Anxiety Therapy in NYC

Anxiety can take us away from the life we want. Therapy for anxiety can help you lighten the burden you’re carrying and learn how to engage more confidently and effectively in your life.

Therapy for Anxiety in New York

Anxiety doesn’t have to hold you back from what is most meaningful to you.

If you’re a New Yorker suffering from anxiety, you probably don’t need to search, “What is Anxiety?” on Google. From living with soaring rent prices, to bustling streets and managing high-pressure job stress, New Yorkers know anxiety well.

Anxiety has many forms and many related disorders, like Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  It may feel like intense worry, racing thoughts, panic, or dread.

You know it’s much more than day-to-day stress.

What is Anxiety?

Having anxiety is a truly human experience. Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress – everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. You may feel anxious about starting a new school year, a new job, or taking a big exam.

Anxiety that surrounds these sorts of events may feel uncomfortable, but it can also be motivating. Common anxiety often ebbs and flows, but you’re still able to navigate your life without interference. Anxiety only becomes a disorder if the fear, worries, and nervousness stays with you most of the time.

This anxiety may interfere with your ability to participate in your life in the way you want. It could cause you to avoid certain places, people – it can sometimes leave people home-bound. Typically, without treatment, anxiety can only worsen.

However, anxiety doesn’t have to take over your life, without hope. Anxiety disorders are very common and incredibly treatable.

Common Anxiety Symptoms

Sometimes you may sweat and feel tingling in your body. You may have racing thoughts and really troubling thoughts and worries that won’t seem to go away, no matter what you try.

Anxiety isn’t just nervousness. It can look like:

  • Intense worry or obsessions
  • Pounding heart
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Procrastination
  • Avoidance of people, places, situations, or objects

Contemporary care

Empathetic Experts

Our therapists and coaches have combined decades of experience and are specially trained to provide high quality, compassionate support for your health and wellbeing.

Goal oriented

We’re dedicated to using evidence-based methods to ensure you receive the most effective treatment and meet your goals.

Here to support you

personalized matching

We know that having a better relationship with your therapist leads to better outcomes, so we carefully match you with the right therapist to fit your unique needs.

compassionate care

It’s important to our therapists that you feel safe, seen, and understood in therapy. Our offices are judgment-free spaces.

Types of Therapy for Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the approach our NYC therapists seek to reduce the intensity and frequency of a client’s emotional pain, suffering, and self-defeating behaviors. CBT can help clients to cultivate skills leading to goal achievement and life satisfaction by assessing and treating:

  • Cognitions what we think
  • Behaviors what we do and say
  • Emotions how we feel
  • Relationships how we interact with others

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is what’s considered a “third-wave” type of therapy developed after CBT. ACT can help you learn how to drop the struggle with any negative thoughts you have, rather than trying to push them away or defeat them. By building distance between yourself and your thoughts and emotions, your symptoms will likely naturally decrease.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  It has been applied to various mental disorders, e.g., anxiety, anger, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, etc. REBT was created by Dr. Albert Ellis. Al Ellis was originally trained as a psychoanalyst and began practicing psychoanalysis in New York City. After working with his patients for some time, he became dissatisfied with the lack of progress they were making. At this point he decided to return to his long-term passion, philosophy, to see if the wisdom there could benefit clients.

He developed the ABC model of emotional disturbance largely based on the work of philosophers who emphasized the role of beliefs and thinking in influencing emotional states.  The REBT ABC model is an acronym that stands for Activating Events, Beliefs, and Consequences. Consequences include both emotional consequences and behavioral consequences. REBT therefore conceptualizes emotional disturbances like anxiety, as a result of the combination of  an activating event and one’s beliefs about the activating event, the self, life and the future.

How Our NYC Therapists Can Help

New York Behavioral Health therapists use best practices. Since we use scientifically supported treatments for anxiety, there is good reason to believe your (or your loved one’s) anxiety symptoms can begin to improve very soon.

  • Understand why certain fears, places, or situations influence anxiety
  • Apply effective coping skills for minimizing stress and anxiety
  • Change your relationship with the experience of anxiety by approaching it with acceptance, rather than avoidance 
  • Make space for the physical symptoms of anxiety, and understand their impermanence
  • Prevent stress from escalating with coping skills to regulate your nervous system
  • Learn to focus on the present moment and commit to making choices that are true to you

Anxiety Specialists

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How Therapy for Anxiety Works

Step one

Connect with your therapist by either completing our matching form or reaching out to our care coordinators over the phone.

Step two

Attend a 45 minute intake session, where you will get to know your chosen therapist. The point of this visit is to learn what brought you to therapy and how we can help.

Step three

In each ongoing session, you and your therapist will use trusted therapy approaches to help you develop and reach your goals. Collaboratively, you’ll connect in a safe, comfortable space to help you engage in your life in the way you want.

Anxiety doesn't have to hold you back.

Our expert NYC therapists can help you start your path forward. We’ll offer you a judgment-free space to build the skills you need to effectively move beyond anxiety’s grasp, and live the life you want.