The reality is that anxiety itself is not entirely negative — in fact it has been extremely important for our survival. When our brains perceive danger, they signal our bodies to respond effectively in order to cope with the threat. The physical sensations we associate with anxiety, such as heavy breathing, rapid heart rate, muscle tension, and sweating are all the result of the nervous system that worked to ensure that our ancestors had the ability to escape dangerous predators and find safety.
While we may not have the same dangers in the 21st century, our brains still respond to perceived threats in the same way. Without anxiety, we may not have the motivation to plan for a big meeting at work or study for an exam. So, not only does anxiety help us escape danger, it also gives us the motivation and discretion that enables us to to prepare and succeed during important moments.
However, for many of us, our anxiety is beyond the threshold of being protective and helpful. We may become consumed and debilitated by intrusive thoughts and physical sensations of anxiety. That’s where we come in. We help our clients to understand their anxiety and learn skills to cope with these feelings effectively so they can reach their full potential.
“Depression” can be a confusing word because it is used to describe a broad spectrum of experiences. From “feeling blue,” to describing symptoms that impair our ability to function in our everyday lives, depression is a word that we are all familiar with. This is because feeling sad is part of being human, and at Cobb Psychotherapy LCSW, we believe in the importance of both normalizing and working to understand this experience.
We believe that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for depression, as each person is impacted by and experiences depression in their own way. Depression can manifest in feelings of isolation, disconnection, irritability, numbness, and may leave you sapped of energy and pleasure. It may feel as though there is no way out. If depression is keeping you from living the life you want, we are here to help.
Our therapists tailor their treatment approach to help you to find relief from your symptoms and work to understand and target underlying issues.
We believe that strong and healthy relationships start with you, the individual. So whether you are looking for support in your marriage or long term relationship, working on improving friendships or family dynamics, navigating dating in the digital age, or coping with a recent breakup, we are here to support you. Our goal is to work with you to identify and change patterns that may not be serving you, clarify your values, and increase your self-worth so that you can cultivate meaningful, supportive, and authentic relationships with family, friends, and significant others.
The therapists at Cobb Psychotherapy LCSW support relationships of all individuals, including LGBTQ/GNC people and members of poly and kink communities.
In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with messages about what our bodies “should” look like. With pressure coming from all directions — from mass media to even our friends and family — it can become difficult to have a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and our own bodies. Food and body image issues exist on a spectrum and we take a holistic approach to help our clients cultivate and maintain a compassionate relationship with their bodies and live a life with freedom from intrusive thoughts and unhealthy behaviors around food and exercise.
Some of our specialities include:
It’s not easy being a child or adolescent in today’s world. We are here to provide support during a time of big changes and increased academic and social demands. Therapy can help children and adolescents to build resilience, learn coping skills, and explore their identities within a safe space.
We support children and adolescents with:
Have you reached a plateau in your career? Are you successful but you can’t enjoy it? Are you stuck at a job you dislike but are afraid of change? Do you struggle to have a healthy work/life balance? Are you working in a toxic environment or are having difficulties navigating workplace conflict?
Whether you answered “yes” to one or all of the questions above, we are here to help. We support clients in all stages of their careers to navigate the spectrum of issues that arise at work.
Some of the issues we work with include: