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5 Ways Your Chicago Therapist Can Help Treat Your Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety, some more than others. When anxiety begins to interfere with your daily life and activities, it is important to look into seeing a Chicago anxiety therapist. When you start to see a therapist, you will be offered a wide variety of treatment options to best address your anxiety and how you can manage your disorder. 

To learn more about our anxiety therapy services in Chicago, give us a call at (312) 620-7551.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  

Cognitive behavioral therapy—also known as CBT for short—is one of the most common and effective methods of treating anxiety. When you consult a therapist, this is one of the first methods of coping with anxiety they will recommend. Through CBT, your Chicago anxiety therapist will help a patient identify and, ultimately, manage factors that contribute to their anxiety. 

CBT is best for those who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. 

Group Therapy 

Many therapists also offer group therapy. Group therapy is also known to be an effective treatment for anxiety because it helps create a sense of unity. When people speak about their struggles amongst others, it is much easier to feel supported. In addition to CBT, a therapist will highly recommend group therapy. 

You may find that some patients in group therapy are struggling with other kinds of disorders, which also makes for a great learning experience. 

Family Therapy 

Although this is a less common method, your therapist may offer family therapy as a way to help manage and cope with anxiety. Similar to group therapy, this helps create a sense of support, empathy, and sympathy. 

Partaking in this kind of therapy helps make struggles known to loved ones and family members. In turn, this helps the family learn how they can better help their loved ones to cope with their anxiety. 

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy involves the patient directly facing their fears in increasing increments. For example, a therapist may have patients look at pictures of their fears or phobias as a starting point and work their way up from there. Exposure therapy is best for those who have phobias or suffer from the following: 

  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

Coping Skills 

While attending any of these therapies, a therapist will have you learn about coping methods. These coping methods are intended to help manage your anxiety in and outside of therapy sessions. Some common coping methods include: 

  • Mindfulness 
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Involvement in support groups 

It is important to make use of these coping methods every day to ensure the management of anxiety. These methods are some of the most essential things to gain from attending therapy. 

How to Know Which Treatment is Best For You 

If you are unsure of what method of therapy would work best for you, you can always consult with a Chicago anxiety therapist from Latinx Talk Therapy. There is no one more knowledgeable than an anxiety therapist to point you in the right direction. When consulting with a therapist for the first time, they will discuss what you are struggling with the most to ensure you get the necessary treatment. 

Work with a Therapist from Latinx Talk Therapy  

The therapists at Latinx Talk Therapy are equipped to help patients with all sorts of struggles, no matter how minor, or severe they may seem. Contact us today by calling (312) 620-7551 to learn more about how our services can help you.

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