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Anxiety Disorders Treatment

Is Anxiety a Problem For Me?

Anxiety is a normal part of life. Everyone has worries and uncertainties.  Anxiety Disorders Treatment Chicago South BarringtonHowever, anxiety gets to be a problem when it gets in the way of you living your life. Anxiety takes many forms – thoughts, images, memories, and/or worries may replay in your mind. You may avoid your obligations. Every-day tasks feel overwhelming. If you are a parent, you may be concerned that your child is missing too much school or is having trouble making friends.

When overwhelmed with anxiety, people may be irritable, restless, and constantly worrying. Sleep may become difficult. You may have headaches, gastrointestinal symptoms, and body aches. You have been to many therapists or tried several medications.

There is help!

I understand anxiety.  A certain level of anxiety is healthy, even motivating. When it gets above a certain point, it affects your life. I offer outpatient anxiety disorders treatment, assessment, and consultation. I will work carefully with you to gain an understanding of why you feel the way you do and develop an individualized plan to move toward your goals. As a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), I have received extensive training in focused, evidenced-based treatments for anxiety disorders and OCD.

I use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you identify and change thoughts that increase and maintain anxiety as well as adjust problematic behavioral patterns. I also utilize Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy (when appropriate), a technique that involves learning to manage anxiety more effectively by facing fears, in and out of session. In addition, we will use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help stop anxiety from controlling your behavior and move toward your goals. Many of my client have anxiety that is secondary to trauma. Therefore, I am trained in trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Additionally, I am trained in Habit Reversal Training (HRT).

Anxiety problems I can treat include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Combined anxiety and depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Health-Related Anxiety
  • Social Phobia/Social Anxiety
  • School Anxiety/School Refusal
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)/ Excoriation Disorder (skin picking)
  • Picky eating/sensory issues around food
  • Orthorexia

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