Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety Counseling & Therapy

High quality, evidence-based therapy made for everyday people who are struggling with worry, stress and anxiety. We know what you’re going through. We can help.

Why is Anxiety Such a Struggle? What is the Anxiety Treatment that Gets Us Back to Living Life?

Life wasn’t supposed to be this hard. You feel exhausted and you’re overwhelmed with the thoughts of family, work, school, or simply just day to day life. No matter how hard you try, the worry and stress keep you from being present and enjoying life.

Life presents all kinds of stressful situations and over time, the pressure can break down your sense of self-confidence and even your self-esteem. The anxiety that builds can snowball into something you feel you can’t stop and leave you feeling powerless and stuck.

You’re ready to be free from the worry and start living life without fear of the future. No more getting caught in all of the “what-if’s” that make it hard to make decisions. No more spikes in anxiety and panic at the triggers in daily life.

 

It’s time to move from coping with anxiety, to taking control of the worry, and living the life you want to live. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment or ask a question:

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Acuity’s 1-on-1 Therapies for:


Anxiety »


Depression »


Relationship Issues »


Grief & Loss »


Trauma & PTSD »


Eating Disorders and Body Image »


OUR THERAPY APPROACHES

(CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy »
(EDMR) Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing »



Our Clinicians also help with:

  • Personal Growth
  • Navigating Life Transitions (relocation, career changes, stage of life growth)
  • Existential Concerns
  • Managing Anger or Panic
  • Gaining control over Substance use & Addiction

Common Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety looks different for every person.

Here are some of the common signs of anxiety that you may experience. If any of these resonate with you, you may benefit from anxiety therapy:

  • Feeling nervous, tense or “on edge”
  • Sweating, experiencing chest pain or tension, 
  • Having trouble sleeping at night, insomnia
  • Trouble focusing or thinking clearly, being preoccupied with worry or fear
  • Avoidance of social situations or places that are triggers
  • Feelings of panic, fear or even dread

Common Types of Anxiety That We Address

In addition to identifying your specific symptoms, understanding the type of anxiety you are struggling with can help develop a plan for treatment.

Here are the most common types of anxiety related conditions you may be struggling with:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic or Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress or PTSD
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Phobias

Many People Struggle With Anxiety. Anxiety Therapy Can Help. 

Anxiety is a normal response to triggers and stress. In fact, Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the US, impacting over 40 million people each year. Many can live productive lives with a low level of anxiety, perhaps as a consistent feeling of dread or feeling like the other shoe is always about to drop. As the anxiety grows it can become a permanent feature of life as tension and stress mount. In these situations, it’s very difficult to manage the symptoms of anxiety, like worry and constantly racing thoughts, on your own. That’s when anxiety therapy can make all the difference.

Counseling can help you understand the root of where your fear and worry come from. By increasing your self-awareness, you can begin to develop skills and strategies for addressing the symptoms of anxiety.

Over time and with guidance, you will learn to acknowledge your anxious thoughts, and let them pass, giving you back the control that you are seeking.

Our Approach: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Anxiety

Just as your anxiety symptoms are personal to you, so is our approach to helping you with your anxiety. You and your therapist will take an evidenced based approach, such as cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), to help you reduce the frequency and intensity of your anxiety.

Our approaches to treating anxiety symptoms have been proven to be highly effective. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, your therapist will help you identify negative thoughts and thought patterns, sometimes called cognitive distortions, that contribute to your anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Once you have identified these anxious patterns of thinking, you can begin to create strategies and learn skills that will help you to reduce your reaction to anxiety and even decrease your response to triggers.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) are newer approaches to treating anxiety symptoms, sometimes called “Third Wave” and “New Wave” psychotherapy. Both of these therapies focus heavily on helping you increase self-awareness of the root cause of the anxiety symptoms, so that you can control anxiety. Instead, as the names suggest, these perspectives help you to make space for anxiety to exist in a healthy way in your life, as well as make connections to your personal values.

In each session with your counselor, you will explore the root causes of your anxiety and gain awareness of how to better manage the worry and stress that results. Together, you and your counselor will develop strategies that are personalized to you, and that will allow you to live the life you’ve always wanted.

At Acuity Counseling it is especially important to us that you feel seen and heard in a safe space. Our focus is on your future success, and we are here to help you learn the coping skills you need to navigate any future situation. 

Regardless of how it started, anxiety can feel like a huge weight to carry. Whether you are struggling with intense anxiety that leaves you feeling paralyzed or are a silent sufferer, keeping it all together on the outside but feeling like you can’t manage the anxiety on the inside, Acuity Counseling anxiety therapists are here to help. We are here to create a safe therapeutic space, and walk with you on your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions for Anxiety Therapy

How can Anxiety Therapy help me?

Anxiety therapy can help you learn to manage your anxiety symptoms differently, giving you coping skills and real life strategies for interrupting the negative cycle of worry and out of control thoughts.

Which therapist is right for me?

Let us help you find the right therapist. Many of our therapists specialize in anxiety, so view our profiles online to learn more about specific counselors specializing in anxiety treatment or speak with our Client Care Coordinator, who can help you with a personalized match to the right therapist for your needs. 

Finding the RIGHT therapist is the most important piece of reaching your goals.

How long does Anxiety Therapy take?

Counseling works best within the framework of a safe and trusted therapeutic alliance. Since it takes time to build this relationship with your therapist, we recommend committing to weekly sessions for at least 8 weeks. Research shows that consistency adds to the positive outcomes of therapy. Once you reach your 8-week goal, you and your therapist can discuss a frequency of sessions that will support your continued success.

I’ve never done therapy before...What can I expect in my sessions?

