Anxiety counseling by Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama: Why it is a good idea right now.
About 1 in every 5 people in the United States suffer from some form of anxiety right now. There are several different types of anxiety, including, but not limited to, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Here are 3 reasons why anxiety counseling by Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama is a good idea right now.
1. Treatment of Anxiety can ward off depression.
When we become anxious about something we need to do, like taking an exam, completing a project for work, going to a party, or even talking to someone we have never met, that voice in our heads tells us not to. That pesky voice tells us it is too scary to think about, let alone do. That voice may even tell us, we can’t do whatever it is that is making us anxious and filled with discomfort. So what do we do? We procrastinate and avoid even thinking about what makes us anxious. How does this become depression? When we avoid what we want to do and need to do, the pressure mounts, and we either don’t do it well because we wait until the very last minute, or we avoid and don’t do it at all. Then we feel horrible about who we are and throw insults and criticism our way. If we avoid often and stop doing all of the things that make us anxious, we will feel so badly about ourselves that we become depressed. Don’t wait until your anxiety also becomes depression. Seek treatment from Empower Counseling in Birmingham Alabama for your anxiety and get back on the path to enjoying your life.
2. Treatment for Anxiety with Empower Counseling can help you become self-assured.
Do you have trouble making decisions? After you make a decision, do you always second guess yourself?
I see this all of the time with clients who come to Empower for anxiety counseling. Why is it so hard to make even the most simple decisions? First, because we are so focused on getting the outcome we want. Our brains convince us that if we think about something long enough we will be able to control all of the variables and achieve the outcome we want. This is far from true. Focusing on variables and outcomes that we can not control makes anxiety worse. It even makes us feel like we are overwhelmed and out of control. Part of the anxiety therapy we use at Empower Counseling, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, will help you gain control over your life by focusing on what you value in every area of life and taking action toward what you value. By really understanding what you can control and what you want in life, it becomes easy to make decisions. It is like learning a formula in math then being able to do every kind of math problem you are given. Once you learn the Acceptance Commitment Therapy formula, you become self-assured because you know the decisions you make are the right ones for you. When you know you are making the right decision, you can be self-assured and not have to second guess anymore.
3. Anxiety Counseling by Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama can help you gain self-confidence.
Through Acceptance Commitment Therapy with one of our therapists you can become more self-confident that you have ever been in your life. Sound good? All of our clients think so. To become self-confident, you must take action toward being the person you always wanted to be. Through ACT, our counselors will guide you to greater self-awareness about who you want to be and what you want in life. When you are clear about what you value, our counselors will help you determine whats actions you need to take to be the person you want to be, doing the things you want to do. It is by the doing of these things that you will begin to trust yourself and believe you are capable of handling whatever comes along. Confidence comes along with this feeling of being capable. So if you struggle with self-confidence, as most who have anxiety do, Empower Counseling will help you become your most confident self.
Kathryn is advanced trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy. In fact all counselors at Empower Counseling are trained in ACT. We are here to help teens, college students, young adults and professionals move away from letting anxiety ruling their lives and toward their most fulfilling and satisfying lives. We serve the entire Birmingham, and Alabama area with in-person and online anxiety counseling, depression counseling and counseling for difficult life transitions. We are conveniently located in Mountain Brook, close to Homewood, Vestavia, and Hoover. We see college students from the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Samford, and Birmingham-Southern College in office and online. Reach out to Empower Counseling for anxiety counseling today by sending us an email through this website home page.