Anxiety Counseling Services
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It is a feeling of fear and apprehension about the past, present, or future.
An anxiety disorder is more than just a temporary feeling. It can get worse over time, significantly interfere with daily functioning, and manifest in depression.
Anxiety generally arises during early childhood. Early trauma has the potential to reset the body’s natural fear-processing system so that it is hyper-reactive to stress.
Are You or a Loved One Anxious?
Complete the Beck Depression Inventory Quiz to evaluate your level of anxiety. The scoring scale is at the end of the questionnaire. http://bluemtassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Beck-Anxiety-Inventroy.pdf
What’s Your Level of Anxiety?
1-10____________________These ups and downs are considered normal
11-16___________________ Mild mood disturbance
17-20___________________Borderline clinical depression
over 40__________________Extreme depression
Anxiety affects each person differently, though most people experience some combination of the following symptoms:
- Increased heart rate
- Irrational fears
- Excessive worry
- Rapid breathing
- Feelings of emptiness
- Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Anger and irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of interest in activities
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Treatment of Anxiety at Growth thru Change
- Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Your present-day anxiety symptoms are linked to unconscious conflicts from earlier life experiences, trauma, and/or environmental circumstances. Working through early childhood experiences creates an understanding of how family dynamics and relationships impact your view of yourself, others, and the world around you. Insight into the depths of your anxiety allows you to create new patterns of behavior as you rid yourself of the anxious ones.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): CBT helps patients understand that anxious symptoms are associated with negative cognitive distortions and false beliefs. Identifying and understanding your core beliefs are key to working through cognitive distortions and shifting your perspective.
- Meditation: Mindfulness meditation has long been known to alleviate anxiety. Anxiety is a cognitive state connected to an inability to regulate emotional responses to perceived threats. Mindfulness practices strengthen your cognitive ability to regulate your emotions.
- Group Therapy: Members are encouraged to share their challenges as they collaborate on resolving individual obstacles that arise through the group’s experience.