Are you tired of living in fear? Do you feel that your anxiety is constantly holding you back? Do you second-guess your decisions? Are you spending a great deal of time and effort to hide your anxiety? Are you starting your day hoping that you won’t have a panic attack, or that you will not encounter a social situation? Do you have unwanted intrusive thoughts? Are you sick and tired of avoiding anything that may make you anxious?
Anxiety is a growing problem in today’s society. Increasing number of children live in the constant state of worry. They turn into even more anxious teens and grow up to be highly anxious adults. Our educational system tries to address it by only speaking of the kids’ academic and social achievements (or the lack of those) in a confusing “positive tone.” University professors are forced to give trigger warnings. And writers and therapists talk endlessly about ways to relax, develop higher self-esteem, and engage in positive affirmations. But the prevalence of anxiety continues to rise.
Anxiety requires a special approach where a person needs to first understand how the anxiety operates and how it tricks him or her to avoid triggers and constantly seek certainty. After that the patient learns tools and techniques for confronting anxiety and facing his or her fears.
We use effective evidence-based treatments for anxiety.
Our main approaches for anxiety
- ERP - Exposure and Response Prevention
- ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
If you'd like to have a glimpse into our approach to the treatment for anxiety, please read this 7-parts article.
If you have already seen therapists for anxiety and are sceptical about the treatment, here’s a list of things we will and will NOT be doing at our sessions.
- There will be no constant anxiety checklists and manualized treatments.
The therapist will talk to you, understand your specific unique problem and will build a specialized treatment for you.
- You and your therapist will not be sitting with a book and reading chapter after boring chapter together.
Your therapist may give you materials to read at home. These materials will vary from person to person and will only be directed to a specific anxiety disorder or a unique issue that you are struggling with.
- You will not receive an overwhelming amount of handout created for the general populations.
When you get homework or handouts, they will be tailored very specifically to your problem. After that, the homework will be reviewed and further modified to address your issues even better.
- You will not spend the sessions filling in endless thought records.
The sessions are dynamic. You will be taught strategies to help you not to take your thoughts so seriously and to concentrate instead on living your life the best way, regardless of the thoughts, fears, or anxiety.
- There will be no trigger warnings.
Yup. That’s right. The goal is not to teach you to be even more fearful of any triggers and to see yourself as a person who is unable to cope. The goal is to help you develop confidence that even though an external trigger may make you temporarily anxious, you have tools to successfully cope and live the life you want to live.
Want to know more about our treatment approach or to start learning about anxiety? Read this 7-parts article about anxiety.