Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based anxiety treatment that can help you build skills to worry less, cope more effectively with challenging situations, and manage emotional tension.
Is Anxiety Always Bad?
Anxiety can be a confusing problem to address because, when symptoms are mild, it might seem like anxiety is useful.
Feelings of emotional and physical tension can be cues to believe that a current problem is important, that extra attention needs to be given to solving it, and that the outcome will be bad if we don’t address the problem. If we respond to this concern with action, we might start to believe that anxiety is a good thing.
But if you’ve struggled with intense anxiety, you know how difficult it can be to cope. When anxiety is at its worst, it feels like something awful is about to happen.
For some, the feeling is connected to a situation, like talking with strangers, taking an exam, or presenting ideas to colleagues. For others, anxiety can be spontaneous and unpredictable. That unwelcome sense of panic can appear out of nowhere and it’s hard to know what to do.
Instead of feeling tense, awkward, or ineffective, it might seem safer to avoid problems or escape as quickly as possible. Staying away from problems offers some relief for a while, but it also leads to worry–about the problem, how to cope, what might happen in the future, and worrying itself. Together, that combination of fear, worry, and avoidance can disrupt our relationships and how we perform at school or work.
Imagine being more active, skilled, and competent, communicating more effectively in relationships, being more productive at work or school, and feeling more satisfied with life. An evidence-based anxiety treatment like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can help you think, feel, and function better.
I provide CBT for anxiety and related problems, including
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Specific phobia
- Social anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder