Anxiety COUNSELING

WHAT IS ANXIETY?

Anxiety is a normal and common human reaction to stressful situations. It is characterized by nervousness, apprehension, self-doubt, and can cause physical bodily responses like increased blood pressure and heart rate.

Anxiety disorders occur when an anxious reaction is out of proportion with the stressful situation that caused the reaction. An anxiety disorder will cause a person to feel anxiety on a much larger scale or for a larger period of time that what one would expect for the situation – so much so that the anxiety will interfere with daily life. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive psychiatric disorders in the United States. There are many types of anxiety disorders. Some types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – The most common anxiety disorder. GAD is a chronic disorder involving long lasting, excessive anxiety about nonspecific life events, objects, or situations. People with GAD may not be able to identify the cause of their anxiety.
  • Phobia – An irrational fear and avoidance of an object or situation.
  • Panic Disorder – Panic attacks are brief and sudden attacks of intense terror. Panic attacks usually peak at about 10 minutes but can last for hours. Panic disorders usually occur after periods of prolonged stress or frightening experiences.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Anxiety that results from a previous trauma. PTSD often leads to lasting and severe memories or flashbacks of the trauma.

WHAT CAUSES ANXIETY?

Anxiety is a bodily response to anticipate danger. It is important for survival and allows people to protect themselves or avoid harm, much like the “fight or flight” response.

Anxious behavior can be both inherited and learned. For example, research shows that children can both inherit anxious behavior from their parents and learn anxious behavior that their parents model.

Beyond the normal occasional anxious behavior, research proves that anxiety disorders run in families. Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and exposure to stressful life events.

TREATMENT OF ANXIETY

There are many effective treatments for anxiety and anxiety disorders:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – The basic premise of CBT is that our thoughts affect the way we feel. CBT sessions include the practice of Cognitive Restructuring, commonly known as Thought Challenging. This is a process where the counselor helps a client challenge negative thinking patterns that contribute to their anxiety and replacing those thinking patterns with more positive thoughts.
  • Exposure Therapy – A key component to anxiety is that it causes people to avoid the situations that cause them anxiety. Exposure therapy aims to expose those with anxiety to the situations or objects that cause them anxiety. Over time, they will feel like they have more control over the situation and their anxiety will diminish.
  • Exercise
  • Relaxation Techniques such as Mindfulness

WHY SEEK HELP?

If you are suffering from anxiety, know that there is no quick fix for your condition. However, anxiety disorders are highly treatable. Many people with anxiety report that after seeking help from a qualified counselor, they see improvements with in the first few sessions.

Written by Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or traumatizing experiences, these can be complicated matters which take time and patience. I work with each person to develop an individual plan, considering where you come from, where you are now, and ultimately where you want to be.

Anxiety Therapists at Gibson Counseling

Andrew Lipinski, LPC

Andrew Lipinski, LPC

Andrew's Availability / New Client Regsitration Read more about Andrew Andrew's Patient PortalAndy's Video Therapy Sessions

Location: Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted: Aetna/Aetna EAP, Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, Triwest, United Health Care(Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: Yes  (Video and in office)

Expertise:Kids (5 yr and up) and Adults (no couples)

Amanda Durst, LPC

Amanda Durst, LPC

Amanda's Availability / New Client RegsitrationRead more about AmandaAmanda's Patient PortalAmanda's Video Therapy Sessions

Location:Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna/Aetna EAP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Options, United Health Care (optum, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)/United Health Care EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, Triwest

Accepting New Clients: Yes-Video only

Expertise:Kids (5 yr and up), Female Adults and Couples

Sheryl Stiffler, LMFT

Sheryl Stiffler, LMFT

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Location: Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna/Aetna EAP, BCBS, Beacon, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, Triwest, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: No

Expertise: Kids (6 yr and up), Adults and Couples

Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

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Location: North Round Rock

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna/Aetna EAP, Multiplan/PHCS, Tricare, Triwest, Humana, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers), Sendero

Accepting New Clients: Yes (Video and in office)

Expertise:Kids (10 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Mario J. Gonzalez, LPC

Mario J. Gonzalez, LPC

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Location: South Round Rock

Insurances Accepted: Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers).  Please check with your insurance company to determine if video therapy or "teletherapy" is covered. Many insurances offer teletherapy at the same cost as a traditional office visit.

Accepting New Clients: No

Expertise: Adults and couples

Sally Guerra, LPC

Sally Guerra, LPC

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Location: Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted: Aetna/Aetna EAP, Beacon Options/Beacon EAP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare,  Triwest, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: YES -Video only

Expertise: Kids (5yr and up), Adults and Couples

Dayle Malen, LCSW, M.Ed.

Dayle Malen, LCSW, M.Ed.

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Location: South Round Rock

Insurances Accepted: Aetna/Aetna EAP, Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, Triwest, United Health Care(Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: Yes (No Substance abuse or history of addiction/excessive use. No Eating Disorders) VIDEO THERAPY ONLY AT THIS TIME

Expertise: Adults and couples

Whitney Woodby, LPC

Whitney Woodby, LPC

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Location: North Round Rock

Insurances Accepted: Aetna/Aetna EAP, Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS,  Sendero, Tricare, Triwest, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: No -video counseling and in person

Expertise: Kids (13 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Danielle Linders, NCC, LPC, LCDC

Danielle Linders, NCC, LPC, LCDC

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Location: North Round Rock

Insurances Accepted: Aetna/Aetna EAP, Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, Triwest, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: No

Expertise: Adults and Couples

Paulina Pina, LPC

Paulina Pina, LPC

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Location: North Round Rock

Insurances Accepted: Aetna/Aetna EAP, Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield,  Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, Triwest, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: No

Expertise:Kids (8 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Alyssandra Livingston-Shelburne, LPC, RPT

Alyssandra Livingston-Shelburne, LPC, RPT

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Location: South Round Rock

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna/Aetna EAP, Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Tricare, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Triwest, United Health Care(Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: No

Expertise: Kids (5 yrs and older) and Individual adults (no couples)

Christina Glaze, LCSW

Christina Glaze, LCSW

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Location: Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna, BCBS,  Beacon Options, Multiplan/PHCS, Humana, Sendero, Triwest, United Health Care (Optum/Optum EAP, UMR, Oscar, Allsavers)

Accepting New Clients: NO

Expertise: Kids (10 yr and up), Adults and Couples

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