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Therapeutic Options for Managing Anxiety

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Written by Jessy Pucker LMSW

January 14th 2022
Anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes. It can express itself through physical symptoms, like fast heart rate or rapid breathing; or by excessive worry and fear. Or both! The good news is that not all anxiety is bad. At its core, anxiety is in our bodies reaction to a perceived threat or stress. People who struggle with anxiety disorders can experience these symptoms more often or at higher levels than others. Anxiety can be isolating. It can interfere with daily functioning, as well as relationships and work performance.

Managing anxiety can feel like an overwhelming task. There are resources and tips all over the internet and social media for how to manage acute and chronic anxiety. The sheer amount of information can be intimidating; not to mention the misinformation that is put out there. Therapy can be a useful tool for anxiety management. There are various modalities that are proven to be effective for anxiety – each of which has its own methods and focuses. Below are two (of many!) therapeutic modalities used for anxiety.

CBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (commonly referred to as CBT) is a short-term therapy model that focuses on interrupting negative thought loops by changing the way we think and behave. CBT is centered around the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT is based on learning new skills and can require worksheets or other forms of homework. This is a good modality for anxiety because it can identify and target the thoughts that create feelings of anxiety. CBT has been proven to be effective for social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety.

Psychodynamic

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on thoughts, emotions, past experiences. The interaction between those focuses is the core of psychodynamic therapy. Sometimes referred to as ‘talk therapy’, this therapy emphasizes a strong relationship between the client and therapist. Psychodynamic therapy can be a good option for managing anxiety because it addresses everyday feelings and views them through the larger context of your past experiences, as well as your current environment.

At Refresh, we offer these modalities (and many more) for the treatment of anxiety. Go to https://refreshtherapynyc.clientsecure.me/ to sign up for an intake session today.

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