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Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety can be debilitating...

 

You’ve probably been feeling anxious for so long, that you've forgotten what true calm feels like. If you observe your shoulders, stomach, neck, and legs, you'll probably notice tension and tightness that have been there for longer than you can remember. You've noticed that you either avoid many things in life that could give you pleasure, or you do things that are required of you, but it takes tremendous effort to do so. You lay awake at night or delay getting out of bed in the morning because you wonder if you have what it takes to accomplish the daily tasks required of you. This is but a glimpse into the mind and body of an anxious individual. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are Normal 

The good news is that you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 20 percent of all Americans are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. And that’s just what is officially diagnosed. (The real number is likely far higher.)  What most people don’t realize about anxiety, is that at its root, anxiety is a fundamental part and benefit of being human. Imagine you were standing in the African Wilderness, and a lion suddenly came charging toward you. In that scenario, being anxious (or on alert) is actually functional. If we didn't have that alarm bell go off, we would not fare well.

 

 When we face a real or perceived threat, (from a lion attack to scoring well on an exam), our bodies go into “Fight or Flight”. This mode can help us survive a dangerous event. Think of it as a smoke alarm. The smoke alarm only becomes problematic when it goes off at the slightest hint of smoke or even from no smoke at all. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So How Do I Fix this broken smoke alarm?

 

Just like a broken smoke alarm can be fixed, so too can the anxious mind be mended. One popular evidence based approach in the anxiety therapy world is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. One of the major foundational principles of CBT is that negative feelings such as anxiety are rooted in negative automatic thoughts. These thoughts are called automatic, because if we don’t pay attention to them, they will zoom in and out of our head leaving a trail of anxiety in their wake. Throughout the course of therapy, you will gain mastery in identifying these distorted thinking patterns and learn various ways to modify and challenge these unhelpful thinking habits.

You may be thinking “great, but where do these negative automatic thoughts come from.”

 

Every negative automatic thought stems from a negative belief an individual has about themselves or the world around them. Let’s take Johnny for example. At the age of 6, Johnny was told by parents, friends and teachers that he was doing everything wrong. The sheer amount of negative talk caused Johnny to develop a negative belief about himself that he is always wrong and can never do anything right. This belief flows down into everyday life regardless of success or failure. If Jonny does well on a test, his mind tells him that “it was a fluke” or “not a real exam.” If Johnny fails an exam, then he reminds himself that he can’t do anything right.

 

This is where the deeper work of therapy comes in. When you meet with a therapist for a significant period of time, these core negative beliefs can shift into neutral or positive beliefs, positively affecting what you think, feel and do.

 

CBT is just one of the interventions used for anxiety therapy. An effective therapist will weave various other interventions such as Mindfulness, Informed Dialectical behavioral therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into treatment in order to tailor therapy to your individual need.

 

What are all these other therapies and how do they help anxiety

 

There is a saying that goes, "Depression is in the past, Anxiety is in the future and the present is just the present." What mindfulness teaches us how to do is to contact the present moment. Through breathing, grounding and other ancient, yet effective techniques, an individual can be truly present. And when an individual is truly present and not living in the future, anxiety is powerless and calm reigns supreme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, but there are so many barriers to therapy...

 
Therapy costs too much.

It’s no secret that therapy is expensive. The Clarity Clinic does accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network and Aetna insurances. If your’e not covered, you can check to see if your insurance will provide out of network benefits with a superbill. Therapy is an investment and will change your life. There's no commitment.  Taking therapy week by week to make sure it’s worth it to you is complete reasonable and understandable.

 

Will this be private?
 

All of our therapists are licensed professionals, who’s livelihoods depend on privacy and secrecy. Unless you present as an immediate threat to yourself or others, your information will be kept private by law.

 

How do I know if a therapist is the right fit?

 

We offer free 15 minute consultations to determine if a therapist is the right fit for you. We recommend compiling some questions and concerns that you have to ensure you are making an informed decision when you enter therapy.

 

But, I don’t have enough time.

 

For all you working parents, and busy professionals out there time is at a premium.  Perhaps, the one benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic was the breakthrough of Telehealth. While in person sessions are ideal due to body language and energy in the room, many studies show that Telehealth is also extremely effective in reducing anxiety symptoms.

 

Still Skeptical? That's OK!

 

You may still be skeptical about the outcomes still and that’s OK. You can rest assured that all interventions our therapists use for anxiety therapy are evidence based and heavily researched. One meta analysis found that participants in Cognitive Behavioral therapy saw a moderate reduction in symptoms even after 1 year from the final session. In regards to mindfulness and related interventions, There are over 200 studies that show that mindfulness and other related treatments also significantly reduce stress and anxiety over an extended period of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to reach out!

If these symptoms sound familiar to you and you'd like to learn more, click below to schedule an appointment, request a free 15-minute consultation or contact us with any additional questions. Be Well!

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