We offer cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for anxiety, both in Orlando and online. CBT treatment for anxiety is one of the highest ranked evidence-based treatments for anxiety available today. CBT for anxiety can be helpful in learning to manage anxious thoughts, feelings, and physical symptoms. You can combine CBT for anxiety with medication or use CBT as a way to start tapering off your medications once you’ve gained the tools you need to manage your anxiety without it. You can also use CBT as a means of treating anxiety naturally WITHOUT the use of medications, if you prefer to go that route. For clients wishing to combine CBT for anxiety with medication, we have developed great working relationships with several highly recommended psychiatrists in the area, with whom we can collaborate to ensure nothing falls through the cracks.
Our trained cognitive behavioral therapists offer treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders. Many individuals who struggle with one type of anxiety disorder, often struggle with multiple types at the same time. For example, you may experience symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder in addition to experiencing panic attacks. We are also well-versed in the treatment of depression, because many of our clients who have suffered from severe anxiety symptoms over a number of years, also begin to experience depression as a result of leading limited lives due to anxiety. We offer CBT for a variety of anxiety types including:
Are you an expert at anticipating the worst case scenario? We all worry about things sometimes, but with generalized anxiety disorder, it goes above and beyond ordinary worry. Generalized anxiety can be both mentally and physically exhausting. You may realize your worrying is excessive, but feel powerless to stop it from happening. Often times, this can even lead to worrying about how much you’ve been worrying. Caught in a vicious loop. In many cases, generalized anxiety can significantly impair your ability to function at work, at home, or in your relationships. It can develop slowly over time and is often more likely to develop after a significant change in your life such as a change in career or becoming a parent. The symptoms of generalized anxiety are often more noticeable during times of high stress. If your anxiety or worry habit is impacting your relationships, your performance at work or school, or your ability to maintain daily life, it’s likely time to talk to a mental health professional about it and take action. CBT can help.
If you’re struggling with health anxiety, odds are you’ve been to the doctor many times, but negative test results and a clean bill of health don’t seem to offer any kind of permanent reassurance. With illness anxiety, every headache is a possible brain tumor, every cough is a possible sign of HIV, and every rapid heart beat is a heart attack waiting to happen. You may find yourself frequently checking your body for signs of changes that you assume to be signs of illness. Perhaps you’ve gotten in the habit of asking a loved one repeatedly if they think you’re healthy, just to hear them say “I’m sure you’re fine. I’m sure it’s nothing. But if you think it will help, go to the doctor and find out for sure.” And for a brief moment, maybe you feel reassured, before your mind starts coming up with reasons why you probably shouldn’t trust that reassurance and really should get it checked out… again. Previously known as hypochondria, this type of anxiety is its own unique brand of exhaustion. For our clients who struggle with illness anxiety, we often find they seek out treatment once they’ve realized that it’s started to affect relationships with loved ones and time spent checking their body or going down the google rabbit hole of possible diagnoses. If you can’t seem to shake your fears about having or developing a potentially life-threatening illness and you’ve noticed the anxiety has begun to impact other areas of your life, please reach out. CBT can help.
There are always a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to mental health. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about anxiety– everything from causes to cures.
1. It means you’re going crazy. This is a common fear if you’ve ever experienced a panic attack or at times when the anxiety becomes so overwhelming that you find it hard to function. The term “going crazy” implies that you’re going there and you’re not coming back. Anxiety is not a destination, it is a state of mind. By learning about yourself, the way your mind works, and learning the right coping tools, you can rest assured you’re not insane, rather that anxiety is both shockingly common and manageable.
2. It will go away on its own. Anxiety is unfortunately something that doesn’t typically resolve itself on its own. Actually, for most people anxiety either becomes a list of things to avoid in life (i.e. parties, flying on airplanes, new jobs, germs, the list goes on and on) or it becomes a constant expectation of the worst case scenario combined with endless efforts to prevent that worst case scenario. Anxiety is a state of mind with accompanying stong physical reactions that are often hard to ignore, but can be diminished with treatment.
3. Anxious people should just stop worrying so much. First of all, anxiety is more accurately described as fear than worry really. Learning to cope with anxiety and diminish it is about much more than just “stop worrying.” It is about changing the way you look at situations, the way you talk yourself through things, and above all learning not to reinforce the anxiety by avoiding those things which make you anxious.
