem unbearable. 

The most extreme form of anxiety can involve panic attacks, leading to agoraphobia.  The dread and avoidance of this experience can cause even more problems.  The use of mindfulness can be very helpful in managing anxiety. By letting go of the judgment aspect of anxiety, one can reduce the intensity and can turn attention to other more productive experiences until the anxiety passes.  

Another technique to assist  with anxiety is the use of the breath.  Taking long even deep breathes can trigger the brain to have a relaxed response to minimize the duress that the anxiety might cause.  By taking this approach, one become more empowered  instead of feeling like helpless in trying to control the feelings.  Hypnotherapy can be very helpful in learning how to employ this strategy.

Neil Friedman, Santa Barbara Therapist

Neil Friedman, LCSW

I have an eclectic, holistic approach in working with people. I believe in helping people recognize and utilize their strengths to overcome any challenge they might face. In this process, we can explore any unconscious blocks that might be interfering with connecting with others and their environment to make the most of each moment. I believe that the “here and now” is where we experience life to the fullest. Along these lines, I try to help people find the balance between their emotional and reasonable minds to effectively problem solve issues to be addressed.

Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.

Neil Friedman, LCSW
629 State St #104
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 319-0304 
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Santa Barbara CAMFT Member

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