Anxiety counseling and therapy teaches you how to handle anxiety in a healthy manner.
Feeling anxious once in a while is natural, especially if its tied to a big event, new experience, dangerous or threatening situation. Those are all normal circumstances in which it is ok to feel a little bit anxious. Overreaction to every perceived threat or a constant state of edginess or anxiousness day in day out is not normal. You can work yourself up to such an overwhelmed state that it is hard to function or get through normal tasks. Anxiety that debilitating is not natural or healthy and is a sign that you may need help.
Anxiety is not just an adult concern. Anxiety also affects children. For example, children can suffer from school anxiety or other forms of social anxiety as well. Signs of an overly anxious person are:
- frequent headaches or stomachaches (over 50% of medical issues are anxiety related)
- excessive or constant worrying, uneasiness or fear
- fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- obsessing over past events / concerned about hurting feelings or doing something wrong
- inability to unwind
- need to always be perfect/fear of making mistakes
- withdrawal/avoidance of activities or social situations that make you nervous
If you struggle with anxiety, we are here to help.
How Can Anxiety Counseling and Therapy Help?
Our therapists work to help you better cope with your anxiety so you can become productive again. We help you confront anxiety head on so you no longer feel like you have to run from nervous situations and can tell the difference between real vs. unreal threats.
Anxiety counseling teaches you to understand your feelings and the real issues that are at the root of your nervousness. One effective technique in anxiety treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT.) CBT is a proven method whereby you learn to identify the negative thought and behavior patterns that affect your feelings. Once you understand what triggers your anxiety, we teach you how to change your thought processes to reduce anxiousness. We can help instruct you in various relaxation methods and other strategies to calm your stress.
The best benefit of any therapy is an improved, fully functional you. Beyond that, you may find that once you are no longer fearful of confrontations or difficult situations, relationships with family and friends also improve.
If you want help for your anxiety and live within the St. Peters or St. Charles, MO surrounding area, let us counsel you back to health.