Therapy and Professional Services

Anxiety Disorder Treatment and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Services

Therapy with David Mellinger

I am accepting referrals and self-referral of adults for therapy to help overcome anxiety disorders, including panic and phobic disorders (including driving phobia and social phobia), OCD, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The treatment I provide for anxiety disorders is primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), with elements of mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapy. I not only provide anxiety disorder therapy, but also do therapy for relationship problems and everyday depression. Please call 818-716-1695 or E-mail Panicbuster@socal.rr.com for further information.

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Anxiety Workshops –  Becoming the Calm in the Storm, On A Path with Heart, and The Intensive Anxiety and Worry Treatment Workshop

The Peaceful Worrier Workshops:

Becoming the Calm in the Storm & On a Path with Heart

Two Half-Day Workshops for Overcoming Disturbing Anxiety and Worry with Julie Brams, LMFT and David Mellinger, LCSW

Julie Brams and I have developed the “Peaceful Worrier” workshop series to enable men and women to gain the upper hand over disturbing anxiety and worry. Join us in explorations of the healthy, strong ways that our unique blend of emotional awareness-based cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness meditation can help you address worry, vulnerability, and trepidation. Face your fears with heart, so you can go forward with less inhibiting anxiety and accomplish what you care about the most.

The workshops – Becoming The Calm in the Storm and On a Path with Heart –  interweave cutting-edge psychological science with real-time mindfulness meditation training proven to expand emotional awareness and improve coping with fear, anxiety and persistent worry. Both workshops will provide experience in use of a variety of meditations, traditional methods, and new-wave psychotherapeutic techniques to ease persistent anxiety and excessive worry while being good to oneself. Open to women and men at all levels, our workshops can be taken in any order.  Past participants often find it helpful to repeat workshops as a means of deepening their gains.

Becoming the Calm in the Storm

Our emotions profoundly affect what we care about the most; yet irrational anxiety and excessive worry can interfere with our values, plans, and hopes. In the “Becoming the Calm in the Storm” workshop, we help you learn ways to be good to yourself through using mindfulness and psychological techniques to face fear with heart, address vulnerability, and ease trepidation.  Participants learn to reduce “fear of fear”, “worry about worry”, catastrophizing, and persistent worry and obsessing so they may cope better and accomplish more of what they value.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn to think more clearly:  Clear up unhealthy worry and release yourself from thinking traps and the grip of sticky thinking.
  • Feel less discomfort by learning to overcome trepidation and become more accepting of vulnerability.
  • Cope better with anxiety and worry while achieving increasingly more that you truly care about.
  • Increase confidence, your sense of safety, and trust that things will be okay at anxiety-provoking times.

 

Mindfulness Meditation Practice

  • Breathing Meditation
  • Lovingkindness Meditation

 

The Path with Heart

The “Path with Heart” Workshop is the second of two trainings to enable you to change your relationship to anxiety, fear, and worry.  We’ll help you learn to use mindfulness and psychological techniques to face your fears while being good to yourself.  By taking “the path with heart”, you can learn to exercise your strength, go forward with less inhibiting fear and face important challenges that have been difficult, and start changing in needed and vital ways.

Emotional Awareness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Training

Expand your awareness of your values, the things you hold dear to your heart, and what you care enough about to change.

Learn how to overcome emotional avoidance by expanding your awareness of the thinking traps and physical tension that sustain anxiety and worry.

