Counseling can help!
learn to control your fears rather than them controlling you
Have you been hijaked by stress and anxiety?
- Are you feeling stuck in a constant state of stress & anxiety?
- Feeling your heart pounding, stomach clenching, and living with a with a fear that at any moment you could lose control of some aspect of your life?
- Are you struggling with sleep and never feeling fully rested?
- Is your mood on edge and are you finding yourself snapping at those you love.
- Are you dealing with the pain of not understanding what you are feeling or why & not being able to explain it to others?
- Are you looking for light in the darkness, dreaming of the ability to walk in a room and not worry about what others are doing or what they may be thinking about you?
- Do you find yourself cancelling plans for things you genuinely want to go to or feeling afraid to make them in the first place?
- Are your physical and emotional symptoms stopping you from leading your best life?
- Are you ready to be able to close your eyes and get a truly restful night sleep, and to remember what its like to feel like you can fully breathe?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be ready for counseling.
Signs & Symptpms
not all anxieties are the same but common symptoms can include:
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Sleep issues
- Chest pain
- Not being able to stay calm and still
- Trouble thinking clearly or rationally
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
- upset/’nervous stomach’
- Tense/sore muscles
- pulsing in the ear
- shooting pains in the face/ neck/ chest
- UNEXPLAINED physical symptoms
how we can help
At Angelus we understand that everyone’s anxiety experience is different. As there are different levels of supports, skills, and comfort in treatment, we strive to individualize the treatment process based on your needs and comfort level.
Our therapists may use a variety of treatment approaches,
based on your needs and learning styles. We encourage you to speak up, ask questions and try new options. One of our top priorities is to stay educated and informed about new approaches to manage the impact of anxiety on your daily life.
Types of anxiety we treat
- Adjustment Disorders (Anxiety related to life changes, trauma, or losses)
- Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Somatic symptom disorder
- Specific phobias: ex: spiders, heights, medical treatments
- Relationship Anxiety
- Trauma Related Anxieties
Work with your therapist on a one-on-one basis. We provide a safe space, without judgement to explore your thoughts, feelings and responses to life’s struggles.
Bring your loved ones to the counseling process so that you can develop together new ways together to tackle anxiety and the impact it can have on relationships.
Learn forms of meditation, self calming, therapeutic yoga, and develop an internal sense of balance.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Address the link between your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors and learn ways to interrupt unhealthy cycles.
What to expect in your counseling sessions
road-map for tackling anxiety in therapy
what does counseling for anxiety look like?
Counseling is meant to help you gain control over thoughts and emotions that that have been creating major road blocks in your life. Together, you and your therapist will work to address the emotions, physical sensations, and thoughts that have you feeling stuck on the spin cycle. You will learn new ways to approach situations and relationships that will leave you feeling more balance and in control of your life.
You and your therapist will start with meeting together weekly for 45 to 55-minute sessions. You will get the most out of therapy with at least an 8-week commitment to weekly sessions. It has been found that when therapy is done less frequently in the initial stages, it often takes longer to make and sustain positive progress. Most triggers for anxiety develop and are sustained during long periods of time in your life, and it often takes considerable time and effort to properly address these in ways that can be life changing and sustainable. After you have reached a strong foundation in treatment you and your therapist can discuss decreasing sessions to biweekly or looking towards a successful termination process. We encourage you to explore, in the initial treatment process, what successful completion would look like to you. This allows us to stay on track with your goals and needs and ensures you get the most out of the treatment process.
Prior to Your First Session: You will receive a link to your patient portal where you can complete your opening paperwork and background assessments. This gives your therapist a chance to review your information and better prepare for your intake appointment, and saves valuable time during that first appointment.
Session 1: This will be your official ‘intake’ appointment. With most of the opening paperwork out of the way, this initial session will include meeting with your therapist to review the factors that led you into counseling and to begin to structure the counseling relationship as well as discussing the details of informed consent in counseling.
Your therapist will explore your past/current family history, medical/mental health struggles, and current supports or stressors you are dealing with. This will allow you to set goals and objectives for treatment and begin to map out what you want to gain from counseling.
Session 2-3: In your next few sessions you will work with your therapist to explore your current coping skills and focus on enhancing these. You may identify coping strategies that have been unhealthy or discover a general lack of available resources and skills. Your therapist will work with you to set a strong foundation of skills prior to addressing the underlying causes of your anxiety. This ensures that you have the abilities to manage any trigger areas that may be arise in future sessions.
Sessions 4+: After a comfortable foundation has been laid with identifying and developing coping techniques in the first few sessions, treatment will then focus in on the root causes of your anxiety and your ability to understand and overcome them. This may include identifying or addressing unhealthy relationships, processing past traumas, combating phobias, or developing healthier levels of expectations of yourself and those around you. There is no designated length of time for this stage as every person and situation is unique. Your therapist will keep an open and interactive dialogue with you regarding how you are working through this stage. This two way communication ensures treatment stays aligned with where you are, where you are wanting to be and your progress along that path.
Termination/ Final 1-2 Sessions: At Angelus, we understand that the ultimate goal of therapy is to get to the point where you do not need to come in anymore. We see it as our mission to work ourselves out of a job by empowering you to manage the traumas, triggers, and daily trials that you may experience in healthy and adaptive ways. We work to give you the tools and skills to balance the thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations that may accompany anxiety. Through the process of treatment, you will likely step down from a weekly frequency as you practice these new skills in your natural environment. Your last one or two sessions will focus on reinforcing these skills and developing a follow up plan for maintaining your gains, after the completion of the treatment process.
“TUNE UP” Sessions: (As needed) In the counseling process, we sometimes need check in sessions after the completion of the ‘official’ treatment process. This is not unusual and is not a failure in treatment. It is much like the process of taking your car in for a yearly tune up or oil change to address the normal wear and tear it acquires by driving in the Western Pennsylvania weather. This can keep everything aligned and running smoothly and may only last two to three sessions.
never stop learning
A lot of anxiety treatment is on education. Learning about the physical symptoms that are occurring as you move into the ‘fight or flight’ state common in anxiety, gives you more control in how to manage it going forward.
Here are some direct links to different blogs and websites we find helpful in this learning process.
Counseling can help!
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