Testimonials

“Laura, I’m so happy and free; I feel alive. This is also the longest I’ve been without picking! I realize I’ve never really thanked you for helping me learn more about myself and overcome some trials. So, thank you for everything!” –Meagan

I’m very satisfied with the treatment that Nancy led me through. She validated my fears and concerns, no matter how irrational they may have been. She dealt with me very patiently and always made me feel hopeful for my future regarding my fears and anxieties. I left treatment feeling like I have several tools for the rest of my life to lead an emotionally happy, healthy life. –H.S.

From our very first visit with Annabella my daughter and I knew that we had found someone with a very clear understanding of anxiety and OCD. The tools that she taught my daughter and the exposure therapy have made a world of difference in her life. She is able to function better and she feels like she can move forward and feel happy again! –J

I have learned so many wonderful things from my therapy with Annabella! One of the biggest things was I can’t fight the OCD thought, I just need to let it be there. Learning to have mindfulness has really helped me. I also am so amazed at how well writing and listening to scripts helps. And even though it is hard it is so worth it. Now whenever OCD strikes again, I will know exactly what to do! –SB

If you are looking for a quick miracle “cure” for your anxiety… you are looking in the wrong place. You will NOT find it here, or frankly anywhere else. OCD is a sneaky beast that will find a way to get at you in the most devious and infuriating ways- — and Annabella is not a miracle worker.  HOWEVER, she is a lifesaver — IF you are willing to put in the effort. She will teach you the tools you need to take control again, to stop letting OCD rule your every thought and action, and to stop living in constant fear.

At times (most times, actually), it was hard, painful, and downright unbearable…there were many moments I didn’t see an end in sight…but I pushed through and came out strong on the other side. Is my OCD gone? No. Will it ever be? No. Does it still bother me from time to time? Yes. But I now know how to deal with it, how to overcome fear and anxiety, and how to live life taking risks. If you give her a chance, Annabella can help you learn to do this as well. Don’t wait. Take your life back. —B.J.

“I’m very grateful that we found Annabella Hagen.  We had tried other counselors, but results were limited. Annabella’s specialty in OCD and anxiety made all the difference for my child. In addition to being knowledgeable and skilled at her craft, she is very kind, caring, and non-judgmental. She was a great fit for us.”  –R.S.

“I will always be grateful for the help Mrs. Hagen has given for me.  For a long time I felt that asking for help was a weakness, but Mrs. Hagen’s attitude made me feel like I was simply talking about my troubles with a trusted friend.  She has helped guide me out of the mental hole I was stuck in and back onto the road of life.”  —R.A.

Thank you so very much for all your advice!  You saved my relationship with my daughter!  You taught me how to get less stress and how to handle stress when I get it.  I will always remember your advice!

You are an awesome therapist!  —I.Y.

2076431372_4abc5bc2ec_o“I thought I would tell you about my trip exposures! I did have some…it was a week of constantly being around it [vomit]!  It was a big deal, but I hadn’t freaked out.  A little anxiety here and there but I LIVED.  Who knew I would have lived through it!   Now I just got a job where I will be traveling some on PLANES.  I’m a little nervous because on my last plane ride a girl vomited, but I think it will be good because obviously it does happen, and it is what it is!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the help.  I still feel I have a lot of growing to do.  If I hadn’t had therapy before the trip I think it would have been very traumatizing for me because I didnt have the tools to deal with my anxiety in those moments so THANKS AGAIN!” — Z.A.

“Annabella has been a godsend to our family.  Our daughter suffered from extreme anxiety that was quite debilitating to our whole family.  She went for weeks, sometimes months, where she was unable to leave our home or even her bedroom for fear that something bad might happen to her.  She would often lie in her bed for most of the day and night, curled up in a ball and cry for long periods of time.  She also developed separation anxiety during this time and would become extremely upset if I (her mom) was out of her sight for even short periods of time.  She was really agitated if left alone and also developed a social phobia where people were even unable to come into our home without her becoming very upset.

Through Annabella’s treatment program, our daughter, after about 12 weeks, has been able to fully function in normal ways.  She now has a job, goes shopping by herself and has very little fear of places previously quite frightening to her (crowded malls, dark movie theaters, etc).  By taking small steps and practicing the techniques over and over again many times, our daughter has learned the tools that she now uses when confronting a formerly frightening situation.  When she feels a panic attack or anxious moment come on, she now knows that she can do self-talk and utilize the tools that she has been given to work through the moment.  We are so grateful for all of the help Annabella has given to our daughter and to us.  Our daughter’s life has been drastically changed for the better where she now has hope for a promising future. We truly see this as a miracle.”  –P. S.

“I started seeing Annabella only when I was at the brink of making a decision that would affect my life negatively and permanently – just to satisfy an OCD compulsion.  I only wish I had seen her years earlier; for almost a decade, my OCD had been the part of myself that I hated but I couldn’t seem to get rid of.  My approach to “feeling better” had been all wrong, and Annabella helped me see that and come to a lasting solution.

In my first session, her expertise was immediately apparent.  Her approach was scientific but understanding.  She helped me understand my issues, and was validating of what I was feeling without promoting the thoughts and behaviors that were damaging. 

It was hard, at first, to stop “feeding” my OCD – but with Annabella’s help, I was able to start recognizing it, and “retraining my brain” to act in a healthy way.  Thanks to Annabella, I’ve felt a relief that for years I didn’t believe I could have.  I would not hesitate for a second in recommending Annabella in the strongest way to my own friends and family.” –C.T.