Learn to face your fears using psychological and mindfulness-based techniques of emotional exposure

Learn to gain the upper hand over unhealthy worry and other types of anxious, sticky thinking

Learn to be kinder to yourself as you face your fears.  Augment your trust that you will be okay at anxiety-provoking times. Enhance your acceptance of vulnerability and uncertainty while overcoming your anxiety and worry.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice

  • Body awareness meditation
  • Breathing meditation
  • Lovingkindness meditation

 

The Intensive Anxiety and Worry Workshop (IAWW) – DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

REFERRALS ACCEPTED FROM CLINICIANS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, AND PSYCHIATRISTS

The Intensive Workshop for Anxiety Disorders (IAWW) was created by anxiety expert David Mellinger to help people overcome anxiety disorders. The IAWW is an evidence-based treatment that has been offered for over five years in community settings and benefited hundreds of men and women with one or more of a wide variety of anxiety disorders and conditions.   Utilizing a unique formulation of new psychological scientific findings dubbed Transdiagnostic Therapy, IAWW is a unique integration of traditional and new-wave cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and acceptance-based CBT into a 6-week course of group therapy.

Who Does IAWW Help?  Men and women who worry themselves sick (who worry often and catastrophically) and those with fear of fear – people who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, agoraphobia and other phobias, and/or social anxiety disorders.  Individuals with mild obsessive-compulsive disorder may also improve by doing the workshop.

Workshop structure: Participants must be willing to devote six weeks to participating in an intensive workshop program that is designed to help overcome anxiety disorders.  Each weekly session is between 90 and 120 minutes in length, and there will be 30 to 90 minutes a week of home practice.

Most people who complete the IAWW:

Learn to cope with panic symptoms and come to see them as harmless, manageable passing events. Gain perspective and psychological distance from their anxiety disorder symptoms. Gain the upper hand over avoidance, engage in exposure therapy, and develop worry-busting skills that weaken anxiety’s grip by turning aside “sticky thinking”, which may include:

Active worry Rumination Barrages of self-criticism OCD-type obsessions

RESULTS:   Participants typically suffer from a variety of anxiety disorders – typically involving proneness to fear of fear and panic or anxiety attacks, a tendency to worry often and catastrophically, or both. Measures of change over the course of the workshop indicate that program completers’ fear of fear drops significantly – to within normal limits – and their catastrophic worry tendencies drop as well. In addition, the majority of men and women who complete this workshop rate themselves as so much improved that they no longer consider further treatment necessary.

 

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Please contact me if you are interested and visit this site regularly for updates.

Speaker and Educator

I can speak to community groups and educate mental health professionals about psychological science, anxiety, and pathological worry. I am applying for certification which would enable me to grant mental health professionals continuing education credits for participation in my classes and trainings.

Fees and Insurance

 

Can I Afford Therapy?

My full fee is $150 for a 45- 50 minute therapy hour. I accept private payment and Medicare. As a licensed California mental health professional, I can provide treatment for you that is covered – at least in partby every PPO insurance.

Concerned about the cost?  Consider the benefits of shorter-term treatment with a skilled professional who has the expertise to help you overcome your unique emotional distress. All you actually know about the therapists on your insurance company’s provider panel is that they’ve signed a contract to work at reduced rates. I am sometimes able to apply a sliding fee scale to help with affordability.

Use Your PPO Insurance to Help Pay for Therapy with David Mellinger

If you would like to use your PPO insurance to help pay for your care:

a. I can bill your insurance carrier, and the balance would be due at each session, or
b. You can pay in full. and I will regularly provide you with “superbills” to submit to your insurance carrier.

Since I’m employed by Kaiser Permanente, I don’t accept Kaiser clients into my private practice.

Reasons to Choose Therapy with Me

I am skillful at helping and empowering clients – especially those with anxiety – to accomplish a great deal over a relatively short time through effective anxiety disorder therapy. Some mental health problems can be treated swiftly by a skilled therapist, while others require extensive treatment, which I can provide, as well. I bring exceptionally extensive, sophisticated, active knowledge of the latest psychological science to the practice of psychotherapy. I’m grateful that I can often help clients overcome anxiety problems that other therapists – including anxiety specialists – can’t.

I am now accepting referrals and clients for general psychotherapy and anxiety therapy at my Woodland Hills and Westlake Village offices. Call 818-716-1695 or email me at PanicBuster@socal.rr.com.