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Anxiety Therapist in Orange County

As an anxiety therapist and a person who has experienced anxiety- I get it. 

Does this sound familiar?

You are pulled out of a deep sleep, heart racing, and your body feels tense. You immediately try to remember something important that you must be forgetting. The thoughts circle around in your head, maybe you said something that offended someone, maybe you forgot a big assignment? You rack your brain but can’t seem to come up with anything. You check the clock and it’s only 1:45am. Good luck getting back to sleep. 

Having anxiety sometimes feels  like you’re on a merry- go-round of worry and restlessness and the ride won’t stop, so you’re stuck feeling out of control of your own mind.

I understand, and I’m here to help.



Meet Kaylin Zabienski, LMFT. Your therapist for anxiety.

Hi, I’m Kaylin and I’m an Anxiety Therapist in Orange County. I help people to find the core cause of anxious thoughts and worry so that they can let go, get off the ride, and live a life they love.


I used to have crippling social anxiety and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I was constantly worried about what others thought about me, and was never able to live my life fully because I was constantly making sure that others around me felt comfortable. I was constantly trying to be “good enough” and never feeling like I hit the mark.

My approach to treating anxiety

At Messy Authentic Counseling, I use a holistic, whole person approach to treating anxiety. I believe in the mind-body connection and willI will work with you to uncover the root cause of your anxious thoughts, and together, we will find tools that work for you to help you feel calm and a sense of ease.  

I use a mindfulness based approach to treat my clients, which means that we will create a safe environment for you to look at your anxious thoughts with curiosity and without judgement. Often, anxiety is pulling us into the future or the past and using mindfulness, you will learn to stay grounded in the present moment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start?

If you are ready to get started, congratulations! This is a wonderful first step in your healing and that is not always easy.  Fill out the contact form below, and we will have a short 10 minute call to go over logistics and to make sure we are a good fit to work together. This is where you can ask me any other questions that are specific to you and your experience.  After that, we will schedule our first 50 minute session together, I will email you the paperwork to fill out before our appointment. I have a paperless practice so everything will be kept secure in my online portal. If you have more questions about what it is like to work with me, check out my blog post, here. 

What is mindfulness; how can it help me?

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement. It is a lifestyle practice and ongoing journey. I believe that by being more mindfully aware of our daily lives, we can learn a lot about ourselves. Mindfulness is not only sitting in a forest meditating for 8 hours a day, although that can be part of it if you want it to be.  Mindfulness helps mental health because it allows us to face our demons instead of letting them hide in the dark and control us from behind the scenes.

Do I need medication?

Medication can be a great tool for healing. I am not trained as a medical doctor and therefore unable to prescribe medication to my clients; however if it seems like medication may be helpful, I may suggest that my clients speak with their medical doctor for a consultation. My preference is to do everything we can to facilitate healing before that happens. 

How do I know you are right for me?

There are many different approaches to anxiety. I have found that by helping my clients learn to observe their thoughts without judgment and to stay in the present moment, that they experience relief within a few weeks.  My goal is to create a safe environment where you will feel empowered to tell me anything that comes up- even the ugly, messy parts. By confronting these parts, we are working together to find self acceptance. When you are able to accept yourself as you are, you tend to stop worrying so much about others. As Carl Rogers said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change.”

Let’s Work Together

Schedule your Free consultation call now! This is a chance for you to ask specific questions about your treatment and for me to find out more about what brings you into counseling. If we both decide that we are a good fit, then we will move forward from there with weekly meetings and you'll hopefully feel relief from anxiety within the first few sessions! 

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