Anxiety Disorders and Treatment
Are you often worrying too much about future events and wish you could avoid them altogether?
What I Treat:
There are various anxiety disorders, each with its own unique characteristics and treatment options. I specialize in treating several types of anxiety disorders including:
How Anxiety Develops and Is Maintained:
When faced with a threatening situation, we experience anxiety symptoms. Our instinct is to avoid or leave this situation, resulting in immediate but short-lived relief of the anxiety symptoms. Subsequent encounters with the situation results in intensified anxiety symptoms and negative beliefs about one's ability to handle the situation. The cycle of avoidance and worsening anxiety repeat until there is a change. The image below is a visual representation of this cycle.
Treatment Options for Anxiety
The longer you let anxiety go unchecked and without treatment the worse it can become over time. Take active steps to manage your symptoms as soon as possible. Here are the current treatment options:
What is therapy for anxiety like?
I like to start therapy by collecting symptom information from the patient so that we can better measure treatment improvements. From our conversations, I develop hypotheses as to how these problems came to be and how to best fix them. I offer a variety of skills and ideas on how to view the situation differently. The patient then practices these skills, providing feedback on their effectiveness. We continue to practice the skills as the patient's confidence builds. Therapy ends with a review of treatment progress, challenges, and ideas on how to handle challenges in the future. The duration of our weekly sessions will depend upon when the anxiety first developed and how the anxiety is impacting the patient's life. Some anxiety disorders can successfully be treated in as little as 8-10 visits.