Life is full of stressors (if you haven’t noticed already.) Many of us juggle work, family life, school, household chores, social lives, our health needs and so much more. So it should come to no one’s surprise that worrying in daily life is pretty normal.
But what happens when your anxiety levels never lower? When your stress persists day after day and starts affecting how you live?
Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Thankfully, anxiety therapy and/or prescribed medications are available. For those of us who struggle with anxiety in everyday life. However, you may still wonder how exactly a mental health professional and counseling can help with your worries. While it may seem impossible, especially when you’re in the midst of your overwhelming anxiety and perhaps even panic, therapy can help you feel grounded again and give you the tools to cope with stressful situations.
Types of Effective Treatments for Anxiety
Whether you suffer from panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, or a variety of other anxiety disorders, there are many different types of therapies for anxiety. As a unique individual, it is up to you and your anxiety therapist to decide which therapy or combination of therapies may work best for you and your anxiety. Let’s explore some research-backed types of therapies that are best for treating anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on a person’s thoughts and beliefs and how these feelings affect how they react to certain stressors. With CBT, a therapist and a client will work together to shift these patterns of thoughts into constructive thoughts, that in turn change how a patient reacts to the world around them.
According to research, CBT has been shown to be 50-70% effective in helping people overcome anxiety.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy
Also known as Exposure Therapy, ERP therapy encourages anxious people to face their anxiety. Without relying on any coping mechanisms. ERP therapy works to expose a person to their fears or anxieties until these fears become tolerable, teaching clients that while there may always be stressors present, they are indeed survivable.
In particular, Exposure and Response Prevention therapy has been proven to be 65-80% effective for those who struggle with OCD. Keep in mind, ERP therapy is a more aggressive therapy.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
MBCT is a type of psychotherapy that combines cognitive therapy, meditation, and an “attitude of mindfulness.” Patients are encouraged to treat their symptoms of anxiety. By using mindful meditation, a practice of paying attention to their thoughts and feelings without any judgment, their breath, and their body. MBCT, like CBT, helps those struggling with anxiety to recognize their thoughts, slow down the stressful situation and turn negative thoughts into more positive, reality-based thoughts.
An Anxiety Therapy for You
The above therapies for anxiety disorders have been proven to help many people cope with their worries and stress. But it’s important to remember that everyone is different. What may work for your friend or your family member may not work for you and vice versa. Saying that, know that there are multiple proven therapies to successfully treat overbearing feelings of anxiety and that there is hope for you! Life doesn’t have to be one giant hurdle after another.
If you live in Florida, don’t hesitate to reach out today and get a free 15-minute consultation. I’m eager to help you conquer your fears and face life undaunted.
Ready to Start Anxiety Therapy in Coconut Creek or Parkland, FL?
Are you tired of living with the weight of anxiety holding you back? Take charge of your mental health and embark on a journey of healing through anxiety therapy. Discover effective strategies, gain coping skills, and experience the relief you deserve as you work towards reducing your anxiety symptoms. Don’t let anxiety control your life any longer—empower yourself to live a calmer, more fulfilling existence by seeking anxiety therapy at Invigorate Counseling. Follow these simple steps to get started:
- Schedule a free 15-minute consultation
- Begin meeting with skilled anxiety therapist Lindsay Howard
- Start overcoming your anxiety symptoms and live a stress-free life!
Other Services Offered at Invigorate Counseling
At Invigorate Counseling, I’m here to help my clients manage their anxiety symptoms in a calm and safe space. In addition to providing my clients with Anxiety Therapy at my Florida practice, I also offer Depression Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grief Counseling, and Addiction Counseling. My services are offered for clients located in the state of Florida, specific to Parkland, Coconut Creek, Miami and Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Orlando, Tallahassee, and anywhere else in the state! For more about my practice, check out my FAQs and Blog!
Dr. Lindsay Howard, Psychologist, Psy.D.
Hi! My name is Lindsay Howard, and I am a clinical psychologist who provides therapy for those who struggle with anxiety. I serve the community of Parkland, FL, and all residents of Florida. Learn more about how I can help you thrive by clicking below, or feel free to schedule a free 15-minute consultation today.