Therapy for Anxiety
Is your anxiety impacting your ability to do your job, enjoy free time, or sleep through the night?
Do you often feel nervous, anxious, or on edge? Perhaps you are having a hard time relaxing or falling asleep? Life isn’t easy when you are struggling with anxiety and self-doubt. You often worry you might ask dumb questions or make a costly mistake. When you struggle with anxiety, your workday feels like it is filled with ambiguous situations. Should you troubleshoot the issue yourself or burden people with your questions? Some days it feels like everyone else has it all figured out.
There are days when you feel like you are barely keeping your head above water. Other times you may feel afraid that something awful is going to happen if something doesn’t change soon. You want to do well every day and don’t want to let people down. It seems to be getting harder and harder to keep up. Perhaps you lay awake at night, tossing and turning because you can’t unwind and you can’t seem to turn off your brain. You feel exhausted, depleted, and don’t know how to feel better. You want to feel better about yourself, your work, your relationships, and remember what it’s like to have and enjoy FREE TIME.
Anxiety disorders are extremely common, and affect more than 40 million adults in the United States every year. More than 19% of adults in the United States had an anxiety disorder in the past year - with women more often suffering from anxiety disorders than men.
There are several types of anxiety disorders. These include but are not limited to:
- Phobias. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined by persistent and excessive fear of a specific object or situation.
- Social Anxiety. Social Anxiety is defined by persistent and excessive fear about certain aspects of social situations
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is defined by persistent and excessive worry about many things.
- Panic Disorder. Panic Disorder is characterized by panic attacks followed by fear of additional panic attacks.
The good news, however, is that with the help of experienced mental health professionals, anxiety disorders are very treatable.
Tailored Therapy for Anxiety to Help You Build Skills That Will Serve You Long Past The End of Therapy
At Approach Therapy, we help clients manage stress, filter through the noise, and prioritize the tasks and people that matter most to them. Therapy usually starts with an intake assessment that usually takes places over the course of three sessions. During that time your therapist will ask lots of questions to learn about you, your life and what’s been bothering you. You and your therapist will also be able to get to know each other a bit and learn what it would be like to work together. Ultimately, our hope is that you find a therapist you are comfortable talking to, whom you could learn to trust, and who you want to work with, not simply someone who you can tolerate because they take your insurance or because you cannot find another therapist who fits into your schedule.
Therapists at Approach Therapy are trained in evidence-based practices. Oftentimes therapy for anxiety involves using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques because CBT is one of the most effective therapies to treat anxiety. At its core, CBT helps you better understand and change your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Your therapists may select components of CBT or other exercises to help learn to manage your anxiety. In addition, you may be asked to complete activities or exercises between sessions to help you solidify skills you learned in session.
Many of our clients report they use the skills they learned in therapy to area of their lives and even shared what they learned with families. In addition to gaining control over anxiety, clients have reported they increased their confidence and improved multiple relationships because of knowledge and skills they gained through therapy. By sharing their knowledge and experiences, those clients helped others gain the courage to begin their own mental health journeys.
You Still May Have Some Questions About Starting Therapy For Anxiety...
Therapy seems expensive. Is it worth the investment?
Therapy requires you to invest time, money, and energy into resolving some of the mental health issues that have been bothering you. We understand these are significant investments and we do not take them lightly. This is why we work quickly to assess issues, whether we can assist you, and only use evidence-based approaches that have been proven to be helpful.
I want help but starting therapy sounds overwhelming. What if therapy just makes my anxiety worse?
We understand how challenging anxiety can make life. The idea of opening up to a stranger and being vulnerable can feel very intimidating. Our goal is to help you feel better and work towards overcoming your anxiety. To do this, we can start small and work at a pace that feels comfortable for you. We recommend you just start somewhere. We are happy to answer any questions you have or set up a call to talk through your concerns.
The goal is to help you, not to overwhelm you. We are on your side and want to arm you with information and strategies to alleviate your anxiety. Many clients feel overwhelmed by the idea of starting therapy yet later report they wish they started sooner. Also, remember – you are not making a long term commitment. You can complete one appointment and do not have to commit to attending a set number of therapy sessions.
I’ve been to therapy before and it didn’t work. How is this going to be any different?
Great question. There are so many factors that impact therapy at any given time. At Approach Therapy, we are interested in learning more about your past experiences in therapy. The relationship between each therapist and their client is very unique. In addition, each therapist has their own style, and may practice a different type of therapy. During the assessment, your therapist will spend time getting to know you and understanding how you work. They will also ask about your past experiences in therapy. If you or your therapist thinks you may not have a good working relationship, alternative options for therapy will be discussed.
You can feel less anxious and overwhelmed.
Although it may not feel like it, change is possible. We understand it takes a lot of courage to ask for help and we want to make your experience starting therapy as easy as possible.