Is Anxiety Stealing Your Joy?

pexels-photo-390625Anxiety and depression can steal our joy.  It can stop us from doing the things we love, and impede on our daily activities including sleep, appetite, and overall peace.  It can also have negative effects on our relationships, and even our faith.  Living with anxiety is not always living.  Sometimes, it’s barely surviving.

However, fear, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Fear is an emotion we need.  It’s fear that drives our sympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as fight and flight. Read more


Hi.  My name is Gretchen J. Penner and I want to welcome you. Before we begin, let me tell you just a little bit about myself. I am currently a therapist with the Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma. After working in communications for over 20 years, I made a decision to go back to school, earn my master degree, and pursue a career as a Clinical Social Worker.fullsizeoutput_267 I graduated with my Master of Social Work from the accredited program at California State University, Fullerton. My concentration was in Community Mental Health where I focused my training on trauma informed therapy and mood disorders. Since graduating I have continued to expand my knowledge and experience working with adolescents and adults who have struggled with anxiety and depression.

None of us are immune from trauma. Some are able to walk through a traumatic incident with little to no scars. Then there are the times when we find ourselves struggling with fear, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, unable to sleep, decreased appetite, angry outbursts, and no longer doing the things we used to enjoy.  If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these symptoms, there is help. You don’t have to live with these limitations. I provide a safe, non-judgmental place where you can talk about your greatest fears, process your deepest pain, learn healthy coping skills, and regain your peace, joy, and life. You have the power within you to do this. We all do. Sometimes, we just need a little help.

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