Anxiety Therapy in Boston, MA

Work with an Anxiety Therapist at Thrive Boston


Do certain environments or activities make you uncomfortable? Have you ever experienced a panic attack? Are decisions and tasks, that seem easy for many, a source of great worry for you? If so, there is a chance that you, just like millions of others, might be suffering from anxiety.

Anxiety can look differently for every person or even for the same person from day-to-day. Whatever form it may be taking, its effects are cumbersome. The weight of anxiety can make people feel trapped. If you are living with anxiety, know that treatment is both readily available and highly effective.

Anxiety disorders can form for a variety reasons, including drug addiction, childhood abuse, and trauma. People of all ages can experience the symptoms. Regardless of why your anxiety formed, know that the clinicians at Thrive Boston offer anxiety counseling and have helped many people overcome these challenging emotions. You don't have to struggle with anxiety on your own. Let us work with you to find a treatment plan for anxiety.

If you believe your son or daughter is dealing with anxiety issues, Thrive Boston has experienced child therapists on our staff who have the specific training required for helping kids work through what is troubling them while they are in a safe, engaging environment.

What Are the Different Types Of Anxiety?

We all go through periods of internal strife, worry, and frustration. For some, these periods might be temporary and seldom, but many feel like there is no end to the struggle and stress.

Anxiety is a constant fearful state, accompanied by a feeling of unrest, dread, or worry in which the person may not be aware of what is creating the feeling of fear. The symptoms can be both emotional and physical. Anxiety is aroused by a number of factors:

  • External situations (viewing the nightly news, fast paced lifestyle)
  • Physical well-being (lack of sleep, blood sugar imbalance)
  • A genetic predisposition (parents who were highly anxious)
  • Trauma (situations that may be similar to experiences of the past that causeD great pain)

Forms of anxiety disorders include:

  1. Generalized anxiety disorder
  2. Social anxiety
  3. Phobias
  4. Panic disorder
  5. Agoraphobia (fear of specific places or situations)
  6. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  7. Post-traumatic stress syndrome
  8. Separation anxiety

Anxiety symptoms can include:

  • Inability to relax
  • Tense feelings
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Jumpiness or feeling faint
  • Excessive perspiring
  • Feeling clammy
  • Constant anticipation of trouble
  • Constant feeling of uneasiness

Even just the thought of your potentially having an anxiety disorder and the decision to seek help can be causes of distress. You might be experiencing embarrassment over this issue and be second-guessing treatment, but it's important that you recognize how great your anxiety is at manipulating you into keeping things just the way they are.

Even just the thought of a potential anxiety disorder may be cause of distress. Many people experience embarrassment over the issues anxiety causes in their lives. Thinking about treatment may also cause fear. If so, you are not alone. It's important to recognize how anxiety can manipulate people into keeping things just the way they are. Many people overcome their anxiety and achieve life goals with the help of a mental health professional.

If anxiety is standing in the way of your relational and career goals, the professionals at Thrive Boston are ready to help. They have helped thousands of others overcome their anxiety and pursue a new mode of living.

What Are Panic Attacks?

Panic attacks are sudden, overwhelming, fearful reactions that accompany feelings of impending doom. When they strike, people often feel like they are "going crazy" or having a heart attack. During a panic attack, the person feels out of control. Symptoms include:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Racing heartbeat
  3. Sweating
  4. Dizziness
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Ringing ears
  8. Choking
  9. Vertigo

There is a reason people experience fear. While most people experience fear as a negative emotion, fear has a positive component. If you have turned down a one-way street and see a car heading directly at you, fear triggers an autonomic response that sends a signal to your brain to flee the potentially dangerous situation.

Fear becomes a problem when a person becomes afraid of things that are not real or when the feeling of fear is out of proportion to what the person is actually experiencing.

Therapeutic Tips For Overcoming Anxiety

  1. Change your Thoughts: Dispute negative thoughts and irrational beliefs with positive thoughts and truth. What positive thoughts about the situation are you ignoring?
  2. Watch for Triggers: Try to minimize activities and input that induce anxiety.
  3. Keep Moving Forward: Learn from setbacks and continue to face your fears (take some risks). If you become afraid, move your focus on the external world and others rather than the internal feelings of anxiety. Focus on the solution, not the problem.
  4. Be Patient with Yourself: Remember that recovering from anxiety takes time. With patience and practice, many people overcome their anxiety.

Schedule Anxiety Therapy At Thrive Boston Today

The professionals at Thrive Boston care for each client as an individual. They craft personalized treatment plans that draw upon their expertise but also address each person’s needs. Some methods of anxiety disorder treatment include:

  1. Cognitive behavioral methods
  2. Interpersonal therapy
  3. Gradual exposure therapy treatment
  4. Play therapy (for children)
  5. Medications
  6. Developing a schedule that includes time for exercise and relaxation

We know making that first call to schedule an appointment can feel overwhelming, and we have done what we can to make the process easier. When you call Thrive Boston Anxiety Counseling, you will reach a real person (not an answering machine) who will help you find an appointment at your earliest convenience. We accept most insurance plans, and our providers offer weekend and evening sessions. Call us at (617) 395-5806.