Stress, PTSD and Anxiety Therapists in Portola Valley, CA.

Licensed professional counseling for anxiety, stress, phobias, and panic in Portola Valley, California.


Eileen Goldman, MA MFT
Anxiety Counselor

Eileen Goldman, MA MFT

Liscensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95030 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Anxiety and Stress are part of the human condition. Many of us don't realize how much of our brain's real estate anxiety and stress take up - robbing us of being able to be present for what is in front of us instead of reacting to some fear or past trauma. I can help you build your inner resilience and recognition of when you are being driven by anxiety/stress so that you can find your way out of a historic reaction and into a more current narrative.

Karen Yvonne Taylor, M.A., M.F.T.
Anxiety Counselor

Karen Yvonne Taylor, M.A., M.F.T.

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95008 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Anxiety can take the fun out of life. It can cause your body to hurt and make you feel sick. And it can be just plain annoying. But you don't have to live with anxiety, and you don't have to try to fix it by yourself. We can work together to come up with a plan to stop the constant worry and help you feel better and get more enjoyment out of life. There are many successful strategies I have used to help people relieve stress, let go of worry, and free themselves of anxiety. Together, we can find ways to get anxious thoughts out of your head so you are free to enjoy your life.

Jason Esswein, M.S., LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Jason Esswein, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 95070 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Anxiety is an internal alarm system that gives us information about our internal state as well as possible danger in the external world. Often, anxiety is a signal of deeper, more intense emotions such as sadness, anger, and fear. It can also be a consequence of not living authentically. Once these deeper feelings are identified and expressed, they can be readily released. For example, when we say "Yes" when we really mean "No," we will often experience anxiety. In this case, the anxiety is providing us with a warning that we are not being honest (living authentically) with ourself and/or another. Therapy is the perfect place to explore this common emotion.

Joann Riggio, M.S., M.A. LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Joann Riggio, M.S., M.A. LMFT

LIcensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94402 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Trying to balance work commitments and family can often cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. I can help you find better ways of coping with life's stressors while helping you create balance for your specific needs. Sometimes anxiety seems to appear out of nowhere and that could very confusing and isolating. For deeper rooted causes of anxiety, I use Cognitive-Bahavioral-Therapy and EMDR. CBT helps you understand the thought processes that may be causing your anxiety. EMDR helps us explore some past traumas that maybe getting triggering anxiety and then work to desensitize the trauma for more relief from the symptoms.

Sean Sprigle, LPCC
Anxiety Counselor

Sean Sprigle, LPCC

Licensed professional clinical counselor

Available for Online Therapy

Anxiety and stress are like an evil and corrosive thread that work their way through every aspect of a life. It can rob the joy that can make life worth living. I know from both personal and professional experience how anxiety and stress can take the joy out of life and also how to overcome these issues and put them in your past. With the aid of tools like EMDR CBT and guided visualizations I can help you overcome this issue and heal from the issues that drive it. Additionally, I can provide tools, coping skills, and other resources to help you manage this particular issue, and experience increased relief from these symptoms with each session.

Peter Cellarius, LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Peter Cellarius, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 95030 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Everyone feels anxiety at some point in their lives but when it starts to interfere with your life, counseling can help. Although anxiety can feel debilitating, it is treatable. People with anxiety don’t always share the same symptoms, they vary from person to person. Therapy will help you to reclaim your life and function in a chronically stressful world.

Julie Herman, MFT
Anxiety Counselor

Julie Herman, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist

In 95070 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

In anxiety treatment sessions with me, you will learn to identify, feel, and let go of fear so that you can live more fully in the present. By better understanding your own unique anxiety process, you will feel more in control of the experience of this emotion. You will also be able to get through tense feelings more quickly. I will teach you valuable relaxation, stress management, and relapse prevention skills so that you can stay calmer in triggering situations even after completing therapy. You will enjoy the freedom of living more peacefully as well as feeling more confident in previously uncomfortable situations. Call me with any questions or to schedule an initial appointment.

Barbara Pannoni, M.A., LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Barbara Pannoni, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94024 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Recent studies show that moderate stress can actually make us more productive and successful. But when stress and anxiety become too much to handle, they can make life miserable. I use mindfulness-based therapy to help you increase your own innate ability to decrease anxiety and keep stress manageable. If your symptoms are related to past experiences such as painful or difficult childhood experiences, abuse or trauma, I offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR therapy is a highly effective for relieving symptoms of PTSD and improving performance. Come experience it for yourself!

