Anxiety Therapy

You may look fine on the outside, but internally you are struggling to make it through the day.

You're dealing with high amounts of stress, your worry keeps you up a night, and you have difficulties saying nice things to yourself.

 

If you constantly overthink or overanalyze, compare yourself to others, have a fear of failure and strive for perfection, and engage in people-pleasing tendencies and negative self-talk, you may have high functioning anxiety.

Individuals with high functioning anxiety are fairly great at living with their anxiety - - they appear to function reasonably well. They are successful, excel at work and life, and have a typical type A perfectionistic personality. Although individuals with high functioning anxiety may appear to be well-put together, they are often suffering internally. They may have a need for reassurance, dwell on the negative, have racing thoughts and find it difficult to say "no."

 

If you experience intense feelings of impending doom, fear or anxiety and this is becoming increasing impossible to control or manage, you may be experiencing another form of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. 

Individuals with generalized anxiety disorder often experience excessive worry about everyday life events. They might constantly think about school, work, relationships, health or finances. Although it is typical to worry about these things, people with generalized anxiety disorder feel extremely worried or nervous with very little or no reason to feel this way, and they often experience difficulties controlling their anxiety. 

 

Whether you appear to experience an obvious disruption or impairment in your daily living functions, or you are able to hide your intense feeling and symptoms from the outside world, you are suffering and could use some help. With anxiety treatment, you can feel better and learn to cope with your anxiety in ways the feel healthiest for you. 

If you experience a few or more of the following symptoms of anxiety on a daily basis, anxiety therapy is the right support system for you:

  • Constantly overthinking or overanalyzing 

  • People-pleasing and difficulties saying "no"

  • Tendency to dwell on past mistakes

  • Nervous habits such as nail-biting, hair twirling or leg shaking

  • Excessive worry and difficulty expressing emotions

  • Mentally fatigued 

  • Rumination or constant thoughts of “What if…?”

  • Procrastination followed by intense periods of crunch-time work

  • Tendency to compare self to others

  • Needs constant reassurance 

  • Inability to relax and enjoy the moment, or always expecting the worst

  • Feeling intimidated by or constantly worrying about the future

  • Racing thoughts or inability to turn off thoughts 

  • Negative self-talk

  • Perfectionistic tendencies 

  • Overachieve

  • Desire to constantly keep busy

  • Excessive and intrusive worrying that makes it difficult to concentrate

  • Feeling easily agitated -- aggravation or annoyance

  • Racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands and dry mouth

  • Restlessness, feeling on-edge or an urge to move

  • Easily fatigued, overtired, low energy or a strong desire to sleep

  • Excessive irritability, frustration or anger

  • Muscle tension

  • Trouble falling or staying asleep

  • Panic attacks -- a sudden episode of intense fear or anxiety and physical symptoms

  • Avoidance of social situations

  • Frequently cancel plans

  • Extreme fear about specific things

Anxiety can have a strong impact on your ability to function and your overall mood. It can be intense, persistent or excessive, and heightened worry, stress or fear can be all-consuming and debilitating.

We specialize in counseling teens and adults who are experiencing life challenges due to heightened anxiety. We love working with high functioning anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and everything in-between. 

Our therapists are integrative and incorporate several evidence-based treatment models into the therapeutic process. Here are the most common approaches used in anxiety treatment

As Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, we have received specialized training in treating every person as a whole, and we help clients heal by taking the entire human being and their life experiences into consideration for assessment and treatment purposes. The goal of anxiety therapy is to help you strike a balance in taking care of yourself, so you can effectively tackle and manage your anxiety in a way that works best for you. 

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Common contributors to anxiety:

  • Academic demands - applying to college or grad school; pleasing teachers and parents; keeping up with peer achievements; overwhelming workload

  • High expectations - after school sports; part-time job; work pressure; community events; home expectations; maintaining social lives

  • Pressure to succeed - good grades; getting into a prestigious college; planning a future career; maintaining a career; financial success

  • Social / peer pressure - bullying; relational aggression; romantic relationships; establishing and maintaining friendships or social connections

  • Identity exploration - exploring gender identity or sexual orientation; lack of family or community support

  • Family discord - chaotic home; strained relationships; sibling rivalry; marital issues; family illness; blended families

  • World events - school shootings; natural disasters; acts of terrorism; global pandemics

  • Social media - comparison of self to others; social status; feeling the need to be available or engaged

  • Traumatic events - death of a family member; significant illness; accidents; emotional or physical abuse

  • Significant life changes - starting a new school; moving; changing jobs; marriage new parents; parental divorce; blended families 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are therapeutic approaches that are commonly used in anxiety treatment. These are evidence-based approaches that encourage you to take charge by implementing strategies and techniques that allow you to effectively manage your stress and anxiety.

These psychotherapy approaches aid you in understanding the thoughts and feelings that influence your behaviors, and how these behaviors impact your life in certain ways. You gain skills and techniques that assist you in being more in control of how you think, feel and react. 

We incorporate CBT, DBT and ACT strategies into our therapy sessions to guide you in identifying and processing the connections between your emotions, thoughts and physical experiences. The goal of anxiety therapy is to help you break free from self-defeating thoughts, beliefs and behaviors, so you can learn to cope with your anxiety and manage it in ways that feel healthier for you.

If you are ready to take the next step, we invite you to connect with us. Our counselors offer a free 15-minute phone or video consultation so you can get a feel for whether we are a good fit for your unique needs.

 

If you’re interested in learning more, contact us. We'd love to help you get started!