Clinical Psychology located in Bluffton, SC and TriBeCa, New York, NY

About 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders today, making anxiety the most common mental illness. At Tardigrade Psychological Services, LLC, experienced clinical and sports psychology specialist Heather Goldberg, PsyD, offers anxiety care that helps you control your present anxiety symptoms and understand the role of past experiences. Dr. Goldberg sees most patients through telehealth (virtual appointments) but can also see patients in Bluffton, South Carolina and TriBeCa, New York, New York offices. Call Tardigrade Psychological Services, LLC or use the online appointment request feature to connect with Dr. Goldberg today.

When is anxiety really an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety, including feelings of worry, apprehension, and unease, is a common experience. Virtually everyone in the world knows what anxiety feels like. But normal anxiety comes and goes without causing severe problems in your life.

Anxiety is expected before starting a new job, going on a first date, or another significant event. It will generally go away after you overcome that hurdle.

Anxiety disorders cause more severe symptoms, like:

  • Frequent nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive worrying
  • Irrational worrying and nervousness
  • Feelings of inevitable doom
  • Shaking
  • Rapid breathing
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach cramping

If you have an anxiety disorder, your symptoms linger long enough to disrupt your daily life.

What treatments work best for anxiety?

At Tardigrade Psychological Services, LLC, Dr. Goldberg finds that treatment is most successful when she gives patients specific tools to take control of their anxiety.


She uses a treatment method called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), in which you learn how to stop negative cycles. This therapy helps you break down the things that lead to your anxiety symptoms and reframe them in your mind. You’ll learn how to respond to anxiety-inducing situations differently, which disrupts the anxiety cycle.


CBT includes many individual strategies, like journaling, practicing mindfulness, and developing healthy replacement thought patterns, that help you overcome anxiety.


Past experiences often play significant roles in developing anxiety disorders. Dr. Goldberg uses strategies like psychoanalysis and family systems theory to help patients delve into past influences, allowing them to heal and build a sturdy new foundation.


I have severe anxiety. What will happen during treatment?

When you have an anxiety disorder, ordinary activities can be stressful and overwhelming. Dr. Goldberg understands the detrimental effects of anxiety disorders, so she makes it as easy as possible to get the care you need using the telehealth approach.


With telehealth, you’ll find a quiet, private place in your home for treatment sessions. You’ll meet online with Dr. Goldberg via teleconference on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.


Telehealth appointments involve:


  • Examining and breaking down your thoughts and feelings
  • Discussing new ways to manage your anxiety
  • Making specific plans to put your new skills into practice


While most patients prefer telehealth, Bluffton office visits are also available. Call Tardigrade Psychological Services, LLC, now or request your appointment using the online feature.