Anxiety is the most common disorder worldwide. Many of our therapists specialize in the treatment of anxiety – specifically generalized anxiety disorders, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder. In our work, many clients have shown measurable improvement in their level of anxiety, reduction in intensity and duration of symptoms, and improvement in overall functioning. Oftentimes, the therapist can also provide a screening tool to determine the level and type of anxiety a client may present with. This can be administered at the beginning of treatment and again toward the end of treatment to indicate progress, or improvement in the anxiety symptoms.
A common form of treatment for anxiety is called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in which clients identify thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that can be altered, challenged, or changed in order to show improvement in anxiety symptoms. Typically CBT, or Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) are types of therapy that can be used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well.
All of our therapists utilize evidence-based interventions to help our clients build coping skills in order to cope with their anxiety symptoms. Anxiety and chronic worry can be debilitating and significantly affect one’s functioning at work, relationships with family and friends, ability to socialize, complete projects and meet deadlines on time. Oftentimes, we hear that some of our clients may even go to their primary doctor, or ER as they believe they are having a heart attack, heart palpitations, and later learn what they experienced was actually a panic attack. Common somatic, or physical symptoms that often occur along with anxiety include: headaches, upset stomach, rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, feeling faint or dizzy, nausea, stuttering, and sleeplessness. If you are experiencing any of these physical symptoms, it is important to be screened by your medical doctor in order to rule out any physical illness. Once medical issues can be ruled out, it is important to consider getting evaluated for an anxiety disorder and receive treatment. Treatment for anxiety often consists of a combination of both medication and therapy, although many clients with mild to moderate anxiety have been able to see a benefit from therapy alone.