Anxiety Psychiatrists in Portland, OR

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Photo of Dr. Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Dr. Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97219
I have successfully helped people reduce anxiety and depression that has only partially been helped through therapy by adding psychiatric medication that is targeted to treat worry, panic, OCD, depression and bipolar symptoms.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 2/21/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
I have successfully helped people reduce anxiety and depression that has only partially been helped through therapy by adding psychiatric medication that is targeted to treat worry, panic, OCD, depression and bipolar symptoms.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 2/21/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(458) 217-8603 View (458) 217-8603
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Compass Psychiatric Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97211
Our practice centers on the treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and trauma disorders.
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and goals.
Our practice centers on the treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and trauma disorders.
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and goals.
(971) 306-4749 View (971) 306-4749
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Matthew Kristofor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97214
In my role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal client is an individual actively seeking assistance for their mental health challenges and displaying a genuine motivation to instigate positive transformations in their life. These individuals may grapple with a diverse range of issues, encompassing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or stress-related conditions.
In my role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal client is an individual actively seeking assistance for their mental health challenges and displaying a genuine motivation to instigate positive transformations in their life. These individuals may grapple with a diverse range of issues, encompassing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or stress-related conditions.
(503) 664-9618 View (503) 664-9618
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Quimson Behavioral Health: Dr Pia Quimson-Guevarra
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in anxiety and depression. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I identify as Filipina-American. I see individuals over 18 years old.
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in anxiety and depression. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I identify as Filipina-American. I see individuals over 18 years old.
(971) 307-9602 View (971) 307-9602
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Nate Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I have experience in addressing obstacles to growth that fall within these categories: depression, anxiety, obsessive tendencies, anger management, mood swings, panic, histories of trauma or abuse, self-defeating patterns of thought and behavior, grief and bereavement, LGBTQ+ topics, gender identity and issues surrounding minority status.
Hello! I'm currently accepting clients for medication management only for Oregon residents. As you consider mental health medications, you're likely feeling some mix of overwhelmed, exhausted, unfulfilled, and "stuck." The way you feel might be connected to challenging transitions in your life, a sense of unmet potential, or even long-held emotions and memories of painful experiences and relationships. The good news is that often times medications work and finding the right "fit" in a provider is a big initial step. Please click over to my website to see a full description of my approach. I look forward to hearing from you!
I have experience in addressing obstacles to growth that fall within these categories: depression, anxiety, obsessive tendencies, anger management, mood swings, panic, histories of trauma or abuse, self-defeating patterns of thought and behavior, grief and bereavement, LGBTQ+ topics, gender identity and issues surrounding minority status.
Hello! I'm currently accepting clients for medication management only for Oregon residents. As you consider mental health medications, you're likely feeling some mix of overwhelmed, exhausted, unfulfilled, and "stuck." The way you feel might be connected to challenging transitions in your life, a sense of unmet potential, or even long-held emotions and memories of painful experiences and relationships. The good news is that often times medications work and finding the right "fit" in a provider is a big initial step. Please click over to my website to see a full description of my approach. I look forward to hearing from you!
(503) 962-0493 x2 View (503) 962-0493 x2
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Heather Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
I have experience working with people of all age ranges, but primarily I focus on working with adults between 18-60 years of age. As a PMHNP I am trained and have experience working with the whole spectrum of mental health including anxiety, bipolar, depression, mood, personality, psychosis, sleep, trauma and other mental health disorders. I strive to provide compassionate, caring, and honest mental health care.
I have experience working with people of all age ranges, but primarily I focus on working with adults between 18-60 years of age. As a PMHNP I am trained and have experience working with the whole spectrum of mental health including anxiety, bipolar, depression, mood, personality, psychosis, sleep, trauma and other mental health disorders. I strive to provide compassionate, caring, and honest mental health care.
(971) 253-7704 View (971) 253-7704
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Marguerite Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, OR 97202
I am a general adult psychiatrist, treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interests in depression, anxiety, maternal mental health, and ADHD. I earned my medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
I am a general adult psychiatrist, treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interests in depression, anxiety, maternal mental health, and ADHD. I earned my medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
(424) 383-5047 View (424) 383-5047
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Heather Hemmeger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PharmD, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97205
My clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, women's mental health (including perinatal), OCD, chronic pain/illness, college mental health, and nursing education.
As both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and former pharmacist, I approach patient care from a unique lens, strategically blending elements of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy to foster healing, restore mind-body balance, and inspire self-compassion. My therapeutic approach can be described as warm, collaborative, and thorough—near the intersection of holistic meets scientific. I work from within a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens and am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering space for all who enter my door.
My clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, women's mental health (including perinatal), OCD, chronic pain/illness, college mental health, and nursing education.
As both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and former pharmacist, I approach patient care from a unique lens, strategically blending elements of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy to foster healing, restore mind-body balance, and inspire self-compassion. My therapeutic approach can be described as warm, collaborative, and thorough—near the intersection of holistic meets scientific. I work from within a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens and am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering space for all who enter my door.
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Jonathan T Horey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, OR 97239
Patients come to me with a variety of different issues, from addiction to depression, anxiety to ADHD, and many others. My initial goal is to listen to your current circumstances carefully and then discuss multiple treatment options. These options usually include gold-standard treatments like talk therapy and medications, but may also include newer treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or ketamine. Together, we will explore all of these different options and create a treatment plan together that reflects your goals and preferences.
Patients come to me with a variety of different issues, from addiction to depression, anxiety to ADHD, and many others. My initial goal is to listen to your current circumstances carefully and then discuss multiple treatment options. These options usually include gold-standard treatments like talk therapy and medications, but may also include newer treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or ketamine. Together, we will explore all of these different options and create a treatment plan together that reflects your goals and preferences.
(503) 828-0381 View (503) 828-0381
Photo of Robert Hernandez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Robert Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
