Anxiety Therapy and Treatment Chicago
Anxiety Therapy, Counseling & Treatment Chicago
If you are looking for information about anxiety therapy, counseling and treatment in Chicago, know that you are not alone. Anxiety related issues are frequent topics of conversation among clients who work with therapists here at the center.
If you are hoping to find a therapist that treats anxiety, chances are you want to work with an individual who can tune into your unique set of issues. Rest assured that we understand the nature of anxiety and how it can manifest in different ways. Some of the symptoms are obvious, like racing thoughts and constant worrying.
The less obvious and more insidious symptoms, however, can pop up in the form of negative thinking and thought distortions. If left unchecked, anxiety can make a real mess of your life, contributing to physical problems like IBS. Anxiety can also complicate other pre-existing health conditions.
Anxiety Therapy Chicago Q and A
Question: What is anxiety?
Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of being constantly worried or highly stressed about an issue or set of issues happening in the here and now, in the past or in the future. Apprehension, fear and internal disquiet are part of the emotional dynamic.
Question: What are the different kinds of anxiety?
There are six main forms of anxiety that generally fall under the larger umbrella of “anxiety disorders”. These include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic Attacks (aka Panic Disorder)
- Specific Phobias
There are other forms of anxiety that can be considered subsets of what’s been mentioned above. Here, are taking about things like:
- Experiencing intrusive thoughts
- Separation anxiety
- Health anxiety
- Compulsive behaviors
- Fear of flying
Q: Can a person have anxiety and depression at the same time?
Absolutely, in fact, the two are generally thought of as “best friends” because usually when you have one present, the other is standing nearby. This is particularly true for people who live with more intense forms of anxiety, such as OCD and GAD.
Q: What’s involved with anxiety treatment?
Treatment of your anxiety in large part will depend upon your history and symptoms. If you have worked with a therapist in the past, it is likely that your counselor will want to know a few things in order to better understand your situation.
While there are no “cookie-cutter” approaches that can be taken with the treatment of anxiety, there are five universal principles that we generally try to incorporate into treatment. This approach has been illustrated through our Wheel of Wellness, created by Dr. John D. Moore.
Wheel of Wellness
1) Strength Based Approach
Our approach to helping you with your anxiety is first and foremost to take a strength based approach. At its core, this means focusing on the positive things happening in your life and then using this as a kind of jumping board to propel you into the future.
This type of counseling is commonly referred to as a form of positive psychology.
2) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The second element that our therapists use to help better manage anxiety involves cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. This is a type of therapy that pretty much focuses exclusively on the here and now.
While CBT may sound somewhat fancy, it’s really nothing more than looking at your thoughts from a different perspective with the help of a therapist. In this way, you are able to challenge irrational and potentially unhealthy thoughts when they pop up.
3) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy
This kind of therapy (MBSRT) is an offshoot of CBT. Here, your therapist will assist you with centering your thoughts on the moment – as in this very moment in time – and helping you to discover new ways of remaining calm.
“Mindfulness” as it is commonly referred to, along with its CBT cousin, has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety and ameliorate stress. Referrals to outside support for things like yoga, exercise and deep breathing exercises are all part of the mindfulness spectrum.
4) Wellness Model
An additional principle we use as therapists who treat anxiety is the belief in the wellness model. Much of mental health has historically been contained unfortunate stereotypes. And to be sure, it has also been predicated on the old “illness model” of health. We simply reject that kind of thinking.
As wellness practioners, we believe that people are capable of living healthy lives when given the right tools and appropriate support. In fact, we believe people with anxiety specifically can flourish and grow when these things are in place. And so to keep it real – we do not believe that because a person has anxiety, they are somehow “sick”.
5) Whole Person Wellness
The final principle we employ as part of our treatment approach to anxiety involves incorporating elements of Whole Person Wellness. As therapists who treat anxiety that already subscribe to a wellness model, Whole Person Wellness approaches incorporates the additional belief that people are unique and multi-dimensional.
This means as therapists, we take into account all of who you are and not just your “anxiety” per se. Here, we are talking about physical wellness, emotional wellness, social wellness, spiritual wellness and occupational wellness.
Anxiety Treatment: Additional Q and A
Anxiety Therapy & Treatment: How long?
You may be wondering how long each therapy session lasts as part of anxiety treatment. Generally speaking, each session is one hour. There may be some cases where you need to meet longer with your counselor. It just depends on your situation and how anxiety is manifesting in your life.
Anxiety Therapy & Costs: How Much?
All of our affiliated therapists are members of Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. If you will be using insurance, your counselor will need to check to see what counseling benefits you may have as part of your benefit plan.
If you are paying out of pocket or will be using your Health Savings Account (HAS) please visit our fee page to learn about the costs of therapy.
Anxiety Therapy & Treatment Medications Needed?
As therapists, we do not prescribe medications. Depending upon your situation and the severity of your anxiety, you may be referred to a psychiatrist for an evaluation.
With your written permission and in conjunction with your wellness needs, we may work with your psychiatrist to help you figure out the most effective ways to manage your medications.
How Do I Find Out More About Therapy for Anxiety?
If you are curious about how the talk therapy process works and how therapy might help your anxiety or other life issues, please take a moment to review our free guide on how to find a therapist and what to expect from counseling.
How Do I Book an Appointment?
You can call us directly at 773.528.1777 or send us a confidential email using our secure contact form.