Anxiety Therapists in Raleigh, NC

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Stephanie Phillips
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, LCMHCS, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Do you feel like no one understands what you are going through? Do you want to talk about your feelings without judgment? Counseling should be a place where you are comfortable and can explore solutions without fear or worry. I offer a counseling relationship where you can feel safe to work on issues that are truly important to you, at a pace that meets your needs. I want you to feel stronger than the problems you face and capable of handling whatever life throws your way.
Do you feel like no one understands what you are going through? Do you want to talk about your feelings without judgment? Counseling should be a place where you are comfortable and can explore solutions without fear or worry. I offer a counseling relationship where you can feel safe to work on issues that are truly important to you, at a pace that meets your needs. I want you to feel stronger than the problems you face and capable of handling whatever life throws your way.
(919) 926-9495 x1 View (919) 926-9495 x1
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Christen Smith
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
Not accepting new clients
Counseling is collaborative relationship that explores all areas impacting overall well-being. My goal is to empower clients to face their struggles and take intentionally guided steps toward healthy change. I work with clients facing various struggles, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, infertility, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders, self-harm, domestic violence, and family relational problems. I have extensive experience and passion for working with adolescent girls and adult women and the unique issues that they face.
Counseling is collaborative relationship that explores all areas impacting overall well-being. My goal is to empower clients to face their struggles and take intentionally guided steps toward healthy change. I work with clients facing various struggles, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, infertility, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders, self-harm, domestic violence, and family relational problems. I have extensive experience and passion for working with adolescent girls and adult women and the unique issues that they face.
(984) 205-9113 View (984) 205-9113
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Sana F. Anas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27612  (Online Only)
I am available for virtual visits with clients in North Carolina and Hawai'i. I have worked with adults who present with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, mania, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship issues, and trauma. I have also worked with clients of varying gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and education level. If you are interested in working together, then please verify your personal information through Headway.co and we can schedule a 15-minute telephone consultation to see if we would be a good match before beginning our telehealth sessions.
I am available for virtual visits with clients in North Carolina and Hawai'i. I have worked with adults who present with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, mania, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship issues, and trauma. I have also worked with clients of varying gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and education level. If you are interested in working together, then please verify your personal information through Headway.co and we can schedule a 15-minute telephone consultation to see if we would be a good match before beginning our telehealth sessions.
(984) 230-3661 View (984) 230-3661
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Amanda E Seavey
Psychologist, PhD, DBSM
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
All of us get "stuck" at some point in our lives. It doesn't mean we are broken; rather, it means we must find our way back to a path of healthy and effective living. Sometimes, like quicksand, the harder we try to get out, the more we feel like we are sinking. I am a clinical psychologist with specialized training in treatment for anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions, and trauma. Regardless of diagnosis, our work together will help you better understand your strengths and challenges, and find a way to move forward toward a more fulfilling life.
All of us get "stuck" at some point in our lives. It doesn't mean we are broken; rather, it means we must find our way back to a path of healthy and effective living. Sometimes, like quicksand, the harder we try to get out, the more we feel like we are sinking. I am a clinical psychologist with specialized training in treatment for anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions, and trauma. Regardless of diagnosis, our work together will help you better understand your strengths and challenges, and find a way to move forward toward a more fulfilling life.
(919) 525-3596 x1 View (919) 525-3596 x1
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Danielle Oates
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, M Ed
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
Does your life have many turns and twists? Do you struggle with anxiety or depression? Are you overwhelmed with life adjustments and conflicts? We all experience pain, grief, disappointment and heartbreak in life. How do we adjust to these life challenges can make a difference. I am glad that you are here seeking therapy to gain support. My responsibility as a therapist is to support individuals and families without judgment. One of the goals in therapy is to build trust, integrity and a therapeutic connection. This work empowers individuals to changing distorted thoughts, behaviors and challenges in a person’s life.
