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Anxiety Counseling near me is a phone call away. Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama specializes in using scientifically proven methods to help you break free from anxiety. Empower Counseling uses Acceptance Commitment Therapy for anxiety treatment. 

5 things you need to know about Acceptance Commitment Therapy for anxiety counseling near me.

Have you ever noticed that the more you try to control your anxiety or the more you avoid it, the worse your symptoms become?

Trying to rid yourself of anxiety becomes more like a tug-o-war to see who or what is in control. The more attention you pay to your anxiety and the more you attempt to rid yourself of it, the stronger it fights for control.

When you are fed up with the struggle, drop the rope and visit Empower Counseling for a better way of dealing with anxiety- Acceptance Commitment Therapy. 

Empower Counseling, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy offers a new, much more effective way of dealing with your anxiety. 

#1 Acceptance Commitment Therapy is a 3rd wave cognitive behavioral therapy based on mindfulness.

You might have heard of cognitive behavioral therapy before. Cognitive behavioral therapy not only focuses on your thoughts (that’s the cognitive part) but your behavior, or actions, as well. So instead of focusing on anxiety from one perspective, it uses two. 

Acceptance Commitment therapy takes anxiety treatment a step further by adding a necessary self-compassion component.

#2 With Acceptance Commitment Therapy, you no longer run from your feelings.

Through ACT treatment, you will learn how to accept your thoughts and your feelings. It is no longer necessary to play tug-o-war with your thoughts or run from your feelings. You will learn how to handle and accept whatever feelings come your way. This acceptance does not mean you have to like how you feel. It does not keep you from moving forward to a happier life. What it does mean is that your suffering along the way becomes so much less because you know you can handle whatever feelings comes your way. 

#3 Acceptance Commitment therapy will help you enjoy life more. 

Anxiety and depression are often coupled with avoidance. You want to avoid all of the uncomfortable feelings. You might be telling yourself you can not handle whatever it is you are feeling. 

The problem here is that we can not live a full and happy life without the full range of emotions. So avoiding the “negative” feelings actually keeps you from feeling the full range of all of the positive, happy feeling you really want to enjoy.

Acceptance Commitment Therapy for anxiety and depression will help you accept and feel the full range of human emotions so you can begin engaging in and enjoying your life more.

#4 Acceptance Commitment Therapy for anxiety can help you let go of rigid rules you are applying to yourself and your life that are keeping stuck in a place of anxiety.

If you are living a life that is not the one you want, not authentic to who you are, you will experience anxiety. We are bombarded with rigid rules about what is important in life and how we “should be” living. To live a happy and satisfying life, Empower Counseling will help you uncover the “shoulds” and the rigid rules that you are applying to yourself and the negative self-criticism you are saying to yourself that is causing your anxiety. We will uncover exactly what you want your life to look like so you can begin living in alignment with your authentic self. When you live the life you want to live, taking action toward what is important to you, not everyone else, you will be happier and more satisfied, as well as, much less anxious.

#5 Study after study has proven Acceptance Commitment Therapy is effective in treating anxiety and depression. 

Every therapist is different. When you are looking for a licensed counselor for anxiety or depression counseling, make sure you find one who only uses methods proven to help the issue you are facing. Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama, specializes in anxiety counseling. At Empower, Kathryn is advance trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy and she only uses scientifically proven methods to help you pull away from the distress of anxiety and toward what you want you life to look like. 

When you are ready to take back your life from anxiety, anxiety counseling with Empower Counseling is here for you. 

If you want to read more about a study regarding the effectiveness of ACT click here

Counseling for anxiety and depression is not all we offer at our Birmingham, Alabama counseling clinic. We offer specialized counseling for teens and college students. It is more difficult than ever to be a teen or a college student. They have to navigate pressures we never en countered at their ages. Empower Counseling can help you teen or college student, through online-therapy or in-person, to navigate this difficult, yet formative, time in life. Empower will provide your teen or college student with the tools to handle stress and anxiety, heathy habits to thrive, and help you student uncover and live their values. Help for you struggling teen or college student is just a phone call away. Reach out to Empower Counseling today.

Here are some other helpful blog post:

4 Questions to Ask Yourself before starting Anxiety Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama.

5 Tips to Overcome Test Anxiety: Counseling for Teens and College Students with Empower Counseling.

And if you like a good podcast, check out these episodes:

Lack Focus: The Top 5 Ways to Declutter your Mind; Imperfect Thriving Episode 57.

Chris Ross’ Win-Win Effect. Imperfect Thriving Episode 54.

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