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Stress and Anxiety Therapy
Panic Attacks
Rochida McClure, LMFT

Ventura, CA

Do you find yourself feeling afraid for no reason?  Does making new decisions or traveling to certain towns are areas make you worry endlessly? 
Are there times when your heart races, you sweat, you want to run away but can't seem to move? These are symptoms of anxiety.  I can help with that.

What is the difference between stress and worry?

Stress can be both positive and negative.  When you are going on vacation you may experience some stress prepping for the trip but overall the thoughts of going away is overall positive. A negative stress example would be going into your boss' office for a discussion when you know you have been under performing.

Worry is when your mind keeps going over and over a problem like finances an each way you look at it you can't find the money you need.  Another example is when a child or spouse hasn't returned at the designated time, we begin wondering if they have had an accident or doing something they are not supposed to be doing.  In the olden days we called this fretting.  Worry is a normal human emotion.  We love your families and naturally we want the best for them in all things.

What is Anxiety?

Normal everyday stress and worry moves into anxiety when we feel beyond overwhelmed, we feel frozen. We are unable to make a plan or even come up with worry based scenarios.  When anxiety gets to the point where your heart begins to pound, you sweat or you cry uncontrollably then we are looking at a possible panic attack.

How I can help?

Most types of Anxiety respond well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) -- a type of therapy where we understand the fear and its origins and then work together on establishing tools to help manage the anxiety related behaviors.  I have over 20 years of experience working as a CBT Therapist, specializing in in working with those suffering from and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

PTSD can occur from many traumatic events ranging from automobile accidents, to job or school-related trauma, to rape and wartime trauma.