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79,467 people sought anxiety therapy help in Massachusetts in the last year

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

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Stress, Addiction, Borderline Personality, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Anxiety, +1 more

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Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

Melanie: My go-to approach for treating anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I prefer to utilize CBT because I have seen my clients experience a significant reduction in symptoms as a result.

Cody: When working with clients who struggle with anxiety, my goal is to help reframe thinking to allow them to better understand where anxiety-type thinking comes from, in order to better manage the feeling before it becomes difficult to manage.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

Melanie: In anxiety therapy, I teach the following tools:

  • Providing psychoeducation around CBT
  • Acknowledging the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Engaging clients in cognitive challenging and reality testing
  • Utilizing homework between sessions

Cody: Some tools that I offer clients for managing anxiety include using a variety of grounding techniques when they start to feel their anxiety begin to increase. Using skills early on helps slow down thinking so it doesn't escalate to higher levels.

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

Melanie: I know a client is making meaningful progress in anxiety therapy when they demonstrate a reduction in symptoms that initially brought them to therapy.

Cody: I know a client has made great strides with anxiety management when they are able to recognize the effects high levels of anxiety have on the body and report feeling more energized and engaged with those around them.

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

Melanie: Clients can supplement their time in anxiety therapy by engaging in homework between sessions and utilizing skills/tools taught in session outside of the session.

Cody: The internet is a wealth of resources to be used both inside and outside of sessions. Often, I refer clients to various guided meditation and relaxation videos on YouTube to help manage thoughts and provide support for day-to-day stress.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

Melanie: To prepare for your first anxiety therapy session, you can think about your therapeutic goals.

Cody: In order to prepare for your first session, it is important to be open with your therapist about how you are feeling. Anxiety is as much an important feeling as other emotions, and it's okay when we sometimes need help managing our emotions when they get out of hand, even as adults.

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.

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 Boston therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Boston
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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I have two providers - one for Rx and one for counseling. Both are good. You to watch for emails and stage engaged and the help is there! Thank you, Anne
Read more I have two providers - one for Rx and one for counseling. Both are good. You to watch for emails and stage engaged and the help is there! Thank you, Anne
Anne Feb 2024
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I saw counseling and therapy from your remote staff both have been very beneficial to me. Thank you very much.
Read more I saw counseling and therapy from your remote staff both have been very beneficial to me. Thank you very much.
Anne Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is full of amazing employees. Even the person that answered my first call was incredible, compassionate and sought out the best possible options for my situation. I've been going weekly 3 months and will likely continue for years!
Read more Thriveworks is full of amazing employees. Even the person that answered my first call was incredible, compassionate and sought out the best possible options for my situation. I've been going weekly 3 months and will likely continue for years!
Sonja Feb 2024
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Boston is located on Water St. We share a building with The Boston Barbor Exchange, Vaanga Boston, PanIQ Escape Room Boston, and other businesses. We’re just a few blocks away from the waterfront.

Phone number

(617) 882-7447

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Farsi
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