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Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders manifest in various forms, you may suffer from panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, or phobias that can affect your day to day living. Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety is one of the most widely used treatment options – for good reason. If you find that your life is affected by anxiety or fear, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety can be effective in treating panic disorders, phobias, social anxiety, as well as generalized anxiety disorders.

Some symptoms of anxiety disorders include:

  • Racing or unwanted thoughts
  • Stress that’s out of proportion to the situation
  • Inability to set aside worry
  • Restlessness
  • Increased heartbeat / hyperventilation
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Trembling / shaky inside and out
  • Nausea / diarrhea
  • Panic
  • Headaches
  • Numbness

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Work?

As the name implies, this approach to treating disorders comes in two components: cognitive therapy, and behavior therapy. Cognitive therapy will examine the root cause of your anxiety, and help to understand what thoughts may contribute to the problem. The behavior therapy aspect will in turn look into how you behave or react during situations that trigger anxiety. These two parts work together to give our skilled therapists at Cherry Hill Counseling an idea of what causes, and may prevent anxiety attacks.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety takes the stance that our thoughts affect how we feel, not necessarily the situations we are in. By changing the way you think about a stressful situation, you can change your perception, get a handle on your physical symptoms and reduce the anxious emotions that stem from the situations. At Cherry Hill Counseling, our therapists work with patients to develop personalized plans that work for their needs. Oftentimes cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety is used alongside other therapy techniques.

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