The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles offers private & confidential research-proven anxiety treatment focused on effectively reducing your anxiety symptoms. We offer relief from your anxiety by teaching you how to manage specific physiological, psychological and behavioral symptoms using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. Anxiety-related conditions we treat include anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, chronic stress and generalized anxiety, severe driving anxiety on the highway, pure obsessional thinking, tendency to compulsively pick at skin and more (for a full list see below)
Led by Dr. Craig April, a Ph.D. and "Licensed" Psychologist, we have the highest level of training and education in the field in order to provide you the relief you need, so that you can move beyond the anxiety that plagues you. Specifically, we offer individual therapy, group therapy and family counseling in the form of weekly or bi-weekly sessions with options to fit most budgets. Based on appropriateness and need, we also provide anxiety treatment in the form of phone appointments geared toward helping you face your fears directly in the real-life setting in which they occur.
Our Anxiety Treatment Services
We offer a variety of counseling services to treat the following anxiety-related conditions:
- Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks
- Relationship anxiety
- Life Stress (family, work, etc.)
- Parenting stress or anxiety
- Fear of Driving / Driving Anxiety
- All Phobias
- Fear of going crazy, dying or losing control
- Excessive Worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Life change anxiety
- Pure Obsessional OCD or Pure O OCD
- Panic Disorder
- Fear of embarrassment
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Hypochondriasis or Health Anxiety
- OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
- Social Anxiety/Extreme Shyness
- Dating anxiety
- Fear of being trapped in places you can't quickly escape
- Unwanted and repetitive thoughts
- Trichotillomania (Compulsive Hair Pulling)
- Dermatillomania (Compulsive Skin Picking)
- Speech and Public Speaking Anxiety
- Emetophobia or fear of vomiting, fear of throwing up
Our Anxiety Treatment Approach
Our approach is a cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) one in order to relieve your anxiety as quickly as possible so that you can break free.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the only research proven method for effectively treating anxiety. Based on success at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles, this has been supported through experience.
The easiest, most straightforward description of cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it involves the use of many different tools, techniques and strategies to change how you think and respond when anxious. A large part of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety relief involves a technique called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). This generally involves structured assignments to assist one in facing fears gradually to build confidence and adapt without engaging in behaviors that maintain anxiety over time.
Our Anxiety Treatment Philosophy
Our philosophy is that anxiety is something that everyone experiences as part of life if they are on a path towards growth and fulfillment. Based on this notion, there is nothing to be ashamed of with regard to your symptoms. Anxiety becomes a problem when it becomes a barrier to one's functioning, happiness or freedom. We believe in helping anxiety sufferers find the strength within to break free and that confidence is discovered through following our specifically designed anxiety treatment program while putting our techniques into action.
Frequently Asked Questions About The April Center
1.) What services does The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management offer?
In a warm, confidential setting in all three office locations, we offer individual CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) sessions, anxiety support groups, and family therapy. Based on appropriateness and need, we also offer phone appointments to assist in facing real-life feared situations. Read more about our anxiety treatment services. Providing anxiety therapy in Los Angeles is our main focus, in addition to offering help to those outside of Los Angeles who can't locate a speciaized anxiety therapist in their area.
2.) What is the focus of your anxiety treatment?
Our anxiety treatment is focused on reducing your anxiety symptoms and developing your confidence in facing fears and anxious feelings without avoidance or having panic attacks. We design treatment plans to specifically match your individual needs and symptoms with the goal of anxiety relief.
Our focus is primarily a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) one geared towards changing your relationship with anxiety from an enemy perspective to a more friendly form. Cognitive-behavioral treatment methods have been empirically shown to be the most effective in treating anxiety. Based on success at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles, this has been supported through experience.
The easiest, most straightforward description of cognitive-behavioral treatment is that it involves the use of many different tools, techniques and strategies to change how you think and respond when anxious.
3.) What is CBT primarily?
CBT stands for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and is the only proven form of treatment for anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, OCD, phobias, social anxiety and more.
CBT is focused on modifying destructive patterns of behavior and thought with a variety of strategies taught and assigned for practice. One main CBT foundation is that if you change your behavior, your thinking can change and if you change the way you think, your behavior can change.
CBT is an interactive process between psychologist and client. Sometimes, it even involves trips outside of the office with your psychologist to face anxiety in real-life situations with new skills and strategies learned.
First, symptoms are assessed.
Second, strategies are taught in order to obtain skills in handling anxiety. Homework assignments are a common feature.
4.) What is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)?
The primary focus of treatment for anxiety is a CBT strategy called "Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)" which involves facing your fears/obsessions in a gradual, systematic manner minus avoidance with the goal of adapting or de-sensitizing you to your anxiety provoking thought, image, impulse or situation. This is done with the support of your psychologist and independently when ready.
5.) How long before I begin to see improvement?
With regard to panic attacks, people usually see improvement in about 5 sessions. Some may see changes much sooner. With other anxiety symptoms, more treatment may be necessary. Improvement comes with some commitment and a little bit of courage. You can read our testimonials to see what other client's have experienced.
6.) Is anxiety treatment therapy scary?
Facing fears takes courage, but at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles, we pride ourselves on providing a warm, safe environment in order to work towards confronting anxiety gradually. The speed of anxiety treatment is tailored to your needs and commitment.
7.) Do I have to make an appointment to find out if you're the right place for me?
With respect to your comfort, and the importance of a good match, we offer a telephone conversation prior to your scheduling an appointment. During our phone conversation, we'll discuss your anxiety symptoms and determine if you are a good fit for our programs. Then, if appropriate, we'll go over options for treatment at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles. We have options to fit all needs and budgets.
8.)Do you accept insurance?
We are strictly a private pay center. Therefore, we do not accept insurance or work with insurance companies in any capacity. Anxiety treatment should include you and you alone. Providing a third party with your treatment information can compromise your privacy and personal safety. That said, out of respect for our clients, we have options that fit most budgets!
9.) How do I make an appointment?
Call The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles at 310-429-1024 to leave a voicemail message for staff and the director, Dr. Craig April, Licensed Psychologist (also known as the panic attack, phobia, OCD and anxiety doctor). You can also email us at drapril@kickfear or use our online contact form.
10.) How do I get to your office?
We have two office locations!:
We are located at Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 serving people living in Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and surrounding areas.
We have an additional office location in The South Bay serving people in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Torrance and Palos Verdes. This office is located at 1050 Duncan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management is committed to helping you remove the destructive barriers of anxiety attacks, panic disorder, phobia, and OCD, so that you may lead a calmer, healthier, happier life.
*Follow the link for our infographic on the origin of a phobia or anxiety disorder.