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  • Writer's pictureCerissa Rhodes

Anxiety Therapy: Tackling The Therapeutic Journey Towards Being in Control and Acceptance

As a therapist specializing in anxiety treatment, I've seen the profound impact anxiety can have on a person's life. However, through therapy techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), one can address anxiety's pain points and pave the way toward healing and self-acceptance.


Imagine this scenario: you're caught in a whirlwind of anxious thoughts, your heart racing, your mind completely preoccupied with anxiety. Anxiety has a tight grip on you, but you're ready to fight (and it will take a fight) back with therapy.


Anxious woman standing alone in distress.
When its just too much...

Anxiety therapy, specifically CBT, serves as a map in navigating the labyrinth of anxious thoughts and behaviors. It equips individuals with practical tools to challenge negative thought patterns, manage overwhelming emotions, and gradually confront feared situations through exposure exercises. These exposures, a key component of ERP, allow individuals to confront their fears in a safe and controlled environment, ultimately diminishing anxiety's power over time.


However, despite the efficacy of therapy techniques, anxiety can persist, leaving individuals feeling defeated and exhausted. This is where self-acceptance enters the picture. The goal is not for anxiety to go away, but to learn that you are can face the anxiety, handle the distress and move forward.


Self-acceptance doesn't mean resigning yourself to a life controlled by anxiety. Instead, it involves recognizing anxiety as a natural part of life and learning to coexist with it, learning how to manage the distress without letting it run your life. Through acceptance, individuals can let go of the constant power struggle with anxiety and embrace a life of recognizing anxiety, facing the fear and carrying on.


So, how do therapy techniques like CBT and ERP address anxiety and promote acceptance?

  1. Avoidance

  • Anxiety often leads individuals to avoid situations to alleviate discomfort.

    • Solution: Exposure exercises in ERP gradually exposes you to feared situations, allowing you to confront fears and reduce the need for avoidance.

  1. Catastrophic Thinking

  • Anxiety fuels catastrophic thinking, leading you to anticipate the worst-case scenarios.

    • Solution: CBT helps individuals challenge and reframe negative thoughts, replacing them with realistic perspectives, that reduce anxiety's intensity.

  1. Intense Physical Symptoms

  • Anxiety can manifest in a variety of physical symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, and shortness of breath.

    • Solution: Through mindfulness techniques and relaxation exercises, you can learn literally rewire your brain, learn to soothe your body and manage physical symptoms more effectively.

By engaging in therapy and learning techniques like CBT and ERP, you will gradually reclaim your life from the clutches of anxiety. Through self-acceptance, you can cultivate a sense of inner peace and resilience, knowing that you are capable of facing life's challenges with courage and compassion.


Remember, healing from anxiety is a journey, not a destination. Whether you're taking small steps forward with therapy techniques or embracing self-acceptance with an open heart, know that you are not alone. If you are struggling to gain control of your anxiety, I highly recommend finding a therapist in your area that offers CBT and ERP to teach you the tools needed to be in control.

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