Anxiety Therapy

Fighting FOMO*: The Need for “You Time”

Fighting FOMO*: The Need for “You Time”

Here in the Bay Area, people of all ages are busier than ever. Between work, commuting in traffic to get to work, and all of the activities outside of work, it’s easy to feel like you’re always on the go. Even in our “free” time, there’s always a possible activity to keep us occupied, from restaurants to try, bars to hit, festivals, museums, parks, parties - you name it. All of these activities can be exhilarating, and they’re some of the many reasons people love to live in the Bay Area. However, when we spend our time packed with fun and energetic activities, we subject ourselves to a lot of stimuli.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

The next series of blog posts will focus on the concept of mindfulness and the practice of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness has received a lot of attention lately and for good reason. According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness meditation has been proven to reduce stress, increase focus and memory, and boost both relationship satisfaction and immune functioning.

Three Ways to Assert Your Needs with Difficult Coworkers

Three Ways to Assert Your Needs with Difficult Coworkers

Does it make you uncomfortable to say “no” to others? Do you avoid telling them how you feel in hopes that the problem will just go away? Do you feel like you are constantly trying to please other people, but at the end of the day they still seem displeased with you? Maybe there is a boss or coworker who completely overwhelms your ability to act; leaving you feeling miserable and resentful long after the workday is over.

Three Ways to Help You Better Control Your Media Consumption

Three Ways to Help You Better Control Your Media Consumption

Our innate curiosities (both morbid and wholesome) have been fundamental to our success as a species. The engine of curiosity has driven the development of every technological innovation from the wheel to the smart phone. Our curiosity has bestowed the rewards (and responsibility) of ever greater control over our own lives and the workings of the planet. It is no surprise that we have started to equate curiosity with control.

Keeping Your Emotional Home Safe From Digital Overload

Keeping Your Emotional Home Safe From Digital Overload

The following series of blog posts are designed to help you assess your level of exposure to jarring political information on social media and news outlets. The goal is to focus your attention by being more selective about your exposure to the unfolding events.

Managing Fear and Anxiety in the “Age of Trump”

Managing Fear and Anxiety in the “Age of Trump”

In all my many years of practice, the current level of ongoing distress over recent political events I see in my clients is unprecedented. While 9/11 and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offered many challenges to our sense of safety and a reevaluation of how the U.S. is viewed around the world, the threat to our security was experienced as being perpetrated from outside of our own ranks.

The Stress Trap: Men Living with Anger and Emotional Detachment

The Stress Trap: Men Living with Anger and Emotional Detachment

The number of men living under severe stress has remained at epidemic proportions despite advances in self care over the last generation. It is estimated that 43% of all adults are suffering the adverse health effects of stress including increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and asthma.