Psychotherapy for Anxiety
If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment. Our licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) provide psychotherapy for depression in three conveniently located offices. We accept most insurance plans, managed care referrals, and EAP's (Employee Assistance Plans). Counseling fees are on a sliding scale for those without insurance.
Our offices are conveniently located at:
705 Summerfield Avenue,
Psychotherapy for Anxiety
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
25 Kilmer Drive, Bldg. 3, Ste. 212,
Morganville, NJ 07751
1 Main Street, Suite 104,
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Most individuals experience periods of mild anxiety, especially in relation to obligations, deadlines, and other everyday life situations, such as driving in traffic. Mild anxiety is a normal part of life and includes things like worrying, tension, and agitation. Research has indicated that mild anxiety is beneficial, because it heightens awareness and alertness. For some individuals, feelings of anxiety are more intense, prolonged, and debilitating – causing serious disruptions in normal functioning. Psychotherapy is effective in treating all forms of anxiety – from mild to severe.
Mental health agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health, identify five of the most common anxiety disorders that can leave individuals with symptoms as varied as heart palpitations, abdominal pain and intense preoccupation with death and dying. Some of the most common disorders include:
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- General Anxiety Disorder
If you often feel nervous going into ordinary situations or suddenly feel fearful, dizzy or out of the breath, it's possible you could be having panic attacks. The signs of a panic disorder manifest as an unexpected feelings of terror for no valid reason. An individual will experience several unpleasant symptoms like rapid pulse, irritability, and even a fear of dying.
If you have an insatiable need to do repetitive behaviors like washing your hands several dozen times a day, switching on and off appliances, lights or faucets, even hoarding any number of objects, you could be suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). These strange symptoms are triggered by a person's need to control their anxiety. Sufferers of OCD are known to isolate themselves, make mounting, impossible demands on the people around them and even cause self-harm when involved in a ritualistic behavior.
Cutting off Contact
Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, an individual will have irrational fears that can be limited to one type of situation like public speaking or eating in front of others, to such a broad range of fears that the person feels compelled to blockade herself in the home, and most extremely, to one room.
It's not unusual to have a scary dream from time to time, but if you have terrifying dreams or daytime flashbacks, you could be showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD has become more known in recent years due to the increasing numbers of soldiers returning from war with this diagnosis. Symptoms occur after an individual experiences a life-altering, traumatic event. Anything from childhood abuse, natural disasters to a sexual attack can trigger this illness. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks and intense anger.
Fatigue and Headaches
A variety of symptoms like fatigue, muscle tension, headaches and nausea may sound like any number of illnesses. Some people may be surprised to learn that these are also symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Sufferers may resist relationships, lose jobs, or mistreat friends and family because of their inability to control emotions and consequential behaviors. This disorder is diagnosed after a person exhibits symptoms for about six consecutive months.