Anxiety services offered in the greater Irvine, CA area

Feeling overwhelmed by stress and worries can significantly affect your ability to work and enjoy your home and family. If anxiety disrupts your life, talk to Julia Renedo, PsyD, at Mente Operandi. Dr. Renedo helps people affected by anxiety disorders using advanced psychotherapy techniques, with all consultations taking place via convenient, secure telehealth. Call Mente Operandi to discuss your anxiety problems or schedule a consultation with Dr. Renedo online today.

Anxiety Q & A

When should I seek help for anxiety?

Anxiety is an automatic response to stressful situations. You’d expect to feel anxious before a blind date or interview, but your anxiety should go away when it’s over. If you can’t shake anxiety, seek help from skilled therapist Dr. Renedo at Mente Operandi.

You might have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a common mental health problem where everything causes fear, worry, and stress. When you awake in the morning, you start worrying about the day ahead, even if nothing much is happening. By the time you go to bed, you’re exhausted from being on edge all day but struggling to get a good night’s sleep.

GAD isn’t the only anxiety disorder. Phobias — fears of something specific like snakes or confined spaces — are also common, but the anxiety isn’t ever-present as it is with GAD. Social anxiety disorder is a phobia about being with others, particularly strangers. In addition, anxiety is a symptom of conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What treatments are available for anxiety?

The primary anxiety treatments are medication and psychotherapy. Anti-anxiety drugs help reduce levels of stress hormones like cortisol that your body releases when you’re scared or worried. They can be particularly helpful for moderate-to-severe anxiety, reducing symptom severity so you benefit more from psychotherapy.

Dr. Renedo specializes in using psychotherapy to help patients overcome their anxiety. She can refer you to a prescribing physician if medication could help with your symptoms.

How does psychotherapy reduce my anxiety?

Psychotherapy (talk therapy) helps you recover from anxiety in various ways. Dr. Renedo has considerable experience with many forms of therapy, including:

  • Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Effective communication skill building

Some techniques look at what might have led to the development of anxiety, such as a traumatic experience from your past or current causes of excessive stress. Others help by boosting your self-esteem and teaching you to accept yourself as you are.

One of the most helpful techniques for anxiety is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Renedo teaches you to identify the harmful thoughts and unhelpful behaviors causing problems in daily life. You then challenge these thoughts and actions, changing them into more realistic, positive ones.

Call Mente Operandi or book an appointment online today for expert help with anxiety.