What would it look like to overcome the fear or worry that holds you hostage?
Can you imagine feeling confidence instead of anxious in social situations?
What if you never had another anxiety or panic attack again?
A little bit of anxiety or stress can be healthy, but when if it is starting to impact your ability to live life to it’s fullest, anxiety treatment with an experienced therapist can help. Whether you’re struggling with social anxiety, feel paralyzed by fear before tests at school or find yourself avoiding things due to anxiety, consider reaching out and scheduling a free consultation with one of the Aspire Counseling therapists. Through counseling, our anxiety therapists help people in the Columbia, Missouri area face their fears, conquer anxiety and learn new ways to cope with stress. We will listen to your struggles and help you begin to find a path forward. Whether this means learning new ways to approach a problem, building problem solving skills, systematically facing your fears one by one, practicing Mindfulness or looking at your core inner beliefs, our therapists have the skills, training and caring touch to help!
Anxiety Treatment: What to Expect from Counseling
At Aspire Counseling, all of our therapists are able to provide effective treatment for anxiety. We believe in providing treatment that helps you find freedom from anxiety quickly, so all of our therapists are trained in counseling interventions that are supported by research. What does this mean? We’ll provide you with anxiety treatment that really works!
Step 1: Assessment
Anxiety counseling usually starts with a period of assessment where your therapist will ask a bunch of questions about when you feel anxious (what are your anxiety “triggers”), what situations you try to avoid due to your anxiety and what’s helped you cope so far. Before we can truly help, your therapist has to understand exactly how your anxiety is impacting your daily life and the history of your anxiety.
Step 2: Grounding/Coping/Resourcing
lived with your anxiety for a long time. And some things have helped you cope with it, but it’s still helping. It’s important that you get some resources for coping with this anxiety ASAP. Therefore, the first real step in anxiety treatment is to find ways you can cope with your anxiety right now such as mindfulness, grounding techniques and self care.
Step 3: Exposure
The next step in anxiety treatment usually involves some form of exposure. In some cases, this means exposure to your anxious thoughts. We may use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to talk about the racing thoughts that feed your anxiety. On the other hand, we frequently use exposure where we systematically have you place yourself in the exact situations where you feel anxious. If you have having panic attacks that seem to come out of nowhere, we may even exposure you to the symptoms of panic attacks by doing little exercises to teach your brain not to be afraid of feeling out of breath, dizzy or over breathing. Facing the very things that make you anxious sounds scary, but it’s effective. In fact, exposing yourself (very carefully, in a planned a systematic way after you’ve learned specific coping skills) is the most effective way to treat anxiety.
Support from Your Therapist
Facing your anxiety can feel really scary at first. You may be worried you’ll feel overwhelmed. However, it’s important to know that your therapist is here to support you. We won’t ask you do to something we’re not confident you can do and will individualize our approach based on your unique fears, symptoms, values and preferences.
Grounding Kit for Panic & Anxiety Attacks
Do you have panic attacks? Perhaps in the middle of the day when you least expect it you become overwhelmed with a sense of urges panic as if you just can’t keep going. Some people report feeling this sense of panic when they get really stressed. Others are more likely to have a panic attack during calm, quiet moments when they are alone and scared of facing their own thoughts or memories.
When providing anxiety treatment for social anxiety, test anxiety and even panic attacks, we often teach grounding techniques. Grounding techniques help get you out of your head (i.e. out of the anxious thoughts) and into your body so you are connected with the present moment.
If you experience frequent panic attacks, it may be helpful to create a Grounding Kit to keep with you wherever you are most likely to experience a panic attack. Items in this kit will help bring you back to the present moment when you feel that sense of panic, fear and urgency beginning to rise through your body. This download has potential items to include to help you stay grounded in the present moment. They are easy to use items that appeal to all five senses. During counseling sessions, we will discuss this and other ways to cope with anxiety and reduce your panic attacks.
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Begin Counseling for Anxiety in Missouri
You don’t have to live with this anxiety anymore. We have therapists who can help. Many of us specialize in anxiety, but we approach it a little differently so we’ll work with you to find the therapist who’s personality and approach will be the best fit for you! We offer anxiety treatment in person at our Columbia, MO counseling clinic. We’re also able to offer anxiety counseling online to anyone physically located in Missouri.
Here’s how you begin anxiety treatment at Aspire Counseling:
- Contact Aspire Counseling online or by calling 573-328-2288.
- Meet with your therapist for a free consultation to ask your questions and make sure their personality and approach will be a good fit.
- Begin facing your anxiety, learning to cope with anxious thoughts and find healing so you can live life to the fullest!