What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety?

As the name suggests, behavioral therapy is a type of therapy that targets certain behaviors that may be problematic. Most behavioral therapy methods are evidence-based forms of psychotherapy and must be completed by professionals who hold a degree or certification in mental health. Behavioral therapy helps people with emotional or mental health disorders improve how they perceive their circumstances and support positive change with personal relationships and emotional well-being.  

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety?

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a psychotherapeutic treatment that has shown superior results in treating people diagnosed with anxiety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy also referred to as CBT, helps people learn how to recognize and counter the destructive or disturbing thought patterns that drive them to experience life poorly and engage in negative behaviors and/or emotions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety is well researched and supported by the National Institutes of Health:  

A large amount of research has accumulated on the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders. Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for treating anxiety disorders and has been associated with improvements in quality of life in anxiety patients. CBT is typically conceptualized as a short-term, skills-focused treatment aimed at altering maladaptive emotional responses by changing the patient’s thoughts, behaviors, or both. (NCBI)

What is Anxiety? 

Anxiety is a severe mental health disorder that can cause a person to modify how they live to avoid triggering their anxiety. For example, some people cannot go on airplanes, elevators, see certain movies, visit other cities/states or be in large crowds. Although planning ahead and staying away from things that upset a person is helpful, it may not positively support them. The symptoms of anxiety can become very troubling and impact a person’s life negatively. The National Institute of Mental Health states the symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder. 

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge 
  • Being easily fatigued 
  • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank 
  • Having muscle tension 
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry 
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep (NIMH)

When Does a Person with Anxiety Need Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

For people who are living in fear and worry that lasts for more than six months or gets worse quickly, the best course of treatment is to see a professional cognitive-behavioral therapist. At Garden State Treatment Center, we have doctorate-level counselors and therapists with years of experience treating anxiety and other mental health disorders and substance use disorders. The therapy goals for anxiety will help the patient reclaim control of what they are most afraid of or nervous about. 

People with anxiety deserve compassion and require one-on-one therapeutic support to help them. 

Are Medications Necessary for Treating Anxiety? 

For some, medications can be helpful to support them in certain circumstances when their anxiety may predictably get worse. For example, some patients will keep a sedative on hand when they travel or foresee their anxiety coming on suddenly in a specific situation. Ideally, anxiety can be reduced from cognitive behavioral therapy. Our clinical team includes psychiatrists, medical doctors, and behavioral therapists. They assess our patients diagnosed with anxiety and other mental health disorders to determine if safe and effective medications are necessary to promote their growth. 

Call Now to Get Immediate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Garden State Treatment Center

Here at Garden State Treatment Center, we provide a multitude of treatment options, which might be necessary for a comprehensive anxiety course of treatment. Don’t let anxiety dictate what you can and can’t do in life any longer. We have helped thousands of people get over their fears with cognitive behavioral therapy. Call right now to be admitted or to set up CBT with one of our providers. Call, chat, or email to begin.