Anxiety and Stress

Worry, concern, and even stress are normal emotions people experience during certain seasons of their lives. Small amounts of stress are considered beneficial, as they can motivate us to create, adapt, achieve and react. However, when the demands placed on us consistently exceed our ability to cope (due to financial problems, relationship issues, career difficulties, etc.), we experience chronic stress. This is debilitating and can result in some serious health conditions. They include anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. Stress is believed to contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as heart disease, depression, obesity, and substance abuse.

When stress and anxiety become overwhelming, clinical intervention can be helpful. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a psychotherapeutic approach, is commonly used to solve problems related to dysregulation of emotions, behaviors and thoughts. This therapy is proven to be effective in treating anxiety disorders and alleviating symptoms. Some examples of anxiety disorders addressed in therapy include generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, specific or social phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and agoraphobia.

Various techniques including deep breathing, muscle relaxation and visualization are taught during therapy to reduce feelings of anxiety. These techniques are demonstrated by the therapist and practiced by the client so that they become part of the client’s toolbox of coping skills. Our licensed mental health counselors use a combination of therapeutic interventions, along with CBT, to suit each client’s individual needs.