Anxiety Therapy, with a mindful approach, can help liberate you from the confines of your mind. While we all experience a little anxiety from time to time (this is inevitable in the world we live in), at times anxiety becomes crippling and interferes with daily functioning: your ability to go to school/work, approach social situations, perform at your best, complete daily life tasks, or even leave the house. Know that life does not have to be this way for you or your teen.
Anxiety is a fear-based condition that is characterized by heightened arousal to external and/or internal triggers. External triggers are things outside of our own bodies. They can be situations, like parties. External triggers can also be particular places, like grocery stores, or other people. Internal triggers are things like your own thoughts or feelings that cause or worsen your anxiety. A common fear, or “worry thought,” as I often call them, is that there is no feeling better for you. This is not true. You can feel better, and less anxious.
What will we do in Anxiety Therapy?
In therapy for anxiety, we will explore your external and internal triggers. We’ll look at how your anxiety is related to very specific thoughts, assumptions, and beliefs, some of which you may not be aware you have. In dissecting and challenging these thoughts, assumptions, and beliefs, you will start to notice some relief. Depending on your particular situation, we will decide what we do next. Sometimes the next step is exposure- gradually allowing yourself to come face to face with your phobias or external triggers, in a controlled setting and for a specific period of time.
We will use mindfulness as a self-regulation tool. We will explore which Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills will be most helpful to you. If trauma or PTSD are at the root of your anxiety, we may also use TF-CBT, somatic therapy, yoga therapy, or EMDR therapy.
You will always have a say in what approach we take and I will provide you with a wealth of information on any particular approach we consider. I will offer suggestions given my clinical knowledge and experience, but you are always in control of your therapy experience.
If you’re thinking it’s time to address your own or a family member’s anxiety to build a happier life, please contact me to schedule a free 30-minute consultation today. I offer consultations in my office in Austin, TX, as well as over the phone and online. When you’re ready to begin therapy, I offer therapy at my private practice in Austin, or via online counseling. Please be in touch to learn more as I’d love to help you or your loved one take the next steps toward better emotional and overall health.