Anxiety Therapy


Anxiety Therapy

Welcome to SYTI Counseling, where understanding meets compassionate care. Anxiety is more than just occasional nervousness or worry; it’s a persistent feeling of apprehension that can interfere with daily life and well-being. If you or a loved one is grappling with anxiety, you’re not alone, and help is within reach with an anxiety therapist. 

At SYTI Counseling, we specialize in anxiety therapy, offering personalized, evidence-based approaches to unravel the complexities of anxiety. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide you through understanding the root causes of anxiety, developing coping strategies, and embracing a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Whether you’re experiencing general anxiety, panic disorders, or specific phobias, SYTI Counseling is committed to partnering with you on a journey toward healing and growth. In this article, we’ll examine what anxiety is, how therapy can help you find relief, and how See You Through It Counseling can help you.

What is Anxiety?

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Anxiety is like our body’s alarm system. It’s a natural feeling that helps us stay alert and aware, especially when faced with something challenging or possibly dangerous. Think of it like the nervous butterflies you might feel before a big test or a job interview. It’s normal and can even be helpful by keeping us focused and ready. But for some people, this alarm system gets stuck in the “on” position, and that’s when anxiety can become a problem. It’s like those nervous butterflies don’t go away, even when there’s no test or interview to worry about. This is what health professionals mean when they talk about anxiety disorders.

Unlike the regular worry or fear that comes and goes, anxiety disorders stick around. They can even get worse as time goes on. Imagine feeling that nervousness all the time without any apparent reason. It can make it hard to concentrate at work or school, affect your relationships with friends and family, and take the joy out of hobbies and activities you used to love.

The good news is that there are ways to help manage and treat anxiety disorders. We’re first going to dive into the different aspects of anxiety. Then, we’ll show the different ways anxiety can be successfully treated.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety is a sneaky thing, and it can pop up in all sorts of ways you might not expect. Sometimes, it’s that little voice in your head, endlessly worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet. Other times, it can feel physical, like your heart is pounding out of your chest or your stomach is tied in knots. The symptoms can be subtle, the kind of stuff you brush off and think, “Oh, I’m just having an off day.” But sometimes, they’re so strong that they become a roadblock in your day, making even simple tasks overwhelming. So, let’s dig a bit deeper and get to know the many faces of anxiety and what they could look like for you:

Psychological Symptoms

When you’re dealing with anxiety, your mind can feel like a mess. You might constantly worry or feel scared; sometimes, you might even avoid places or situations that make you anxious. Your thoughts and feelings are stuck in a loop you can’t escape.

  1. Excessive Worry: Persistent and overwhelming worry about everyday situations, often disproportionate to the actual circumstance.
  2. Feelings of Dread and Apprehension: A constant sense of fear or impending doom that doesn’t go away.
  3. Irritability: Increased irritability or frustration, even in response to minor issues.
  4. Difficulty Concentrating: Trouble focusing on tasks or being easily distracted.
  5. Avoidance Behavior: Avoiding situations, places, or people that might trigger anxiety.
  6. Panic Attacks: These are moments where you suddenly feel terrified and anxious, to the point that your heart might start pounding, you could begin sweating, and you feel like you’re losing control.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of anxiety are tangible manifestations that affect the body, often in response to stress or fear, and can include sensations like heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, or gastrointestinal issues.

  1. Heart Palpitations: Feeling that the heart is pounding or fluttering.
  2. Sweating: Excessive sweating without physical exertion.
  3. Trembling or Shaking: Uncontrolled trembling or shaking, particularly during stressful situations.
  4. Muscle Tension: Persistent muscle stiffness or aches, especially in the neck and shoulders.
  5. Gastrointestinal Problems: Issues such as nausea, diarrhea, or a churning stomach.
  6. Difficulty Sleeping: Trouble falling or staying asleep, leading to fatigue.
  7. Shortness of Breath: Feeling unable to take a deep breath, sometimes accompanied by a choking sensation.
  8. Dizziness or Light-headedness: Feeling faint or unsteady, especially in stressful situations.

Behavioral Symptoms

Behavioral symptoms of anxiety reveal themselves in actions and habits, reflecting underlying fears and concerns, and may include social withdrawal, compulsive behaviors, or rigidity in routines and expectations.

  1. Social Withdrawal: Avoiding social situations due to fear or discomfort, leading to isolation.
  2. Compulsive Behaviors: Engaging in repetitive behaviors or mental acts in an attempt to reduce anxiety.
  3. Rigidity and Perfectionism: Needing things to be perfect or done in a specific way leads to distress if unmet.

Impact on Daily Life

The impact on daily life from anxiety extends to various facets of living, affecting performance at work or school, relationships with others, and overall well-being, creating challenges that ripple across both personal and professional spheres.

  1. Performance Issues: Struggles in school or work due to concentration problems and physical symptoms.
  2. Relationship Strains: Tension in relationships with friends and family due to irritability and withdrawal.
  3. Health Problems: Chronic anxiety can lead to other health issues, such as high blood pressure or heart problems.

