Holiday Slump? ACT Your Way to Meaning!

Ho, ho, ho, my festive friends! It’s that time of the year again – the season of joy, laughter, and endless holiday cheer. Or is it?!? What if, instead of feeling like Buddy the Elf on a sugar high, you find yourself stuck in a tinsel-covered slump? Fear not! We’re here to unwrap the magic […]

Anxiety and Depression Treatment

Worried it’s hopeless? Sounds like anxiety and depression are buddying up on you. You might find yourself wondering what it means when you’re struggling with both anxiety and depression, and the short answer is this: it means that you’re like 41% of people who’ve struggled with depression or anxiety in the same 12-month period (check […]

Ummm… Are We Gonna Talk About This???

Truth be told, being a therapist is not the easiest gig. People all respond differently when I disclose my profession; generally, people are either open and closed in their responses. I’ve heard, “Oh, I can’t get my brain to shut off, should I come see you?” and, “Oh cool,” and then never talk to me […]

Perfectionism: Helpful or Hinderance?

In the pursuit of personal growth and success, we often strive for perfection. The quest for flawlessness can drive ambitious achievements, but it can also trigger a multitude of mental health challenges, particularly in anxiety-prone individuals. As we navigate the complex world of mental health, the West Coast Anxiety Clinic seeks to address one significant […]

A Brief History of Anxiety

Mental health is a hot topic in the media right now, especially given the increases in anxiety that we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, The New York Times has an entire section devoted to Mental Health and Disorders like anxiety, which is kind of bananas considering there are entire towns and cultures that […]

Conquering OCD: Laughing in the Face of Obsessive Thoughts

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a formidable opponent, continuously bombarding individuals with intrusive thoughts and compelling them to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, in the battle against OCD, a surprising ally emerges – humor. This blog post delves into the remarkable power of humor in OCD treatment, demonstrating how exposure therapy and telehealth sessions can empower […]

Understanding Anxiety: Unmasking the Hidden Struggles

Anxiety, often perceived as a silent intruder, weaves its way into the lives of millions, leaving individuals struggling behind a facade of smiles. From the seemingly trivial worries to overwhelming panic attacks, anxiety disorders take many forms and affect countless people worldwide. In this blog post, we delve into the complexities of anxiety, unmasking its […]

What is “ACT”

In the realm of psychology, various therapeutic approaches have emerged over the years to help individuals navigate the complexities of their emotional and mental well-being. One such approach that has gained recognition and popularity is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a powerful and evidence-based therapeutic model that encourages individuals to accept their thoughts […]


This is a totally reasonable question. How often do you find yourself thinking, “I wish I could stop struggling with anxiety,” only to find yourself struggling with more anxiety? At some point, we’ve all found ourselves riding the Anxiety Struggle Bus. Even thinking about trying to stop struggling can incite a struggle! Suddenly, it seems […]