Counseling for Anxiety

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Do you often feel fearful or worried for no clear reason?


Are you feeling stressed, unable to relax, or have general feelings of uneasiness? Feeling on-edge, irritable and unable to sleep? Worrying almost all the time and not being able to stop?


While occasional anxiety is an expected part of life for all of us, people with anxiety disorders feel like the anxiety just won't go away and often feel it getting worse over time.


Some people struggle with panic attacks, sudden periods of intense fear that come on quickly and unexpectedly. Other people struggle with social anxiety, public speaking anxiety, or specific phobias like fear of heights or flying.


Still others deal with obsessional thoughts or compulsive behaviors that are difficult to control. Anxiety disorders, when serious, can interfere with daily activities and enjoyment and can have a devastating impact on your life.  


Over the years I have worked with people with all types of stress and anxiety problems, focusing on helping them find relief and offering practical, expert care that brings confidence and hope.


First, by fully understanding your unique symptoms and personal situation, and modifying my approach to your specific needs.  And taking into consideration what you are comfortable with, where your strengths lie, what you seek to accomplish.


Second, I use a variety of methods, including relaxation training, stress management, self-hypnosis, and psychotherapy to help you alleviate anxiety and manage your symptoms more effectively. 


Together we can take a closer look at your life, your thoughts and your emotions, and figure out how to make things work better for you. So that you can live a happier, more relaxed and more rewarding life.

"There was a time in my life I felt my world was upside down. I felt my emotions were not only affecting my life, but the lives and the relationships of those I loved and cared about. I was feeling anxious most of the time and then would suddenly feel a sense of panic... After meeting with Dr. Zwerdling I found him to be very supportive and nonjudgmental in his approach. He helped me to open up and take a look at my life from a different perspective in a safe and understanding environment. He offered me the guidance and the tools to better deal with my emotions and the relationships in my life. With his help and guidance the quality of my life and that of my relationships has greatly improved."


"I started therapy because I was feeling low and needed to boost my self-esteem. Dr. Zwerdling helped me to find the confidence to believe in myself and have the courage to face my fears. I highly recommend Dr. Zwerdling as he is a kind, considerate professional with all the right answers." 

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Generalized anxiety disorder:  Excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to fear. Restlessness or feeling edgy, becoming tired easily, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep problems are common. 


Panic disorder:  Feelings of terror, sweating, chest pain, palpitations, choking sensations, chills, and or stomach upset that appear suddenly and without warning, which may make the person feel like he or she is having a heart attack, going crazy or losing control. Panic episodes typically reach their peak quickly, often within minutes, and then start to lessen.  


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD):  People with OCD are plagued by constant thoughts or fears that cause them to perform certain rituals or routines. The disturbing thoughts are called obsessions, and the rituals are called compulsions. For example, a person with an unreasonable fear of germs may repetitively wash his or her hands. 


Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):  A condition that can develop following a traumatic and/or terrifying event, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a natural disaster. Avoidance of people, places, or situations that are reminiscent of the traumatic event, re-experiencing the trauma in repeated nightmares or flashbacks, difficulty trusting others, excessive attention to staying safe or keeping loved ones safe, a tendency to startle easily and a sense of a bleak or foreshortened future are common features of PTSD. 


Social anxiety disorder:  Involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule. 


Phobias:  An intense fear or an aversion to specific objects or situations that is out of proportion to the actual danger caused by the situation or object. Specific phobias may include fear of flying, heights or germs. Some people have agoraphobia, fear of public places, open spaces, or crowded spaces, and may eventually have trouble leaving their home.

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  "I was struggling when I came to see Dr. Zwerdling.  He helped me to feel comfortable and truly understood what I was going through.  He offered suggestions that helped me handle things better.  Working with him helped me accept myself and feel more confident."


 "Dr. Zwerdling helped me navigate through a very difficult situation. He was compassionate and listened carefully to what I had to say. His thoughtful questions and expert guidance were invaluable and allowed me to deal with a painful life changing event in the most supportive way." 

Dr. Alan Zwerdling's private office serves all of Monmouth County & the Jersey Shore, including Red Bank, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Navesink, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Holmdel, Colts Neck, Ocean Township, Lincroft, Marlboro, Manalapan, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Manasquan, Oakhurst, Eatontown, Tinton Falls, and West Long Branch.