4. A few drinks or a Xanax here and there will help an anxious person relax. While this may be true in the short-term, ultimately this only reinforces your anxiety response. If you never learn to work through the anxiety, you will go on believing you are unable to cope. Over the long-term this can lead to becoming dependent on substances to get you through all types of situations that bring on feelings of anxiety and ultimately cause substance abuse problems on top of the anxiety.
5. Only people with a difficult childhood or a history of trauma can develop anxiety. A difficult childhood or a traumatic experience certainly increase the risk of developing anxiety but these are by no means requirements for the diagnosis nor are they a guarantee of a mental health concern. Anxiety typically develops slowly and as a result of a multitude of factors including genetic predisposition, upbringing, quality of relationships and support systems, significant life events, and substance use just to name a few.
6. Only women have anxiety. Anxiety is more commonly diagnosed in women than men, but this doesn’t mean that men are exempt from anxiety. In fact, the preconception that only women struggle with anxiety only serves to make it more difficult for men with anxiety to seek out help. Men are more likely to deny experiencing anxiety and are often more likely to experience anxiety related to performance, particularly in situations that call into question your masculinity.
7. It’s best to just avoid whatever makes you anxious. The paradox of anxiety is that if you avoid it, it will only continue to make you anxious. Avoidance only serve to reinforce anxiety and often times, left unchecked, will spread to other areas of life. Anxiety is based on FEAR—False Expectations Assumed Real.
8. Everybody gets anxious sometimes, you should just suck it up and get over it. If people could just magically snap their fingers and make anxiety vanish, I think they would have been doing it for years and it certainly wouldn’t have become the most common mental health concern in the US. By telling someone to just “suck it up” you likely aren’t helping to decrease their anxiety, but rather to convince them that they just can’t talk to you about it.
9. You can pass out or have a heart attack as a result of a panic attack. A panic attack is a physiological result of extreme anxiety. It is a whole body experience and often involves your heart pounding and feeling as if you’re going to die or go crazy. Panic attacks can be terrifying. They cannot, however, cause you to pass out or have a heart attack. Fainting is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure, which is the opposite of the rise in blood pressure that occurs during a panic attack. It is the fear of these major health concerns that often send people to the Emergency Room when experiencing a panic attack.
10. It took years to get this bad, it will probably take years of therapy to help. If you decide to make the jump and give therapy a try, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be extremely effective in treating anxiety. Most people engaging in cognitive behavioral therapy report feeling some relief from symptoms in only a matter of a few weeks.
If you’re not looking for Anxiety Treatment in Orlando because you live somewhere else, rest assured. Here are the Top 5 Anxiety Blogs at your fingertips. If you’re struggling with anxiety, you’re not alone in this fight! According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in every 5 Americans will have some type of Anxiety Disorder in any given year. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has declared that anxiety is the most common mental health concern in the US today. It’s so common, in fact, that a quick search of the internet turns up dozens of blogs on the topic. Lucky for you, we’ve narrowed down the list to our top 5 favorites for your perusing pleasure. Enjoy!
Anxiety-Schmanxiety – A great site, unique in that it offers a look at anxiety from both the male and female perspective with lots of great info and tools.
Anxiety Slayer – Offers up free downloads, podcasts, and anxiety relief tools in addition to the many articles.
Anxiety Guru – written by an anxiety coach who has lived with generalized anxiety himself for over a decade, offering helpful articles and podcasts on a variety of anxiety related topics.
We’re All Mad Here – a personal and upclose look at the everyday musings of a young woman living with anxiety and panic attacks.
Overcoming Social Anxiety – a fellow therapist’s blog dedicated to social anxiety with great info on various treatment methods.
With social anxiety disorder, it’s not uncommon to experience a spiral of thoughts about what others might be thinking of you, how you’re speaking, your appearance, or whether or not others can tell if you’re nervous. These thoughts can then make it hard to follow conversations, making it difficult to chime in, only further feeding into feelings of social inadequacy. It’s common for individuals with social anxiety disorder to begin avoiding social situations because of these symptoms, leaving social situations early, and using other types of safety behaviors such as scrolling through social media to avoid engaging in social interactions. Approximately 12% of the population will struggle with social anxiety at some point during their lifetime (1). It’s normal to feel a little nervous when you go into social situations where you’ll be meeting a lot of new people, if you’re starting a new job, or going on a first date. A little bit of anxiety in these types of situations helps to ensure you’re both polite and on-point – or whatever the situation requires. With social anxiety disorder, however, the anxiety in these (or any) social situation, goes above and beyond helpful. It can draw too much of your attention away from the situation and cause you to obsess about the details. CBT can help with that!