Anxiety Counseling – Grand Rapids
Understanding Anxiety & How Anxiety Therapy Fits In
Anxiety is a common condition that plagues many people yet goes primarily unnoticed. People who are constantly tense, worry excessively, have trouble concentrating, restless, and have feelings of worry about the future, often suffer from generalized feelings of anxiety. Sometimes people have physical symptoms that are experienced in tandem with excessive worry such as sweating, pounding heart, shakiness, shortness of breath, muscle tension, insomnia, and headaches. When physical symptoms such as feelings like you are going to die, feeling like you may pass out, dizziness, or feelings that you are crazy, you may be suffering from an anxiety-induced panic disorder or a specific panic attack.
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Anxiety and panic disorders can make individuals lives miserable a lot of the time. These conditions are a good reason to seek the help of an anxiety therapist at Sollars & Associates in Grand Rapids. There are many types of treatments our therapists can provide that can be helpful and tailored to everyone’s unique needs.
- The Psychodynamic therapy approach examine internal conflicts in the personality that create suffering and worry more in depth and work toward healthy resolutions to these conflicts.
- Cognitive Behavioral therapy focuses on the underlying irrational ideas that create anxiety and helps transform the ideas, thus reducing the feeling of anxiety.
- Exposure therapy also supports gradually challenging worries and fears through successive minimal exposure in a way that is manageable thus reducing the feeling of dread, fears, and worries.
- Medication support can also be helpful in tandem with anxiety counseling. This usually involves the use of anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, and sometimes more exotic but powerful medications. At Sollars & Associates you anxiety therapist will often make a referral for medication support if you are open to it. If you are not open to the idea of taking medication, most cases of anxiety can be treated with anxiety therapy alone over time.
Treatment Options Provided in Anxiety Counseling
When you first visit a Sollars & Associates anxiety therapist in Grand Rapids he or she will often refer you back to your family physician or consult with them to help rule out any underlying physical conditions such as, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and asthma. This first consultation with an anxiety therapist and referral to a primary physician is often necessary to prevent wasted time when anxiety is complicated or potentially caused by a physical condition. At times both the psychological and physical tracks can be addressed together.
There are numerous anxiety disorders related to generalized feelings of anxiety and panic disorders. For example:
- Separation anxiety is a common problem when a child, adolescent, or adult becomes extremely tense, worried, or afraid when they are without contact with a loved one.
- Social phobia is the fear of being around larger groups of people or having to speak to a large group of people. This can be especially crippling to those who, to effectively work, need to socialize effectively.
- Agoraphobia is the fear of crowds or of leaving home. This can cause someone to feel housebound and afraid to go to external events without support.
Additionally, many phobias such as fear of heights, fear of flying, claustrophobia, and others actually have anxiety as an underlying cause, which can be treated by anxiety counseling with or without the support of medication.
If you are in need of anxiety counseling or therapy in Grand Rapids, give Sollars & Associates in Grand Rapids a call today! We have professional anxiety therapists that are here to help you manage and work through your anxiety to make day to day life much easier.
Finding an Anxiety Therapist in Grand Rapids
Sollars and Associates in Grand Rapids have many practitioners able to design an effective treatment plan and counseling relationship to help those in need to achieve relief from their anxiety.