THERAPY THAT DECREASES GENERALIZED ANXIETY
Generalized anxiety (GAD) is one of the most common forms of anxiety where clients report underlying anxiety and worry for more days than not. Clients often feel it is difficult to control the worry and can feel:
Emotionally: Feelings of apprehension or dread, Trouble concentrating, Feeling tense and jumpy, Anticipating the worst, Irritability, Restlessness, Watching for signs of danger, Feeling like your mind’s gone blank
Physically: Pounding heart, Sweating, Stomach upset or dizziness, Frequent urination or diarrhea, Shortness of breath, Tremors and twitches, Muscle tension, Headaches, Fatigue, Insomnia
My approach with GAD is to utilize Cognitive Behavioral methods in combination with mindfulness and experiential techniques. I find it helpful to start with helping re-direct thoughts about anxiety and worry, teach relaxation skills, and slowly build to imagery exposures and in-vivo exposures to worrisome images.
Similar to both OCD and Panic, exposures help disconnect your body’s reactions and the triggers – situations or images that cause anxiety.
I also work with clients struggling with anxiety to improve their social relationships that are influenced by your anxiety as well as build resiliency and self-esteem.