Treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety Treatment at Vantage Point Center for Psychotherapy

At Vantage Point we use a comprehensive and individualized approach to treating Anxiety Disorders and will work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits best for you and your circumstances.  Our team of specialists is well-versed in the following treatment types for anxiety: Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy which are proven to be effective. We also have a great referral network of Psychiatrists and complementary health practitioners in the community to ensure that our clients obtain the help and support that they need.  In addition to one-on-one sessions at Vantage Point, we offer:

For additional information, or to schedule an assessment, please call us at 916-284-1416.

About Stress

An American Psychological Association's Survey found that the majority of Americans are experiencing symptoms of stress  (72% report physical symptoms of stress, while 67% report emotional symptoms of stress).  Which means that most of will manifest symptoms of stress (whether emotional and/or physical) at some point in our lifetime.  And, while the exact manifestation of our symptoms may vary from person to person, most of us would agree that the symptoms of stress are uncomfortable. 

What is the difference between Stress and Anxiety?

Stress and Anxiety are often used interchangeably in everyday conversations, but there is a significant difference.  Stress is your response (emotional and/or physical) response to a real and specific threat.   For example, if you unexpectedly encountered a hungry grizzly bear while camping, your heart might begin to pound and you might experience feelings of fear and thoughts of wanting to escape the situation.  This would be a stress response as you were responding to a specific stressor (the bear) in that given moment.  With Anxiety, however, there is no identifiable root cause at the moment.  A person with Anxiety might worry about encountering a bear on their camping trip and plan how they might escape if they saw one, but might never actually encounter a bear.  

Anxiety-like stress often manifests itself with both emotional and physical symptoms, but Anxiety is more often about the worry and doubt about the person's ability to cope with a perceived threat that has not yet happened.  

If you or someone you care about is suffering or overwhelmed by chronic stress or excessive worrying, our clinicians at Vantage Point are available to help you.  

What is 
an Anxiety Disorder?

An Anxiety Disorder is a type of mental illness that is characterized by persistent worry, apprehension, anxiety, or physical symptoms and causes an individual significant distress.  Individual's with anxiety disorders have a hard time controlling their anxiety and may avoid situations that trigger the anxiety in an effort to reduce their distress.  This avoidance may eventually lead to isolation or impairment in some area of an individual's functioning.  Important relationships may be impacted and individuals may have difficulties performing at work or at school.  

What are the common types of Anxiety Disorders?

For more detailed information on specific types of Anxiety Disorders, visit the National Alliance on Mental illness at (NAMI) or call Vantage Point at (916)284-1416.  

Typical symptoms/thought patterns associated with Anxiety*

  •  Excessive worrying
  • Irrational Fear
  • Scanning your environment for signs of danger (hypervigilance)
  • A feeling of impending doom 
  • Dread
  • Prepping for the worst-case scenario
  • Trying to control or predict the future
  • Feeling like you can't stop or control the worry 
  • Feeling jumpy or on edge 
  • Having difficulty concentrating (feeling distracted)
  • Mind going blank 
  • Irritability
  • Feeling out of control/or like you need more control

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety*

  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep, or unsatisfying sleep
  • Pounding heart 
  • Sweating 
  • Stomach upset 
  • Dizziness 
  • Frequent urination 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors and twitches 
  • Headaches 
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal Discomfort

*If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and are concerned, please have a doctor conduct a careful examination to determine whether your symptoms can be explained by a medical problem.