Anxiety can appear in many ways, affecting how you think, feel physically, act, and even go about your daily life. Knowing what to look for is the first step in getting help if you need it. Feeling anxious now and then is a normal part of life, but if these feelings keep coming back and get in the way of your day, it might be a sign of something more serious.

Causes of Anxiety

Many of us feel anxiety from time to time, but what causes it? It’s not as simple as pointing to one thing. Instead, anxiety often comes from a mix of different factors. Some people might be more naturally prone to anxiety because of their family background. In contrast, others might feel anxious because of stressful things that have happened to them. It could even be a combination of these factors, like your personality and how you react to life’s challenges. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to what causes anxiety, and that’s why it can look and feel different for everyone. At STYI Counseling, we believe understanding your anxiety is crucial to finding the right help and support.

Common Causes

  1. Genetics: Sometimes, anxiety runs in families. If your parents or grandparents were often anxious, you might also be more likely to feel that way.
  2. Life Experiences: Tough or scary things that have happened in your life can lead to anxiety. This could be something like a car accident, losing a job, or going through a painful breakup.
  3. Health Conditions: Certain health problems, like heart disease or chronic pain, can worsen anxiety. If you’re always worried about your health, it’s like adding fuel to the anxiety fire.
  4. Personality: Some people are just naturally more anxious. If you’ve always been a worrier, it might be part of your personality, and that’s okay.
  5. Stress: Daily stresses, like a tough job, money worries, or problems at home, can build up and lead to anxiety. Sometimes, taking care of those stresses can help the anxiety go away.
  6. Substances: Things like caffeine, alcohol, or certain medications can affect how you feel and might worsen anxiety for some people.

Understanding what causes anxiety isn’t always straightforward; it can be different for everyone. It’s like a puzzle with many pieces that come together uniquely for each person. But with the help of anxiety therapists, you can figure out what’s causing yours and find ways to feel better, returning to a life where anxiety doesn’t hold you back. Now, let’s take a look at the types of anxiety. 

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t a one-size-fits-all feeling. Just like there are many different kinds of sports or music, there are different types of anxiety. Each type has unique features, but they all share the common theme of excessive fear and worry that gets in the way of daily life.


  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This is like a constant worry machine, where you feel anxious about many things, even when there’s no apparent reason. It’s like always expecting the worst to happen.
  2. Panic Disorder: Imagine feeling an intense fear that hits you suddenly like a wave, even if you’re safe. This type of anxiety causes panic attacks, and you might feel like you’re losing control or even having a heart attack.
  3. Social Anxiety Disorder: Feeling extremely nervous around other people, especially strangers, is the hallmark of this type. It’s more than just shyness; it’s a fear that others are judging you all the time.
  4. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): This type of anxiety involves unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Someone with OCD might wash their hands many times because of a fear of germs.
  5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): After a traumatic event like a car accident or military combat, some people develop PTSD. They might relive the trauma in nightmares or feel on edge all the time.
  6. Specific Phobias: This is when you’re scared of certain things, like dogs, the dark, or being up high. Just the thought of these things can make you feel anxious.

The different types of anxiety might seem confusing at first. Still, they’re just variations of how anxiety appears in our lives. Knowing what kind of anxiety you or someone you know might have can make a big difference in finding the proper help from a professional anxiety therapist or counselor. Just what type of help? In the next section, let’s see what an anxiety therapist, like the ones at SYTI Counseling, may do to help you.

Anxiety Therapy

Infographic listing some of the therapy approaches and an anxiety therapist would use: cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, exposure therapy, group therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, animal-assisted therapy, interpersonal therapy, EMDR, dialectical behavior therapy, art therapy, play therapy, mindfulness and relaxation.

So, you’ve just read about the different types of anxiety disorders, from the constant worry of Generalized Anxiety Disorder to the intense fears of Specific Phobias. You might wonder, “Okay, so how do I manage this?” The good news is you’ve got options. The therapists at SYTI Counseling like to think of tackling anxiety like learning to cook. Some different recipes or therapies can help you whip up a more peaceful life. Just like you might need to try a few recipes to find your favorite dish, you might need to try a few different therapies to find what works best for you. Let’s explore some of these “recipes for relief.”

Types of Therapy for Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Imagine you have a coach who helps you reframe how you think about things, turning negative thoughts into more positive ones. That’s what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, does. It helps you identify the harmful thought patterns that fuel your anxiety and gives you practical tools to change them. It’s like reprogramming your mind to deal with worries more effectively.


Think of medication like a crutch when you have a broken leg; it’s not a cure, but can make life more manageable. Anti-anxiety medication or antidepressants can help ease the physical symptoms of anxiety, making it easier to focus on therapy. Remember, medication is often most effective when combined with other forms of treatment.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

You know that moment when you stop and smell the roses? Mindfulness is a bit like that. It teaches you to focus on the present moment instead of getting lost in your worries about the past or future. Techniques may include deep breathing, meditation, or even guided imagery, where you visualize calming scenes.

