What Anxiety Is
Mental health clinicians characterize anxiety as 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. As a result, women experiencing these symptoms require comprehensive anxiety treatment.
Our Treatment Philosophy
Anxiety treatment is a complicated process, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why our philosophy is comprehensive, strengths-based. It also incorporates elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy. Clients participate in (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, and weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, and clinical director. Interventions may also include pharmacology, when appropriate.
Goals for Therapy
The goals for our clients in anxiety treatment generally include the following:
- 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
What We Treat
Our anxiety treatment includes support for social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder, as well as specific phobias. We also treat issues relating to codependence.
- 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