Free Yourself From Worry & Fear
My expertise in treating anxiety and related disorders in San Diego with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for 20+ years focuses on helping people with: panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, OCD, generalized anxiety (GAD), anxiety with depression and stress management. In addition to my clinical experience, I review new, evidence-based strategies developed in research centers to help you finally overcome your anxiety and panic attack problems..."Shirley Babior helped me learn to be more easy with my thoughts instead of having my anxiety go way up."
Sessions take place in a confidential, private small practice setting. View my CBT credentials for anxiety treatment here.
People tell me they feel very understood and safe while in therapy with me because I personally experienced how terrifying an anxiety or panic attack can be. I know how easily avoidance of what you fear can creep into your life. My fear of flying (a specific phobia), led me to avoid airplane trips for 7 years. I know, as you may too, that people close to you don't always understand. During that time, even looking at a news article about airplanes would cause me to panic! Your anxiety disorder has it's own story, but I do understand how the sensations, scary thoughts and possible avoidance can take your life over in so many ways!
Learning how to overcome my fear of flying led me to specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders. I've had the good fortune of meeting and helping hundreds of very courageous people who seek counseling for anxiety issues. Today, I can fly anywhere without any anxiety and do! Helping others overcome fear of flying is a special treat for me.
My credentials for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment of anxiety and related disorders (such as OCD) include:
I was an Associate on the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Unit at Boston's McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. In San Diego, I co-authored papers with the UCSD Department of Psychiatry on social anxiety and served as a Member of the Board of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Staff at managed care companies have asked me to consult on CBT anxiety disorders treatment. I provide on-site critical incident debriefing (CISD) and PTSD therapy for employees after work accidents or robberies. My self-help and therapist's manual for anxiety disorders is listed below. Currently, I am on the Professional Webinar and Public Education Committees of ADAA.org (the leading organization devoted to help with anxiety and depression).
It isn't always easy to reach out for help -- therefore, I make it a practice to quickly respond. I provide enough time on a phone or e-mail consulation to answer questions and concerns. If we agree to meet in person, I can schedule an appointment the same or next day. Weekend therapy appointments are available when needed. My approach combines state-of-the art Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), and metaphors that prove useful from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), for a supportive, evidence-based path to recovery.
My self-help book, co-authored with Carol Goldman, LICSW, Overcoming Panic, Anxiety & Phobias, Calm Down Anxiety & Stress Management tape and my CBT Anxiety Recovery Program provide between-session resources. Therapists benefit from my group manual, Working With Groups To Overcome Panic Anxiety & Phobias.
Overcoming Panic, Anxiety & Phobias: New Strategies to Free Yourself from Worry and Fear - Babior and Goldman, Whole Person Press.
"Shirley Babior and Carol Goldman have written a terrific handbook to help the many millions of people who suffer from panic and other anxiety disorders. Their approach is sound and effective." - C. Barr Taylor, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Former Director of Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center
"Deciding to meet with Shirley Babior was one of the best decisions of my life...I've read self-help books on cognitive therapy for social anxiety for years and they've helped, but sometimes you need a voice outside of your head to help you and encourage you to grow....Before starting therapy even when speaking in small groups my heart would pound and throat close. Now I can speak in front of a group of 60 people without fear of anxiety or a panic attack."