Anxiety – Counseling Can Help

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Anxiety comes in many forms. While some have more situational anxiety – such as being nervous for a test or speaking in front of a group, others struggle with crippling, chronic anxiety that seems to come from nowhere. Some people experience panic attacks and episodes of anxiety while others have a low-level anxiety constantly buzzing in the background. Whichever it is that you struggle with, there is help. Certain counseling approaches have been found effective for the treatment of anxiety, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Hofmann, Asnaani, Vonk, Sawyer and Fang in 2012). The problem is, that some struggle to get into therapy in the first place. Obstacles to entering therapy are many. They include: lack of knowledge about therapy, financial issues, scheduling, stigma, etc…

One thing that I help all of my clients struggling with anxiety learn how to do is breath correctly. It’s important to know this breathing technique so that your body can calm down. At that point you actually have a chance then to become less anxious and work through things. Anxiety is as much a physical experience as it is an emotional/intellectual one.

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