Therapy for Anxiety and Perfectionism

Many of the clients I see look like they have it all together from the outside, but struggle with a deep internal experience of anxiety, perfectionism, and avoidance. These clients work so hard to try and keep themselves safe, but miss out on life in the meantime.

My aim is to help you understand and work through these symptoms and define the ways you can live your most fulfilling life.

 

Therapy for anxiety and perfectionism often involves a three pronged approach: understanding how past experiences have shaped current symptoms, making sense of the function of the anxiety (or perfectionism or avoidance), and then responding to these experiences through a variety of depth oriented and skills-based interventions. 

My clients have typically spent a lot of time coping on their own, and come to therapy seeking more than just a quick fix for these longstanding concerns. As a therapist I am interested in the most radical change possible-- if we look beyond coping skills, how can we create deep, sustained change that helps you find ways out of these cycles? This is the aim of therapy with me.

 

I utilize relational, psychodynamic, and compassion-focused approaches in my work and commonly integrate Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) when useful.

 

"Finally I saw that worrying

had come to nothing. 

And gave it up.

And took my old body

And went out into

the morning and sang."

- Mary Oliver