Alice Locke-Chezar, MFT, ATR
Anxiety Counselor

Alice Locke-Chezar, MFT, ATR

Marriage & Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist

In 94306 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Anxiety is a debilitating disorder that deprives people of their happiness and sense of well-being. I work with children and adults to help alleviate their suffering. Together we explore their anxiety "triggers" e.g. what brings on their anxiety, and work with question those assumptions. Next I help my clients learn how to use tools to combat the thoughts that can paralyze and torment them and bring their negative thoughts back under their control, helping them to feel happy and confident once more.

Mark Mouro, MA, LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Mark Mouro, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95125 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Everyone feels anxiety at some point in their lives but when it starts to interfere with your life, counseling can help. Although anxiety can feel debilitating, it is treatable. People with anxiety don’t always share the same symptoms, they vary from person to person. Therapy will help you to reclaim your life and function in a chronically stressful world.

Carol Jaron, MS, MFT, CHT
Anxiety Counselor

Carol Jaron, MS, MFT, CHT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94401 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Are you worried and stressed to the point of where the quality of your life is suffering? I am delighted to offer assistance in calming and soothing your thoughts and emotions of anxiety and frustration, even panic and avoidance of things that lead to disruption of an otherwise more enjoyable existence. You can find a whole new way of living through being assisted in coming to a gentle awareness(not forced) of what is feeding your anxiety or stress, and together we can create a plan for you to start softening the anxiousness and its effects on your system. Your body can come down into a more calm place and the mind loves to learn different, expansive ways of soothing yourself.

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT119490
Anxiety Counselor

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT119490

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

In 95112 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Anxiety can arise from several places - one is the mind - people can think & imagine scenarios in their minds that create anxiety, when their thoughts and imagination may not even be true. Anxiety is also common in people who did not have a safe & secure experience with caregivers as they were growing up. The brain ends up being wired in a way that reproduces anxiety. Fortunately, due to new research in the field of neuropsychology & neuroplasticity, this can be changed!

Doreen Maxwell MFT and Associates Experiential Psychotherapy, MFT, CHT
Anxiety Counselor

Doreen Maxwell MFT and Associates Experiential Psychotherapy, MFT, CHT

Marriage & Family Therapists, Certified Hakomi Psychotherapy

In 95032 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Anxiety can range from mild stress that is manageable to overwhelming stress that turns into traumatic activation. Through our somatic and relational therapies, you can feel whole again. Together, we look for what strengths and abilities you have that can be built on. Somatic resources generate an awareness of the sensations in the body that feel pleasant and grounding for the client and help them mediate the debilitating symptoms of trauma. Often clients don’t recognize the symptoms of trauma and are dealing with anxiety, fear and depression on their own. Many trauma clients do not seek therapeutic assistance right away, either because they don’t take the traumatic experience seriously or they think that “time will heal” or because of shame and...(view profile to read more)

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Anxiety Counselor

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 94023 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

While most treatment approaches for anxiety and stress are effective on the surface, they don’t treat the real problem. Mantras, deep breathing, and rational dialogues about your fear being irrational rarely work---for most people don’t believe it or you! Imagine if you can trick the brain into changing without you telling your conscious mind that you are changing it? Problem with anxiety and stress is that the brain in this state knows you want to change it and it resists. Contact Kevin@kevinfleminphd.com for the ultimate stress and anxiety solution that will literally change your brain's autonomic nervous system patterns while you sit on your butt. 877-606-6161.

Tonia Vojtkofsky, PsyD
Anxiety Counselor

Tonia Vojtkofsky, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Available for Online Therapy

As an experience psychologist, I can help people who struggle with nervousness, excessive worry, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings; sudden and intense feelings of panic. Through specific evidence-based interventions as a certified Mindfulness-Based Therapist, and guided by the principles of neuroplasticity, I help people mindfully navigate these painful emotions and experiences in a healthy way.

Janice Shapiro, LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Janice Shapiro, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95008 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

I enjoy helping clients with anxiety and/or stress issues. First, we want to rule out any physical causes, so it is important to have a recent medical exam. Always remember, though, anxiety and stress are natural and in many ways beneficial feelings. They keep us motivated and productive! However, too much of a good thing is not good by any means. That's where I come in with my tools to reduce stress and/or anxiety.

Daniel Davis, M.A., LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Daniel Davis, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95050 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Anxiety, stress, and fear can affect our quality of life in powerful ways. They can interrupt our sleep, cause us to isolate from others who would otherwise offer us companionship, and they rob us of intimacy, peace of mind, and joy. When we're anxious or afraid, we are not ourselves. Yet, you can learn to calm yourself, distinguish what is factually dangerous and what is safe, and relax and see creative possibilities in your work and relationships. And the online anxiety counseling and stress management services I offer can help! Please feel free to visit my website for more information or contact me today to schedule a consultation... I look forward to helping you move forward again!

