What anxiety is

  • Excessive fear of a person or threat or anticipation of future threats and related behavioral disturbances (adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition)
  • Common symptoms of anxiety include (but are not limited to): muscular tension/soreness, shakiness/wobbliness, tremors, burning sensations, chest pain/tightness, numbness, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, fainting, inability to relax, constant worrying/fear, difficulty breathing, pounding/racing heartbeat, and indigestion or other gastrointestinal disturbances

What we treat

  • Social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias
  • Issues of codependence

Our program philosophy

  • Comprehensive and strengths-based
  • Includes (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, and clinical director
  • Incorporates elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy
  • Interventions may include pharmacology, when appropriate

Goals for therapy

  • Learn and regularly implement practices of mindfulness (largely adapted from Diane Gehart)
  • Recognize anxiety-inducing cognitive distortions
  • Learn distraction or self-soothing skills
  • Practice assertiveness and appropriate communication skills
  • Reduce unhealthy defense mechanisms/reactions
  • Accept reality (based on work of Marsha Linehan)
  • Recognize and reduce symptoms of physical stress

Clinical modalities

Recommended reading

  • Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
  • Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Calming Your Anxious Mind by Jeffery Brantley

If you are struggle with issues of anxiety Magnolia Creek can help you. For more information, please call 205-678-4373 or e-mail us at