How anxiety affects you in your daily life is a highly individualized experience. Likewise, how your therapist treats your anxiety disorder is also individualized. Before developing an anxiety treatment plan, your therapist takes the time to learn about your condition and how it impacts you. Then, instead of applying a one-size-fits-all approach, they use the talk therapy methods that will work best for you.
When you are ready to stop struggling alone with symptoms of your anxiety, contact Greene Psychology Group in Raleigh, NC. We offer in-person counseling in our Raleigh office and online therapy appointments to clients throughout North Carolina.
Meanwhile, learn more about therapies often used to treat anxiety. Below are some of the most frequently utilized talk therapy methods for anxiety disorders.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is one of the most popular talk therapy methods in the United States, widely used since the 1990s. It is not just used for anxiety treatment, but also for depression and addiction. This therapy's success revolves around its key belief that conditions like anxiety form on learned behaviors and negative thinking patterns. CBT focuses on changing negative thought patterns and providing coping skills to deal with symptoms.
By learning about distorted thinking in cognitive behavioral therapy, you recognize the negative thoughts early. You can effectively reevaluate the thinking pattern as it occurs. CBT also empowers you with relaxation methods to use in scenarios that cause you anxiety. These techniques work very well for social anxiety and a variety of other anxiety disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that also helps you change negative behavior patterns. This talk therapy method works especially well in people who self-harm or have other destructive coping habits as part of their anxiety.
Because anxiety largely centers on future events, this talk therapy method teaches mindfulness. Through mindfulness, you learn to live in the moment instead of worrying about what will happen next or later. It also offers tools for regulating your emotions and coping with distressing events. DBT proves beneficial as anxiety treatment for physical symptoms.
If you suffer phobias, such as a fear of spiders, exposure therapy is a beneficial talk therapy method. Along with discussing your fears with the therapist, this therapy exposes you to the source of your fear with increasing intensity over time. For example, the exposure may start with photos and build to in-person contact with spiders in a controlled environment.
Besides phobias, exposure therapy works well as treatment for other types of anxiety, such as:
- Panic disorders
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social anxiety disorder
Whereas CBT and DBT are new talk therapy methods developed after the 1980s and widely used after the 1990s, psychodynamic therapy is one of the oldest forms of treatment for anxiety. This method addresses the unconscious feelings that cause the anxiety to manifest, in the first place. Becoming aware of these unconscious feelings can enable you to change resulting behaviors. Unlike CBT and DBT which typically take less time, psychodynamic therapy may take two years for maximum benefit.
Interpersonal therapy is a talk therapy method that focuses on your relationships and how these relate to your anxiety. With your therapist, you learn how to feel better understood by people around you. As anxiety treatment, interpersonal therapy typically takes three to four months after diagnosis. It can also help with stress and depression.
Finding the Talk Therapy Method for Your Anxiety Treatment
Treatment starts with a one-on-one session in which the therapist learns more about you and how anxiety affects your life. This session can take place in a live meeting at Greene Psychology Group's Raleigh office or through online therapy from anywhere in North Carolina. After diagnosis, your therapist develops an anxiety treatment plan and can explain the methods, treatment goals and next steps to you.
If you suffer anxiety, depression or other mental health problems that limit your daily fulfillment, talk therapy can help. Schedule your first visit today by calling Greene Psychology Group at 919-205-5339.