Does your life have many turns and twists? Do you struggle with anxiety or depression? Are you overwhelmed with life adjustments and conflicts? We all experience pain, grief, disappointment and heartbreak in life. How do we adjust to these life challenges can make a difference. I am glad that you are here seeking therapy to gain support. My responsibility as a therapist is to support individuals and families without judgment. One of the goals in therapy is to build trust, integrity and a therapeutic connection. This work empowers individuals to changing distorted thoughts, behaviors and challenges in a person’s life.
(919) 646-5783 View (919) 646-5783
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Alicia Kayley Snell
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed by life's complexities, or are you struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, or a sense of unfulfillment? Perhaps you're seeking a delicate balance between your true self and who you aspire to be, longing for harmony and wellness amidst a world that often seems to pull you in different directions. You're not just looking to cope; you're aiming to thrive, seeking a compassionate counselor who understands your journey and can skillfully navigate you through the rough waters to reach your goals of inner peace, resilience, and joy.
Do you feel overwhelmed by life's complexities, or are you struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, or a sense of unfulfillment? Perhaps you're seeking a delicate balance between your true self and who you aspire to be, longing for harmony and wellness amidst a world that often seems to pull you in different directions. You're not just looking to cope; you're aiming to thrive, seeking a compassionate counselor who understands your journey and can skillfully navigate you through the rough waters to reach your goals of inner peace, resilience, and joy.
(910) 335-2955 View (910) 335-2955
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Elizabeth Ishola
Counselor, MS, NCC, BC-TMH, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. She operates from both a strengths-based approach and Person-Centered lens and draws upon practices from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Family Systems Therapy. She serves as an agent of change for her clients, helping to encourage and challenge them along their personal journeys. Elizabeth enjoys working with individuals who are in a space where they are becoming more autonomous and works to help them along their journey through life transitions, managing stress, anxiety, and relational issues.
Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. She operates from both a strengths-based approach and Person-Centered lens and draws upon practices from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Family Systems Therapy. She serves as an agent of change for her clients, helping to encourage and challenge them along their personal journeys. Elizabeth enjoys working with individuals who are in a space where they are becoming more autonomous and works to help them along their journey through life transitions, managing stress, anxiety, and relational issues.
(919) 873-4634 View (919) 873-4634
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Jackie Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
I have training in IFS, NARM, & somatic interventions and have experience working with CPTSD, self-esteem issues, shame, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating.
Do you lack confidence in who you are and what you have to offer? Maybe you find it hard to ask for what you want and be assertive. You might carry feelings of guilt, shame, powerlessness, disconnection to self and others. I get it. I know the feeling. And I'm inspired by you being here. How beautiful is it that no matter the pain we've trudged through to get here, there's still a part of us whispering: I matter. I deserve love & peace & healing. I am more than the story I've been told. It might be hard to believe that part of you, if you grew up in a home or endured an experience that told you otherwise.
I have training in IFS, NARM, & somatic interventions and have experience working with CPTSD, self-esteem issues, shame, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating.
Do you lack confidence in who you are and what you have to offer? Maybe you find it hard to ask for what you want and be assertive. You might carry feelings of guilt, shame, powerlessness, disconnection to self and others. I get it. I know the feeling. And I'm inspired by you being here. How beautiful is it that no matter the pain we've trudged through to get here, there's still a part of us whispering: I matter. I deserve love & peace & healing. I am more than the story I've been told. It might be hard to believe that part of you, if you grew up in a home or endured an experience that told you otherwise.
(919) 568-5948 View (919) 568-5948
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Katie Johnson, LCMHC
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27614  (Online Only)
My areas of passion are breaking patterns of anxiety, establishing safety from trauma responses, and gaining resiliency through any major life changes.
Welcome! My name is Katie (she/her), and I am a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and enjoy outdoor activities. I believe we are all good inside, but sometimes our current or past experiences can make us feel shame, anger, shock, or overwhelmed. My passion is working with people who struggle with worry, perfectionism, low self-esteem, shame, or any past or current trauma. I take pride in understanding your story by exploring your past, current struggles, culture, values, and beliefs. I specialize in anxiety and trauma. I work with individuals from ages 18 and up.
