Online Therapy in Orlando
Anxiety Therapy Orlando
What is anxiety?
Anxiety can be intense and overwhelming. However, it is possible to find relief. Our Orlando anxiety therapists provide a safe, supportive virtual space for you to process your emotions and find new ways of coping with anxiety. You’ll leave feeling empowered to face your anxiety head-on.
Experiencing anxiety is part of being human. We all experience stress or anxiety from time to time. In fact, it can be healthy in small doses. It’s our brain’s way of keeping us safe from potentially dangerous situations.
However, some brains are more sensitive than others. They may interpret certain signals as dangerous when no real threat exists. In this case, anxiety can interfere with a person’s ability to live their day-to-day life. If this sounds like you, you might have an anxiety disorder.
Experts aren’t exactly sure why some people develop anxiety disorders, but there are certain risk factors that can make you more likely to be affected. These risk factors include genetics, stressful life events, and certain medical conditions.
Types of anxiety disorders
Anxiety can look different from person to person. Only a qualified professional can diagnose you with anxiety, so it’s best to reach out for help if you suspect you have anxiety. With that being said, there are some common signs and symptoms to look out for.
Generalized anxiety disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder, also known as GAD, is a common form of anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), approximately 6.8 million American adults are affected.
Some common symptoms of GAD include feeling anxious or on edge, excessive worry, feeling like something bad is going to happen, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, muscle tension, and stomach problems.
With this form of anxiety, people experience sudden, intense anxiety. These episodes are called panic attacks. During a panic attack, people feel emotional distress and uncomfortable physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat, sweating, trouble breathing, and lightheadedness.
During a panic attack, people might think they’re experiencing a heart attack or feel like they’re going to die. Remember, it’s always important to seek proper care if you think you need medical attention. However, if you have panic disorder, it’s important to get support for your anxiety symptoms as well.
As the name suggests, social anxiety is a form of anxiety that’s specifically related to social situations. People with this disorder have severe anxiety about being judged or rejected by others, which can make it difficult to navigate relationships.
Common symptoms of social anxiety are sweating or shaking, mind going blank, feeling insecure or self-conscious, and avoiding social situations altogether.
Many mental health issues have symptoms that are similar to anxiety disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be difficult to differentiate from anxiety. No matter your specific diagnosis, talk therapy can help you gain insight and learn new ways to cope.
Our approach to anxiety therapy in Orlando
We understand how vulnerable it can be to reach out for help, especially when feelings of worry or stress overwhelm you. Our team of anxiety therapists in Orlando is committed to creating a safe space where you can be yourself without judgment.
As part of anxiety counseling, our therapists focus on creating a strong therapeutic relationship with each client. We believe that this relationship forms the foundation for true transformation and healing to occur.
While anxiety is a common mental health struggle, it can affect each person differently. We take an individualized approach when treating anxiety disorders-we want to understand your experience, strengths, challenges, and goals so we can help you be the best version of yourself.
We treat anxiety using a variety of different methods, and your therapist will work with you to find which ones work resonate with you. Regardless of which specific methods we use, our mission is the same: to honor you as an individual and help you tap into your inner strengths.
FAQs about anxiety treatment in Orlando
Whether this is your first time seeking therapy services or you’ve worked with a counselor before, it’s normal to have questions. Here, we’ve answered some of the common questions we receive as anxiety counselors. Please reach out to us directly if you have more.
Many different kinds of mental health professionals can provide anxiety counseling. Licensed mental health counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists are just a few examples.
While each professional has a slightly different lens based on their background and training, all are required to complete thousands of hours of supervised practice in order to get licensed. Plus, continuing education requirements ensure that therapists stay up-to-date on current research and best practices.
It’s best to ask your therapist directly about their qualifications. The general requirements for being a licensed therapist are the same, but certain professionals may have more experience treating anxiety than others.
There is no singular treatment for anxiety disorders. In fact, several different methods and approaches can help people find anxiety relief. Some common treatment methods include
- Exposure therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Emotionally focused individual therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
Many therapists (including our team of Orlando anxiety therapists) use a variety of treatment methods. We’ll customize your treatment to your unique situation in order to help you get the most out of therapy.
While self-management isn’t a replacement for anxiety therapy, it can be an important asset to your anxiety recovery journey. There are plenty of effective strategies you can try to help you cope with anxiety between sessions.
Let’s start with the self-care basics. We understand that it can be difficult to keep up with the demands of your daily life when you’re experiencing anxiety (especially severe anxiety). However, focusing on nourishing your body, drinking water, incorporating gentle movement, and getting enough sleep can go a long way.
Grounding skills can also help you cope with anxiety in your personal life. While there are many different ways to practice grounding, you can start with the 5-4-3-2-1 technique.
Next time you feel anxious, tap into your senses by identifying five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. This can help take you out of your head and into your body.
Working with an anxiety therapist in Orlando can help you feel more in control.
Whether you’re experiencing more anxiety than usual or have been struggling to cope with everyday challenges for a while, we’re here to help. Our experienced team of anxiety counselors in Orlando, FL can help you better understand your experience and ultimately find relief from your anxiety symptoms.
While it might feel like your anxiety disorder is in charge, it doesn’t have to be. Anxiety has a way of sweeping you into racing thoughts and bombarding you with uncomfortable physical symptoms. However, it is possible to take back control.
Our anxiety therapists are passionate about helping people with anxiety disorders reconnect with their bodies, build self-esteem, and find peace. Together, we can make meaningful changes to help you live the kind of life you dream of.
Starting (or continuing) your healing journey isn’t always easy, but it is worth it. With the right support, you can confront anxiety head-on and feel more grounded in your daily life. Reach out today to get started.
OTHER THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED WITH ALIGNED SELF IN ORLANDO, FL
Our team of caring therapists is happy to offer a variety of mental health services to offer support for you and your family. We offer online therapy services in the Orlando, Fl area and across the state. You can start your therapy journey alongside a trained anxiety therapist. Or, you can learn more about our other services, including couples counseling, relationship therapy, grief counseling, therapy for entrepreneurs, therapy for Black and Indigenous People of Color, and LGBTQIA+ Affirmative therapy. We would be honored to support you in learning new coping methods to help you cope with future anxiety symptoms. You can also read more by visiting our blog, FAQ, and our about page.
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