John Kane, AMFT, APCC
Anxiety Counselor

John Kane, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94086 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

I take a practical approach to treating anxiety and stress. I help you identify the sources of anxiety if you do not already know them. I support you in learning skills to regulate your emotions and increase awareness of body sensations and experiences in order to help you be able to control and reduce feelings of anxiety. I also use a combination of exposure therapy, if appropriate, and adjustment to lifestyle to help you reduce or eliminate sources of anxiety or stress. I know that every experience of anxiety or stress is unique and I will work with you to develop a plan of support tailored to your needs. I will provide a safe environment for you to challenge and overcome your fear/stress

Elizabeth Essner, LCSW
Anxiety Counselor

Elizabeth Essner, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 95008 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

The world we live in today is incredibly stressful. Sometimes that stress can be overwhelming and interfere in your well-being, your work, and your relationships. Sometimes the stress rises to the level of overwhelming anxiety and panic attacks. I provide therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapy to help you deal with your anxiety and make it more manageable.

Shereen Mohsen, Psy.D.
Anxiety Counselor

Shereen Mohsen, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 95128 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

In the world we live in today, anxiety and stress is rampant and it can be difficult to figure out how to sort through our feelings and still be productive and content individuals. In therapy, I focus on slowing down rapid thinking that is often rooted in anxiety and stress. I encourage the use of calming behavioral techniques in conjunction with altering negative and anxiety provoking thoughts to alleviate symptoms.

Robin Bates-Pualuan, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Anxiety Counselor

Robin Bates-Pualuan, MS, LMFT, LPCC

Marriage & Family Therapist, Professional Clinical Counselor

In 95008 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Is the weight of the world on your shoulders? Is it difficult to get up in the morning and face the day, even though it was difficult to fall asleep and turn off your mind the night before? Are your relationships suffering because you feel stressed and worried most of the time? A little anxiety can be a positive push toward action, but too much anxiety and stress are unhealthy and unhelpful. I can help you learn to de-stress with relaxation techniques and anxiety management. It doesn’t have to be this hard.

Donald Dufford, Ph.D. Director
Anxiety Counselor

Donald Dufford, Ph.D. Director

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 95124 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Get Anxiety Relief Now. Regular talk therapy is not enough, Dr. Dufford teaches specific tools and techniques to overcome Anxiety and Sress related problems. Dr. Dufford, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Director of Anxiety Treatment Services has specialized training and experience in treating Anxiety Disorders: Panic, Agoraphobia, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD and related issues such as Depression, Insomnia, Anger, IBS, BDD, & Addictions. Get to the bottom of the issue and create lasting positive change with Individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Psychotherapy, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Group Support and Home Visits for Behavioral Coaching.

Philip Kolba, MA LCPC NCC
Anxiety Counselor

Philip Kolba, MA LCPC NCC

Psychotherapist

In 94040 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point, but for some the anxiety is so frequent or intense that it interferes with their lives or even triggers panic attacks. I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help my clients get a sense of control over their own anxiety. We collaborate to learn skills to reduce the frequency or intensity of the anxious feelings, to tolerate the anxiety when it does occur so they can still function through it, and to practice habits that reduce stress and improve general mental health.

Verna Nelson, MA, LMFT
Anxiety Counselor

Verna Nelson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95032 - Nearby to Portola Valley.

Your stress may be triggered by job loss, illness, relationships or by "positive" stressors like a new job or a baby. I provide a solution-oriented and healing environment for people who are suffering from the stress of living a "real" life. I provide a place to change the way you talk to yourself so you will stop beating yourself up and start predicting and creating positive results in your, or your family's, future. We will join together to increase your ability to cope with stress and appreciate your strengths as a human being. You can increase your tolerance for making important changes, learn to accept uncertainty, and cope with the things in life that can't be changed.

Jace Draper, LMFT, MA
Anxiety Counselor

Jace Draper, LMFT, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

Anxiety is an energy sucking beast. It is distracting, demanding, and discouraging. While fear is helpful to our existence, anxiety is anything but helpful. Treating anxiety can sometimes look like surgery-removing the trigger for it and allowing for your mind and body to heal. I’m here to support you in finding what best works for you in managing anxiety and finding healing.



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Portola Valley is located in San Mateo County, California. It has a land area of 9.09 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of Portola Valley is 4,594 people with 1,859 households and a median annual income of $185,234. .


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Professional, private counseling in Portola Valley is extremely affordable for nearly everyone. This area ranks among the top of income earners for the entire nation and therfore hiring a therapist is not a financial issue for most people living here. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Portola Valley public health department.