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Anxiety counseling and treatment

Counseling for Anxiety

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Counseling for Anxiety in Cobb County, Georgia

What Do Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders Look Like?

Anxiety can manifest in many different ways, and the symptoms can vary widely from person to person. Some people may experience physical symptoms like a rapid heartbeat, sweating, or trembling, while others may feel a sense of impending doom or panic. Anxiety can be a normal and healthy response to stress, but for some people, it can become overwhelming and interfere with their daily life.

Anxiety-related disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, can have a significant impact on a person's mental health and well-being. These disorders can cause distress and dysfunction that are specifically related to anxiety and fear. In addition to anxiety, people with these disorders may experience physical symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, and sweating.

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety can be caused by various factors, and its root cause can differ for each individual. Some common causes of anxiety include:
 

  1. Genetics: Research has shown that anxiety disorders can run in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component to the condition.
     

  2. Brain chemistry: Imbalances in neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers in the brain, can contribute to anxiety.
     

  3. Environmental factors: Traumatic or stressful life events, such as abuse, divorce, or the death of a loved one, can trigger anxiety symptoms.
     

  4. Medical conditions: Chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and thyroid disorders, can increase the risk of developing anxiety.
     

  5. Substance abuse: The use of drugs or alcohol can contribute to anxiety, both during and after use.
     

  6. Personality factors: People who are naturally more sensitive, perfectionistic, or prone to worry may be more likely to develop anxiety.
     

It's important to note that anxiety is a complex condition, and its causes can be multifaceted. Some people may develop anxiety due to a combination of factors, while others may experience it as a result of one specific trigger.

At Piper Harris Coaching, we work with each client to understand their unique experience of anxiety and identify the underlying causes of their symptoms. I use evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based techniques, to help clients manage their anxiety and develop the skills they need to cope with stress and uncertainty. Contact me today to learn more about my services and schedule your first appointment.

What Does Counseling Look Like for Adults with Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders?

Fortunately, anxiety is very treatable! My process of helping adults with their anxiety utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a highly effective treatment for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders in adults. This type of therapy focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to anxiety.

 

Here are some key components of CBT for anxiety:

  1. Psychoeducation: CBT begins with psychoeducation, which helps clients understand the nature of anxiety and how it affects them. Clients learn about the physical symptoms of anxiety, how it develops, and the different forms it can take.
     

  2. Exposure: One of the most important components of CBT for anxiety is exposure therapy. This involves gradually exposing the client to the situations or objects that trigger their anxiety in a safe and controlled environment. Over time, this exposure helps the client to become less sensitive to anxiety-provoking triggers.
     

  3. Relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation, can help to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety and promote a sense of calm.
     

  4. Cognitive restructuring: CBT also involves cognitive restructuring, which helps clients identify and challenge negative thought patterns contributing to anxiety. This can involve questioning the evidence for anxious thoughts, finding alternative explanations, and developing more balanced ways of thinking.
     

  5. Problem-solving: CBT for anxiety often includes problem-solving techniques, which help clients to develop effective coping strategies for dealing with stressful situations.
     

  6. Interpersonal therapy: CBT can also involve interpersonal therapy, which focuses on improving communication and building stronger relationships with others. This can be particularly helpful for clients with social anxiety disorder.

As You Begin Your Counseling for Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders, You Will Learn To: 

  • Set specific goals to reach

  • Prioritize self-care

  • Reduce negative thoughts

  • Recognize faulty thinking

  • Explore new coping styles

  • Have energy

  • Feel relief

Are You Struggling With Anxiety? I Can Help.

I offer cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. I teach a variety of strategies to my clients to help them overcome anxiety, including how to recognize faulty thinking, manage situations, and overcome problematic behaviors and pain points in their lives.

About Piper, Masters-Level Clinician 

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