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.
It’s unfortunate that so many people are ashamed, embarrassed, or afraid to seek counseling for their anxiety. The reality is that it actually takes a lot of strength to seek help. And anxiety is one of the most frequently cited reasons people seek help from a counselor. Thriveworks has anxiety therapists who can actually help reduce or entirely eliminate the symptoms of anxiety you’re experiencing.
If you are feeling anxious and/or exhibiting symptoms of anxiety, please consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling. We are dedicated to providing people with quick, compassionate care. In other words, when you call to schedule your appointment, we will do our best to get you in for your first session the same or following day. We understand that this fast turnaround is crucial to improving your situation and preventing it from worsening.
To schedule your anxiety therapy appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA, just call our office. We’re here to get you all set up and answer any questions you might have.
How Can an Anxiety Therapist Help?
When you work with a Watertown, MA anxiety therapist, you’ll be working with a professional who understands what anxiety is. We know it isn’t as simple as just feeling scared. Anxiety can affect every aspect of your life from relationships to the work that you do. It’s common for people with anxiety to feel a loss of control over their lives. We’re here to help you gain back control.
For some clients, understanding where their anxiety came from is important. While there isn’t always an obvious reason for it, in many cases it’s caused by a past trauma. It could be years in the past but still impacting you. It could have laid dormant and only been triggered recently. Whatever it is, your counselor will offer you a safe, secure place to investigate possible reasons for your anxiety disorder.
Treatment for Anxiety: What Works?
Some people choose to take medication to help subdue their anxiety. For some people, it’s very helpful. That said, remember that the purpose of medication is not to cure your anxiety but to simply improve and cope with the symptoms. Therapy can actually treat the root cause for your anxiety. Here’s how therapy for anxiety works:
- Identifying negative thoughts: Cognitive behavioral therapy, the most common approach to therapy for those with anxiety, aims to challenge and change negative thinking patterns, of which contribute to anxious thoughts and feelings. Here’s how it might work for someone with a fear of germs: your therapist will guide you in identifying your irrational thoughts about touching different surfaces and being exposed to germs. They’ll ask you what you were thinking when you first noticed you were feeling anxious.
- Adapting more positive thoughts: The next important step in cognitive behavioral therapy is to understand how to assess your anxious thoughts. This might involve asking yourself why you feel frightened of your thoughts, what unhelpful thoughts you’re engaging in, and also experimenting with the reality of these thoughts. For example, if you touch that surface that you assume is covered in germs, is something bad going to happen to you? Or is just your assumption that you’ll suffer for it?
Your anxiety therapist will help you learn all about identifying and correcting negative thinking, as it relates to your anxiety. That said, you should know that there is no perfect solution for everyone. That’s why you need a counselor who will work closely with you to understand your specific needs. At Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA, we’ll create a special plan for you. We can help you see that there really is a way out and we will be there with you throughout the entire process.
Schedule Anxiety Therapy at Thriveworks in Watertown, MA
Thriveworks Counseling has seen first-hand just how beneficial anxiety therapy can be in someone’s life. We all fall victim to anxious thinking every now and then, but if this has started to control your life, it’s time to get help. We can provide you with this help here at Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA.
To schedule an appointment for anxiety therapy, simply call our office. We’re here to meet your needs and help you live an overall better life. Get in touch with us at your earliest convenience, so that we can get to work.