Do You Struggle With Anxiety?
Are you often nervous, agitated, or on edge?
Do you consider yourself an overthinker, with your thoughts and fears replaying on a loop?
Is anxiety getting in the way of your ability to enjoy your life?
Anxiety is prevalent throughout our society—it’s the most common mental health hurdle we come up against as humans, and it affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Common symptoms of anxiety include:
Ruminating or obsessive thoughts
Inability to focus
Digestive issues, including nausea
These symptoms impact every area of life, including our work and relationships. In some cases, social anxiety—a fear of social situations—can develop, furthering our discomfort. Anxiety is also closely related to phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Anxiety Presents Differently In Children And Teens
Though anxiety is common in adults, it often develops in childhood. In fact, it’s estimated that as of 2020, close to 10 percent of children and adolescents experience anxiety.¹
However, anxiety can present differently in kids and teens. Child- and adolescent-specific symptoms may include:
Refusal to go to school
Stomach butterflies and stomach aches
Lack of engagement with peers
Anxiety looks different for everyone experiencing it. If you or your child struggle with chronic stress, worry, and an inability to feel at ease, a counselor can help. In therapy through Old Towne Counseling, you can receive a tailored treatment plan to help reduce anxiety symptoms.
Where Does Anxiety Come From?
We live in a hectic culture that is often hyper-focused on staying busy and productive. As a result, high-performance standards and expectations emerge, trickling down into our work, academic performance, and relationships. So many demands are placed on us, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
In addition, some of us are hardwired for anxiety. Genetic factors often play into the onset of anxiety. And if we were raised in environments where there were unreachable standards for success or greatness, we can develop perfectionistic tendencies.
No matter when our anxiety develops or how we experience it, treatment is available. Our therapists can help you build the skills needed to manage and overcome anxiety.
Anxiety Treatment Through Old Towne Counseling Services
Therapy is a safe, quiet, supportive space. With anxiety impacting your life, you may not have very many opportunities to slow down and share your experience. But our counselors will listen, offer tools and perspectives, and work with you to identify the source of your anxiety.
Our team of clinicians offers anxiety treatment to children, teens, and adults, providing tailored mental healthcare to individuals throughout Virginia.
What To Expect
Once we have matched you with the therapist best suited to your needs, we will conduct a standard intake to help determine treatment goals. For minors in therapy, parents/guardians will be invited to the first session to further explore your child’s anxiety symptoms and any concerns you have about the counseling process. From there, we will collaborate on customized solutions to help you feel better.
We have several experienced and knowledgeable clinicians on staff who will utilize therapeutic perspectives, methods, and skills as suited to your needs. Though each therapist may approach anxiety treatment differently, our overall goal is to get you closer to the fulfilled, joyful life that you seek. Treatment approaches might include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – allows you to adjust your relationship between your emotions, behaviors, and your anxiety
Solution-Focused Therapy – identifies the anxiety-specific challenges you experience and the coping skills needed to overcome them
Reality Therapy – focuses on improving circumstances, behaviors, and relationships
Motivational Interviewing – enhances your motivation to change
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – provides skills for distress tolerance
Once triggers are identified and coping skills are developed, we can dig into the deeper work of understanding the core issue driving your anxiety. However, the why is ultimately less important than the meaningful solutions we will help you create in order to live the best life possible.
Treatment And Medication
If coping skills and behavior changes don’t adequately reduce your anxiety symptoms, you and your therapist may explore other treatment interventions, such as medication. We have providers on staff who are licensed to prescribe anxiety medication, and we will ensure that you are working with a clinician who can help you accomplish your unique treatment goals.
Therapy gives you an opportunity to pause, look at the big picture, and breathe a sigh of relief in adjusting your outlook. When the worries and looping thoughts can stop, you will be afforded much more time to be you. Whether that means focusing on your relationships, striving toward new goals at work, or just generally feeling better about life, we can help you live with less fear and worry.
Maybe You’re Not Sure If You Would Benefit From Therapy For Anxiety…
My family says I don’t need counseling—I should be able to figure out my anxiety on my own.
Sometimes others don’t fully understand our needs, and that’s okay. Though your family’s support and understanding would be great, their opinion should not get in the way of your healing.
Counseling is a time for you to receive tailored care so that you can fully grasp the impact that anxiety has had on your life. With deeper insight, you will be able to develop meaningful coping skills and lifestyle changes that can improve your quality of life.
I don’t have time for anxiety treatment.
We know it can be hard to find the time to take that first step and make a commitment to therapy. But treatment is an opportunity to prioritize yourself. While counseling requires time, it will help you to feel better and less anxious—ultimately freeing up time in your life to devote to the activities, relationships, and experiences that fulfill you.
Therapy is expensive.
We have a wide variety of providers, meaning that several payment options are available. Alongside our seasoned licensed counselors, psychologists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners are interns and supervisees offering services at a reduced cost. We also accept most insurance plans.
Don’t let your overwhelming thoughts and fears keep you from putting yourself first—you deserve to feel better.
Live With Less Worry
If anxiety negatively affects you or your child’s quality of life, treatment through Old Towne Counseling Services can help improve your symptoms. To schedule an appointment, please call (804) 398 – 8401 or fill out a registration form.