Santa Barbara Therapist and Author

Dr. Rachel B. Aarons LCSW

Dr. Rachel B. Aarons LCSW


Anxiety is a very uncomfortable feeling that can occur in different forms. Sometimes it is a feeling of nervousness, agitation or restlessness that makes it difficult for you to relax and trust that you are safe. 


Sometimes it is temporary and sometimes it lasts a long time.

Relieving Anxiety

How does anxiety manifest?


  • Bodily symptoms such as rapid heart beat, sweaty palms, nervous stomach, headaches, skin rashes, tremors, etc;
  • Fear of social situations and the tendency to avoid them;
  • Fear that no one likes you or will want to be with you;
  • Panic attacks and the belief that you are dying;
  • Obsessive worrying sometimes accompanied by ritual behaviors;
  • Specific phobias such as fear of dogs, snakes, insects, blood, dirt, germs etc;
  • Difficulty leaving the house or being any distance away from home;
  • Irrational intrusive thoughts that come unbidden and won't go away;
  • Fear of certain activities or places such as: ​​​​fear of flying, fear of heights, fear of driving or driving over bridges, fear of closed spaces such as elevators, fear of crowds, public restrooms, shopping malls etc;
  • Fear that you have a serious disease although medical evidence indicates otherwise;
  • Fear of failure;  


All these fears, phobias and anxieties are treatable.  Don't suffer any longer.  

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Don’t live a life of fear. Let me help you rise above fear to be free to enjoy your life.​

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Anxiety may create a general lack of ease or it may be a response to a specific situation such as driving a car or flying in an airplane or speaking in public. When you live with anxiety, it robs you of the ability to comfortably manage your life. It saps your confidence and fills you with dread. But anxiety can be treated.


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How can anxiety be treated?


Anxiety can restrict and debilitate your life. Fortunately, there are a number of therapeutic methods and strategies that work to relieve anxiety and give you back your life.

  • Hypnotherapy teaches you how to relax in previously fearful situations; 

       [For more on hypnosis click here]


  • EMDR can resolve the underlying trauma that created the fear;                       

       [For more on EMDR click here]


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you change the negative thoughts that maintain your fear;


  • Stress management techniques, breathing and meditation can help you manage the fear and feel at peace;


You don't need to stay stuck in fear and anxiety any longer.


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Client comments:
"You taught me what it is like to have someone really be there for me." 

"Because of this therapy, I finally feel like myself."    [Heather]


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