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2,012 people sought anxiety therapy help at Media in the last year

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As an Asian-American Christian woman, I understand the unique issues of identity exploration and intersectionality from a minority perspective.


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With a person-centered, solution-focused approach, I will work with you to amplify skills and build support around your areas of need.


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Everyone has a different culture, and I seek to gain an understanding of each client's unique culture through their lens.


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Andrew Coyle

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What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

My general approaches to addressing a client’s needs in anxiety therapy are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). CBT provides a more traditional approach of exploring the impact of thoughts on feelings and behaviors and works to process and manage those thoughts to reduce the impact on one's decision-making. ACT utilizes these skills and implements more mindfulness-based strategies to reduce experiential avoidance of uncomfortable emotions and focuses on increasing values-based actions.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

I assist clients in building the following skills to meet their treatment goals:

  • Emotional regulation techniques: To better manage physical symptoms of emotions to promote values-based action as opposed to emotional reaction. Examples include preventative strategies, physical coping skills, and grounding techniques.
  • Cognitive coping skills: To assist with managing automatic thoughts that impact our emotions and to process core beliefs that impact our perception of the world we interact with. Examples included diffusion and the use of a thought record.
  • Acceptance: Working with clients to identify what is outside of their control in the moment and working to shift focus to action on things that they can control.
  • Mindfulness: Supports a client to be better grounded in the present moment, builds observation skills of a client's internal and external experience, and moves past their judgments to see things and situations as they are.
  • Communication skill: Promotes appropriate verbalization and reception of needs before they become larger issues

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

I know clients are making progress in anxiety therapy when they are less often moving away from uncomfortable situations and emotions and are more often moving toward their values and goals through actions. Clients are typically utilizing the skills learned in therapy outside of the therapy office to increase the likelihood of these values-based actions. Clients also tend to demonstrate a greater level of insight into their emotions and report a decreased impact of these emotions on their decision-making.

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

To supplement therapy, clients can practice and implement the skills learned in therapy in their day-to-day lives. It is also important to engage in preventative strategies, such as a regular sleep schedule, healthy diet, appropriate work-life balance, engagement with positive social support, and hobbies, as they can improve our overall emotional well-being throughout the day. While these are not possible all the time, the more we engage with them, the more benefits we receive from that action.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

To prepare for their first therapy session, all an individual needs to bring with them is an attitude that is honest and open to alternative perspectives and a willingness to try the interventions suggested in the session. It also can be helpful to have a general idea of what the client’s goals for therapy may be. The client should be prepared to answer some general questions about themselves to give the therapist a clearer picture of who they are.

Starting Anxiety therapy

What is anxiety therapy?

Anxiety therapy helps people better understand and manage their anxiety. Anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Media, PA 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 Media 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?

“Do I have an Anxiety Disorder?”

It’s normal to worry more when you are experiencing a particularly stressful life event or transition, however when when anxiety and worrying start to consume your everyday life, you may have an Anxiety Disorder.

Over the last two weeks, have you experienced any of the following?

  1. Feeling nervous, anxious, or on edge
  2. Not being able to sleep or control worrying
  3. Worrying too much about different things
  4. Trouble relaxing
  5. Being so restless that it is hard to sit still
  6. Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
  7. Feeling afraid, as if something awful might happen

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be experiencing an Anxiety Disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety is the most common mental health diagnosis in the United States, affecting an estimated 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population annually. Unfortunately, while Anxiety Disorders are highly treatable, only 36.9% of those suffering with Anxiety seek treatment.

1. Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation anxiety disorder involves symptoms related to excessive anxiety triggered by the separation of a child from their home or from those (in adolescents and adults) to whom the person is attached. Their anxiety is beyond that which is expected for their developmental level, and the fear, anxiety, or avoidance is persistent, lasting at least 4 weeks in children and adolescents and typically 6 months or more in adults.

