The amount of stress you’re under is pretty intense. And it causes you to worry about pretty much everything in your life. It’s like you’re constantly fretting over what might happen and it’s hard to think about anything else.
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You’re really looking to have more peace and ease in your life, but you’re not sure how to do this under the weight of all the pressure you live with.
You used to enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life. There was always something new and exciting going on for you to pour your energy into. The busy pulse felt right in line with your personality and you thrived on the sense of fast-paced pressure. In fact, you considered yourself an accomplished go-getter.
Yet, somewhere along the way, you began to doubt yourself. The stress and the competitiveness started to get to you and things that used to excite you started to affect you in a different way. You noticed a dread and an anxiety building inside of you which set you worrying about everything from work to relationships, money, and even other people’s’ perceptions of you. You weren’t sure why you were living with all the overwhelm any more and you started to wonder what the point of it all was.
Now here you are living in a constant state of dread
A lot of the time you feel torn between your desire to live an accomplished life and the mountain of stress you are under. And sometimes it seems like you’re just going through the motions, so you can cross another day off your calendar. You’re crushed that what used to feel so life-giving has now turned into a paralyzing sense of fear.
That’s not to say you believed life should be stress-free. Everyone has their good days and their bad days and you’re no exception. But you never thought you’d lose sight of the things in your life that fulfilled you. What you didn’t expect was how you could start to feel completely stagnant. You never predicted you’d be so anxious about the future. And you certainly had no idea you’d avoid the things that once brought you joy.
When You Seek Anxiety Therapy with The Virtual Therapy Couch
· You will learn better coping skills, so you can intervene when your mind starts to focus on negative things
· You will feel more relaxed about the demands and obligations in your life, so you can handle them with ease
· You will regain a sense of control over the things in life that cause you to worry or feel upset
· You will figure out what is triggering your anxious responses, so you can identify the root causes
· You will build the skills to respond to your environment and the situations around you rather than react
The Anxiety Counseling Process
Anxiety Counseling is intended to help you examine all of the stressful aspects of your life and find a healthier way to cope and respond. Together, you and your therapist will take an intentional approach to your treatment and work to clarify what is happening on an internal level to cause your anxiety. You will work to meet the immediate needs of reducing stress and calming anxiety and then dive deeper to gain a true understanding of their origins.
You and your therapist will meet together weekly for 30,45 or 50-minute sessions. Sessions are held online using SimplePractice software you may use your computer or your phone. If you decide to use your phone you will need the app, Telehealth by SimplePractice to get started. Typically, counseling continues for several weeks or months, but the duration of your time in therapy will depend on the complexity of your concerns. We recommend at least 8 sessions.
Here’s what to expect:
WEEK ONE: Intake
During this initial session, you and your therapist will meet to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. You will also discuss the benefits and limitations to online therapy.
WEEK TWO and Beyond: Anxiety Counseling
Together, in each subsequent session, you and your therapist will use evidenced-based psychotherapy models to help you regain your ability to concentrate and stop avoiding places or experiences that cause you anxiety. This typically includes the use of Solution-Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Each session is designed to maximize the therapeutic relationship and ensure the most healing possible. Together, you and your therapist will connect in an online therapeutic space with the goal of helping you become the best version of yourself.
TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions
In your final sessions, you will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work you and your therapist have done together has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what you have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.
More About The Virtual Therapy Couch
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists with years of experience working in New York City, we have seen how a busy, competitive life contributes to anxiety. At The Virtual Therapy Couch, our job is to help you become curious about why things are the way they are in your life so you can recognize triggers and shift from reacting situations to understanding and responding to them. We wholeheartedly believe that having compassion for yourself and your past experiences leads you integrate all aspects of yourself into one thriving whole. You just need the guidance and expertise of a professional to help you calm the worry inside you and just be.
We make it our mission to help busy women find the time and space to care for themselves. The Virtual Therapy Couch dedicated to empowering women, providing hope and insight, so they can lead their best lives. It is our passion to support women in all stages of life make the changes they need to feel confident and secure. About Us
Who Benefits Most from Anxiety Therapy
Anxiety Therapy is best for those who are ready to reduce stress and stop worrying about the things they cannot control. Anxiety Counseling helps you get to the root cause of your self-doubt and negative beliefs, so you can stop questioning yourself.
You will benefit from Anxiety Therapy sessions if:
· You are preoccupied with life’s stressors and they hold you back from accomplishing tasks
· You feel restless and have difficulty concentrating on the many things you have to manage
· You are worried about your future and doubt your ability to take action toward your goals
· You avoid certain situations, places, and experiences out of worry or fear
· You feel overly stressed by the demands and obligations of your life
There are certain situations where you might not be ready for Anxiety Counseling sessions with The Virtual Therapy Couch. These situations include, but are not limited to:
· severe mental illness or a need for intensive therapy
· active crisis or actively suicidal or homicidal
· severe eating disorders, severe substance use/abuse or severe self-injurious behavior
· the requirement of legal paperwork or external documentation of services
· being mandated to attend counseling/treatment
· active domestic violence situations or in immediate danger
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, we can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.
What Does Anxiety Therapy Cost?
Anxiety Counseling is a fee for service program and The Virtual Therapy Couch accepts all major forms of credit card payment including Health Savings Account Cards.
We do not currently accept insurance. The Virtual Therapy Couch is happy to provide you with a superbill receipt to submit to your insurance company for Out of Network reimbursement.
When and Where Can I Schedule an Anxiety Counseling Session?
The Virtual Therapy Couch offers online counseling sessions for those living in New York City and all residents of New York State as well as Florida. In-person sessions are available at our physical location in Skaneateles, New York Pathways Marriage and Family Therapy.
Counseling Services are offered Monday through Friday with appointment availability from 8AM – 5PM with additional appointments available upon request.
Your Next Steps
It is completely possible to manage your to-do list without feeling anxious or overwhelmed. You will be able to get in tune with who you are and to quiet the nervous thoughts that run through your head. You will also find ways to limit the stress in your life so your overwhelm does not get out of control.
It’s hard to see how you will overcome anxiety when you feel so out of control of your life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start taking small steps toward understanding why you worry so much.
You will have the coping skills to concentrate on what really matters and not get caught up in bothersome thoughts. You’ll also find the courage to face people and situations you have been avoiding. In the end, you’ll find a way to be more present and enjoy your life. The Virtual Therapy Couch can help.
Call to schedule your Anxiety Counseling session today