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3,756 people sought anxiety therapy help in Alabama in the last year

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

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Being able to provide support and validation to the LGBTQIA+ community through their many challenges and obstacles has been extremely rewarding for me... Being able to provide support and validation to the LGBTQIA+ community through their many challenges and obstacles has been extremely rewarding for me and has reinforced my drive to be an affirming therapist. Read more

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I'm here to help you work through life’s challenges and to reach your individual goals.

Pamela Pierce

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What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

My go-to approach for helping people with online therapy is to establish rapport and identify needs to develop a treatment plan with the client. This will benefit the client in learning about the process and feeling comfortable.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

I focus on helping clients in developing coping skills that utilizes their individual strengths, which are identified in treatment.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in with their anxiety when they have met their goals and report a reduction in symptoms.

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

Clients can supplement their time by completing assignments, practicing skills reviewed, and taking notes about changes in their anxiety prior to their next session.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

Clients can prepare for their first session by being open about what their experiences without the fear of being judged.

Starting Anxiety therapy

What is anxiety therapy?

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

Counseling and therapy can help reduce anxiety symptoms and restore peace and normalcy to your daily life. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL can help you cope with your anxiety disorder and give you tools to manage anxiety long term.

Call us at (205) 729-7554 or simply book online to get started today.

What Types of Anxiety Are There?

There are many different forms of anxiety and they can all look different from one person to the next. Because anxiety disorders can cause both physical and psychological manifestations, you could face a wide variety of symptoms. But while anxiety can feel different for everyone, certain types of anxiety tend to have similar causes and effects.

The following are some common forms of anxiety you may seek therapy for:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most basic form of anxiety. It is associated with continual and excessive worry, anxiety, or fear that is difficult to control. Symptoms might also include a rapid pulse, hyperventilation, muscle tension, changing eating habits, or insomnia. Genetics, past experiences, and brain chemistry may all contribute to the development of GAD, and it could begin as early as childhood.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic or terrifying event. Flashbacks, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event are all possible symptoms and can severely interfere with daily life.
  • Social anxiety is characterized by fear, anxiety, self-consciousness, or embarrassment during social interactions. You may have a fear of being judged or scrutinized by others or experience anxiety or panic in a crowd. Social anxiety may lead to avoidance of social situations, withdrawal, or isolation.
  • Specific phobias are irrational fears of objects or situations that cause anxiety and avoidance despite posing little real danger. Unlike the normal fear or anxiety you experience in the face of danger or stress, phobias are chronic and may present extreme symptoms that interfere with your ability to lead a normal life. They can sometimes be brought on by trauma, genetic factors, or brain chemistry and begin in early childhood or later in life.
  • Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage for infants and toddlers, but can also affect children, adolescents, and even some adults. As an anxiety disorder, it can cause excessive distress or worry about being away from home or loved ones, and may result in nightmares or interfere with the ability to leave home or attend school or work. Environment, life stress, or genetics may all play a role in the onset of separation anxiety.

These anxiety disorders, and many others, can be successfully treated with the help of anxiety counseling. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL can help you overcome your anxiety symptoms and keep them from interfering with your life.

How Anxiety Therapy Helps

Treating anxiety is both a short-term and long-term process. Through anxiety counseling, you’ll learn how to reduce anxiety in acute situations while also learning valuable techniques to manage anxiety symptoms in the future.

Common forms of therapy for anxiety include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and interpersonal therapy. People with anxiety may also struggle with other mental health issues, as it is common for anxiety to accompany or exacerbate other conditions. Anxiety therapy might be combined with additional treatment options such as family therapy, prescription medication, or self-care recommendations.

Your therapist or counselor may also guide you through additional coping mechanisms like meditation or relaxation techniques, or make lifestyle suggestions such as reducing caffeine or alcohol intake. The recommendations that your provider makes for you at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL will be customized for you and built around your specific issues and concerns.

Meet With an Anxiety Therapist at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL

Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL believes that everyone should have convenient, effective care for their mental health. You don’t have to wait to find relief from your anxiety.

Let Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL connect you with a licensed professional who can help you reduce anxiety symptoms and regain control of your mental health and your life.

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 Birmingham therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Birmingham
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

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Pam has really helped me!
Kenisha Jan 2024
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Pamela Pierce is the best Therapist I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She's extremely patient and knowledgeable.
Read more Pamela Pierce is the best Therapist I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She's extremely patient and knowledgeable.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Birmingham is located at 400 Office Park Dr Suite 308, Birmingham, AL 35233, off of US Hwy 280.

Phone number

(205) 729-7554

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