Perhaps you’re here because you are thinking that you may have anxiety. Or, you may have received a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder previously, have used therapy services, and are interested in starting again. Our therapists are happy to help you, wherever you are in the process of understanding and treating your anxiety.
If you have anxiety, you may often feel preoccupied with thoughts about the future to the extent that you can’t be mentally present. Likewise, you may experience anxiety as fear of things outside of your control. Anxiety manifests in different thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for each individual.
Common symptoms include worry and anticipation of negative events happening in the future. Likewise, you may focus on the past, like ruminating on a past event that you feel ashamed or embarrassed about. In addition to thoughts and feelings, there are physical symptoms too. You may experience difficulty sleeping, stomach problems, racing heart rate, feeling short of breath, or a weighted or tightening sensation in your chest.
All of these symptoms can make day-to-day life feel overwhelming. And dealing with anxiety can be draining. It can make you feel not like yourself, and can even cause you to push your loved ones. But, working with a therapist can help.
Our Approach to Anxiety Treatment at Flourish
Anxiety is one of the most common mood disorders, with nearly 20% of Americans experiencing it each year. However, it is highly treatable, meaning you can get relief from anxiety with the help of a skilled therapist.
Our Chicago-area counseling center specializes in working with women. And as you know, we have on our plates! From worrying about body image, building a successful career, going to school, dating, and managing social anxiety, it can be… A LOT. Plus, you may have kiddos who you have to care for too! And, we can’t talk about anxiety without mentioning the biological clock that many of us stress over when envisioning our future family. As women, we are expected to have everything together and do it with a smile on our faces. But, this is not our therapists’ expectation of you. We understand that managing it all, whether you have an anxiety disorder or not, is not easy. So, check your smile at the door if needed and come as you truly are.
Our therapists are equipped to help you find solutions to manage and treat anxiety. When you work with a therapist at Flourish, you’ll act as a team to create a plan that best fits you. To help alleviate anxiety symptoms, your therapist will provide you with tools and coping mechanisms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach used to modify your thoughts. In turn, this helps shift your emotions and behaviors. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating not only anxiety but depression and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) as well.
A large part of anxiety treatment is learning how to be present. This means not thinking about the future or of that thing you said last week that you think was silly. Practicing mindfulness helps you by shifting your attention to the present moment. Not only is mindfulness helpful, but it is naturally familiar. Whether you know it now or not, you have the ability to be present and aware of what you are doing and feeling. And you can learn to build on this to bring attention in a curious, non-judgmental way.
Holistic Anxiety Treatment
The therapists at our Chicago-area counseling practice are passionate about helping you manage anxiety in a holistic way. This means that we consider the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of your life. Additionally, we often refer to and work with other professionals who support a holistic approach. Our therapists can help you identify other professionals whose services could partner well with your treatment plan. Examples of these other services are acupuncture, massage, nutrition, physical therapy, and medication management. All of these services can be beneficial when paired with psychotherapy, as they support the progress you are already making.
Begin Anxiety Treatment in Chicago, IL
You deserve to find relief from the anxiety symptoms that make daily challenges seem unmanageable. And working with a therapist at our Chicago-based counseling practice in-person or online can help you find that relief. If you’re ready to get started, follow the steps below.
- Connect with us to schedule an appointment using our contact form.
- Start meeting with one of our skilled anxiety therapists.
- Find relief from worry and live life in the present.
Other Services at Flourish Counseling and Wellness
Our counseling practice in Chicago, IL specializes in working with women to achieve wellness and truly flourish. We provide reproductive counseling services like third-party reproduction assessments and infertility counseling. Further, our team offers pregnancy and prenatal counseling and postpartum support. As far as more general mental health services go, we provide women’s counseling and couples therapy. At this time, all of our services are available virtually using online therapy in Chicago. Please contact us with any questions about our services.