Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling

Anxiety

 

Anxiety in and of itself is not a disease or illness, but turns into a condition when a person becomes physically, psychologically, emotionally, fearful or distraught because of their symptoms. All human beings encounter normal levels of anxiety and fear in response to day-to-day circumstances. In fact, anxiety is a healthy response in many situations. But, when levels of anxiety and fear are excessive, they have an impact on our physical and psychological well-being and should be addressed. The most effective way to overcome issues with anxiety is with the help of an experienced and professional anxiety therapist or counselor.

 

 

 

Treatment modalities with a high sucess rate for anxiety disorders:

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – identifying and successfully addressing the unhealthy behaviors that cause anxiety. CBT also teaches healthy coping skills, recovery tools, and strategies for lasting success, such as containment and fear extinction.

 

Behavior Modification – modifying behavior to decrease anxious behavior and increase focus on the joys and pleasures in life.

 

Mindfulness Training - learning "in the moment" techniques that enhance peace and calm, which can reduce and prevent apprehensiveness.

 

Interoceptive Therapy – understanding and becoming in charge of your emotions. Interoceptives teach you what emotions are associated with body symptoms. Learning how to acknowledge and accept emotions, while reframing unhealthy thoughts, provides a way for personal acceptance and control for these symptoms. 

 

Exposure Therapy – helps you approach trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and situations that you have been avoiding due to the distress they cause in a safe controled manner.

 

Hypnotherapy -an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating psychological or physical problems in a highly relaxed state.