"His [Dr. April's] compassion and encouragement can help even the most timid of people gain confidence to face their fears and begin their journey to change!"

- Crystal
25 years old, Property Management

Help For Panic Attacks, Phobias, OCD and Social Anxiety at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles offers private & confidential research-proven anxiety treatment focused on effectively reducing your anxiety symptoms. We offer relief from your anxiety by teaching you how to manage specific physiological, psychological and behavioral symptoms using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. Anxiety-related conditions we treat include anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, chronic stress and generalized anxiety, severe driving anxiety on the highway, pure obsessional thinking, tendency to compulsively pick at skin and more (for a full list see below)

Led by Dr. Craig April, a Ph.D. and "Licensed" Psychologist, we have the highest level of training and education in the field in order to provide you the relief you need, so that you can move beyond the anxiety that plagues you. Specifically, we offer individual therapy, group therapy and family counseling in the form of weekly or bi-weekly sessions with options to fit most budgets. Based on appropriateness and need, we also provide anxiety treatment in the form of phone appointments geared toward helping you face your fears directly in the real-life setting in which they occur.

Our Anxiety Treatment Services

We offer a variety of counseling services to treat the following anxiety-related conditions:

Our Anxiety Treatment Approach

Our approach is a cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) one in order to relieve your anxiety as quickly as possible so that you can break free.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the only research proven method for effectively treating anxiety. Based on success at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles, this has been supported through experience.

The easiest, most straightforward description of cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it involves the use of many different tools, techniques and strategies to change how you think and respond when anxious. A large part of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety relief involves a technique called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). This generally involves structured assignments to assist one in facing fears gradually to build confidence and adapt without engaging in behaviors that maintain anxiety over time.

Our Anxiety Treatment Philosophy

Our philosophy is that anxiety is something that everyone experiences as part of life if they are on a path towards growth and fulfillment. Based on this notion, there is nothing to be ashamed of with regard to your symptoms. Anxiety becomes a problem when it becomes a barrier to one's functioning, happiness or freedom. We believe in helping anxiety sufferers find the strength within to break free and that confidence is discovered through following our specifically designed anxiety treatment program while putting our techniques into action.


Frequently Asked Questions About The April Center


1.) What services does The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management offer?

In a warm, confidential setting in all three office locations, we offer individual CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) sessions, anxiety support groups, and family therapy. Based on appropriateness and need, we also offer phone appointments to assist in facing real-life feared situations. Read more about our anxiety treatment services. Providing anxiety therapy in Los Angeles is our main focus, in addition to offering help to those outside of Los Angeles who can't locate a speciaized anxiety therapist in their area.

2.) What is the focus of your anxiety treatment?

Our anxiety treatment is focused on reducing your anxiety symptoms and developing your confidence in facing fears and anxious feelings without avoidance or having panic attacks. We design treatment plans to specifically match your individual needs and symptoms with the goal of anxiety relief.

Our focus is primarily a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) one geared towards changing your relationship with anxiety from an enemy perspective to a more friendly form. Cognitive-behavioral treatment methods have been empirically shown to be the most effective in treating anxiety. Based on success at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles, this has been supported through experience.

The easiest, most straightforward description of cognitive-behavioral treatment is that it involves the use of many different tools, techniques and strategies to change how you think and respond when anxious.

3.) What is CBT primarily?

CBT stands for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and is the only proven form of treatment for anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, OCD, phobias, social anxiety and more.

CBT is focused on modifying destructive patterns of behavior and thought with a variety of strategies taught and assigned for practice. One main CBT foundation is that if you change your behavior, your thinking can change and if you change the way you think, your behavior can change.

CBT is an interactive process between psychologist and client. Sometimes, it even involves trips outside of the office with your psychologist to face anxiety in real-life situations with new skills and strategies learned.

First, symptoms are assessed.

Second, strategies are taught in order to obtain skills in handling anxiety. Homework assignments are a common feature.

4.) What is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)?

The primary focus of treatment for anxiety is a CBT strategy called "Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)" which involves facing your fears/obsessions in a gradual, systematic manner minus avoidance with the goal of adapting or de-sensitizing you to your anxiety provoking thought, image, impulse or situation. This is done with the support of your psychologist and independently when ready.

5.) How long before I begin to see improvement?

With regard to panic attacks, people usually see improvement in about 5 sessions. Some may see changes much sooner. With other anxiety symptoms, more treatment may be necessary. Improvement comes with some commitment and a little bit of courage. You can read our testimonials to see what other client's have experienced.

6.) Is anxiety treatment therapy scary?

Facing fears takes courage, but at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles, we pride ourselves on providing a warm, safe environment in order to work towards confronting anxiety gradually. The speed of anxiety treatment is tailored to your needs and commitment.

