Therapy for Anxiety
The psychologists at Foothills CBT in Boulder, CO are specialized in therapy for anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
Do you constantly feel overwhelmed? Do you feel nervous all the time? Is it impossible to control your worrying?
Anxiety and worry about the future are natural parts of the human experience that affect everyone at times. However, you may be experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) if you feel uncontrollably nervous, anxious, or worried even when there seems to be little to no reason to feel this way. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a condition that occurs when anxious thoughts and feelings run out of control possibly lasting for months to years. Approximately 5.7% of U.S. adults meet criteria for GAD at some point in their lifetime.
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What are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
The core symptom of GAD is excessive and persistent worry and anxiety, with the worry seeming difficult or even impossible to control. People struggling with generalized anxiety worry about a variety of topics which may include school or work performance, finances, health, the fate of loved ones, and endless other “what-ifs” or feared disasters. Additionally, this pattern of worry may be accompanied by several cognitive and/or physical symptoms (i.e., restlessness, muscle tension, sleeping problems, irritability, concentration difficulties/mind going blank/brain fog, or being easily fatigued). These symptoms do not need to continue to be significantly distressing or interfering with your life. The psychologists at Foothills CBT in Boulder are specialists in therapy for anxiety.
People struggling with anxiety disorders often feel trapped by endless “what-ifs.” You may find themselves repeatedly stuck in “analysis paralysis,” attempting to anticipate and solve all possible problems before making even small decisions. You may have trouble feeling fully present in life with so much going on in you minds, which can then interfere with keeping up with the very life areas you worry about. Foothills CBT psychologists are experts at helping clients distinguish helpful from unhelpful worry. We can help you to get out of their head and back to living life.
How is anxiety treated?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard evidence-based treatment of choice for anxiety. Using CBT, our Boulder therapists will help you challenge your anxious thoughts and create more balanced and helpful alternatives through a technique known as cognitive reappraisal. Additionally, they will use behavioral strategies that might include engaging in enjoyed activities and/or techniques for exposure to worry thoughts to take away their power.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer type of CBT that is also incredibly effective at treating anxiety. Using this approach, therapists help clients identify what matters most to them and live more in-line with their values instead of living in reaction to worry and anxiety. Counseling for anxiety using ACT may also help clients view their worry thoughts from a more distanced perspective using a technique called cognitive defusion. Using these tools, with the help of your therapist, you can untangle yourself from the grips of anxiety.