My areas of passion are breaking patterns of anxiety, establishing safety from trauma responses, and gaining resiliency through any major life changes.
Welcome! My name is Katie (she/her), and I am a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and enjoy outdoor activities. I believe we are all good inside, but sometimes our current or past experiences can make us feel shame, anger, shock, or overwhelmed. My passion is working with people who struggle with worry, perfectionism, low self-esteem, shame, or any past or current trauma. I take pride in understanding your story by exploring your past, current struggles, culture, values, and beliefs. I specialize in anxiety and trauma. I work with individuals from ages 18 and up.
(919) 883-9102 View (919) 883-9102
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Dale S Sheffield
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervis, PhD, MEd, LCMHCS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
My focus is Trauma, Addiction, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief & Mourning, Life Decisions, Post Traumatic Stress, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self Injurious Behaviors, Suicidal Thoughts, & Trichotillomania (hair pulling).
I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, "Affirmative Parenting." It is available as an ebook and paperback version on Amazon. My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, positive environment where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be explored and understood. I want to help people achieve problem resolution through personal and emotional growth. I have used this approach in a variety of mental health settings and, presently, in my private practice. Please visit my website for more details at www.drdalesheffield.com. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
My focus is Trauma, Addiction, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief & Mourning, Life Decisions, Post Traumatic Stress, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self Injurious Behaviors, Suicidal Thoughts, & Trichotillomania (hair pulling).
I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, "Affirmative Parenting." It is available as an ebook and paperback version on Amazon. My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, positive environment where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be explored and understood. I want to help people achieve problem resolution through personal and emotional growth. I have used this approach in a variety of mental health settings and, presently, in my private practice. Please visit my website for more details at www.drdalesheffield.com. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
(919) 913-8311 View (919) 913-8311
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Cornerstone Counseling and Wellness
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
Our specialty areas: addiction, ADHD, adoption, anxiety, autism spectrum, behavioral issues, career counseling, depression, eating disorders, family conflict, grief, life transitions, marital/premarital, mood disorders, OCD, parenting, peer relationships, self-esteem, stress, trauma/PTSD.
We have a full clinical team located in Raleigh, Wake Forest, Durham and Greenville, as well as a team that offers teletherapy to clients throughout the State of North Carolina. Please visit our website to learn more!
Our specialty areas: addiction, ADHD, adoption, anxiety, autism spectrum, behavioral issues, career counseling, depression, eating disorders, family conflict, grief, life transitions, marital/premarital, mood disorders, OCD, parenting, peer relationships, self-esteem, stress, trauma/PTSD.
We have a full clinical team located in Raleigh, Wake Forest, Durham and Greenville, as well as a team that offers teletherapy to clients throughout the State of North Carolina. Please visit our website to learn more!
(919) 948-1239 View (919) 948-1239
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Abbe Colodny
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
In addition to working with individuals with autism and other developmental disorders, I focus on working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, ADHD/ADD, oppositional/acting out behaviors, parenting issues, attachment, communication issues and relationship difficulties.
I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults dealing with developmental delays including autism/Asperger's and mental health disorders.
In addition to working with individuals with autism and other developmental disorders, I focus on working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, ADHD/ADD, oppositional/acting out behaviors, parenting issues, attachment, communication issues and relationship difficulties.
I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults dealing with developmental delays including autism/Asperger's and mental health disorders.
(919) 283-5738 View (919) 283-5738
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Katy FitzGerald
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Whether you suffer from depression or anxiety, or are having trouble finding your way through a difficult situation, I can help you find new -- and more effective -- ways of coping. Using a non-judgmental approach, along with proven therapeutic techniques, I can provide a safe place for you to explore new ways of thinking and responding to challenges in your life. I have experience in crisis response from working in the Duke Hospital emergency department, as well as substance abuse training from working at RJ Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment center.
