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How Does CBT Help with Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common concern that brings people in to see us at the Center for CBT in New York City, but if you’re struggling with anxiety, that’s actually good news for you. Because anxiety is prevalent, therapists have spent years researching and working to provide therapy solutions to help people manage anxiety in healthy ways. CBT is one of the best therapy approaches to address anxiety. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at what CBT is, how it helps with anxiety, and how to get started working with a therapist who offers CBT. If you ever have questions about a specific therapy approach or just want to learn a little more about what we have to offer at the Center for CBT in NYC, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re always here to help.

What is CBT?
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that we are big fans of CBT (also known as cognitive behavioral therapy) at the Center for CBT in New York City. After all, we did put the acronym right in our name. While we utilize a variety of other therapy styles as well as CBT, our therapists have advanced training and experiencing using CBT to support our clients’ therapy goals. CBT is an evidence-based therapy approach that helps people work toward specific therapy goal by understanding the ways that our thoughts and actions impact the way we feel, and more importantly, CBT seeks to help individuals adjust their thinking and behaviors in order to process and manage emotions in healthier ways.

So, How Does CBT Help with Anxiety?
We work with people who are struggling with all forms of anxiety, including specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and social anxiety disorder. While each of these types of anxiety has its own unique symptoms and impacts people’s lives differently, the underlying concern is an overwhelming feeling of anxiousness, worry, or fear. CBT is utilized to help people identify and understand these anxious feelings as well as pinpointing behaviors and thoughts that trigger, prolong, or intensify feelings of anxiety. Through CBT sessions and homework outside of their visits, clients begin to increase in their self-awareness of how anxiety is impacting their lives. Then, they can start to adjust their thinking and behaviors surrounding anxiety, so over time, the anxiety response has significantly less impact on their daily experiences.

Should I Work with a CBT Therapist?
No therapy approach will work for every client, but CBT is an effective resource that many therapists draw from during therapy sessions. At the Center for CBT in New York City, our therapists regularly utilize CBT to support our clients who are trying to manage and process all types of anxiety from generalized anxiety disorder to obsessive compulsive disorder and all other forms of anxiety. CBT is a beneficial tool that helps people achieve their therapy goals. If you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’ll be happy to answer your questions or help you schedule a session with one of our skilled clinicians.

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What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.

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