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Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety is something everyone has felt at one time or another.

If you worry about something, that’s anxiety.

Anxiety can be crippling if you’re suffering from it severely. Anxiety is a feeling that many of us recognize in our bodies. Sweating, heart palpitations, upset stomach. All of these physical symptoms can be difficult for sure.

ACT therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is an effective tool for anxiety treatment. The paradox of anxiety is this: our struggle to push away and illuminate the feelings of fear and anxiety can actually cause fear and anxiety to increase. It is counterintuitive when dealing with anxiety that the solution to suffering from anxiety is continuing to suffer.

Dr. Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap depicts the ACT therapy stance about anxiety perfectly. In this video, The Struggle Switch, Harris shows a simple depiction of ACT therapy for anxiety. Turn on the “struggle switch” and anxiety is boxed in. Turn off the struggle switch, and anxiety is free to move when it’s ready to move.
ACT therapy hinges on the idea that our thinking and feelings should be experienced, not pushed to go away. We try to not force our minds to change or expect it to do anything. Instead, we turn towards our feelings and thoughts without getting hooked on them. This is a tall order. I know. But, working with a therapist trained in acceptance and commitment therapy can be helpful.

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ACT Therapy for Anxiety in New Jersey

Even though anxiety creates these physical symptoms, anxiety is a thinking problem. Anyone who has suffered from anxiety knows that it’s the thinking that we struggle with. If only I could get rid of this thinking, then I wouldn’t be so anxious. And, therein lies the paradox. ACT therapy shows us to accept this thinking, notice it, and label it for what it is. Then, take a loving and accepting stance towards it, while not allowing yourself to become “Hooked” on the thoughts. These thoughts can seem to drag us away from the life we want, after hooking us.

We don’t try to get rid of thoughts, but we don’t allow them to run the show either. Any student of thinking knows that the more we try NOT to think of something, often that’s the very thing we can’t STOP thinking about. And, the more we think about things that we feel afraid of, the more anxious we’ll feel.
 
ACT therapy is full of tools and exercises to help you be present in the moment. To allow whatever is happening to happen, including anxious feelings. In ACT therapy, we talk about making wise choices towards our values. Choices towards what we find important. Not allowing anxiety to make those choices for us. It’s the struggle to control these feelings and thoughts that perpetuates anxiety, instead of relieving it.

The ACT Therapy Stance on Anxiety Treatment

  • Notice when we’re fused with our thoughts.
  • Be mindful to allow the present moment to occur.
  • Consider what wise actions we can take to cultivate our core values.
  • Make a committed action toward the life we want.
  • Understand we may feel anxious while we try to do these things.
Oh, and by the way, medication helps too. ACT therapy for anxiety is more of the long term solution to accepting anxiety and living our life with it. Medication helps many people short term. Especially when the crippling effect of anxiety is too overwhelming, for now.

Help is here. Anxiety therapy in New Jersey can help you heal.

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Starting anxiety treatment at my New Jersey counseling center is simple. Feel calmer and more grounded soon. Now, let’s get you started.

  1. Click here to schedule your first therapy appointment.
  2. Meet with an empathetic, professional anxiety therapist in New Jersey who gets it.
  3. Begin to feel more confident and calm every day.
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