Feeling a certain level of anxiety over big stressors or certain life events is totally normal. However, if you find that your fear or worry does not go away and, in fact, gets worse over time, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling and often passes quickly, while severe anxiety can seriously affect your day-to-day life. If you are finding your anxiety unmanageable, can’t identify the cause of your anxious feelings or if you are suffering from physical symptoms (such as heart palpations, fatigue, sweaty hands, upset stomach, or insomnia), it may be time to get help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s anxiety specialists today. 

Meet the specialists

Anxiety can be extremely debilitating for many people. Sometimes the level of anxiety that someone experiences, can impact daily functioning. Other times, it can be significant but the individual is highly functioning. Together we will work on the best treatment planning approach, to assist in helping you lessen the impact of your anxiety. In conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral methods, I will help teach DBT skills, such as Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance techniques.

— Lana Royle, Licensed Professional Counselor in South Jordan, UT

Anxiety can often seem so intense, it can feel like it will never end and it may take some time and patience to undo what is often years of living with this feeling. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with Mindfulness has been shown to help reduce the intensity of anxiety. We will work together to find coping skills using these approaches and develop understanding of how we can reduce the anxiety in your life.

— Sheilagh McGreal, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester,

Anxiety is sometimes called the "hidden disorder" because people often are ashamed to admit that they have it and thus they don't tell anyone about it until it becomes overwhelming. The fact is that anxiety is very treatable. It responds well to psychological and/or medical treatment - and often quickly. The success rate is very high. The hard part is admitting it's a problem. Once you do, your chances of fairly rapid recovery are very good.

— Brian Oltman, Psychotherapist in San Diego, CA

I work with individuals who can see themselves as Frightened First Timers, Worried Women, Scarred Soldiers, Perfectionist Professionals, Meandering Millennials and People Pleasers. One thing all these individuals have in common is their continuous battle with persistent anxiety. Through Therapy we can explore was to alleviate and, in some cases, annihilate your anxiety.

— Yunetta Smith, Therapist in Clarksville, TN

I believe that anxiety is often closely linked to high sensitivity and/or empathy. If you suffer from chronic underlying fear and worry, it is often helpful to understand how you are affected by your environment and other people. Learning how to set energetic boundaries and how to meditate or otherwise access an inner sense of calm can be very helpful. Somatic release and hypnotherapy are also wonderful tools for easing the need to control and learning how to let go.

— Julia Aziz, Hypnotherapist in Austin, TX

For anxiety I will use a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic techniques. We will work on ways for you to better self-soothe and to reality test what it is that drives your anxiety. Sometimes anxiety is based on real things (meaning the anxiety is trying to tell you something) and sometimes it is driven by internal fources that can be turned in other directions.

— Hugh Simmons, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

— AnaMaria Huibers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burlingame, CA

Anxiety can take many forms. For some it is a nagging thought that perpetually reminds them that they are going to fail in life or disappoint those they love. For others, it looks like sweating, difficulty sleeping, headaches, or being unable to access other feelings in social situations. The common theme is that for each person they need to get more specific about their anxiety without bolstering it. This is why it typically takes two minds to reduce anxiety, because left alone the anxious person can increase their anxiety when they try to reduce it and inadvertently learn to become scared of their own mind. Thankfully, anxiety is absolutely treatable. Let's get curious about your anxiety and help you feel like yourself again.

— Reid Kessler, Psychologist in Encinitas, CA

My coursework, training, and work environments spent considerable time with anxiety disorders and probably 2/3 of my clients have had a diagnosis of anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common diagnosed mental illness. Again, CBT is the gold standard of care for anxiety, which has been my training. I also find incorporating mindfulness strategies into treating both anxiety and depression can be effective. Plus I have a long standing relationship with anxiety. I want to break it off.

— Marlk Charles, Psychologist in Cathedral CIty, CA

Anxiety is unfortunately on the rise in a society that so many people are made to feel unsafe in. Anxiety can hinder people from living their best lives and can often feel confusing and impossible to live without. My goal when working with people experiencing anxiety is simply to help them find ways to feel safe in the world.

— Brenda McGrath, Clinical Social Worker in Burlington, VT

I have extensive experience working with individual who faced anxiety due to past trauma, ADHD, and many other reasons.

— Mehwish Issa, in New Orleans, LA

My addiction, as well as the hundreds of people I have worked with over the past 25 years, started as a way to cope with anxiety and depression. Soon, that "solution" turned into an addiction. There is a better way that won't leave you feeling hopeless and alone. You don't need to suffer in silence any longer. I can help you learn and practice the tools that I have accumulated over the years by attending conferences and trainings on treating anxiety as well as depression.

— Carol Tjaden, Counselor in Waterloo, IA

Anxiety and PTSD or trauma experiences can often go hand in hand. I work with anxiety on a daily basis with my clients. I have a variety of resources and skills to help my clients work WITH this protective mechanism our brains have.

— Katie Huskey, Counselor in Appleton, WI

We're at an interesting point where much of the anxiety people are experiencing is non-pathological, meaning it's based in reality. Climate change, fascism, white supremacy, anti-trans and LGB policies give us good reason to be afraid. And yet, there are still ways we can soothe and comfort ourselves, connect with others, and participate in building the world we want. I will validate your anxiety and help you figure out how to make use of it.

— Christine Hutchison, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Many of my clients have anxiety to a degree, some of them it is their primary concern. I see many Asian American clients who are anxious, but honestly, we live in an anxious age and it's people of all races who come in wondering how to stop the voices that push them hard every day and don't let them celebrate when things are going great.

— Michelle H. Kim, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Quieting our inner critic is no easy task. I strive to help you do this while empowering your true self so that you may see yourself in a more clear and authentic manner. Less self-judgment, more self-compassion. I use mindfulness techniques with a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy to help you explore and understand where your thoughts and feelings come from.

— Sonia Fregoso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Anxiety is an expected part of life and can at times motivate us to be successful. It is common to feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before completing an exam, or before making an important life decision. However, anxiety disorders involve more than short-term worry or fear. For a person experiencing an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. I hope to hep you improve your daily functioning and allow you to feel successful in your life.

— Marshall Bewley, Psychologist in Denton, TX

I offer space to explore anxiety whether in a play or talk therapy setting. In play therapy, I create a safe environment where children can identify the causes of anxiety in their lives and feel encouraged to challenge themselves to face their fears. Similarly, in talk therapy I work with teens and adults to identify both the causes of anxiety and the way anxiety manifests in their lives so that we may collaboratively work on coping skills and a self-care plan that works for them.

— Emily Long, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Dallas, TX

It's true. LGBTQ people like you and me experience depression and anxiety much more frequently than our heterosexual peers. By many estimates, we're twice as likely to experience one or both conditions. Know that you are not alone, and you don't have to suffer in secret or by yourself.

— Brian Gieringer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA

Are you plagued with fears, worries, insecurities, and an overall sense of dread? Do you often find it hard to breathe, that your heart races, you can't concentrate, and feel an overall sense of dread? Are you trying (unsuccessfully) trying to stay afloat? Anxiety not only makes you feel exhausted mentally, it also messes with your physical health as well. The good news is that it's very treatable and responsive to treatment. You don't have to live your life constantly feeling on edge!

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA