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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 Huntington Beach, CA 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 Huntington Beach 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?

The author Arthur Somers Roche once stated, “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” At first, anxiety might be adaptive. It’s a sign that something might be wrong and that a person needs to be on their guard. But if a state of anxiety is prolonged, it can veer into unhealthy territory, leading to negative psychological and physical outcomes. An anxious person might constantly battle excessive worry, fear, stomachaches, headaches, panic attacks, and more. Fortunately, maladaptive anxiety is highly treatable. 

The licensed anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA diagnose and treat anxiety with compassion and expertise. Sometimes it’s necessary to explore the origins of mental health conditions like anxiety and depression in order to manage ongoing symptoms. Types of therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help identify the source of anxiety and train clients to think differently in response to stressful stimuli. Therapy can help prevent future anxiety episodes by teaching effective coping skills and strategies. 

Guide to Providers Who Help with Anxiety

Anxiety therapists can belong to a number of different mental health specialties. Many providers specialize in treating anxiety because the mental health condition is so prevalent. At Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA, the following types of mental health providers are available to develop treatment plans for clients:

  • Psychiatrists (MDs), who can treat anxiety with psychotherapy and/or prescription medication
  • Psychologists (usually PhDs or PsyDs), who can treat anxiety with psychotherapy approaches like CBT
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), who can help clients with coping skills to reduce anxiety
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who can address the interpersonal relationships that anxiety might affect
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who can provide guidance and counseling for people affected by anxiety

How Do I Know If My Anxiety Is a Disorder?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), anxiety becomes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) when a person experiences the following symptoms:

  • Extreme, uncontrollable anxiety and worry 
  • Three or more of the following symptoms: 
  1. Restlessness or feeling keyed up
  2. Being easily fatigued
  3. Attention difficulties 
  4. Irritability
  5. Muscle tension
  6. Sleep disturbances
  • Symptoms of anxiety can’t be better explained by another type of anxiety disorder like the following:
  1. Panic disorder and panic attacks
  2. Social anxiety disorder
  3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  4. Separation anxiety
  5. Anorexia nervosa
  6. Hypochondriasis
  7. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in one’s life
  • Symptoms aren’t caused by a substance or another medical condition 

Is There a Cure for Anxiety?

Mental health providers don’t typically speak of “cures” when they talk about mental health conditions. But anxiety is highly treatable and millions of people with a history of anxiety lead successful, fulfilling lives. The top-rated providers at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA may use any of the following evidence-based treatments to help people who are feeling anxious, whether their symptoms are mild or acute:

  • CBT (often a first-line anxiety treatment)
  • Exposure therapy, especially for specific phobias of objects or situations (also called systematic desensitization)
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychotropic medication like antidepressants, prescribed by a licensed Thriveworks psychiatrist
  • Meditation and deep breathing
  • Progressive muscle relaxation techniques
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Panic-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Applied relaxation training (ART)
  • Supportive-expressive therapy
  • Biofeedback 
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
  • Lifestyle modifications dealing with nutrition and exercise
  • Family therapy or couples counseling 
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Depression counseling

Manage Your Anxiety Symptoms with a Therapist at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA

Anxiety can interfere with daily functioning and happiness by placing people in a fight or flight mode that might not correspond to rational threats, or even to reality. But the anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA can help. The mental health providers at Thriveworks are recruited from the top 4% of applicants. They excel at compassionately treating a diverse population with a wide range of life issues, situations, and mental health conditions. 

Thriveworks providers can meet with new clients quickly. Most Thriveworks clients can see their therapist within 24-48 hours of their initial booking. Thriveworks accepts most major forms of health insurance coverage, so more clients can receive the premium, affordable care they deserve. For clients paying out of pocket, Thriveworks offers competitive self-pay rates.

Thriveworks clients can choose to meet their counselors in-person at the modern office in Huntington Beach. They can also opt for online counseling, which is of the same length and quality as traditional counseling, just more comfortable and convenient for many people. Thriveworks providers are available by phone and email between appointments so clients can easily reach them when necessary. 

Don’t delay the care you need for your anxiety. Get back to living your life to the fullest with help from the exceptional team at Thriveworks. 

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 Huntington Beach therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

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Self-pay costs at Huntington Beach
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

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Huntington Beach shares an office with many other businesses, including Jason Cellars DDS & Robert Moretta DDS Cosmetic Dentistry, MeTime Massage, Koop Chiropractic, Priority One Bookkeeping, New Life Spirit Recovery Addiction Treatment Center, Kobra Design and Sea Cliff Dental. Next door is Fresh Face Society, and further down the road is First Option Auto Glass. We are right at the intersection of Florida Street and Professional Circle, and north of Professional Circle is Momma’s Chiro, CryoCareUSA, American Nursing Home, Around the Globe Travel, and South Coast Visa & Passport Service.

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(562) 330-4185

Languages spoken by CA providers

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