Are you experiencing overwhelming anxiety?
- “My head is racing with negative thoughts and worries. And I can’t make it stop”
- “I wake up and immediately start to worry about the day, my future, and can’t wait for the day to be over”
- “I constantly seek reassurance from friends and family, but it leaves me feeling guilty”
Often times we try to fix our anxiety: deep breathing, massages, exercise, debating with our thoughts, seeking reassurance, etc., but all we get is short-term relief. And some days they don’t bring any relief or even make it worse.
How I can help
From my experience and training the best way to bring lasting relief is by shifting our attitudes about anxiety.
Therapy can help you do that by:
- Increasing tolerance for uncertainty
- Increasing understanding on how avoidance and reassurance actually increases anxiety
- Retraining and teaching your brain that it can handle uncertainty
- Bringing confidence to other areas of your life
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a therapy model that is designed to help us understand how our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings all impact one another. CBT is the gold standard for treating anxiety and is backed by years of research.
I use a strength-based, person-centered approach. This means I build off clients’ existing strengths and view clients as already whole and complete, not patients needing to be “fixed.”
Concerns for therapy
“I don’t want to dig into my childhood”
Digging into your childhood in attempt to relieve anxiety is like trying to put out a fire by understanding what caused it.
I work with clients to find practical, tailored ways to retrain and rewire their brains long-term. Not analyze their past.
“I don’t want to be pushed to confront my anxiety”
This is the most common reason people wait to seek therapy.
I respect my clients’ anxiety and understand it’s there for protection.
My goal is to go at your pace and work collaboratively on goals and timelines. You’re in the driver’s seat.
“I’m too busy”
Therapy can feel like you’re adding to your plate when you should be taking things off.
Instead, therapy is a way to become more efficient at dealing with life’s responsibilities and stressors.
About Brian O’Sullivan, LMFT
I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and hold Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology.
My training consists of working in community mental health in the San Francisco Bay Area with individual adult, clients.
My training also includes working in the public and private schools, and the U.S. Military population.
I continue to develop my skills and knowledge about anxiety through ongoing trainings, research, and consultations with other experts in the field.
Confidentiality and acceptance are the foundations of my work. I take them both very seriously.
Why people contact me
- The person is currently going through a transition, and is experiencing mild to intense anxiety symptoms.
- Day-to-day things are ok, however, anxiety is often present.
- Functioning day-to-day is a challenge and relieving anxiety doesn’t seem possible.