Anxiety is the primary mental health problem in American society.More than 40 million citizens of the United States have been diagnosed with anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, but this figure is dwarfed by how anxiety increasingly affects all aspects of our life, from sexuality to work activity.

As therapists, we need to know how to treat anxiety. The treatment has changed quite dramatically, with recent findings in the social and biological sciences indicating pathways to successful treatment. Medication for anxiety does not work, is addictive, and offers short term benefits at best. Most psychiatrists in the Boston area in 2019 refuse to provide pills of any kind for anxiety, even for panic attacks. The treatment for anxiety now is psychotherapy, and what is called lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes include an increased use of meditation, mindfulness training, and yoga, along with an examination of stress both in the workplace and in relationships. Nutritional changes, increased exercise, resolution of family difficulties, and an understanding of the neurobiological dynamics of anxiety are crucial to diminishing anxiety in all of us.

At South Shore Family Health Collaborative, and at our sister agency South Shore Sexual Health Center, we see and treat anxiety every day. We are able to pinpoint areas of stress at work and at home that lead to anxiety, and to offer different ways of operating, relationally, with our work managers and intimate partners. Our goals are fundamental:

  • to optimize occupational health and economic well-being;

  • to provide a blueprint for relational functioning;

  • to operationalize optimal sexual health;

  • to positively support an ongoing process of effective family and couple functioning.

We are happy to talk with you individually. We prefer, however, to treat anxiety relationally. What this means is that we are likely to ask you to bring in your primary intimate partner, your children, your parents, your siblings, your friends, your grandparents, your ex-partners, even your boss, so that we can change the systems in which anxiety becomes toxic. It is probably making you anxious just reading about this. Nonetheless, part of treatment is positively exposing yourself to those aspects of life that anxiety helps you to avoid.

Please contact us at 617-750-0183, or, for sexual health, at . There is more information on our websites, and