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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 Portland, ME 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 Portland 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?

According to the American Medical Association, there are 8 different classifications of anxiety. Each has its own symptoms and each has its own treatments. However, many people don’t realize that it’s not only possible to be diagnosed with more than one type of anxiety—it’s common. 

At Thriveworks Counseling in Portland, ME, we have anxiety therapists who can assess you to discover what you’re dealing with and then provide a detailed treatment plan to help with your unique situation.

Types of Anxiety: Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, PTSD, and More

There are different types of anxiety, including:

  1. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): GAD is marked by uncontrollable, racing thoughts. Other symptoms include sleep disturbances, irritability, excessive worry, and fear.
  2. Panic disorder: Panic disorder is characterized by panic attacks, which many people mistake for heart attacks.
  3. Social anxiety disorder: Social anxiety, also called social phobia, is characterized by anxiety induced by social interactions and settings. 
  4. Selective mutism: This is another form of anxiety where the individual cannot speak in certain circumstances, such as in the presence of classmates or family members they don’t see often.
  5. Specific phobias: There are also specific phobias, such as agoraphobia, or the fear of crowded public spaces, and animal phobias, which are to specific animals like dogs and spiders. 
  6. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): OCD is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Those with OCD are often fearful of germs and do everything they can to minimize them. 
  7. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD can develop after one experiences trauma and doesn’t address the disturbances properly. Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares and flashbacks to the trauma.

All of these anxiety disorders can make day to day tasks and activities unpleasant. This makes seeking treatment for anxiety extremely important. Thriveworks Counseling in Portland, ME can set you up with an anxiety therapist who can offer the right treatment, which will likely involve therapy and/or medication.

Common Anxiety Symptoms

Not everyone with the same type of anxiety has the same symptoms. Some people have many symptoms and some have only a single symptom. Some have symptoms all the time, or nearly all the time, while others only have symptoms occasionally. This list of symptoms is not meant to help you self-diagnose. Only your physician or counselor can properly diagnose you.

That said, here are some of the most common symptoms of anxiety: 

  • Obsessive thoughts or worry
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Becoming easily frustrated
  • Despair
  • Pacing
  • Feeling tense
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia

Anxiety Therapy Can Help

Anxiety is sometimes caused by a trauma like a violent crime, a sexual assault, or the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, there’s no obvious cause. In other cases, it can even be caused by an underlying health issue like depression. 

Regardless of the reason for your anxiety, reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling for anxiety therapy is the first step—and your best chance—at reducing, alleviating, and better managing your anxiety.

Schedule an Anxiety Appointment at Thriveworks in Portland

You may feel afraid of working with a counselor. You may not know what to expect. No matter where you are today, there’s one thing to keep in mind: There is another way to live. There is help out there. You don’t have to continue suffering from your anxiety symptoms. 

Thriveworks Counseling in Portland, ME has anxiety therapists who are experts at helping people manage this mental disorder. To schedule your appointment, give Thriveworks a call. Our scheduling team is here to assist you and answer any questions that may arise.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Portland therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Maine | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Maine | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Community Health Options

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Portland
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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My counselor was great and I adored him, he gets 5/5. I received my first billing statement on 1-16-24, the email saying I could pay in part or in full. I payed about a 3rd, and planned on doing the same for 2 more pay checks. Today, 1-31-24, I received an email thanking me for my payment. Their billing department withdrew the remaining balance,over $350 from my account without authorization. I only had $60 in that account. I work in private healthcare, and my practice would never collect without a clients knowledge and consent. If they won’t pay, we don’t use their stores info and take their money, we send to collections and let them do their job. I did try calling, auto it said wait time 20 minutes. I sent an email to their department at 1ish, didn’t hear anything back by end of business day.
Read more My counselor was great and I adored him, he gets 5/5. I received my first billing statement on 1-16-24, the email saying I could pay in part or in full. I payed about a 3rd, and planned on doing the same for 2 more pay checks. Today, 1-31-24, I received an email thanking me for my payment. Their billing department withdrew the remaining balance,over $350 from my account without authorization. I only had $60 in that account. I work in private healthcare, and my practice would never collect without a clients knowledge and consent. If they won’t pay, we don’t use their stores info and take their money, we send to collections and let them do their job. I did try calling, auto it said wait time 20 minutes. I sent an email to their department at 1ish, didn’t hear anything back by end of business day.
Kali Feb 2024
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My counselor was great and I adored him, he gets 5/5. I received my first billing statement on 1-16-24, the email saying I could pay in part or in full. I payed about a 3rd, and planned on doing the same for 2 more pay checks. Today, 1-31-24, I received an email thanking me for my payment. Their billing department withdrew the remaining balance,over $350 from my account without authorization. I only had $60 in that account. I work in private healthcare, and my practice would never collect without a clients knowledge and consent. If they won’t pay, we don’t use their stores info and take their money, we send to collections and let them do their job. I did try calling, auto it said wait time 20 minutes. I sent an email to their department at 1ish, didn’t hear anything back by end of business day.
Read more My counselor was great and I adored him, he gets 5/5. I received my first billing statement on 1-16-24, the email saying I could pay in part or in full. I payed about a 3rd, and planned on doing the same for 2 more pay checks. Today, 1-31-24, I received an email thanking me for my payment. Their billing department withdrew the remaining balance,over $350 from my account without authorization. I only had $60 in that account. I work in private healthcare, and my practice would never collect without a clients knowledge and consent. If they won’t pay, we don’t use their stores info and take their money, we send to collections and let them do their job. I did try calling, auto it said wait time 20 minutes. I sent an email to their department at 1ish, didn’t hear anything back by end of business day.
Kali Jan 2024
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Portland is located at the corner of Ashmont Street and Forest Avenue. We share a building with Normandeau Associates and Maine Celtics Sportswear store among other businesses. At the corner, you will find the Forest Ave and 550 Forest Ave bus stop for the 2 bus line.

Phone number

(207) 994-7555

Languages spoken by ME providers

  • English
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