Anxiety can take many different forms, but it is universally unpleasant and unwanted. There are many different kinds of therapy available. But if you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, are there modalities for anxiety?
At Given Guidance Family Counseling, we work with many teens, adults, and families who struggle with various forms and levels of anxiety. In our experience, there are a number of therapy modalities that can be effective in treating anxiety.
Here are our top four modalities for anxiety:
1 – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on identifying and reframing negative thought patterns and behaviors that can contribute to anxiety. This form of therapy has been extensively studied and proven effective with many mental health challenges. CBT can help an individual learn coping mechanisms, challenge and reframe negative thoughts, and increase coping skills.
2 – Exposure Therapy
Exposure therapy is a type of CBT that involves gradually exposing an individual to the thing or things they fear in a controlled and safe environment. With commitment and consistency, this can help to decrease their anxiety and fear over time.
3 – Mindfulness-Based Therapies
Mindfulness-based therapies, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), teach individuals how to focus on the present moment, rather than reliving past events. It’s also helpful in learning to observe thoughts and emotions without judgment. This can help to decrease anxiety by reducing an individual’s tendency to ruminate on worries.
4 – Physical exercise
Regular exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Exercise can release endorphins which acts as a natural painkiller and mood-booster. Just taking a walk each day can help your body release endorphins.
While talk therapy has been proven to have a consistent and powerful effect on helping to improve anxiety symptoms, medication may also be effective for some individuals. There are a variety of medications that can help to manage anxiety symptoms, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), benzodiazepines, and beta-blockers. Talk to your doctor or medical professional to see if medication may be helpful for you and your situation.
Different therapies work better for different people, and sometimes combining therapies can be even more effective. It’s also very important to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with, with the proper qualifications and experience – someone you feel you can build a good relationship with.
If you need support or guidance in dealing with anxiety, reach out for help today from the experts at Given Guidance Family Counseling. Our caring team of therapists want to support you in your battle to regain your inner peace and calm.