Symptoms include:

  1. Recurrent excessive distress when separation from home or major attachment figures occurs or is anticipated
  2. Persistent and excessive worry about losing, or about possible harm befalling, major attachment figures
  3. Persistent and excessive worry that an untoward event will lead to separation from a major attachment figure (e.g., getting lost or being kidnapped)
  4. Persistent reluctance or refusal to go to school or elsewhere because of fear of separation
  5. Persistently and excessively fearful or reluctant to be alone or without major attachment figures at home or without significant adults in other settings
  6. Persistent reluctance or refusal to go to sleep without being near a near a major attachment figure or to sleep away from home
  7. Repeated nightmares involving the theme of separation
  8. Repeated complaints of physical symptoms (such as headaches, stomach aches, nausea, or vomiting) when separation from major attachment figures occurs or is anticipated

2. Selective Mutism Disorder

Selective mutism is a type of anxiety disorder whose main distinguishing characteristic is the persistent failure to speak in specific social situations (e.g., at school or with playmates) where speaking is expected, despite speaking in other situations. Associated features of selective mutism may include excessive shyness, fear of social embarrassment, social isolation and withdrawal, clinging, compulsive traits, negativism, temper tantrums, or controlling or oppositional behavior, particularly at home.

3. Specific Phobia

Specific phobias are intense, irrational fears of certain things or situations. Phobias aren’t just extreme fear; they are irrational fear. Adults with phobias realize their fears are irrational, but often facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety.

Symptoms include:

  1. Fear, triggered by the specific object or situation, or anticipating it, that is excessive or unreasonable
  2. The fear is persistent, typically lasting at least 6 months.
  3. Exposure to the phobic stimulus provokes an immediate anxiety response, which may trigger a panic attack or marked behavioral change in children
  4. The fear or anxiety is out of proportion to the actual danger posed by the specific object or situation and is not a typical response in the person’s social or cultural context.
  5. The phobic situation or situations are avoided or else are endured with intense anxiety or distress.
  6. The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared situation interferes significantly with the person’s normal routine, occupational (or academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia.
  7. The anxiety, panic attacks, or phobic avoidance associated with the specific object or situation are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

4. Social Phobia Disorder

Social Phobia is sometimes called, “Social Anxiety Disorder.” People with Social Phobia experience a marked fear of social or performance related situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others.

Symptoms include:

  1. Feeling highly anxious about being around and talking to people
  2. Feeling highly self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others
  3. Being very afraid that other people will judge them
  4. Worrying for days or weeks before an event where other people will be
  5. Avoiding places where there are other people
  6. Difficulty making and keeping friends
  7. Blushing, sweating, or trembling around other people
  8. Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach when other people are around

5. Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden periods of intense fear that may include heart palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and feeling of impending doom.

Symptoms include:

  1. Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
  2. Feelings of being out of control during a panic attack
  3. Intense worries about when the next attack will happen
  4. Fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past

6. Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is anxiety related to being in, or anticipating, situations where it would be difficult to escape or where help may not be available in the event of having a panic attack, or panic-like symptoms. Typically, when in this situation, the individual may have thoughts that something dreadful may happen. Such concerns must persist for at least 6 months and occur virtually every time an individual encounters the place or situation.

Symptoms include the individual experiencing intense fear in response to, or anticipation of 2 of the following 5 situations:

  1. Using public transportation
  2. Being in open spaces
  3. Being in enclosed spaces
  4. Standing in line or being in a crowd
  5. Being outside of the home alone

7. Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  1. Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
  2. Being easily fatigued
  3. Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
  4. Irritability; Muscle tension
  5. Difficulty controlling the worry
  6. Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)

Anxiety Treatments

If you, or someone you love, is suffering with an Anxiety Disorder, Thriveworks Counseling can help. Thriveworks has licensed counselors and therapists who are trained to treat people with anxiety disorders.


One treatment approach that Thriveworks employs is CBT, short for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT teaches clients a different way of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful situations. CBT can also help people learn and practice social skills, which is very important for treating anxiety disorders.

Exposure Therapy

Another type of therapy focused on addressing fears related to anxiety disorders is Exposure Therapy. Exposure Therapy focuses on confronting the individual’s underlying fears to allow the fears to diminish with relaxation exercises and/or imagery.

“How do I get help?”

Here at Thriveworks, we also know how difficult it can be to get an appointment with a qualified therapist who accepts your health insurance. At Thriveworks, we accept most major insurance plans and typically offer appointments within 24 hours of your initial call.

We are conveniently located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, at 600 N Jackson St, Suite 300, Media, PA, 19063, and are accessible by public transportation via SEPTA Regional Rail, Trolley, and bus. We also offer ample free parking.

Call 610-808-9923 to schedule an appointment, or fill out a contact form and we’ll call you!

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 Media therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

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  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

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  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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  • Geisinger Health Plan

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Media is located off of N Jackson St, and our building is in the center of Cooper St., W 6th St., W 7th St., and N Jackson St.

Phone number

(610) 557-1991

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