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Counseling for Anxiety

If you are reading this page it is likely you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety. We are very glad you have come to our page for information about anxiety and how it can be relieved with counseling. At South Bay Wellness, we have many talented, kind and compassionate licensed therapists that specialize in working with individuals struggling with anxiety. Below you will find some helpful information about anxiety and the counseling process.

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What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a complicated word in that it comes with many meanings and connotations – healthy anxiety serves an important role in our lives by helping us stay safe and prepare for certain life situations.

Anxiety can also be used as an umbrella term to describe a continuum of intrusive emotions ranging from unhealthy stress to an acute panic disorder.

Sometimes the anxiety can be linked to specific triggers and sometimes it is not.

There are also several different names for specific anxiety disorders. These include:

  • Adjustment disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Why Is This Happening to Me?

It is very important that you know this is not your fault, that you do not deserve to be experiencing anxiety, you did not cause this and there is hope! Anxiety impacts almost 20% of our population, you are not alone.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety, it is one of the things you will explore in therapy – some of these are:

  • Underlying physical health issues
  • Genetics
  • History of trauma
  • Dysfunction in your family of origin
  • Being a highly sensitive person in a chaotic world!

Some Common Symptoms of Unhealthy Anxiety Are:


  • Excessive worry, often anticipatory, about life events
  • The worry is difficult (sometimes near impossible) to control
  • The worry impacts the individual by Causing feelings of restlessness, edginess or being keyed up
  • Causing feelings of restlessness, edginess or being keyed up
  • Becoming easily fatigued or being more tired than normal
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Muscle tension especially showing as neck and back pain or headaches
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Distress in relationships (school, work, family and friends)

What Is a Therapist/Counselor?

A qualified therapist is someone who holds a masters degree in a mental health field and is licensed to practice as a therapist by NYS. They can diagnose and treat mental health disorders but they do not prescribe medication.

How Can They Help Me? What Will We Talk About?

All of our therapists believe in the individual’s ability to heal. They will listen to your concerns in a non-judgmental, fully accepting, and safe environment and will approach your situation with sensitivity, compassion, and professionalism. Early in the process of therapy, your therapist will guide your conversations with thoughtful questions to help them get to know you and learn more about what you are experiencing. As the therapy continues you will find yourself bringing topics, concerns, victories, and struggles to your therapist.

woman talking with therapist

Your Therapist Will Help You with the Following:

  • Education about what you are experiencing so you can understand what is happening with your emotional health and how your physical health may be impacting your emotional health
  • Techniques and skills to help you manage the anxiety you are experiencing
  • Assistance with processing difficult life experiences which may be contributing to how you are feeling
  • Understanding the role your environment plays in your emotional health
  • Evaluating the need to collaborate with other care providers (nutritionists, MDs etc.)
  • And much more…

Your Therapist Will Use a Variety of Researched Therapeutic Interventions in Their Work with You Including, but Not Limited To:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive psychology
  • Person-in-environment and family systems models
 

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