Types of Anxiety
People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or even longer. These episodes are called panic attacks. Panic attacks typically include a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. Panic attacks may include sweating, shaking, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
Treatment for Anxiety
Generally speaking, Dr. Chloe starts with sessions that facilitate an exploration of your particular experience of anxiety. This permits her to either recognize that you are someone who benefits greatly just by considering the anxiety in a supportive and therapeutic environment, or recognize that you are some who would benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy. If appropriate, Dr. Chloe develop a cognitive-behavioral program that is tailored to your needs. As you work with the program you may want to revisit the sessions that are structured as more of an open space for you to explore your feelings and build awareness, or you may decide that once you have learned the cognitive-behavioral program you feel your therapy is complete.
Dr. Chloe works with clients who are seeking both short-term therapy as well as clients who prefer to coming for a standing weekly visit. Dr. Chloe respects your right to choose short-term or ongoing therapy, and if you are unsure which you need she will help you to explore the options available to relieve anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that has been shown to be extremely effective in helping my clients deal with anxiety. CBT is normally considered a short term therapy, which typically involves coming to therapy once per week. It focuses on behavior and thinking patterns and helps clients make sense of by thinking rationally about the stressors that cause their anxiety.
CBT breaks down the problematic thoughts and behaviors into smaller parts in order to find better ways of dealing with them. Research has shown CBT to be very effective in quickly dealing with anxiety and preventing future anxiety problems. CBT is a habit changing therapy that helps to challenge negative, anxious thoughts. Problem feelings and trends are identified so that they can be dealt with in more effective ways.
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that helps you to observe your life and successfully engage at a deep emotional level. Through this practice you identify destructive emotions and feelings and then work through them. With the skills you learn in mindfulness training we will examine what’s happening in your life and your relationships. We also examine how effective your current anxiety coping mechanisms are and determine if there might be better ways of dealing with them. Dr. Chloe also works with other forms of meditation in addition to mindfulness meditation, and she has found medication to be a very helpful adjunct to traditional psychotherapy.