We understand anxiety can not only be uncomfortable, it can also significantly impact the quality of your life. Anxiety can affect everything from your behavior, thoughts, feelings, to creating actual unwanted physical sensations in your body. Anxiety is so prevalent that we have spent years through learning as much as we can to help people move out of this state of fear into more calm and peace. Our goal is to always help you find the strategies that work best for you.
Anxiety may take the form of the following:
Social anxiety or social phobia
-fear of being around other people. People who suffer from this disorder always feel self-conscious around others.
- a condition where a person has panic attacks without warning.
Generalized anxiety disorder
-quite common, and fills a person’s life with worry, anxiety, and fear. People who have this disorder are always thinking and dwelling on the “what ifs” of every situation. It feels like there is no way out of the vicious cycle of anxiety and worry.
-fearing a specific object or situation.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
-a system of ritualized behaviors or obsessions that are driven by anxious thoughts.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- severe anxiety that is triggered by memories of a past traumatic experience.
-disabling fear that prevents one from leaving home or another safe place
Most people who suffer from anxiety disorders begin to feel better when they receive the proper treatment. It can be difficult to identify the correct treatment, however, because each person’s anxiety is caused by a unique set of factors. It can be frustrating for the client when treatment is not immediately successful or takes longer than hoped for. Some clients feel better after a few weeks or months of treatment, while others may need a year or more.
There is no single correct approach which is why we use and combine a variety of modalities and techniques to make an individual plan tailored for you. Some of these modalities include:
You learn to identify and change unproductive thought patterns by observing your feelings and learning to separate realistic from unrealistic thoughts.
Utilizing the skills taken from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, we can help reduce anxiety by teaching and building upon being more present-focused to help calm the “what if’s”.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
It’s very common for us to meet fear with fear – we can get into a vicious cycle of feeling anxious and then felling more anxious because we feel anxious. Fear feeds fear. ACT helps you develop skills and strategies to break free from this cycle and stop feeding the fear.
This treatment helps you alter and control unwanted behavior. Systematic desensitization, a type of behavior therapy, is often used to help people with phobias and OCD. After ensuring you have solid coping strategies in place. You are very slowly exposed to anxiety-producing stimuli one small step at a time, gradually increasing your tolerance to situations that have produced disabling anxiety.
Many people with anxiety disorders benefit from self-hypnosis, guided visualization, and progressive relaxation techniques.