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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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto 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?

Living with anxiety can be exhausting, but we want you to know that help is available. Mental health professionals have the skills and training to diagnose, treat, and manage anxiety for their clients. They can help you reduce your anxiety and live a happier, calmer life.

Do you struggle with anxiety? Working with a mental health professional can help. Call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA, to get started with one of our counselors or therapists.

Anxiety Disorders: What To Look For

There are several kinds of anxiety disorders that describe the different ways anxiety symptoms manifest. Some common examples include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder occurs when you worry intensely for most days over a period of six months or more. Often, these are not worries you can control. For some people, they assume that being in this heightened state of anxiety is just the way that they are. Besides worry, other common symptoms include restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and trouble sleeping.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): People with OCD experience troubling or disturbing repetitive thoughts or obsessions that they manage through rituals or compulsions. Common obsessions among people with OCD include fixations with germs, thoughts of violence, and fixations with order, symmetry, and organization.
  • Panic disorder: This disorder causes repeated panic attacks that happen without an understandable cause. Symptoms of panic attacks include a pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, trembling, lightheadedness, chest pain, and numbness. In between panic attacks, people with panic disorder often worry about when the next attack will come, which can make them avoid certain situations.

When left untreated, anxiety also can occur alongside mood disorders and substance abuse issues. That’s why enlisting the help of a mental health professional can be so crucial to helping you reduce anxiety and reclaim stability in your life. Working with a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA can do just that.

What Happens During Therapy for Anxiety?

In your initial counseling sessions, a provider like a psychologist or a psychiatrist will ask you about your symptoms and likely run some tests to reach a diagnosis of what disorder you’re facing. From there, what sessions look like can vary from client to client, depending on their unique needs.

People with anxiety can benefit greatly from the structured treatment therapy provides as they learn about what triggers their symptoms, how to recognize and disrupt anxious thought patterns, and stress-reduction methods.

Therapy for anxiety is often short-term, but how often and how long you meet with your provider depends on the type and severity of your disorder. In some cases, a provider might also recommend medication to help reduce your symptoms of anxiety.

When you work with a provider at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA, you’ll receive personalized and attentive care from our licensed professionals. Call our office today to get started.

Schedule Anxiety Therapy With Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA

If you’re struggling with anxiety, we want you to know that support is available to help you reduce its impact on your life. Working with a counselor, therapist, or other mental health professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA can help relieve anxiety. Call our office today or use our convenient online session scheduling tool to set up your first appointment.

At Thriveworks, we believe that mental health is something you should be able to work into any schedule. We offer evening and weekend sessions for your convenience. You can also take advantage of online therapy or counseling sessions to get the help you need from the comfort of your own home via phone call or video chat.

We accept most major health insurance plans to help make treatment more affordable. Most new clients can get started very quickly — many often meet with a provider within the same week of calling. The mental health specialists from Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA can help you manage your anxiety and live your best life. Contact us today to set up your first appointment.

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 Palo Alto therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

  • Medicare CA

  • MHN

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Palo Alto is in the same building as Integrated Health Care, Bookshare, Heshmat Pain Management, Rea Laidler Chiropractor, Benetech, and Forbes Marshall Inc. On the other side of the building is New Mayfield Lane, and a parking garage. Nearby is Jin Sho, Terun, and Backyard Brew restaurants, as well as La Bodeguita del Medoi, Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, Ramen Kowa, and Kali Greek Kitchen.

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(650) 885-9469

Languages spoken by CA providers

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