Everyone feels anxious and stressed out at some point in their lives. However, when anxiety causes severe distress over a prolonged period of time and disrupts day to day functioning, it makes sense to speak with a therapist and learn coping strategies to deal with these feelings.
With caring and effective treatment, individuals who are plagued by anxiety are able to manage their symptoms and live normal and happy lives.
Some common symptoms of anxiety include:
How can therapists help?
How long does therapy take to work?
It’s critical to understand that therapy is not an overnight cure. When you begin working with a therapist, it’s useful to clarify the therapy process and discuss how long it might take before you begin to see genuine results.
In my own practice I am careful to customize my approach to the needs of my clients.
Everyone is different, and everyone’s experience of anxiety is different, as well. This means that a customized approach that is adjusted over the course of time is the best way of ensuring a successful outcome.
Many of my own clients have experienced noticeable improvements within 4 to 6 sessions, particularly those who actively participate and demonstrate willingness to make the effort to change.
Anxiety has the potential to severely disrupt your work, family and social life. When you seek out a therapist trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, you stand a good chance of managing your symptoms, and living a happier life.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy will assist you to regain control over your thoughts and emotions. Learning techniques to manage symptoms of anxiety also will be helpful in managing potential stressors you might encounter over the course of your life.