Dr. Steve Hobbs -- Licensed Psychologist
Specialties

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety has become increasingly common in our community with the acceleration of complexity and change, with financial stress, and with heightened expectations. It may take many forms, among them social anxiety, worry and perfectionism, generalized and more specific anxieties such as phobias and certain obsessive or compulsive behaviors. Tendencies toward anxiety of a particular type may have a genetic basis.

I work with clients suffering from anxiety in each of these areas:

  • Generalized anxiety where the client is anxious much of the time, easily stressed or overwhelmed by events or by worries about the future
  • Social anxiety where the client is anxious in groups or anywhere in public to the point that they are hostage in their own homes (agoraphobia)
  • Perfectionism and worry relates to clients who because they are anxious about failure and rejection or about bad things happening, may avoid taking risks or making decisions. In more intense situations, they may become stuck to the point of paralysis. More specific expressions of anxiety such as phobias and obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors fall most easily into this category. Achievement pressure such as competition for grades and college admission can heighten these anxieties

For the past 25 years as a psychologist I have worked successfully to assist clients to manage and reduce their anxiety and tendency to worry. By creating a warm, safe environment and using proven cognitive and behavioral techniques, clients can benefit greatly.

As clients are increasingly successful with reducing the hold that anxiety and has on them, their confidence increases that they can use these new approaches on their own. Progress with motivated clients can be rapid.