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14,331 people sought anxiety therapy help in California in the last year

Discover how starting anxiety therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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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 Sunnyvale, 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 Sunnyvale 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?

Kesha knew that she had some mild issues with anxiety, but she also prided herself on keeping her internal struggles hidden from her family, friends, and coworkers. She considered herself super high-functioning. If she’d battled anxiety during the day, she just compensated by drinking a couple extra glasses of wine at night in order to wind down. But then Kesha started working at a new company. She was doing the same programming job, but for a different employer. Which meant that she had to change some of her daily routines. Suddenly Kesha’s anxiety wasn’t of the high-functioning type anymore. She was really struggling with maintaining her sanity at work. And it took more than a couple of glasses of wine in the evening to make her feel better. Kesha decided that it was time to seek help from an anxiety therapist.

Anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can give expert support to individuals who are struggling with persistent, disruptive feelings of fear and worry. Even if your anxiety is relatively high-functioning, like Kesha’s, a professional counselor can teach you coping mechanisms and proven therapeutic techniques to manage your symptoms. You can learn to recognize your triggers and prevent your anxiety from escalating. Don’t wait until you suffer an unexpected panic attack at the worst possible moment. Get help now for your anxiety symptoms from a Thriveworks therapist in Sunnyvale, CA.

Can Anxiety Do Lasting Damage?

This is very much a question that a person suffering from anxiety would ask! Individuals with anxiety often fixate on potential negative outcomes of events. And nothing says anxiety more than being anxious about anxiety.

When you have chronic anxiety, your mind and body can experience long-term effects like the following:

  • Hypertension
  • Compromised immune system
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Hypochondria
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Major and mild depression
  • Weight changes
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Gastrointestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

An individual may visit their primary care physician complaining of digestive issues, but it’s really anxiety that’s driving the stomach problems. The good news is that it’s completely possible to clear up all these peripheral symptoms by addressing your underlying anxiety with a therapist at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA.

Is There a Way to Overcome Panic Attacks?

Panic disorder is characterized by panic attacks, which are incredibly intense episodes of psychological fear that can elicit painful physical symptoms like a racing heart and shortness of breath. It’s not unusual for an individual suffering a panic attack to feel like they’re going to die. In fact, over 1.2 million Americans visit a hospital emergency room every year due to anxiety.

But panic disorder is highly treatable with psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and/or medications like antidepressants. A few months of therapy at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can reduce or even eliminate symptoms of anxiety. Some individuals can see results in a matter of sessions.

Is There a Way to Overcome Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is characterized by anxiety that is so acute around other people, a sufferer may avoid social interactions at all costs.

Anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can effectively treat social anxiety with cognitive therapy.

What Are the Other Kinds of Anxiety and How Are They Treated?

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Potential treatments include cognitive processing therapy (CPT), exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and stress inoculation training (SIT).
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Potential treatments include CBT and/or psychiatric medications.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Potential treatments include psychotherapy and/or medications.

But anxiety therapy isn’t one-size-fits-all. Anxiety counselors at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA may try a host of other therapeutic measures, such as exposure therapy, relaxation or mindfulness techniques like meditation and deep breathing, biofeedback, art and music therapy, lifestyle changes (like using exercise to channel anxiety into physical movement), cutting back on coffee and alcohol, family therapy, or couples counseling.

Ask a Thriveworks Therapist for Help with Your Anxiety

The anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA are fully licensed, highly qualified, and top-rated in their psychological field. They can walk you through evidence-based, solution-focused techniques to help you learn your worry triggers and manage your symptoms of anxiety.

When you enroll at Thriveworks, you get numerous benefits like a quick turnaround on appointments (you usually see your counselor within 24-48 hours) and no wait times (97% of Thriveworks appointments begin early or on time). You also get the benefit of our Ask-a-Coach 24hr Q&A feature and phone/email access to your mental health provider between sessions. Plus you can always opt for online sessions instead of in-person at one of our 240+ brick and mortar offices. Health insurance covers both kinds of appointments.

Call today to get matched to the anxiety therapist who can help you find relief from your overwhelming fears and worries. We look forward to putting you on the path to recovery!

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 Sunnyvale therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

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We share a building with the dental office of Dr. Satinder R. Singh. We are at the intersection of W Freemont Ave and S Mary Ave. Across the street is an Arco gas station, Country Gourmet American Bistro, and De Anza Square Shopping Center.

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