How Does Therapy Help Anxiety

Updated: Sep 27

Take Away:

When it comes to your physical health, it's pretty easy to know whether you need to see a doctor. However, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, things are not always as black and white. If you deal with anxiety, you most likely have looked into ways you can calm yourself but may struggle with the toll anxiety has taken on your mind and health. To rid yourself of overwhelming anxiety, you have to get to the root cause of it. Meeting with a therapist can feel frightening and overwhelming, but there are ways to make starting counseling less intimidating. Keep reading to learn how therapy can help you address your anxiety.

 
Table of Contents:
  1. What is anxiety?

  2. What are the benefits of therapy?

  3. What are the benefits of online therapy?

  4. What are ways therapy can help you manage anxiety?

 

What is Anxiety?


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Anxiety

Anxiety is an internal dialogue between our brains and bodies. In simpler terms, anxiety is our body's alarm system that lets us know that we may need to be aware of certain situations. Millions of people deal with stress and anxiety daily. In fact, it is common to feel anxious from time to time, but if you have noticed your anxiety levels have increased and are interfering with your ability to do normal activities like work, household chores, and sleep, it may benefit you to talk to a therapist.


As a therapist that treats high achieving professionals, I often hear my clients say "I have always been an anxious person it it just part of who I am. I would love to get rid of it but I don't feel confident that I can change." The reality is anxiety is not something we can completely eliminate but we can learn how to manage it and continue living.


 

What are the Benefits of Therapy?

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Anxiety Therapy

It can be intimidating to walk into a therapist's office or connect with a therapist from your computer especially if you are not sure of what to expect. Therapy is not magic, but it can provide you with tools that can assist you in making significant changes. Meeting with a therapist can assist you in selecting realistic goals, breaking down goals as needed into smaller and more manageable parts, and helping you to make actionable steps. As an anxiety therapist, I help guide my clients on the journey of recognizing patterns and making healthier choices.


Therapy takes time and commitment and relies on you to create better habits and engage in behaviors that lead to a more fulfilling life. This is not something that happens immediately and often you may feel uncomfortable. However, it you stay committed, you are setting yourself up to create a more meaningful life for yourself.


 

What are the Benefits of Online Therapy?



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Online Anxiety Therapy

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in countless ways but has also taught many of us how resilient we are. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the benefits of technology. Online therapy, which is also known as Telehealth, is a way to access mental health care in a more accessible way. As many people are working from home or relocating outside of their normal areas, being able to see a qualified mental health therapist in or around your area makes care more readily available.


Being able to have the flexibility to schedule a session on a lunch break, while a child is napping, or in between work meetings can benefit both the therapist and the client. Online therapy provides a huge benefit in convenience. Online therapy allows people to receive the help they need in the safety of their own home.


 

What are Ways Therapy Can Help You Manage Anxiety?


If you are suffering from an anxiety, here are 3 ways therapy can help:

1. Uncover Root Causes Like any other health issue, effective treatment gets to the root cause.When it comes to anxiety, it is the therapist's role to assist you in accessing your emotional world so you can study your thoughts and feelings and uncover patterns. Often, unhealthy beliefs and thoughts lie at the root of anxiety. Once you identify what is causing your anxiety, your therapist can begin to create a plan to help you face these underlying issues calmly and confidently.

2. Therapy Helps You Change Your Behaviors We have just talked a little about therapy helping you uncover the thoughts and beliefs that are causing anxiety. Those thoughts and beliefs are not only making you feel bad, but they are also causing you to have certain behaviors that may result in negative consequences. Therapy will help you make lifestyle and behavioral changes. You will learn how to cope with difficult situations in a more relaxed manner. Therapy will help you to stop avoiding certain people and situations and develop a calmer and more balanced sense of self.

3. Therapy Offers Continued Personalized Support All change is hard, even change that’s ultimately good for you. One of the biggest benefits of therapy is that it offers continual personalized support. Your therapist wants to see you succeed and will offer encouragement and advice without judgement. If you have been living with anxiety, know that you do not have to deal with it alone.




Get Help with Anxiety

If you are in Houston and you would like to explore treatment options for how therapy can help with managing your anxiety, please contact me and schedule a free consultation today. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help life feel more comfortable.


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