Whether you suffer from depression or anxiety, or are having trouble finding your way through a difficult situation, I can help you find new -- and more effective -- ways of coping. Using a non-judgmental approach, along with proven therapeutic techniques, I can provide a safe place for you to explore new ways of thinking and responding to challenges in your life. I have experience in crisis response from working in the Duke Hospital emergency department, as well as substance abuse training from working at RJ Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment center.
(984) 223-4596 View (984) 223-4596
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L Lea Decker, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling overwhelmed or hopeless? Have you been struggling in your life or in your relationships? As your therapist my first concern is to provide you with a safe environment to look at the reasons that bring you in and the changes you wish to make. Whether the issue you bring in is a life transition, a loss, a difficult relationship,depression , anxiety or another problem, I see us working together to explore your goals, build new skills and build the confidence you need to make the changes you want..
Are you feeling overwhelmed or hopeless? Have you been struggling in your life or in your relationships? As your therapist my first concern is to provide you with a safe environment to look at the reasons that bring you in and the changes you wish to make. Whether the issue you bring in is a life transition, a loss, a difficult relationship,depression , anxiety or another problem, I see us working together to explore your goals, build new skills and build the confidence you need to make the changes you want..
(919) 429-7337 View (919) 429-7337
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Ashley Coleman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! I commend you on taking the first step on your healing journey and to become a better you! Mental health can be scary at times and makes you feel alone, uncertain or even lost at life. Are you feeling like you’re at a crossroads trying to navigate life, need help expressing yourself/thoughts, feeling depressed, high anxiety, have questions or feel unsupported? If you answered yes to any of those mentioned above, let's work together to put the pieces of your life puzzle back together to reach your highest potential!
Welcome! I commend you on taking the first step on your healing journey and to become a better you! Mental health can be scary at times and makes you feel alone, uncertain or even lost at life. Are you feeling like you’re at a crossroads trying to navigate life, need help expressing yourself/thoughts, feeling depressed, high anxiety, have questions or feel unsupported? If you answered yes to any of those mentioned above, let's work together to put the pieces of your life puzzle back together to reach your highest potential!
(919) 769-9924 x3000 View (919) 769-9924 x3000
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Angeline Walker
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
My name is Angeline Walker, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of North Carolina. I have over 20 years of counseling experience. I have worked with clients with concerns that include depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and relationship and self-esteem issues. I have helped children, adolescents, and adults discover new skills and healthy coping strategies to overcome trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression.
My name is Angeline Walker, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of North Carolina. I have over 20 years of counseling experience. I have worked with clients with concerns that include depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and relationship and self-esteem issues. I have helped children, adolescents, and adults discover new skills and healthy coping strategies to overcome trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression.
(704) 908-6280 View (704) 908-6280
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Tiffany Rogers
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHCS, NCC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27612
Waitlist for new clients
Ever felt alone, rejected or misunderstood? Or simply just felt overwhelmed with many obstacles coming at once? If you have, you are not the only one, nor are you in this by yourself. In fact, I believe that it is my duty and my obligation to give you support and help you realize that there is a way to get your life back, to become a better you! Regardless if it is addiction, depression, anxiety or just overall life- you can overcome whatever you are facing with the right tools , skills and support.
Ever felt alone, rejected or misunderstood? Or simply just felt overwhelmed with many obstacles coming at once? If you have, you are not the only one, nor are you in this by yourself. In fact, I believe that it is my duty and my obligation to give you support and help you realize that there is a way to get your life back, to become a better you! Regardless if it is addiction, depression, anxiety or just overall life- you can overcome whatever you are facing with the right tools , skills and support.
(984) 207-3267 View (984) 207-3267
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Andrea Jordan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, NCC, CCTP, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults who struggle with trauma & PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship concerns, grief, self-esteem, and emotional regulation.
Starting therapy can be an intimidating process. My desire as a counselor is to provide a safe, supportive environment where you are free to be your authentic self and explore your thoughts and emotions at your own pace. Together, we will investigate your wants and needs, the thoughts that trouble you, and the life experiences that have impacted you. I aim to work collaboratively with you to create and achieve goals and find balance in your life.
