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Brian Mullan

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What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

My go-to approach for treating anxiety involves mindfulness-based stress reduction. Although some people may think of this as meditating for hours and “becoming one with nothing,” it actually focuses on living in the now and utilizing tools and strengths that we already possess to manage our emotions more skillfully.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

I utilize the following tools in individual therapy to treat anxiety:

  • Strength-based: I find out when and where the client is thriving and bring those tools to bear in order to tackle areas of struggle.
  • Client-centered: The client is the expert in their own life—they’re in the driver’s seat!
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): An evidence-based, empirically validated therapeutic approach that emphasizes mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness (assertiveness training).
  • Social justice: The client and I work together to name and challenge systems of oppression that have traumatized or harmed them.

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

I can tell when a client is making more progress in anxiety therapy when the client reports success in implementing skills that we practiced in therapy to handle real-life situations as they arise.

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

I encourage clients who are living with anxiety to spend as much time as possible on self-care. Anxiety can be exhausting—give yourself a break! Clients can listen to podcasts (ask me, I'm happy to recommend some), and practice skills.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

To prepare for your first session to treat anxiety disorder, you can and should think about what you would like the experience to feel and look like. How would you like to feel after a few therapy sessions? Think about that, and then communicate that to your prospective therapist either beforehand or at the intake to make sure it's a good fit for you.

Starting Anxiety therapy

What is anxiety therapy?

Anxiety therapy helps people better understand and manage their anxiety. Anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania Exchange

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania | Medicare Advantage

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Philadelphia is off of Ludlow Street and S 40th Street. We are near Smoke Shop Convenience and Locust Moon Comics.

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