I have extensive experience treating the following diagnosis: Diagnosed and undiagnosed ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, C-PTSD, Somatic Disorders, Derealization / Depersonalization Disorders, Schizophrenia / Psychosis (e.
When treating patients, I consider the whole person, not just symptoms. I take into account other underlying medical conditions, medications, and physiological changes that may impact the effectiveness of a planned treatment. I consider these factors to determine your best treatment path. I have a developmental orientation toward understanding human behavior. I recognize that everyone is unique; and therefore, I will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs. I also appreciate a collaborative approach, working with other providers to help facilitate the best treatment outcomes.
I have extensive experience treating the following diagnosis: Diagnosed and undiagnosed ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, C-PTSD, Somatic Disorders, Derealization / Depersonalization Disorders, Schizophrenia / Psychosis (e.
When treating patients, I consider the whole person, not just symptoms. I take into account other underlying medical conditions, medications, and physiological changes that may impact the effectiveness of a planned treatment. I consider these factors to determine your best treatment path. I have a developmental orientation toward understanding human behavior. I recognize that everyone is unique; and therefore, I will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs. I also appreciate a collaborative approach, working with other providers to help facilitate the best treatment outcomes.
(503) 563-2731 View (503) 563-2731
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Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
I can help you find relief from symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, sleep issues, postpartum issues, OCD, PTSD, and many more.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
I can help you find relief from symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, sleep issues, postpartum issues, OCD, PTSD, and many more.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(971) 298-8186 View (971) 298-8186
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Nicole Ervin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I provide medication management and supportive therapy to young adults facing nearly all mental health concerns, but specialize in helping those who identify as LGBTQ+ or people dealing with mood and anxiety problems.
I support young adults in feeling empowered to address the things that are preventing you from being your most genuine self. I started my career as a primary care provider, where I learned that it is difficult to improve your physical health if your emotional health isn’t in a stable place. My background provides me with the expertise to help you navigate the interplay between physical and emotional concerns.
I provide medication management and supportive therapy to young adults facing nearly all mental health concerns, but specialize in helping those who identify as LGBTQ+ or people dealing with mood and anxiety problems.
I support young adults in feeling empowered to address the things that are preventing you from being your most genuine self. I started my career as a primary care provider, where I learned that it is difficult to improve your physical health if your emotional health isn’t in a stable place. My background provides me with the expertise to help you navigate the interplay between physical and emotional concerns.
(206) 312-4314 View (206) 312-4314
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Kristen Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97206
My practice focuses on depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorders, and trauma.
I use a trauma-informed approach to mental health that includes both medication management and psychotherapy. I employ a Health at Every Size philosophy that prioritizes whole person wellness above a weight-centric perspective. In my practice, the client is at the helm of choosing what issues to work on. A holistic approach is favored over one-size-fits-all formulas. As most people today are touched by mental health struggles, whether it be their own or their loved ones, we can use those experiences to learn to ground spiritually and mentally.
My practice focuses on depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorders, and trauma.
I use a trauma-informed approach to mental health that includes both medication management and psychotherapy. I employ a Health at Every Size philosophy that prioritizes whole person wellness above a weight-centric perspective. In my practice, the client is at the helm of choosing what issues to work on. A holistic approach is favored over one-size-fits-all formulas. As most people today are touched by mental health struggles, whether it be their own or their loved ones, we can use those experiences to learn to ground spiritually and mentally.
(503) 868-0536 View (503) 868-0536
Photo of Angela Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Angela Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
(503) 755-9574 View (503) 755-9574
Photo of Esther Moseka Odaibo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Esther Moseka Odaibo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
(971) 999-3237 View (971) 999-3237
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Shinichi Daimyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MPH, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: depression/lack of happiness, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disturbances (anger, irritability, mood swings), re-experiencing symptoms (ex.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: depression/lack of happiness, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disturbances (anger, irritability, mood swings), re-experiencing symptoms (ex.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
(971) 299-7048 View (971) 299-7048
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James Trott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97202
I work with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, attention deficits, life transitions, or simply feel that they want to improve their mental health. My clients are looking for a mental health expert that they can collaborate with as they develop their own treatment goals, and are willing to be intentional in their pursuit of these goals. At this time, I am accepting Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Regence, Pacific Source, Moda, Cigna, and private pay.
I work with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, attention deficits, life transitions, or simply feel that they want to improve their mental health. My clients are looking for a mental health expert that they can collaborate with as they develop their own treatment goals, and are willing to be intentional in their pursuit of these goals. At this time, I am accepting Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Regence, Pacific Source, Moda, Cigna, and private pay.
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Lucia Kilday
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97204
I have extensive experience working with sexual assault trauma survivors and specialize in OCD, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, other mental health conditions, and LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
Welcome! My name is Lucia; I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I hold an MSN from The George Washington University. I have nearly a decade of experience in healthcare including a substance use rehabilitation center, emergency departments, and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I'm passionate about destigmatizing mental health and take a holistic, integrated, and individualized approach to treatment. I'm interested in functional medicine and using genetic testing, adaptogens, nutrition, and meditation to improve mental health. I provide a safe welcoming environment free of judgment to all.
I have extensive experience working with sexual assault trauma survivors and specialize in OCD, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, other mental health conditions, and LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
Welcome! My name is Lucia; I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I hold an MSN from The George Washington University. I have nearly a decade of experience in healthcare including a substance use rehabilitation center, emergency departments, and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I'm passionate about destigmatizing mental health and take a holistic, integrated, and individualized approach to treatment. I'm interested in functional medicine and using genetic testing, adaptogens, nutrition, and meditation to improve mental health. I provide a safe welcoming environment free of judgment to all.
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Specializing in anxiety, depression, and OCD, I utilize evidence-based approaches to empower clients to navigate life's challenges.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Specializing in anxiety, depression, and OCD, I utilize evidence-based approaches to empower clients to navigate life's challenges.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(971) 260-4159 View (971) 260-4159
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97204
Madeline specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, and transgender-related mental health care.
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, and transgender-related mental health care.
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
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Anxiety Psychiatrists

