Find a Therapist for Anxiety in Chicago

The causes of anxiety may be conscious or unconscious. Your experience might include distractedness, confusion, trouble thinking, anticipated rejection or abandonment, feeling lost, overwhelmed, or engulfed, and intense panic. At Depth Counseling, we’ll help you find a therapist in Chicago or Austin/Houston, Texas, who will help you address the challenges presented by anxiety.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is “fear in the absence of obvious danger.” * There are many different forms of anxiety, like post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or related disorders. Some people fear losing a significant other. Some fear losing the love of a significant other (even if he/she remains present). Other people fear punishment for perceived misdeeds. Others are more afraid of their own self-criticism than of others’ judgment.

The actual cause of your anxiety may be conscious or unconscious. Your subjective experience might include distractedness, confusion, trouble thinking, anticipated rejection or abandonment, a sense of being lost, overwhelmed, or engulfed, and intense panic.

The physical symptoms often include tension, sweaty palms, headaches, an itching or tingling sensation, butterflies in the stomach, indigestion, bowel urges, a loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and, in some cases, a feeling of being disconnected from your own body.

In friendships and romantic relationships, you might feel an acute fear of rejection (even in spite of reassurance), seek frequent reassurance, worry about overburdening others, and find yourself torn between the wish to pull others closer and the impulse to push them away.

Trigger -> Unconcious Fear -> conscious worry/rumination -> maladaptive coping strategies -> potential short-term relief -> increased long-term stress/anxiety -> trigger ->...

What are the types of anxiety?

Some common types of anxiety:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):

This is a persistent feeling of worry and nervousness, in which you may feel an extreme level of tension even if there’s no specific or clear cause. You may constantly worry about everyday things, like finances, health, relationships or even academics. People with GAD often experience physical symptoms like fatigue, headaches and muscle tension.

  • Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia): 

The thought of social situations can make your palms sweat and your heart race. Social anxiety is an intense fear of being scrutinized or judged by others in social settings. You may feel you’ll embarrass yourself or you’ll open up yourself to an extreme level and want to avoid social situations entirely.

  • Specific Phobias:

Specific phobias are intense fear of particular objects or situations. These phobias can be common ones like spiders or heights or less common ones like clowns or public transport. Although the phobic object itself may not be dangerous, the fear can be deliberating.

  • Panics:

Sudden or intense panic attacks can come on unexpectedly. During a panic attack, you may experience physical symptoms like heart palpitations, shortness of breath and dizziness.

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder:

This is more common in children, but it can also affect adults. People with separation anxiety may worry extremely about something terrible happening to their loved ones while they’re apart and experience physical or emotional distress during separation.

How is anxiety consuming your daily life existence?

Anxiety can begin so gradually that you may not even realize how much it’s impacting your daily life. Maybe you constantly worry about worry about work deadlines, social interactions or even just getting out the door in the morning. Perhaps you avoid situations that trigger your anxiety, leading to a feeling of isolation. 

Some common symptoms you might experience:

  • Difficulty concentrating. Anxiety can make it hard to focus on work, school or any simple tasks.
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping. The constant stress of anxiety can leave you feeling drained and make it difficult to get a good sleep.
  • Irritability. Being on edge all the time can take a toll on your patience and make you easily frustrated or short-tempered.
  • People with anxiety disorder often experience some physical symptoms, like headaches, stomachaches, muscle tension or difficulty breathing.

These symptoms can make it challenging for you to live a more fulfilling life. Depth counseling therapists can help you identify your anxiety patterns and manage your stress level.

How our anxiety therapists in Chicago can assist in improving anxiety?

Our Chicago anxiety therapists and their team understand the struggle you face. We follow a supportive and personalized approach to address your issues and help you manage your anxiety so that you can live a better life. 

Our skilled anxiety therapist will work with you to identify the root cause of your anxiety, whether it’s because of generalized worry, specific phobias or social anxiety. This will help us provide a treatment targeting the specific issues impacting your mental health. 

At Depth Counseling, you’ll get access to different techniques to deal with situations. This could be cognitive therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to address negative thought patterns, exposure therapy to slowly face your issues or relaxation techniques like deep breathing and mindfulness. If anxiety leaves you feeling drained and exposed, our therapists can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress and achieve inner peace. Depending on your choices, we can offer you group therapy sessions, individual therapy or a combination of both.

How can Depth Counseling help?

If you are seeking an anxiety therapist in Chicago for one or more of the above symptoms, then you should consider psychodynamic psychotherapy at Depth Counseling. A psychodynamic approach will help you to uncover and explore the origins and present-day sources of your anxiety. With increased self-awareness comes increased mastery and a sense of how to anticipate and prevent future outbreaks.

Other more superficial approaches might help you cope with your anxiety in the short term. However, a psychodynamic approach to anxiety counseling is unique in its ability to go deeper. It will reduce your anxiety at the source so that you feel less anxious to begin with. Receiving this form of treatment at our anxiety center in Chicago will allow you to tolerate a greater range of emotions and to move forward with greater freedom to face life’s challenges.

As you work through your anxiety with one of the therapists at our anxiety clinic in Chicago, you will notice:

  • Decreased responses to traumatic triggers
  • Greater understanding of self and others
  • Feelings of compassion and forgiveness
  • Insight regarding potentially harmful life patterns
  • A greater understanding of your unique personality
  • Greater capacity for emotional communication
  • Improvements in social relationships

Our team is dedicated to providing a safe space where you can explore your psychological world. We are passionate about serving our community through thorough anxiety treatment and diagnosis, empathic understanding, and client-centered care.If you have difficulties with anger, anxiety, depression, or trauma, Depth Counseling can help. Do not just wait for things to get better. If you need anxiety help in Chicago, click here to learn about our teletherapy options or contact us today.

References

PDM Task Force. (2006). Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual. Silver Spring, MD: Alliance of Psychoanalytic Organizations, p. 96.

Shedler, J. (2010). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. American psychologist65(2), 98.

Interested in Depth Counseling?

We would love to hear from you. Click here if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule to begin your first therapy session! Our team of compassionate providers is dedicated to providing you with the utmost quality of care for your mental health needs.

Some of our areas of specialty include:

Our Chicago offices are located in Ravenswood (2650 & 2656 West Montrose Avenue, 60618), and the Loop (122 South Michigan Avenue, 60603) in Chicago, Illinois. We serve adults and families from all over the Chicago area and beyond, including Evanston, Cicero, Hammond, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Arlington Heights. If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like help finding our offices, please let us know!

In Texas, our offices are based in Austin and Houston, and our clinicians offer therapy exclusively via telehealth.

About Us

Click here to learn more about our fantastic team of mental health clinicians. Our providers offer specialty services in both individual and couples counseling. In addition to psychotherapy, we also offer the chance to engage in Psychoanalysis—a specific long-term and intensive treatment model. Our practice draws heavily from Psychodynamic theory, which has been shown to be incredibly effective through multiple research efforts (see Shedler, 2010).

It’s not just in the name—Depth Counseling is about moving beyond basic counseling techniques to understand deeper parts of your psyche. Get more out of your treatment, and experience the healing power of Depth Counseling.

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