You worry all the time.
You wake up with a sense of dread.
You feel hopeless about the future.
You have trouble sleeping…trouble concentrating.
You feel irritable and “revved up” all the time.
You try to contain it…but it’s all right there under the surface. It’s more than a simple worry. It’s a feeling of impending doom and it can come out of nowhere.
IF ONLY YOU COULD RELAX AND FEEL LIKE YOURSELF AGAIN.
Everyday life is just too overwhelming. In the past, you managed to cope and achieve your goals. But now you’re anxious all the time. You are not yourself anymore, and you don’t know why.
The more you try to think your way out of it, the worse it gets.
These feelings have a name:
Anxiety is Normal
It’s normal to feel anxious from time to time, but when anxiety begins to interfere with your daily life or relationship, it could be a sign of an anxiety disorder. If you’re experiencing a significant amount of anxiety, it’s important to seek help for your condition. Anxiety is part of life, but it doesn’t have to take over.
Life is complicated enough. Going through anxiety shouldn’t be too.
LET’S TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE
With anxiety therapy and treatment, you can:
Our therapists are trained in anxiety therapy to help you cultivate a practical and positive approach to life that can help you manage your anxiety in a healthy way.
Discover the strength you already have.
Types of Anxiety
“Our anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” – Kahlil Gibran
What are common types of anxiety?
Treatment for anxiety disorders varies from person to person and can include medication, therapy, or a combination of both. The following are some common types of anxiety disorders:
PANIC DISORDER – occurs when a person has frequent panic attacks that last for several minutes to hours and seem to come out of nowhere.
GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD) – People living with GAD have long-lasting, excessive worry and tension that affects many areas of their life.
SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER (Social Phobia) – Causes fear and avoidance of social situations due to fear of embarrassment or judgment from others.
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) – People with OCD experience uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and perform repetitive rituals or routines (compulsions), which they feel driven to do to ease their anxiety.
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) – People living with PTSD may have symptoms such as flashbacks or nightmares about a traumatic event.
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S., making it the most common mental illness in the country.
When anxiety strikes, it can be embarrassing (and scary) to feel so out of control. You might trick yourself into believing that you can think your way out of it. The problem is that the ways we know how to “manage” our anxiety often makes it worse and that’s why therapy is often necessary.
Anxiety disorders are treatable with anxiety therapy. There’s no need to suffer through your symptoms alone. Our counselors use a combination of therapeutic interventions that can help you manage your symptoms and get your life back on track.
The type of anxiety you’re experiencing may dictate what treatment method we use.
Our therapists are trained in these types of anxiety therapy:
Acceptance + Commitment Therapy (ACT)
One of my favorites! This anxiety therapy helps you to stop fighting yourself. With experiential exercises, we’ll teach you how to accept your negative thoughts instead of trying to beat them out of your head. Embracing your anxiety in this way brings SO MUCH RELIEF. We do this by:
- Helping you identify your values so that you can intentionally move towards them.
- Raising your awareness by noticing the thoughts of your inner critic.
- Separating yourself from your thoughts.
- Understanding how your struggle against your thoughts is increasing your anxiety.
- Practicing mindfulness in a way that’s easy and effective.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
This is one of the most researched therapies for a good reason! EMDR looks at the things in our lives that are unprocessed and so are still causing us suffering. By tuning into our disturbing sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts, people learn to reprocess their triggers so they no longer feel so debilitating.
Similar to EMDR, brainspotting therapy allows you to process pain at a deeper level. It targets specific areas of the brain that hold a person’s trauma and allows you to form new ways of thinking, feeling, and being.
Relaxation + Mindfulness
Learning how to exercise these skills helps you to regulate your emotions. It’s one of the best anxiety treatments out there. This form of therapy helps teach you how to relax through breathing exercises, meditation, or other techniques. It keeps you in the present moment and offers empowerment and clarity.
Coping Skills Training
Coping skills training teaches people with anxiety how to react more positively when faced with adverse situations that cause them stress or anxiety. This may include boundary training, behavior therapy, and thought retraining.
This type of therapy seeks to gradually habituate you to the things that make you anxious. For example, if you’re afraid of dogs, exposure therapy would start with pictures of dogs and then move on to videos and eventually, in-person interactions with dogs. After a while, your anxiety should lessen when faced with these situations.
Questions About Anxiety Treatment?
Our clients generally notice improvement right away. Many times, once a person starts talking about their anxiety and panic attacks, the symptoms lose their steam and can start to lessen almost immediately. Since we are creatures of habit, it’s important to follow through with the strategies learned in counseling so that you can get used to a new way of being, thinking, and treating yourself.
Depending on how severe your anxiety or panic attacks are, it maybe necessary to routinely exercise your skills. Think of counseling like a gym… to stay fit, you have to keep up with your practice. Living with anxiety is much the same way. There are anxiety therapy practices you’ll need to maintain outside of counseling to keep yourself healthy.
Deciding whether to start medication for your anxiety or panic attacks is a very personal decision. Anxiety and panic are treatable without medication; however, some people find that medication speeds up the process help them remain calm enough to do the therapeutic interventions. A lot of our clients like to try therapy as the first step before medications. We can help you weigh out the pros and cons.
YES! YES! AND YES! Having additional support to help keep you on track can be so beneficial. We love working with couples (or other family members) to teach them how to help their loved ones when they’re experiencing anxiety, trauma triggers, or panic attacks.
Our Approach to Anxiety Treatment in Lakewood, Colorado
Knot Counseling for Couples, Individuals, and Families will teach you how to overcome your anxiety and panic attacks with Mindfulness, Acceptance, Retraining, and Exposure. We also recognize the role that trauma can play in your anxiety symptoms and are aware that we may need to also address unprocessed trauma. Call today for a FREE CONSULTATION so we can discuss how anxiety treatment can help you.
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