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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 Boston, MA 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 Boston 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?

Are you someone who experiences anxiety daily? Or, maybe you’re someone who experiences anxiety in certain circumstances—say, there’s a presentation at work or you’ve gotten into an argument with your significant other. Maybe you can relate to Alice, Zachary, or Amy:

  1. Alice is a newbie at work, but her boss must see something in her: he’s tasked her with presenting at this year’s big event. While she’s thankful for his confidence in her ability, it isn’t worth the anxiety she’s experiencing leading up to the event.
  2. Zachary has been experiencing strange symptoms over the past few months: muscle stiffness, fuzzy vision, and an uncomfortable tingling sensation in his arms and legs. His doctor diagnoses him with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Zachary’s anxiety (another symptom of MS) grows as he thinks about his girlfriend’s reaction to the news.
  3. Amy feels as if she is always anxious. She feels anxious when walking through the aisles of the grocery store, sitting in class, and even driving to her best friend’s house. She can’t seem to escape it.

The examples above illustrate just how diverse anxiety is. For some, it’s related to very specific circumstances or events. For others, it’s the symptom of another disease or something they experience daily. If you can relate, and you want help learning how to manage the anxiety you experience, consider working with an anxiety counselor at Thriveworks Boston.

Thriveworks Boston offers premium mental health services. This means that in addition to working with a caring, skilled counselor or pscyologist you can count on, your appointment will start on time (sometimes early), you have phone and email access to your counselor or coach, and you have access to exclusive video content. These are just a few items from a long list of what you get at Thriveworks Boston. So, if you are experiencing anxiety, give Thriveworks Boston a call. An anxiety counselor can provide the help and support you need.

Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms

Anxiety doesn’t look the same from one person to the next. You can see that in the above examples. That being said, there are common signs and symptoms of anxiety, which include:

  • Excessive worry
  • Irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • Inability to focus
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension
  • Trouble sleeping

These symptoms aren’t fun—in fact, they are often difficult to deal with in everyday life and can injure your mental health further. If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, think about working with a professional. They can help you make sense of your symptoms, offer diagnosis, and then help you manage all that comes with your specific presentation of anxiety. You don’t have to try to manage your anxiety alone. Call Thriveworks Boston to meet with an experienced anxiety counselor.

Anxiety Types and Disorders: Generalized, Social, and Specific Phobia

As we’ve touched on multiple times now, some people experience anxiety every now and then, while others experience it more often than that—sometimes every day. Typically, the latter have an anxiety disorder. Here are a few examples of the different types of anxiety disorders:

  1. Generalized Anxiety: This is the most common anxiety disorder. Those with generalized anxiety disorder have excessive worry or fear about various life events. These individuals often expect the worst and have a difficult time controlling their anxiety.
  2. Social Anxiety: This form of anxiety is rooted in a fear of social situations. Those with social phobia (otherwise known as social anxiety) are scared of being negatively assessed or made fun of. They often avoid large crowds or being the center of attention.
  3. Specific Phobias: Specific phobias are anxiety rooted in a more specific event or situation. For example, one might have a phobia of flying, being in small spaces, or even bugs.
  4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD is another form of anxiety. “The first signs of PTSD can be widely varied,” explains Sarah Kalny, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at our office in Boston. “People may experience unwanted, distressing memories or dreams of the traumatic experience, hypervigilance, flashbacks (as if the person is reliving the trauma in real-time), anxiety (racing heartbeat, feelings of impending doom, sweaty palms), or depression (low mood, low energy, irritability), and avoidance of things that may remind them of the trauma.”

Regardless of the type or root, anxiety can change life as you know it. This is why getting the right help and support is so important. If you are experiencing any type or level of anxiety, reach out to Thriveworks Boston. They can provide you with the help that is specific to your experience with anxiety. For example, if you have PTSD, they can help you in trauma therapy. “There are different kinds of trauma therapy, but the general idea is about creating a sense of safety, processing the experience, and integrating that experience,” explains Kalny. “The therapist would want to make sure that a client can be safe by implementing healthy and helpful coping skills and social supports, as well as medication if needed, before working with the client on their goals around trauma specifically, and then ultimately for the client to feel empowered and better able to manage their responses to triggers and continue living a happy and fulfilling life.”

Schedule an Appointment for Counseling at Thriveworks Boston

Many people experience anxiety at some point in their lives. It might develop in teenhood and continue through adulthood or appear seemingly out of thin air. In any case, it often comes with harmful effects that negatively impact an individual’s life. Fortunately, there is effective treatment for anxiety like counseling.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Boston. A scheduling specialist will get you all set up with a skilled, caring counselor or psychologist who can assess your unique situation and help you better manage your anxiety. We hope to hear from you soon, and we look forward to going on this journey with you.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Read more For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Lillian Feb 2024
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I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Read more I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Erynn Feb 2024
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It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Read more It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Isoke Feb 2024
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My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Read more My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Gary Dec 2023
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I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Read more I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Boston Jan 2020
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As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Read more As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Boston Nov 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Boston is located at the corner of Emerson Place and Blossom Street, inside the Emerson Place Apartments building. We are located on the opposite side of Route 3 from the Charles River and Lederman Park. Across the street, on the opposite side of Blossom Street, you will find the Mass General Hospital complex.

Phone number

(617) 397-3951

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