Exposure Therapy

If you’re afraid of spiders, imagine facing that fear head-on in a safe space until it no longer scares you. That’s the essence of exposure therapy. It’s about facing your fears in a controlled, guided setting so you learn that what you’re afraid of is not as scary as your mind makes it out to be.

Group Therapy

Picture sitting in a room with people who understand what you’re going through because they face similar struggles. Group therapy allows you to share your feelings and experiences, learn new coping strategies, and realize you’re not alone. It’s like a support group guided by a mental health professional.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Imagine learning how to accept your anxious feelings instead of struggling against them while also taking steps to improve your life. ACT is about getting your thoughts and feelings and committing to actions aligning with your values.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Picture a therapy that combines accepting your feelings with strategies to change harmful behaviors. DBT helps you gain better emotional control through group sessions and one-on-one therapy.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

What if you could reprocess traumatic memories so they’re less distressing? EMDR involves recalling painful events while receiving side-to-side eye movements, hand tapping, or auditory tones. It’s particularly useful for anxiety rooted in past traumas.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Imagine focusing on improving your relationships to reduce anxiety. IPT aims to identify how your interactions with others can affect your mental state and contribute to anxiety.

Play Therapy

For children dealing with anxiety, playing games or drawing can help them express their feelings when they can’t find the words. This therapy uses play to communicate between the child and the therapist.

Art Therapy

Have you ever felt better after doodling or painting? Art therapy lets you express your emotions through creative activities. You don’t have to be an artist; it’s about the process, not the product.

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Pets can offer incredible comfort. Some therapy practices include trained animals like dogs to help soothe anxiety during sessions.

Ultimately, the journey to managing anxiety is as individual as you are. Just like some people swear by grandma’s classic chicken soup while others opt for a modern vegan stew, different therapies appeal to different people. The important thing is not to lose hope. With the guidance of a trained anxiety therapist and maybe some trial and error, you can find the therapy—or mix of treatments—that’s your perfect fit for leading a less anxious and more fulfilling life. Speaking of a more fulfilling life, let’s dive into the benefits of therapy for anxiety. 

Benefits of Anxiety Therapy

The Benfits of Therapy

After diving into various therapies available to manage anxiety, from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to less conventional methods like Art or Play Therapy, you might now ask, “So, what’s in it for me?” The short answer is—a lot. Just like choosing the proper exercise routine can transform your physical health, picking the right therapy can be a game-changer for your mental well-being. And like a good personal trainer, the anxiety therapists at SYTI Counseling can help you pick the right game-changers. So, let’s explore some of the life-changing benefits of managing your anxiety through therapy at SYTI Counseling.

A New Perspective

Imagine being stuck in a maze, and suddenly, you’re lifted up to see the whole picture. Therapy offers this bird’s-eye view, helping you see patterns and triggers you might not have recognized.

Toolbox of Coping Skills

Do you know how a handy Swiss Army knife has a tool for every situation? Think of therapy as building your own mental Swiss Army knife. You’ll learn various coping strategies, like deep breathing or mindfulness, to use whenever anxiety strikes.

Reduced Physical Symptoms

Anxiety isn’t just in your head; it affects your body, too. Therapy can help reduce those gnawing physical symptoms like stomachaches or rapid heartbeat, making you feel healthier and more at ease.

Improved Relationships

When you’re not anxious, you’re better company. Whether being more present during family dinners or not panicking before a date, managing your anxiety can make social interactions more enjoyable for you and the people around you.

Better Performance at Work or School

Imagine doing your job or schoolwork without that constant sense of dread. By keeping your anxiety in check, you can focus better and maybe even enjoy your work.

Boost in Self-Confidence

Think about the surge of pride you feel when you master something new. You’ll likely feel more confident handling other challenges as you get better at managing your anxiety.

Greater Enjoyment of Life

Remember the joy you felt as a kid when you could just run around and play without worrying? You might find that sense of freedom and enjoyment returning as you get a handle your anxiety.

Peace of Mind

Finally, imagine laying your head down to sleep at night without your mind racing. One of the greatest gifts of therapy is the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re taking steps to better yourself.

The array of therapies for anxiety is as diverse as the benefits they offer. Think of it as a ripple effect—starting with that initial step into treatment, the positive impacts can touch every corner of your life, from how you view yourself to how you interact with the world. So, whether it’s gaining newfound coping skills or simply enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep, the perks of tackling your anxiety through therapy can be both immediate and long-lasting. It’s an investment in yourself, and the returns are immeasurable.

Get Help – Discover a Life Beyond Anxiety

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Living with anxiety can feel like carrying a heavy backpack wherever you go—always there, always cumbersome. At SYTI Counseling, our mission is to help you lighten that load, giving you the tools and support to confidently navigate life’s challenges. With a range of therapies and a team of compassionate professionals, we’re committed to crafting a treatment plan as unique as you are. Let’s take that first step towards a happier, more fulfilling life. Because you’re not alone in this journey, and with the proper guidance, a life beyond anxiety is entirely within reach. If you are ready to take that first step, please book an appointment with us today at our Laurel Springs, NJ, location or via telehealth.

Scheduling with an Anxiety Therapist and More Information

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