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Hello and welcome! I'm Emily Sherrill (she/her), a compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker, committed to offering empathic support to individual... Hello and welcome! I'm Emily Sherrill (she/her), a compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker, committed to offering empathic support to individuals on their path to healing. Read more

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What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

My go-to approach for treating anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy. I start there because it's necessary to know how thoughts can lead to how one feels.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

In anxiety therapy, I encourage clients to journal their feelings daily and work backward to see what thoughts start the feelings. This makes it easier for them to tell me how their week went when we meet in session. Journaling is the easiest thing for clients to do, either writing it out on paper or just jotting notes down on their phone.

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

I usually know that a client is making meaningful progress in anxiety therapy when the episodes of anxiety during a week decrease significantly from where they were when I first met them and if that decrease is maintained over a period of weeks.

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

Clients can supplement their time and anxiety therapy by practicing breathing techniques, journaling, and healthy self-care activities that they know work for them.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

To prepare for your first anxiety therapy session, you can just come to the session prepared to talk. I will gently guide you and ask questions, which will encourage you to open up and share your thoughts about what is going on in your head in an unobtrusive and natural way.

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.

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 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners IPA

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Kane County

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Silver Cross

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

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Choice Care (Humana)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Chicago
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
★★★★★
Thriveworks is a phenomenal resource and their counselors are so helpful; I am doing so well because of them and the affordability of pertinent care.
Read more Thriveworks is a phenomenal resource and their counselors are so helpful; I am doing so well because of them and the affordability of pertinent care.
Kara Jan 2024
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★★★★★
David is an excellent listener and truly listens actively when you are speaking. He has clinical skills that can help anyone open up and displays empathy with a focus to help you improve and identify goals to work towards full potential. Dave provides a solution focused approach that helps you create better problem solving skills. I would recommend David as a clinician as he has a passion to help others!
Read more David is an excellent listener and truly listens actively when you are speaking. He has clinical skills that can help anyone open up and displays empathy with a focus to help you improve and identify goals to work towards full potential. Dave provides a solution focused approach that helps you create better problem solving skills. I would recommend David as a clinician as he has a passion to help others!
Chicago Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Dave is passionate and works hard to help his clients! He has the needed experience to help you.
Read more Dave is passionate and works hard to help his clients! He has the needed experience to help you.
Chicago Feb 2022
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★★★★★
David Fletcher Janzen is a wonderful and engaging listener. I have benefited from his patience and direct feedback when he provided weekly supervision. He has the passion to develop others and promotes in depth reflection, independence and increased insight. David relates well and is a kind individual willing to provide advise and help to those seeking. I highly recommend David in the role as a therapist!
Read more David Fletcher Janzen is a wonderful and engaging listener. I have benefited from his patience and direct feedback when he provided weekly supervision. He has the passion to develop others and promotes in depth reflection, independence and increased insight. David relates well and is a kind individual willing to provide advise and help to those seeking. I highly recommend David in the role as a therapist!
Chicago Feb 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Chicago is located on N Michigan Ave, near the intersection of Michigan and E Lower Wacker Dr and on the south side of the Chicago River. Our office is right next to Starbucks and Blackhawks Store, and our building neighbors the Chicago Architecture Center and Quantum Crossings. The closest bus stop is directly in front of our building at Michigan & E. Wacker.

Phone number

(630) 454-0672

Languages spoken by IL providers

  • Vietnamese
  • English
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