Counseling for Anxiety

Counseling for Anxiety

Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective?

If this sounds like you, I’m confident I can help. My practice offers the most effective forms of treatment, to get the relief from anxiety that you deserve.

When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the problem.

Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:

  • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
  • Feelings of danger, panic or dread
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • Increased or heavy sweating
  • Trembling or muscle twitching
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder

Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.

 

FAQ

What is Counseling for Anxiety?

Counseling for anxiety is a form of therapy that helps individuals understand and manage their symptoms of anxiety. It may involve talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or other forms of therapy, and is typically provided by a licensed therapist or counselor. The goal of counseling for anxiety is to help the individual develop coping mechanisms to manage anxiety and improve their overall quality of life.

How does Counseling for Anxiety work?

Counseling for anxiety typically involves talk therapy, where the individual speaks with a therapist or counselor about their feelings and experiences related to anxiety. The therapist or counselor may use various techniques to help the individual understand their anxiety, identify triggers for their anxiety, and develop coping mechanisms to manage their symptoms.

One of the most popular and evidence-based therapy for anxiety is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The therapist or counselor will help the individual identify and change negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that are contributing to their anxiety. This might include identifying and challenging unrealistic thoughts, learning relaxation techniques, and gradually exposing the individual to feared situations in a safe and controlled environment.

Another therapy called Mindfulness-based therapy that helps individuals focus on the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, which can help to reduce anxiety symptoms.

Therapy sessions may be held one-on-one or in a group setting, and the number of sessions required will vary depending on the individual’s needs. The goal of counseling for anxiety is to help the individual develop the skills and tools they need to manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.

When is Counseling for Anxiety needed?

Counseling for anxiety may be needed when an individual’s symptoms of anxiety are impacting their daily life and functioning. Some signs that counseling for anxiety may be needed include:

  • Persistent and excessive worry or fear about everyday events or situations
  • Avoidance of certain situations or activities due to anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping due to anxiety
  • Physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, or shaking
  • Difficulty functioning in school, work, or personal relationships due to anxiety
  • The use of alcohol or drugs to cope with anxiety
  • Difficulty in completing daily task or functioning in the normal life.

If an individual is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important for them to speak with a healthcare professional. They may recommend counseling or therapy as part of an overall treatment plan.

It’s also important to note that even if the symptoms of anxiety are not severe, some people may still choose to seek counseling as a preventative measure, or as a way to improve their overall emotional well-being.

How much does Counseling for Anxiety cost?

The cost of counseling for anxiety can vary depending on a number of factors, including where you live, the type of therapy or counseling being provided, and whether you have insurance coverage.

If you have health insurance, the cost of counseling for anxiety will likely be covered at least in part by your insurance plan. The amount of coverage will vary depending on the specific plan, so it’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

If you don’t have insurance, or if your insurance doesn’t cover the full cost of counseling, you may be able to find low-cost or sliding scale options. Many community health clinics, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions offer counseling or therapy services on a sliding fee scale based on your income.

Otherwise, the cost of therapy and counseling sessions can range from $50 to $200 or more per session. A sliding scale fee can be from $20 to $100 per session. The cost may be different for online sessions. My rates are $140 for the first initial intake assessment and then $130 for each individual therapy follow-up session.

It’s also worth noting that some therapy or counseling sessions may be covered by employee assistance programs (EAPs) if you’re working, or by student health centers if you’re in school.

It’s best to check with your insurance provider and therapist or counselor to understand the exact cost of counseling for anxiety, and what options may be available to help reduce the cost.

 

How long does the Counseling for Anxiety process take?

The length of the counseling for anxiety process can vary depending on the individual’s specific needs and goals. Some people may only need a few sessions to feel better, while others may need more prolonged treatment.

Generally, most people can expect to attend therapy sessions on a weekly basis for several weeks, or sometimes several months. The length of time for treatment will vary for each person and their needs. Some people may find relief from symptoms after a few sessions, while others may require more extensive treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety is usually short-term, with 12-20 sessions, each lasting about 50 minutes. Mindfulness-based therapy for anxiety, on the other hand, is usually longer-term, with 8-12 weeks of treatment, with sessions lasting about 2 hours.

It’s important to work with a qualified therapist or counselor who can help you determine the appropriate length of treatment based on your specific needs and goals. Your therapist or counselor will reassess your progress regularly and adjust the treatment plan as needed.

It’s also important to note that healing and improvement is a process and it may take time. Even after the therapy sessions are over, individuals can continue to use the coping mechanisms and strategies they learned in therapy to maintain their progress and prevent a relapse.

How do I know if Counseling for Anxiety is right for me?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety, counseling or therapy may be an effective treatment option. However, it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or therapist, to determine if counseling is the right choice for you.

During an initial assessment, a healthcare professional will likely ask you about your symptoms, medical history, and overall well-being. They may also conduct a physical examination or lab tests to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms.

Based on the assessment, the healthcare professional will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan, which may include counseling or therapy. If counseling is recommended, they can also help you find a qualified therapist or counselor who specializes in treating anxiety.

It’s also important to note that counseling or therapy is not the only option for treating anxiety. Other treatment options include medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these approaches. Your healthcare professional will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you.

It’s also important to remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and that reaching out for support is the first step towards feeling better.