Does your mind race with worries or fears? Are you constantly canceling plans with your family and friends? Would you just like to sleep at night?
Anxiety is that uneasy feeling that creeps in and tells us to worry, while crippling us in our everyday living. It is one of the top reasons our practice phone rings.
Whether it is an adult whose anxiety is causing a disruption in their workplace or relationships, or a parent who doesn’t know how else to manage their child’s social or academic anxiety. Anxiety disorders plague 40 million adults a year in the US. Anxiety happens. Everyone feels anxious from time to time - it’s human nature, but it doesn’t have to be your constant reality.
At Craig Counseling, we facilitate our anxiety counseling in a goal-oriented, action-based way. Many people have the impression that counseling is coming into an office, unloading how you feel to your therapist, and feeling better at the end.
We don’t believe that here.
Don’t get us wrong... there is listening. However, we believe that the only way to truly overcome the anxiety you’re feeling on a day to day basis is to have goals.
To really work on those goals means to have homework assignments and to be cognizant of how you are handling anxiety outside of the office. This is what turns our approach into action-based.
How do I know if I have anxiety?
Here are some symptoms of anxiety that have been reported:
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Sleep problems
- Not being able to stay calm and still
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
- Nausea or digestion problems
- Tense muscles
Most people don’t experience all of these symptoms, but let’s face it…
Do you want to live with any of these at all? If the answer is no, schedule an appointment with us and let’s see how we can help.
Our approach to anxiety treatment
Anxiety counseling consists of learning the origin of the emotional response and how to resolve it.
At Craig Counseling, we utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to tackle anxiety. CBT is the top evidence-based treatment for anxiety. It is considered a short-term approach, which means if you’re utilizing the tools, you shouldn’t be in therapy very long.
The process begins with exploring your irrational thoughts and beliefs. By challenging and debunking these irrational thoughts you become less anxious.
But to be perfectly honest...
Our mind can and will still try to play tricks on us, even after debunking these thoughts. This is where the developing of effective coping skills comes in.
During this crucial step, your therapist guides you through identifying replacement behaviors that you can use when feeling anxious. These will help you calm down so you don’t reinforce, or build on the anxiety you are feeling.
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