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Laura Burlingame Lee

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What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

My go-to approach for working with anxiety is somewhat eclectic, depending on the source of the anxiety. Generally speaking, I work to provide information about stress and relaxation responses and work to elicit a relaxation session using a variety of relaxation techniques. I also work with thoughts and beliefs about stress, anxiety, and other topics affecting anxiety.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

I teach the following tools for anxiety: breathing techniques, muscle relaxation techniques, using movement to release tension (if appropriate), challenging negative or unhelpful thoughts, distraction, and other coping skills.

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

I know a client is making progress when they report subjective experiences of feeling more in control of their symptoms and objective changes in how they function in the situation causing anxiety.

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

Clients can supplement their time in therapy for anxiety by practicing and using the techniques taught in sessions in their everyday lives and by actively confronting and challenging thoughts and other cognitive processes that amplify symptoms.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

To prepare for your first session for anxiety, you can identify the situations that lead to feeling anxiety and stress, notice what symptoms are present, and let me know what has helped or not helped in the past.

Starting Anxiety therapy

What is anxiety therapy?

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

Thriveworks Counseling in Meridian, ID treats many types of anxiety disorders through both in-person therapy and online counseling. Simply call us at (208) 504-1377 or book online today.

Causes and Types of Anxiety

Below are just a few types of anxiety that we treat here in Meridian:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety/Phobia

If you feel like one or more of these apply to you, it may be time for you to seek anxiety counseling.

How Can Anxiety Therapy Help?

If you suffer from anxiety in any of these forms, don’t be afraid to seek out therapy. There are many things a mental health counselor can do to help reduce your anxiety levels.

Some types of therapy that have proven effective include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

The goal of most forms of therapy is to help you better deal with bouts of anxiety by changing the way you think and feel. You’ll learn to develop helpful coping mechanisms that can improve symptoms and reduce overwhelming feelings of anxiety.

Talk With a Therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Meridian, ID

Thriveworks in Meridian, ID also accepts most major forms of insurance. Make an appointment with us today to see how therapy can help your anxiety. Call us at (208) 504-1377 or schedule your session today.

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 Meridian therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross of Idaho | BCBS

  • BrightPath

  • BrightPath Medicare Advantage

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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I have been meeting with Matt for almost 2 years now, and he's helped me get in touch with myself and understand who I am, as well as provided great tools to apply to my life for future improvement and coping. I have benefited greatly from my regular meetings with Matt and I can't speak highly enough about him as a counselor and psychological mentor.
Read more I have been meeting with Matt for almost 2 years now, and he's helped me get in touch with myself and understand who I am, as well as provided great tools to apply to my life for future improvement and coping. I have benefited greatly from my regular meetings with Matt and I can't speak highly enough about him as a counselor and psychological mentor.
Meridian Jan 2022
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Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Meridian is located at 26 S Baltic Pl Suite 150, Meridian, ID 83642, off E. Franklin Rd.

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