When we feel anxious about something, our minds tend to tell us to avoid the thing that makes us feel that way. Unfortunately, this pattern of avoidance keeps us from overcoming worry and confronting our fears.

Do you feel constantly worried, on edge, or afraid for the future?  Does your mind tend to race (or, go blank) when you are trying to concentrate?  Have your thoughts kept you up at night, tossing and turning, not sure how to deal with life’s many stressors?  Do certain social situations make you uncomfortable, no matter how much you try to relax? 


If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be struggling with anxiety – and I am here to help.


Do I need therapy for anxiety?


Did you know that some anxiety is actually quite helpful? 


If you didn’t feel some anxiety, you might not do important things - pay bills, go to school, or show up to work on time – because you wouldn’t feel worried about the consequences. 


You see, there are two basic types of anxiety: healthy and unhealthy.

Healthy anxiety provides you with that extra boost of emotional motivation when you need to get something done.  Healthy anxiety also helps keep you safe – you feel worried about being hit by a car when you cross the street, which encourages you to look both ways and use the crosswalk. 


However, people also tend to experience unhealthy anxiety, the kind that keeps them from doing what they need to do.  Many of us are guilty of worrying too much and allowing stress to overwhelm our thoughts.  This sort of anxiety makes you feel afraid and nervous, even when there is no clear and present threat.  Or, if there is something that is possibly threatening, unhealthy anxiety goes overboard by making our hearts race, our minds go blank, and our bodies shake with fear. 


Here are some of the top signs that you might be experiencing unhealthy anxiety:


  • Difficulty sleeping due to worry or nervousness

  • Feeling tense or on edge more often than not

  • Trouble relaxing or feeling at rest

  • Worrying about too many things

  • Ruminative thinking (thinking about the same worries over, and over, and over)

  • Irritability and anger while stressed

  • Relying on drugs or alcohol to manage anxious feelings


If you are experiencing any of these issues, let me help.


I provide anxiety therapy for people from all over the San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland region – people just like you.  If you are ready and interested in signing up for your first session, contact me today!  To learn more about how therapy can help, read on!


How will psychotherapy help my anxiety?

Therapy for anxiety is all about disrupting the worry cycle:

When we feel anxious about something, our minds tend to tell us to avoid the thing that makes us feel that way. We even try to avoid thinking about it. And when we are able to successfully avoid our fears, we feel a sense of relief which then encourages to avoid it again in the future. Unfortunately, this pattern of avoidance keeps us from overcoming worry and confronting our fears. 


Counselors who practice Emotion-Focused therapy (like me!) are especially good at helping you break down and understand your experience of anxiety.  This awareness allows you to have more insight and self-control—which gives you the freedom to make real change happen.  Additionally, therapy is designed to teach you specific coping strategies to help manage anxious feelings as you develop the confidence to take action, break your worry cycle, and overcome your fears. 


If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety, don’t wait and hope for things to get better on their own. 


Let me help. 


I provide therapy for anxiety for people from all over the Bay area because no one should have to deal with worry and fear on their own. Contact me today to learn how, together, we can begin to make things better.  


What does therapy for anxiety look like with Kristina Nakamura?


Sometimes reaching out for help can feel scary—but I do my best to help you feel welcome in your choice to overcome your struggles.


Each session is completely confidential and specifically designed to meet your goals. During the first meeting I will ask you questions about your story to get a sense of what might be contributing to the problem. This also gives us a chance to get to know each other a bit better and answer any questions you might have before moving forward with therapy. 


In that very first session, I provide helpful insights and initial recommendations as we put together an effective strategy for enhancing your wellbeing. I integrate techniques from Emotion Focused Therapy and Psychodynamic into my treatment. We will meet on a regular basis for individual therapy, which is where the real action happens. 


As you make progress in therapy for anxiety, you will learn to:

  • Understand your cycle of avoidance

  • Change unhelpful ways of thinking

  • Feel at ease in social situations

  • Discover new aspects of your personality

  • Regain a sense of control and confidence

  • Enhance interpersonal and social skills


You deserve to live a life that is happy, healthy, and worry-free. 


Together, I believe we can get you there.


Interested in hearing more about my practice? In addition to couples counseling and therapy for relational issues, I also provide help with other difficulties, such as depression, trauma, anxiety, and more!


Want to learn more about how I can help? I would love to hear from you. 


Phone Number: 628-333-9775


San Francisco Office: 582 Market Street Suite 1108 | San Francisco | CA | 94104


Oakland Office: 2940 Summit St. | Oakland | CA | 94609


Berkeley Office: 1918 Bonita Ave | Berkeley | CA | 94704

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