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Feeling Trapped By Anxiety?
- Do you overthink everything and become paralyzed by the “What if’s” of life?
- Between a nervous stomach, rapid heartbeat, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping, are you concerned about the physical toll anxiety is taking on you?
- Are you ready to find a therapist who can offer different skills and tools to manage symptoms so anxiety is no longer in control?
Whenever anxiety is in charge, it’s easy to get stuck ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Sadly, your anxious thoughts often prevent you from enjoying the present moment.
You may spend hours overthinking even simple situations or decisions and hesitate to act for fear of a negative outcome. Life becomes more overwhelming each time you second guess, overanalyze, or expect the worst-case outcome.
Anxiety Can Negatively Impact All Aspects Of Your Life
Not only does anxiety tax your mental resources, but it can extract a significant toll on your body and reduce your quality of life through strained relationships, limited opportunities, and avoidance of social situations. Emotionally, anxiety triggers feelings of fear, guilt, and irritability that negatively affect both work and home life.
Although you may want to seek support from others, you fear that doing so makes you a burden. Perhaps instead you suffer in silence, which only serves to exacerbate your symptoms. If only you could figure out how to stop worrying and relax.
Talking to a therapist is a great way to unburden yourself from the anxiety that keeps your mind racing. With therapy, you can learn about the physiological effects of anxiety and, working with your counselor, decide what will be the best approach to take to treat it.
Over One-Quarter Of American Adults Suffer From Anxiety
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health conditions affecting the U.S. population. According to statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2022, “approximately 27.3 percent of American adults struggle with anxiety.” 
Whereas some days we may feel able to navigate challenges with ease, we may experience other days where we are unable to cope. Our crippling anxiety symptoms can sometimes culminate in panic attacks that leave us physically and emotionally exhausted. If we haven’t considered psychotherapy as an option, anxiety can prevent us from living the life we want.
The Many Contributors To Anxiety
Over the past few decades, it seems like the level of stress we’re exposed to has grown exponentially. In addition to juggling too many demands at work and home, we might experience extenuating life stressors, including:
- Acute or chronic health conditions;
- Identifying as LGBTQIA+;
- Having differing political or religious views than friends or family;
- Financial concerns like inflation, unemployment, or medical/student debt;
- Relationship challenges—such as verbal abuse or domestic violence, differences regarding co-parenting, or ongoing conflict and disconnection.
What’s more, today’s world doesn’t feel as safe as it once did. Global turmoil in the form of pandemics, wars, mass shootings, and climate change can contribute to free-floating anxiety.
Although there is a lot of information available about anxiety disorder therapy, it can be difficult to discern what data is credible or implement consistent habits on your own. What makes seeking anxiety treatment harder still is if you grew up in a household that stigmatized seeking help from a professional counselor. However, integrative therapy can help you learn how to manage anxiety in a way that resonates with you.
Anxiety Therapy Provides You With Helpful Tools
Right now, anxiety may feel like it has greater power than you do. However, you are far more capable of overcoming anxiety than you may realize. Therapy gives you a safe place to explore who you are and talk about challenging issues without judgment. We treat you as the expert on your own life, fostering an environment where you can explore your strengths and identify tools that help you manage anxiety.
As a boutique private practice, providing quality therapy is highly valued over quantity. By offering a private pay approach that is affordable, we work collaboratively with you to help forge a healthier path forward. Our goal is to get to know as an individual so we can tailor our tools and approaches to ensure positive results.
Our Integrative Approach To Anxiety Counseling
Each step of the way, we value your input and see ourselves as your copilot, using your feedback to guide you toward successful outcomes. Because we offer an array of integrative tools that bridge mind, body, and spirit, we can customize a treatment plan that addresses your mental health holistically. With yoga, meditation, and somatic practices all available under one roof, you can identify the tools that work best for you. For some, anxiety therapy works best walking in a park while talking to their therapist.
We ask questions and share psychoeducation to help you understand what causes anxiety, building greater self-awareness and objectivity. From there, we collaborate with you to shift thinking patterns, work on emotion management skills, and encourage value-driven behavior.
What To Expect In Sessions
Although our approach will vary depending on your needs and preferences, we focus on:
- Somatic strategies—such as breathing and grounding exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and tapping—to help address the physical responses to anxiety;
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to identify and shift thinking patterns that contribute to anxiety;
- Exposure therapy to address situational anxiety;
- Developing effective coping tools as well as communication and assertiveness skills;
- Identifying personal strengths and increasing awareness of your values and goals to empower your growth;
- Helping you name emotions and express them effectively;
- Cultivating greater objectivity and self-compassion to diminish the idea that you are the problem.
In ongoing sessions, we will continue to fine-tune anxiety treatment based on your feedback. Because each therapist on staff is trained in different modalities, you will have many options to choose from. Ultimately, we hope to work ourselves out a job.
Imagine what it would feel like to explore anxiety on your own terms and not a one-size-fits-all model. Whether it’s CBT, somatic, or strength-based therapy that resonates with you, we can help you overcome anxiety once and for all so you can thrive in life.
But Maybe You’re Not Sure If Anxiety Therapy Is Right For You…
I’ve always been an anxious person—what if I am too screwed up and anxiety counseling can’t help me?
If you have never opened up and talked about your problems to someone before, they can feel enormous and overwhelming. However, as soon as you confide in someone else, you should experience relief. And whether or not you realize it, you have already cultivated strengths and tools that have helped you cope with anxiety throughout your life. Seeking therapy for anxiety is a courageous act, and we applaud you for it! It all starts with a step, and you are on your way.
I never thought I would schedule an appointment with a counselor to address anxiety and I’m nervous.
It is completely normal to feel nervous. We aim to create a space that is safe and supportive. Because our practice doesn’t rely heavily on the medical model, we believe therapy is far more valuable than a diagnosis. It's a key reason why we offer private pay. We want you to have the greatest voice and choice—along with confidentiality—to build a path forward that is best tailored for you. Your feedback will be vital for success each step of the way.
What types of tools and approaches do you use for anxiety disorder treatment?
First and foremost, we seek to get to know you. The more we know about you and your issues, the easier it will be to collaborate and match you with a therapist that will provide you with the most efficient experience possible. We offer a wide array of approaches for treating anxiety—CBT, somatic-based techniques, and exposure therapy, just to name a few. If you like one approach but not another, please let us know.
You Have The Ability To Overcome Anxiety
You never have to feel alone or unsupported living with anxiety. Our therapists will work with to better understand your fears and encourage you through facing them.
For Our LGBTQIA+ Clients Interested In Anxiety Counseling
At Scottsville Counseling Center, our approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility is sacred for creating a safe, supportive environment for anyone suffering from anxiety. If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, we welcome you to our practice.