- Do you often feel “keyed up”, on edge, tense or restless?
- Do you find yourself worrying too much and/or have racing thoughts?
- Do you experience periods of intense fear?
- Do you desire to be able to relax and calm yourself more easily?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we hope that you will contact us for help with relief from anxiety. At times, anxiety can be a normal part of a person’s response to a physical or psychological threat. It can be an essential part of effectively managing a demanding situation. At other times though, anxiety can be a very painful reaction to prolonged or extended periods of stress. What’s more, anxiety can become a regular part of a person’s life when there is a persistent sense of insecurity or of not feeling safe physically and/or emotionally. It is in these instances that therapeutic help can be an essential part of finding relief and feeling better.
The primary types of anxiety difficulties are:
- Panic Attacks: sudden, typically short in duration, episodes of intense fear that often occur without an apparent cause and that include multiple physiological reactions such as accelerated heart rate, sweating or chills, trembling, and nausea.
- Agoraphobia: essentially a fear of being in situations from which escape is perceived as being very difficult should a person experience a sudden panic attack.
- Generalized Anxiety: excessive worrying accompanied by chronic physiological reactions such as muscle tension, fatigue, and sleep disturbance.
- Post-Traumatic Stress: intense fear reactions connected to memories of and/or exposure to reminders of an event which a person experienced as life threatening.
- Obsessive thinking and/or Compulsive behavior: recurring thoughts, images, or impulses, that do not seem to make sense, which are disturbing and fear-provoking, and behaviors or rituals performed to try to ease the anxiety associated with these thoughts, images, or impulses.
- Social Phobia: intense fear of humiliation in situations where there is exposure to the scrutiny of other people (commonly referred to as Social Anxiety).
- Specific Phobia: strong fear and avoidance of a particular type of object or situation such as an animal, heights, or a doctor.
Our therapists will utilize a comprehensive approach to helping you overcome the impact of anxiety difficulties. We tailor therapy to the specific needs of each client’s situation using some combination of the following strategies:
- Development of relaxation, assertiveness, distress tolerance, and/or emotion regulation skills (including use of DBT)
- Development of healthy lifestyle changes
- Development of more effective ways of thinking about yourself, your relationships with others, and events in your life (including use of CBT)
- Resolution of painful emotional experiences linked to traumatic events
- Referral, if necessary, for a medication evaluation (available at our practice)