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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 Chicago, IL 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 Chicago 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?

We all know that feeling you get before an important meeting or a first date. Maybe you experience jitters or butterflies in your stomach. Perhaps you have a tendency to replay scenarios over and over in your head and think about the worst-case scenario. Or maybe you have trouble getting to sleep or experience uncomfortable GI issues.

Whatever the case may be, the feeling usually passes and you can get back to your normal daily routine. But for people with anxiety disorders, those feelings don’t ever really go away. Instead, the symptoms persist and can interfere with everyday situations and daily activities. People with anxiety may even avoid certain situations and places entirely as a way of preventing symptoms from arising in the first place.

If you’re experiencing anxiety symptoms that are making it difficult to live the life you want to lead, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. These types of mental health issues are extremely common and are treatable under the guidance of a licensed mental health professional. To get started, consider making an appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL.

Types and Causes of Anxiety

While some people worry more than others, those with an anxiety disorder may experience symptoms on a daily or near-daily basis. These symptoms may be psychological in nature (like racing thoughts), physiological (nausea), or both. Symptoms can vary from person to person and can even change over time.

Some typical anxiety symptoms include:

  • Feelings of nervousness, restlessness, or tension
  • A sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Panic attacks
  • Sweating or trembling
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Ruminating thoughts
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nausea or GI issues
  • Substance abuse

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms and they are making it hard to live your normal life, consider seeking out anxiety counseling from Thriveworks in Chicago, IL. Our team of licensed counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists is here to help get your worries and fears under control.

How Anxiety Therapy Can Help

There are several main types of anxiety disorders, from phobias and social anxiety disorder to panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Since your experience with anxiety may differ from your neighbor’s, anxiety treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, your provider will typically use one or more forms of therapy to address your concerns and mitigate symptoms.

One form of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of counseling that teaches you how to identify and understand your harmful thought patterns so you can adjust them in ways that make you feel less anxious.

Another form of therapy used to treat anxiety is called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which utilizes strategies of acceptance and mindfulness as a way to cope with unwanted thoughts, feelings, and sensations. A trained therapist will work with you to develop the coping skills to accept experiences as they arise and commit to changing behavior.

Other types of therapy include exposure therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and interpersonal therapy. In addition to talk therapy, some people with anxiety also benefit from prescription medication while others benefit from relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes, and self-care habits.

Your licensed professional will determine the best course of action to suit your needs. No matter what form of anxiety you have, treatment can help you reduce symptoms and lead a happy, healthy, and productive life. Consider reaching out to us at Thriveworks in Chicago, IL to make an in-person or online appointment.

Talk With a Therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL

You don’t have to let constant worry erode your relationships and your happiness. Our mental health experts are equipped to help you manage your symptoms and get back to living the life you love.

You can easily schedule a therapy session, either in-person or online, by clicking our booking widget or calling our scheduling team. We won’t put you on a waitlist and new clients can often see a therapist or counselor within 48 hours of contacting us. We also make ourselves available in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate your schedule, not the other way around.

Thriveworks accepts most major insurance plans and provides a number of exciting benefits, including

  • Provider access between appointments
  • Ask-a-coach Q&A service with 24-hour responses
  • Online community forums moderated by licensed professionals
  • Mobile support for billing queries
  • Therapy Buddy app access

Feeling a little anxiety before an important job interview or the first time you meet your partner’s parents is totally normal. But you shouldn’t have to struggle with anxiety symptoms on a daily or near-daily basis. When you’re ready to make a change, contact Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL to schedule an appointment with a licensed counselor or therapist.

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 Chicago therapists and counselors accept 15 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

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Quest Behavioral Health

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Therapist was able to help me become a better person and defeat the many shells I had to break
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I have worked with Gary Zurawski, professionally, for many years. His thoughtfulness, skill and compassion comes through in his relationships with patients in a professional manner. He connects with them in a way that allows for a productive interactive experience.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Chicago is located at 333 Michigan Ave Suite 1810, Chicago, IL 60601, right next to Fannie May and Blackhawk’s Store. We’re also close to the intersection of E. Lower Wacker and N. Michigan Avenue.

Phone number

(224) 529-3470

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