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Starting Anxiety therapy

What is anxiety therapy?

Anxiety therapy helps people better understand and manage their anxiety. Anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Appleton, WI can develop a treatment plan that will help you better manage your day-to-day anxiety or your anxiety disorder.

How does anxiety therapy work?

Anxiety therapy involves talking to a therapist about symptoms, potential causes, and more. Thriveworks Appleton therapists will then work with you to determine where your anxiety might stem from and teach you effective coping mechanisms.

How to deal with anxiety?

One of the best ways to deal with anxiety is to learn about your own anxiety: your symptoms, what triggers it, and what coping mechanisms have been effective in the past. When you learn what your anxiety is tied to, it can help you be mindful of what's really happening as well as prevent and mitigate symptoms by processing and working through the issue in therapy. Other strategies that have been shown to help manage anxiety are meditation, challenging anxious thoughts, exercising, and journaling.

Symptoms of anxiety

Common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Sense of impending danger
  • Nervousness/restlessness
  • Trouble focusing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shaking
  • Headaches
  • Stomach issues
  • Fatigue
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased heart rate

What is the best therapy for anxiety?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be incredibly effective in treating anxiety and anxiety disorders. Other effective techniques include exposure therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and EMDR therapy.

Is anxiety therapy conducted in person or online?

Anxiety therapy is conducted both in person and online, depending on the individual's preferences and their therapist's availability. We suggest choosing the option that best suits your needs.

How long does anxiety therapy last?

On average, people can tend to attend 15 to 20 session of anxiety therapy (five or more months). However, this number is heavily dependent on the type of anxiety that's being treated and its severity, with many choosing to attend anxiety therapy for a longer period of time to ensure its effectiveness long-term.

Is therapy worth it for anxiety?

Yes, it is worth going to therapy for anxiety. If you are struggling with regular anxious thoughts and feelings that are affecting your day-to-day life or you suspect that you have an anxiety disorder, you should seek expert anxiety help.

Need more help deciding?

Have you ever had a dream where you’re running from something, but your legs refuse to move? No matter how much effort you exert, you feel like you’re moving through Jello. The frustration from this lack of control is amplified by the fear of whatever you’re running from.

In a way, that’s what having an anxiety disorder feels like. You’re on-edge, scared, and feel helpless. No matter what you do, you can’t control your worries and fears. Your mind rushes to the worst possibilities, and you can’t concentrate on anything else.

Anxiety can disrupt your life by making everyday tasks feel scary. Addressing prolonged feelings of stress and anxiety can reduce their impact and help you live a happier, healthier life. Just as a doctor can mend a broken bone, anxiety can be treated by a skilled mental health professional using techniques like talk therapy and prescription medication.

If you want to work with a licensed mental health professional to discuss your anxiety, call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Appleton, WI.

Most Common Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms

There are many different kinds of anxiety disorders that present themselves differently. Working with a therapist, counselor, psychiatrist, or another mental health professional can help you diagnose anxiety and work on an action plan to reduce its symptoms.

Some of the most common types of anxiety include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): This disorder is defined by chronic anxiety without a specific cause, lasting for at least six months. People with GAD can feel anxious in a wide range of situations.
  • Social anxiety disorder: Also known as social phobia, this disorder causes people to feel overwhelming fear and self-consciousness in social situations.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): OCD is characterized by unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors, such as checking, counting, and cleaning. These behaviors can provide temporary relief from obsessive thoughts but ultimately cause more anxiety.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): This is a disorder that can develop after experiencing an extreme physical or emotional event.
  • Panic disorder: People with a panic disorder experience panic attacks, which are intense episodes of fear involving chest tightness, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and lightheadedness. Panic attacks can be intense, so someone with a panic disorder might spend a lot of time and effort avoiding future attacks.

Do you think you’re struggling with anxiety? Consider reaching out to a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Appleton, WI today. One of our team members can help you schedule your first appointment today.

Counseling and Therapy for Anxiety: What To Expect

Therapists and counselors typically help people with anxiety through the use of psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. Your provider will get to know you and your mental health goals before creating a customized treatment plan that considers your needs.

This process will start in your early sessions when your therapist takes the time to get to know you and your concerns. You’re in the driver’s seat throughout the therapeutic process. Your mental health provider will create a space for a comfortable guided discussion, but the process is collaborative in nature. You’ll set the tone, pace, and topics that you discuss during each session.

There are many types of therapy that can help with anxiety. For example, a counselor who practices cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) might focus on challenging unhealthy and inaccurate thoughts and beliefs in order to replace them with more objective and realistic thought patterns. This style of therapy can sometimes involve assignments such as journaling or stress reduction techniques. You’ll work with your provider to integrate any insights from these assignments into your life.

Medication can be another important part of some treatment plans for anxiety. Anti-anxiety medications can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and make them more manageable. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications directly, and a therapist or counselor can work with a psychiatrist to find the right medication for a client as needed.

Working with a mental health professional can help you manage your anxiety and live a happier, calmer life. Consider calling our office today to set up your first appointment.

Schedule an Appointment With a Thriveworks Counselor in Appleton, WI

Are you grappling with anxiety? Counselors and therapists from Thriveworks Counseling in Appleton, WI, can create a compassionate, judgment-free space for you to discuss your anxiety and find ways to move forward.

We don’t believe in waitlists, and you might be able to work with a counselor sooner than you think. We also offer a flexible cancellation policy , and we accept many major health insurance plans to help you afford treatment.

Working with a mental health professional can help you manage your anxiety and learn how to move past it. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Appleton, WI, to get started

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Appleton therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Medicare WI

  • Multi Plan PHCS

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Self-pay costs at Appleton
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Appleton is located off E Longview Dr in a block of businesses between N Meade St and N Drew St. We currently share a building with LaVa Lab and Ahrens & Associates. At the opposite end of the block, you will find Xavier Middle School.

Phone number

(920) 280-7798

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