Anxiety Counselor - Therapist

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at one point or another.  It can serve as a warning sign of potential harm, such as when you are hiking in the woods and encounter a bear. Yikes!

However, an anxiety counselor is needed when anxiety becomes a disorder requiring treatment because symptoms keep you from leading a normal life.

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • excessive worry
  • difficulty concentrating
  • feeling on edge
  • easily tired
  • irritability
  • trouble sleeping
  • muscle tension

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health disorders. Usually beginning in adolescence or early adulthood, anxiety affects one in every five people. Women are affected two to three times more often than men. While anxiety is common, not everyone experiences it the same.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: anxious worry, tension, and fears about everyday events and problems

Separation Anxiety Disorder: unrealistic and persistent worry about negative events that might happen to loved ones or losing loved ones

Selective Mutism: failure to speak in certain situations or environments

Specific Phobia: fear and/or avoidance of certain things, including: animals, natural events (e.g., heights, storms, water), blood, injections, injury, situations (e.g., airplanes, elevators), and other situations (e.g., situations that may lead to choking or vomiting).

Social Anxiety Disorder: fear of judgment by other people leading to avoiding social situations. May include low self-esteem and fear of criticism. It is also known as Social Phobia.

Panic Disorder: repeated and unexpected panic attacks that include both physical symptoms (e.g., pounding heart, nausea, trembling, sweating, shortness of breath) and mental symptoms (e.g., fear of losing control, feeling of being detached from oneself, fear of dying).

Agoraphobia: phobias involving fears of leaving home, using public transportation, open spaces, enclosed spaces, or being in a crowd.

Anxiety can also result from certain medical conditions (e.g., hypothyroidism) or after using alcohol, drugs, or substances, including some medications.

An anxiety therapist can help form a plan to treat any of these conditions.

Untreated Anxiety

If left untreated, anxiety disorders increase the risk of developing of other mental health (e.g., other anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression) and substance use disorders.

Anxiety disorders also play a major role in the development prognosis of somatic symptoms. Somatic symptoms are physical symptoms, such as pain or fatigue, that cause emotional problems.

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Causes of Anxiety

There are numerous factors linked to the causes of anxiety, including genetic predisposition, repeated stress, and traumatic experiences.

Common life events that trigger anxiety symptoms include:

  • Emotional and/or physical abuse and neglect
  • Sexual violence
  • Chronic illness
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Deaths of loved ones
  • Separation and divorce
  • Financial problems

Regardless of how symptoms develop, anxiety is treatable and can be overcome in time.  If you are concerned you may have an anxiety disorder, contact your primary care physician, counselor, or therapist. Trained providers can administer screening tools to help identify symptoms of anxiety disorders.

You can also schedule an appointment with Safe Haven Counseling as our providers are trained to recognize, diagnose, and treat anxiety disorders.

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Getting Help for Anxiety

Effective treatment for anxiety disorders includes counseling, medication, or a combination of both. 

  • Counseling
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Counseling, also known as therapy, is an effective treatment option for anxiety. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the recommended type of counseling for anxiety, there are other helpful types of counseling including: 

    • Psychodynamic therapy
    • Acceptance and commitment therapy
    • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Medication

There are many medications available for the treatment of anxiety. Contact your doctor to discuss if medication is the right treatment option for you. Tell your doctor the symptoms you are experiencing. They will help identify the right medication for you. 

  • Complementary Activities

There are other methods to help with your anxiety. While counseling and medication are the recommended treatment options, there are activities you can do in addition to formal treatment. These activities include:

    • Exercise 
    • Journal
    • Keep a daily routine
    • Use a daily planner to break down larger tasks into smaller tasks
    • Spend time with pets

People are often curious to how herbal or dietary supplements can help with anxiety. Research results vary on the effectiveness of supplements, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and CBD. However, it is important that you talk with your doctor before using any supplements, as there are potential harmful interactions between some medications and supplements. 

Anxiety Counselor – Anxiety Therapist

Counselors help client with anxiety disorders by educating them about anxiety and anxiety disorders and providing them with instructions for anxiety-confronting exercises in real-life situations. You can talk to a counselor about your anxiety. Counseling can help with your anxiety by giving you an opportunity to talk about what you are experiencing. Counselors offer support and give attention to the emotional problems that you are facing. 

If you are experiencing symptoms related to anxiety, contact a counselor to set up an appointment. Within the first few sessions, you should feel an improvement. Talk with your counselor about what you are experiencing and how it is impacting your daily life. Your counselor will work with you to identify your symptoms, teach you coping skills, and support you with implementing the learned skills into your life. The length of treatment varies person to person.