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What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

My go-to approach for treating anxiety is providing psychoeducation on symptoms to assist with a better understanding of symptoms and potential triggers. I find the best benefit in recognizing the mind-body connection to assist with lowering and managing symptoms.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

In anxiety therapy, I teach the following tools:

  • Symptom identification
  • Guided meditation exercises
  • Grounding techniques
  • Deep breathing

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in anxiety therapy when they report symptom reduction over time.

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

Clients can supplement their time in anxiety therapy by practicing the coping skills we discuss in our sessions. The more you practice, the more familiar they will become and easier to access as well.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

To prepare for your first therapy session, think about what you wish to accomplish in treatment. The first few sessions are more about information gathering and goal setting. Additionally, always feel free to ask any questions as they come up.

Starting Anxiety therapy

What is anxiety therapy?

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

Salem Anxiety Therapy—Anxiety Therapists in Salem, MA

It’s unfortunate how many people with anxiety have struggled in silence for years or even decades. Often people don’t realize that there really is help out there for their anxiety problems. When you get to the point in which you simply aren’t willing to feel anxious on a daily basis anymore; when you’re ready to say goodbye to panic attacks; when you’re ready to finally put a stop to avoiding situations that make you anxious; then, it’s time to seek Salem anxiety counseling.

Thriveworks Salem, MA has anxiety therapists on our team. Anxiety is a prevalent problem in our world today, and we know just how harmful it can be to one’s life. Fortunately, anxiety therapy can help you get your anxiety disorder under control. You can learn to manage your social anxiety, your OCD, or whatever form of anxiety you might be dealing with. And we will help you do it. To schedule anxiety therapy at Thriveworks Salem Counseling, just call our office. We’ll be here.

Types of Anxiety: Which Anxiety Disorder Do I Have?

There are actually more than half a dozen anxiety disorders and many people have more than one of them. The good news is it can be comforting to finally understand exactly what you’re dealing with. The most common anxiety disorders are:

  1. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  2. GAD (generalized anxiety disorder)
  3. Social anxiety disorder
  4. Panic disorders
  5. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

The right way to handle your anxiety will depend on your situation and your type of disorder. Some clients do have success with medications but remember that they simply treat the symptoms and not the anxiety itself. For many people, a specific event has traumatized them and caused their brain to unnecessarily be in “fight or flight” mode. In this situation, the brain can begin to interpret almost anything as a danger—even when it’s not.

Treatment for Anxiety: How Can Anxiety Therapy Help?

As you can see from our list above, there are different types of anxiety and there are numerous solutions for each. When you work with Thriveworks Salem Counseling, you can count on us to help you find the unique solutions that will prove most helpful for you. Some examples of effective treatment include:

  • Talk therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Exercising
  • Reducing alcohol and caffeine
  • Practicing regular self-care

Meet with an Anxiety Therapist at Thriveworks Salem Counseling

The anxiety therapists at Thriveworks Salem Counseling provide a unique approach to care for every single client they meet with. This means that they create a plan for treatment that is tailored to best help the given individual. Think about it: Someone with social anxiety shouldn’t receive the same treatment as someone who has OCD or PTSD. Even two people with the same anxiety disorder require and deserve a personalized approach to therapy. Thriveworks Salem Counseling honors this and will provide you with a personalized approach to therapy, too.

If you are struggling with any given type of anxiety, or you are beginning to show symptoms of anxiety, please consider reaching out to our Thriveworks Salem Counseling office. We have anxiety therapists, counselors, and other experts on staff who are available to meet with new clients. Schedule your appointment today by contacting us.

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 Salem therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Read more The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Sharron Feb 2024 verified review
Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Read more Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Sharron Feb 2024 verified review
My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Read more My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Sharron Feb 2024 verified review
Celine is very compassionate and professional
Debra Dec 2023 verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Salem is located in McIntire Historic District on Washington St. where it intersects with Lynde St. We share a building with MassHire North Shore Career Center - Salem, Koto Grill & Sushi, and other businesses.

Phone number

(978) 637-8213

Languages spoken by MA providers

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