The unknown of anything new can make it scary. Especially if you’ve never been to counseling before. Let us show you the “roadmap” so you know what to expect:

1st Session:
This first meeting is an introduction for both you and your counselor. Your therapist will explain the therapy process and go over the specifics of informed consent. From there, your therapist will gather additional information about your history, current circumstances, as well as struggles and personal strengths, which will help them to define a treatment plan that aligns with your goals. 

This is also the chance for you to learn more about your therapist. We encourage you to ask questions and get to know them; the relationship you build with your therapist will be the most important part of your work together. 

2nd Session and Future sessions:
In your weekly sessions, you and your therapist will use evidenced based therapies such as CBT, Mindfulness or ACT, to help you address your symptoms of worry, stress and anxiety. For anxiety rooted in trauma, or related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), your therapist may recommend treatment with EMDR.

Closing Sessions:
Our goal is for you to find relief from your anxiety and be ready to “graduate” from therapy. In the last few sessions with your therapist, you will review your initial goals, the progress you have made, and solidify your new skills for managing anxiety in your life. At your last meeting together, you’ll have the time for the meaningful goodbye with your therapist.

How much does Anxiety Counseling cost?

We strive to create access to high quality mental healthcare for everyone. Our therapists’ rates vary by experience and specialized training. We will make every effort to find the right therapist for you. 

Acuity Counseling also accepts health insurance and offers both in-network and out-of-network coverage. 

We are in-network partners with: 

Aetna

Cigna

First Choice

Premera Blue Cross

* We do not participate in EAP plans

Why don’t you only use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

While we use CBT as an aspect of our therapeutic approaches, we know that every individual is different. No one responds to any method perfectly, so by employing many techniques we are able to provide the most personalized support. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is talked about in relation to mental health so often because it has a large body of research behind it and is easy to replicate across all cases. This is why you may hear it called “evidence based,” which it certainly is. However, we use other evidence based therapies in conjunction with CBT in our therapies.

How can I evaluate whether therapy is working?

Acuity is unique because we use research backed questionnaires to assess your mood, goals and progress. From time to time we may share with you your progress on these reports, “you report being angry 30% less days than when you started therapy,” and then ask what your goals for the future may be. We have found that by having clients set their own goals and following up regularly we can achieve better results.

If I go to Acuity for help, does it mean there is something wrong with me?

No. We try to break this stigma constantly.

Many people come to Acuity just to gain a better perspective of themselves and work on some issues that they are having in their daily life. There aren’t many places for people to vent and seek honest help, so we provide that space for people as well as psychologically informed advice to better cope with life’s persistent problems. Even if you have a mental health diagnosis there is nothing wrong with you. We all experience and react to the world in different ways, it’s hard to argue that there is anything wrong with that.

Is medication used in conjunction with your therapy?

Some conditions for some people are best treated with the help of medication. If we find it necessary after our initial assessments, we will discuss types of medication, your comfort with it, and the pros and cons of medication with you. If you so choose, we can refer you to the appropriate psychopharmacologist in the area. If you are already on medication, we will coordinate treatment with your primary provider.

How long does therapy take?

Counseling works best within the framework of a safe and trusted therapeutic alliance. Since it takes time to build this relationship with your therapist, we recommend committing to weekly sessions for at least 8 weeks. Research shows that consistency adds to the positive outcomes of therapy. Once you reach your 8-week goal, you and your therapist can discuss a frequency of sessions that will support your continued success.

Break-free and begin your journey to

Your best
YOU.

There is a future life where trauma does not control your day. Imagine yourself feeling calm, confident and ready to handle new situations with ease. The tools to living the life you have always envisioned are here, at your fingertips.

Acuity Counseling can help.

 

Schedule your therapy session online

Reach out directly to our Client Care Coordinator for questions, matching, and scheduling:

Online Counseling

Our services are also available online through Zoom. Telehealth/Online counseling gives you the opportunity to explore your challenges in life without complicating your daily schedule.

Learn Tips for Managing Anxiety

Mindcology Blog

Read about how anxiety and it’s symptoms can impact every area of life. From recognizing the signs of anxiety, tips and tricks for lowering Social Anxiety and even more information on how to get help for severe anxiety symptoms such as OCD.

The information you need is at your fingertips with these resources written by our expert team of therapists.

GET STARTED

If you have questions and would like to talk about any of our counseling services, please reach out for a complimentary phone consultation or send us an email.

First Session Within 72 Hours of Calling

We book you an appointment within 24 hours of contacting us (usually less) and make sure your first appointment is soon after.

Seattle: 206-922-2376

Bellevue: 425-549-3242

Bothell/Woodinville: 206-910-9476

info@acuitycounseling.net

for Billing questions call:
206-910-9476

 

SCHEDULING

Use our Online Scheduling Tool or call our office to schedule your appointment, or for any changes regarding scheduling.

Schedule by phone: 206-910-9476

INSURANCE

Counseling services are often covered in full or in part by your health insurance company. Acuity Counseling proudly accepts most major health insurance plans.

Aetna

First Choice

HMA

Meritain

Cigna

GEHA

Sound Health & Wellness

We do not participate
in EAP Plans

Acuity Counseling Locations

Seattle

Bellevue

Bothell/Woodinville

BELLEVUE, WA
Cascade Place II
12729 Northup Way, Suite 6
Bellevue WA 98005
(206) 910-9476

SEATTLE, WA
Plaza 600 Building
600 Stewart St, Suite 1228
Seattle WA 98101
(206) 910-9476

BOTHELL/WOODINVILLE
Falcon View
12900 NE 180th St, Suite 160
Bothell, WA 98011
(206) 910-9476

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