I specialize in working with adults who struggle with trauma & PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship concerns, grief, self-esteem, and emotional regulation.
Starting therapy can be an intimidating process. My desire as a counselor is to provide a safe, supportive environment where you are free to be your authentic self and explore your thoughts and emotions at your own pace. Together, we will investigate your wants and needs, the thoughts that trouble you, and the life experiences that have impacted you. I aim to work collaboratively with you to create and achieve goals and find balance in your life.
(984) 231-9767 View (984) 231-9767
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Imani White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Waitlist for new clients
Hi! I'm a Black female therapist who deeply understands the challenges faced when dealing with societal pressures, trauma - be it generational, historical, racial, or relationship-based, and the general stressors of life. Whether you're grappling with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression or chronic health, know that you are not alone, and I'm here to help. Think of our sessions together as a safe space, a supportive tool to navigate life's ups and downs. I believe in interrupting negative thoughts and feelings that chip away at our self-worth.
Hi! I'm a Black female therapist who deeply understands the challenges faced when dealing with societal pressures, trauma - be it generational, historical, racial, or relationship-based, and the general stressors of life. Whether you're grappling with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression or chronic health, know that you are not alone, and I'm here to help. Think of our sessions together as a safe space, a supportive tool to navigate life's ups and downs. I believe in interrupting negative thoughts and feelings that chip away at our self-worth.
(919) 736-6291 View (919) 736-6291
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Marlo Sell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMCH
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Marlo Sell is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in North Carolina, and she works with adults. Many of Marlo’s clients experience depression, and anxiety, fatigue, negative emotions, and overall dissatisfaction in life, and they seek a way to manage these emotions rather than ignore them. Marlo teaches them helpful coping strategies to try when they begin to feel overwhelmed. Clients learn skills from DBT, CBT, EFT, and mindfulness. Marlo is a collaborative therapist who promotes self-compassion and and self-understanding. Marlo also offers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in office as another modality to reduce symptoms.
Marlo Sell is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in North Carolina, and she works with adults. Many of Marlo’s clients experience depression, and anxiety, fatigue, negative emotions, and overall dissatisfaction in life, and they seek a way to manage these emotions rather than ignore them. Marlo teaches them helpful coping strategies to try when they begin to feel overwhelmed. Clients learn skills from DBT, CBT, EFT, and mindfulness. Marlo is a collaborative therapist who promotes self-compassion and and self-understanding. Marlo also offers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in office as another modality to reduce symptoms.
(984) 223-8762 View (984) 223-8762
Anxiety Therapists

What are the most common treatments for anxiety?

Talk therapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, is the most common treatment for anxiety. Studies have shown it is equally effective as medication. Other popular forms of therapy are popular, depending on a patient’s experience. Exposure therapy, for instance, can be useful for people dealing with fears and phobias, or who have experienced traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy may be useful for patients who need help with emotion regulation. Anxiolytic medications, like benzodiazepines, can also help with calming a person enough to focus on the skills they’ve learned, and physical exercise has been shown to help symptoms of anxiety across the board.

How long does therapy for anxiety take to work?

The amount of time needed to alleviate symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s condition. Some therapies may take 5-20 weekly sessions to show results. Anti-depressant medications typically take two to four weeks before a benefit is felt. Anti-anxiety medications are felt typically within 20-30 minutes. Medications are best used to offer a patient a better headspace in which to work on techniques learned in therapy. Exercise, improved sleep habits, and meditation are effective, but takes weeks or months to show results.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at times, but when anxiety causes disruption to your daily life, it may be time to seek help. Such disruption can be mental, physical, or both: having fear dominate your thoughts, avoiding situations or objects that bring on feelings of anxiety, or experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or panic attacks. When these symptoms are recurrent and distressing, it may be time to talk to someone.

How effective is treatment for anxiety?

Treatment for anxiety has been shown to be moderately to highly effective, according to a large body of psychology studies and analyses. For some people, treatment using CBT or exposure therapy alone is effective. Others respond best to a combination of medication and therapy.