7.) Do I have to make an appointment to find out if you're the right place for me?

With respect to your comfort, and the importance of a good match, we offer a telephone conversation prior to your scheduling an appointment. During our phone conversation, we'll discuss your anxiety symptoms and determine if you are a good fit for our programs. Then, if appropriate, we'll go over options for treatment at The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles. We have options to fit all needs and budgets.

8.)Do you accept insurance?

We are strictly a private pay center.  Therefore, we do not accept insurance or work with insurance companies in any capacity.  Anxiety treatment should include you and you alone.  Providing a third party with your treatment information can compromise your privacy and personal safety.  That said, out of respect for our clients, we have options that fit most budgets!

9.) How do I make an appointment?

Call The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles at 310-429-1024 to leave a voicemail message for staff and the director, Dr. Craig April, Licensed Psychologist (also known as the panic attack, phobia, OCD and anxiety doctor). You can also email us at drapril@kickfear or use our online contact form.

10.) How do I get to your office?

We have two office locations!:

We are located at Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 serving people living in Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and surrounding areas. 

We have an additional office location in The South Bay serving people in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Torrance and Palos Verdes. This office is located at 1050 Duncan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management is committed to helping you remove the destructive barriers of anxiety attacks, panic disorder, phobia, and OCD, so that you may lead a calmer, healthier, happier life.

*Follow the link for our infographic on the origin of a phobia or anxiety disorder.

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More Testimonials

The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management gave me the tools to change my life! As long as I can remember I had suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. I was in and out of therapy for 20+ years. The world had become a scary place, and it kept shrinking. I didn’t understand what was happening internally until I saw the show Obsessed. It clicked, and I saw a new treatment that could maybe make a difference. I did research and learned that not only was there a term for my phobia, but it was way more common than I could imagine. I started individual therapy at The April Center. We took everything slowly, going at my own pace, but the more I did, the better I felt, and the more I wanted to do. Thanks to Dr. April and The April Center, I was completely present at my wedding, which is the best gift ever! Now I am outside of my head, and enjoying things as I should!

Laura, Design Assistant, North Hollywood

I came to Dr. April with a debilitating fear - the inability to drive on the freeway. My life wasn't always like this. I drove the freeway for over 10 years without any issues, until I experienced two intense panic attacks that scared me from getting back on the freeway. It didn't make sense and the longer I waiting to get back on, the more intense my fear became. This fear stopped me from going out of town and visiting friends that lived too far. It took me double the time to get to a destination and I was always scared someone would ask me for a ride and I would have to create some dumb story as to why I was taking the side streets. No one knew. I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. And I let this go on for 8 years. That's when I had enough! I tried therapy in the past and it didn't work, so while I was seeking help, I wasn't convinced I could be fixed. Even reading positive reviews like this, I would think, "I'm probably the one who can't be fixed." Then I found Dr. April. To my own amazement (not Dr. April's), I was able to conquer my fear! Throughout the process, Dr. April trusted me, believed in me and never once made me feel small, which was a fear in and of itself. We worked hard together to get to the root cause of my fear and after sessions both in-person and over the phone, I'm freeway driving everyday! There is no magic pill to conquer your fears, only dedication, hard work and Dr. April.

- Elaine

I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with The April Center for Anxiety! I had been suffering with Emetophobia since I was twelve years old and my life was so limited. When I called on Dr. April for help it had gotten to a point where I felt as though I was living in a box. I was unable to eat in public. Unable to be a passenger in a car or any other form of transportation. Too afraid to travel far from home, and deathly afraid of germs. I felt so alone in this struggle for so long. It’s a lonely phobia. Being an “Emet” was shameful and embarrassing for me. I tried to hide it the best I could. Most people hadn’t heard of the phobia, and I didn’t even know what I suffered from for well over two decades.

I knew I needed help so I called Dr. April. I wanted a life I could be proud of and I knew I was headed for a life of regrets.

The first big step would be to actually show up at the first session and talk about me and my phobia. The thought of this nearly paralyzed me but I made it in. You see, the only way to really squash this irrational fear (as well as all other irrational fears) is to face it head on. It’s to do the work. The hardest part is sticking with it and doing the homework given in order to really rid the fear.

I can honestly say without a doubt, I did the work and am reaping the benefits. It wasn’t easy but the life I have now is what was intended for me.

I wouldn’t have been able to make it through without the tools The April Center provided me in my treatment. I know I can deal with anything in my life now with dignity.

Today, I accept the fact that there are many things in life I have no control over and this is okay with me. Life happens and I can embrace all aspects of it.

Tami, Los Angeles, CA

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