Anxiety Therapy Goals

Anxiety disorders can manifest in a number of ways: you may experience unrelenting worries, obsessive thoughts, panic attacks, or a phobia that leaves you incapacitated. However, you must remember that there are various treatments proven to be effective available; this means that you don’t have to live with the deep fear and anxiety that might be affecting your day to day life in profoundly negative ways. For many individuals living with anxiety disorders, therapy will be the most effective way to alter your lived experience and lessen your symptoms. This is because, unlike when taking medication for anxiety, therapy seeks to treat the underlying origins of your anxiety--not just the symptoms you experience.

Not only is the goal of therapy for anxiety to find and address the causes of your anxiety, but it also seeks to help you:

  • Develop more effective and healthy problem solving skills and coping methods
  • View situations in fresh ways that may make them less frightening
  • Learn how to relax

What therapy does that medication does not is entrust you with the tools necessary to overcome feelings of anxiety and then teach you how to use the tools effectively, changing your lived experience for the better.

The American Psychological Association reports that many individuals who seek therapy for an anxiety disorder will see significant improvement within eight to ten therapy sessions. It is important, however, to remember that there are many different types of anxiety disorders, and the treatment plan that will work best for you will be tailored to your diagnosis and the specific symptoms you experience. For example, someone who seeks treatment for anxiety attacks will have a different treatment plan than someone who is living with obsessive compulsive disorder. And while many therapies for anxiety tend to be relatively short term, the length of your treatment plan will differ depending on which anxiety disorder you have.

Among the many different approaches used in treating anxiety disorders, exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are considered the two leading approaches. Furthermore, different types of anxiety therapies can be conducted alone or in tandem with one another, and therapy for anxiety could take place in either group or individual settings. A typical therapy group for anxiety will place individuals struggling with similar forms of anxiety together. No matter what therapy route you may choose to take, it will have the same main goals:

  • To calm your mind
  • To help you overcome your fears
  • To lessen your anxiety levels

Group therapy has been proven to be highly effective in individuals suffering from anxiety. And here at Grouport, we offer just that - but totally online, which is a safe way to access mental healthcare in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic from the comfort and safety of your own home. Furthermore, enrolling in online therapy can help you circumvent the inconvenience and expense of traveling to meet a therapist or therapy group in person; furthermore, you will be joining your therapy group from the familiar and comfortable environment of your own home. This, in turn, may make it easier for you to speak openly and candidly about the issues you are struggling with. Most individuals struggling with anxiety find online therapy to be just as effective as enrolling in therapy in a traditional, in person setting.

When you enroll in our services, you will have a 20 minute initial consultation meeting with a trained professional after which you will be matched with a therapy group most suited to your needs. Your group will meet at the same day and time each week. You can find answers to more Grouport related FAQs here.

December 13, 2021

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