What are the most common treatments for anxiety?

Talk therapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, is the most common treatment for anxiety. Studies have shown it is equally effective as medication. Other popular forms of therapy are popular, depending on a patient’s experience. Exposure therapy, for instance, can be useful for people dealing with fears and phobias, or who have experienced traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy may be useful for patients who need help with emotion regulation. Anxiolytic medications, like benzodiazepines, can also help with calming a person enough to focus on the skills they’ve learned, and physical exercise has been shown to help symptoms of anxiety across the board.

How long does therapy for anxiety take to work?

The amount of time needed to alleviate symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s condition. Some therapies may take 5-20 weekly sessions to show results. Anti-depressant medications typically take two to four weeks before a benefit is felt. Anti-anxiety medications are felt typically within 20-30 minutes. Medications are best used to offer a patient a better headspace in which to work on techniques learned in therapy. Exercise, improved sleep habits, and meditation are effective, but takes weeks or months to show results.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at times, but when anxiety causes disruption to your daily life, it may be time to seek help. Such disruption can be mental, physical, or both: having fear dominate your thoughts, avoiding situations or objects that bring on feelings of anxiety, or experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or panic attacks. When these symptoms are recurrent and distressing, it may be time to talk to someone.

How effective is treatment for anxiety?

Treatment for anxiety has been shown to be moderately to highly effective, according to a large body of psychology studies and analyses. For some people, treatment using CBT or exposure therapy alone is effective. Others respond best to a combination of medication and therapy.