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3,017 people sought anxiety therapy help at Bethlehem in the last year

Discover how starting anxiety therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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My drive is to empower you to thrive -- a meaning that can only be defined by you. We will work together to understand and establish this meaning as a... My drive is to empower you to thrive -- a meaning that can only be defined by you. We will work together to understand and establish this meaning as a foundation for your healing process. Read more

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As a Humanistic and Person-Centered Art Therapist, I believe in the power of creativity and the way art and others forms of the creative process can h... As a Humanistic and Person-Centered Art Therapist, I believe in the power of creativity and the way art and others forms of the creative process can heal. Read more

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I am dedicated to playing a role in helping all people get the mental health care that they need in order to lead happy, joyful, healthy lives.

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

Erin: I use CBT and mindfulness approaches when treating anxiety. I find these approaches help clients to better understand what is contributing to their anxiety, what they are experiencing both internally and externally, and how to manage their symptoms more effectively.

Jami: My go-to approach for treating anxiety is understanding the root, then identifying healthy coping outlets to calm down the root trigger. I prefer working on the root first so that we can identify specific, personalized coping plans that really work rather than a blanket one-size-fits-all approach.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

Erin: Here are a few of the tools that I teach clients in helping clients to better manage their anxiety:

  • Mindfulness techniques such as RAIN (Recognizing their emotions, Allowing their emotions to be there, Investigating their internal and external experiences that may be connected to the emotion, and Nurturing themselves in that moment and after that moment)
  • Recognizing, reframing, and challenging distorted thinking patterns
  • Identifying and utilizing effective coping skills to help them regulate in different moments when triggered

Jami: I teach the following tools in anxiety therapy:

  • Early recognition: Early recognition of the very beginning signs of anxiety is key in employing coping strategies early on where they'll be more successful.
  • Grounding skills: Grounding skills are anything that uses your 5 senses to bring you into the present moment, which is much easier to deploy under duress than breathing or talking it out.
  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness practices, such as deep breathing, can be a great preventative exercise to lower stress and reduce anxiety before it happens.
  • Healthy habits: Healthy habits like good sleep, limiting caffeine, and exercising can go a long way in helping address and prevent anxiety.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in anxiety therapy?

Erin: I know that clients are making meaningful progress in a few ways. First, I can usually tell in the way in which clients are talking about their experiences. I can hear when the tools we discuss are being applied in a way that expands their perspective and helps them to manage their symptoms more effectively. Second, clients typically tell me that they are feeling better. Third, I see progress in the behavioral actions and changes that clients make in their lives over time. These signs of progress make this job so incredibly rewarding!

Jami: I know a client is making meaningful progress in anxiety therapy when they're able to better recognize their anxiety early, employ coping strategies effectively, and identify an idea of what triggered it.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement anxiety therapy?

Erin: Clients can supplement their time in therapy by listening to podcasts or reading books that may apply to what they are trying to work on. It's also always very helpful when clients are tracking their thoughts and feelings outside of therapy in order to provide the most accurate information in sessions. And of course journaling can be an incredibly valuable way for clients to explore and organize their thoughts and feelings in new ways. A few podcasts that I love and recommend are “The Happiness Lab,” “Where Should We Begin?” and “We Can Do Hard Things.” A few of my favorite book recommendations are “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” “Book of Joy,” and “Wherever You Go, There You Are.”

Jami: Clients can supplement their time in anxiety therapy by practicing coping and grounding skills outside of sessions daily as well as keeping a log of anxious moments and triggers.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

Erin: To prepare for your first session you may want to think about what goals you have for therapy and what you want to get out of this experience. Most importantly though, you just come as you are!

Jami: To prepare for your first anxiety therapy session, you can find a safe, calm, private place to hold the session, take a few deep breaths, and prepare your mindset to be open to trying new things.

Starting Anxiety therapy

What is anxiety therapy?

Anxiety therapy helps people better understand and manage their anxiety. Anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Bethlehem, PA 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 Bethlehem 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?

Anxiety Counseling in Bethlehem, PA—Counselors and Therapists at Thriveworks (Lehigh Valley)

Everyday stress and anxiety is normal. However, there is a fine line between occasional stress and anxiety and the anxiety that is characteristic of a mental health disorder.

There are different types of anxiety, such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder. These disorders are characterized by different symptoms, but each is rooted in nearly debilitating levels of anxiety. The good news is that whatever the cause of your anxiety, a Thriveworks counselor can help. They can assess your symptoms, offer a diagnosis, and work with you to come up with a plan that will help you live a happier, healthier life moving forward.

How Can Counseling or Therapy Help?

Therapy has proven to help people with a variety of challenges, of which includes mental health challenges like anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is specifically effective in the treatment of anxiety, as this approach focuses on helping clients change their harmful thinking patterns which can bring about unwanted anxiety.

For example, cognitive behavioral therapy can help an individual who has panic disorder learn that their panic attacks are not heart attacks (which is a common misconception), or they can help someone with social phobia realize that people aren’t watching their every move. The therapist might also use exposure-based treatment, which treats anxieties or phobias rooted in specific objects or situations. In exposure-based treatment, the individual will gradually confront their fear until they see that it is not a threat.

What Will I Learn in Anxiety Counseling?

Here are a few tips they might offer to help you control your anxious thoughts:

1) Accept that everybody worries, and it’s okay. None of us will ever be able to completely stop worrying, as worrying is a natural part of life. But there is a line that you shouldn’t cross and that’s worrying about worrying! Find comfort in the fact that we all worry and don’t let it drive you crazy.

2) Channel the negative into the positive. Now that you’ve accepted that worrying is normal and you probably aren’t going to completely stop the habit of worrying, you can focus on channeling the negative into something positive. Your counselor will offer some effective strategies for doing so like exercising, journaling, dancing, or even singing! They’ll help you find something that works for you.

3) Focus on what’s in your control. Your counselor will also lead you in learning to focus on what’s in your control, rather than the unforeseen events and the external factors that you can’t control. There’s nothing you can do to ensure traffic is steady on your way to work or your flight arrives on time—so stop worrying about it! I know it’s easier said than done, but your counselor will help you accomplish this mission.

Schedule an Appointment with a Thriveworks Bethlehem Counselor Today in Lehigh

The providers at Thriveworks Bethlehem are skilled, caring professionals who want to see you succeed in life. And if you’re struggling with any kind or degree of anxiety, they want to help. Do you think you could benefit from working with a counselor or therapist? If the answer is yes, make an appointment today. To schedule a session, all you have to do is give us a call at 484-241-2848. A scheduling specialist will help you get all set up with a provider who can best help you and your unique situation. We hope to hear from you soon, and we look forward to working with you!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Bethlehem therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Bethlehem
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

Hear from our clients

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
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So far I have had good experiences with the clinicians and the management.
Susan Feb 2024
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My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Read more My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Susan Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Read more Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Bethlehem Oct 2021
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★★★★★
Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Read more Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Bethlehem Feb 2020
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★★★★★
I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Read more I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Bethlehem Jul 2019
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★★★★★
Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Read more Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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★★★★★
I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Read more I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Read more Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethlehem is located off of Linden St, just north of Bethlehem Memorial Park. We currently share a building with Our Serenity Therapeutic Massage, and our office is neighbored by Purevon. The closest bus stop is Easton at Jennings, and parking is available in our parking lot at the front of the building. If you have trouble finding our office, please reach out to us! We'll be happy to provide specific instructions.

Phone number

(484) 246-8486

Languages spoken by PA providers

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  • Mandarin
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