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Does counseling work for anxiety?

I am a 34 year old male and I have anxiety. I want to know if counseling works for anxiety?

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I would say yes. Talk therapy helps with pinpointing the cause and breaking through to help as time goes on for it to be less and less.
Yes, there are may different strategies and interventions in which counseling can assist in reducing anxiety, as no one method fits everyone.
Yes it does and really depends on the therapist
Hello Sir,

Sorry to hear that you are suffering from anxieties. I am glad that you are taking steps to do something about them. Your inquiry is the first step towards being free of them.

Yes, counseling and psychotherapy does help people in releasing their anxieties. So does Hypnotherapy and progressive muscle relaxation. As does healthy habits like exercising and meditating. Different things work depending on what the anxieties are about, e.g., relationship issues, health issues, work/job issues, COVID 19 pandemic issues, to name a few. You can also read "Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" while you are searching for a therapist/psychologist/counselor in your area.

Take care and be safe,

Dr. Lata Sonpal
Therapy helps with anxiety, but it also depends upon the type of therapy. If you want to get to the bottom of it, first consider whether you developed separation anxiety early in life. That is, did you have to attend daycare before the age of three or did your parent(s) have to leave you with someone else for awhile. That would be the foundation of your anxiety, and you need to get clear in therapy that that threat no longer exists, but that you are sensitive to rejection by others. If there was no such event in your early childhood, then your anxiety may stem from stress of high expectations and insufficient help as a young child. Figure out what happened to set the stage. Then, and only then, allow a therapist to get you to "think differently". I believe you need to understand the issue before you "think differently", or you will revert to old thought habits. Yes, if you have a competent therapist, you can get treatment for anxiety, especially since medication is not the long-term answer.

Thank you for your question. Yes, counseling can absolutely help anxiety! There are many forms of talk therapy that can help to reduce anxiety, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). There are many ways to calm anxiety without medication. Anxiety reduction and relaxation techniques include deep diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, grounding exercises, mindfulness meditation, practicing positive mantras or positive self-talk, guided imagery and visualization, and journaling or
stream of consciousness writing. I would recommend you seek services from a mental health professional to help with anxiety reduction.
I hope this has been helpful!


Jenna Torres, PsyD
Yes, therapy can help with anxiety.
Hello, as a therapist for over 10-years, I am comfortable saying that counseling does work for anxiety. The things to look for are your fit with the therapist. By that, I mean do you like the therapist and their modality for treating anxiety.
Yes counseling works for anxiety.
Yes, it does help with anxiety. Most of the time much better than any medications.

Sara Cole, MS, LPC, CAC III

Yes, Counseling will help with anxiety if you engage, it you just go to counseling and you do not participate in the process it will not help. You have to be open, honest, and participate. Any qualified and ethical counseling professional is going to challenge you, provide you tools, and let you know that change is up to you.
Counseling works very well for anxiety. There are several approaches that are used, and a great therapist will help you come up with strategies to manage symptoms, combined with self-care skills to help reduce the overall level of anxiety.
Yes if the anxiety is situational.
Leslie Seiden, MD
Yes, counseling helps. I use EMDR machine and Thought Field Therapy and have seen amazing results.
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