Frequently Asked Questions About Counseling in Birmingham, AL 

What separates Empower Counseling’s Anxiety Therapy in Birmingham, Al?

Empower counseling approaches anxiety therapy for clients in Birmingham, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia, Hoover, and the remainder of the state of Alabama in a unique way.

At Empower Counseling, I use anxiety therapy methods that work. Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). ACT is effective for treating anxiety.

ACT for anxiety therapy can be a helpful treatment for:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
  • Panic Attacks
A mother and daughter smile together. They are feeling happy after starting anxiety therapy in Birmingham, AL with Empower Counseling.
A girl uses a laptop while smiling. She is feeling happy after starting counseling for college students through online therapy in Auburn, AL with Empower Counseling.

Anxiety therapy in Birmingham, AL with Empower Counseling

Empower Counseling specializes in anxiety therapy. Before coming to Empower Counseling in Birmingham, some of our clients experienced frequent panic attacks and unbearably high anxiety levels. We have seen those same clients start to feel calm and in control. Often times, our clients feel no interest in things they used to love. Through our work together, those same clients discover what is most important to them. What’s more, they begin feeling motivated to take action. Clients have come to us feeling weak and fearful, and not like themselves. They think something is wrong with them. After our work together, they leave feeling calm, and knowing there is nothing wrong with them.

tracking progress in anxiety therapy

I have also tracked my own clients’ anxiety symptom improvement through ACT. My clients see great improvements in their anxiety symptoms. Through ACT, Empower Counseling can help you break free from anxiety’s control. Get back to living and enjoying your life.

To learn more about anxiety disorders, look into this resource for helpful information.I am advanced trained in using Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

What’s Important to me as your anxiety therapist

Empower Counseling provides more than talk, more than short term solutions. Empower Counseling will provide you with invaluable tools to get the most satisfaction and fulfillment out of your one life. Is there anything else you can think of, that if you invested in it, could change the rest of your life for the better?

The therapist-client relationship is the most important factor in successful therapy. I would argue that the type of therapy offered is the second most important factor. If you let the insurance company choose your counselor for you, how will you know you are getting the counselor that is best for you…who will help you achieve the results you want from counseling? How do you want to spend your time, energy, and money? Empower Counseling is here to offer you scientifically proven treatment methods.

what is act?

ACT is a unique model of counseling and coaching based on mindfulness and values that sets you up for complete wellbeing. It DOES relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, but the aim of ACT is so much greater than that. Through ACT, not only do you become “un-stuck”, you also learn exactly what direction you want to take in your life, and the actions that will get you there. ACT maximizes human potential, leading to a rich, meaningful life.

A woman smiles while using a laptop. She is feeling better after starting anxiety therapy in Birmingham, AL with Empower Counseling through online therapy in Auburn, AL.

Why Should I choose Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Al for my depression Treatment?

Empower counseling specializes in counseling for depression in the Birmingham area. We have seen clients who could barely get out of bed progress to feeling like they have a purpose and are excited to get out of bed and motivated to tackle the day. Often times depression is caused by anxiety. Both depression and anxiety are highly responsive the ACT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, used by Empower Counseling.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you can benefit from depression counseling at Empower Counseling in Birmingham, AL:

  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Overwhelming sadness
  • Low energy
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite
  • Having a tough time making decisions
  • No motivation
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Problems with sleep – can’t fall asleep or sleep too much
  • Feeling irritable
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anxious, restless
  • Fixated on things in the past
  • Thinking about hurting yourself

Empower will help you go from hopeless to hopeful about the future, with a clear sense of purpose and direction.

Why is ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) effective therapy for Anxiety and Depression?

Acceptance Commitment Therapy is a higher-order cognitive behavioral therapy.

ACT has much research behind its effectiveness. It has been proven effective for the treatment of anxiety and depression in study after study featured in peer review journals. I have also tracked my own clients’ progress over the course of their Acceptance Commitment Therapy for anxiety and depression, using Outcome Questionnaires and self-report methods. I have had many clients come to therapy with complaints of feeling anxious, hopeless, worthless, weak, and blaming themselves for everything going wrong in their lives. After Acceptance Commitment Therapy for their anxiety and/or depression, I have seen these same clients exit therapy feeling loved and wanted, filled with self-confidence, productive, and excited about their future.

Three women laugh together while walking through the ocean. They are feeling better after starting counseling for college students with Empower Counseling through online therapy in Auburn, AL.

Do you Accept Insurance for therapy sessions at Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama?

Empower Counseling will provide you with a superbill (detailed receipt) that you may file with your insurance company for reimbursement according to your coverage.

Whether you are looking for a counselor in Birmingham, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia, or Hoover, consider counseling an investment that can reap more rewards in your life than any other investment you could make. Through counseling at Empower Counseling you will gain understanding about what is causing or contributing to your anxiety or depression. Then Empower has a developed system for helping you become clear on what you want your life to look like and the actions to get you there.

Why should I choose private Counseling when looking for therapy for college students with anxiety or depression, when my student has access to counselors on campus?

Empower Counseling uses only scientifically proven effective treatment for anxiety and depression counseling for college students at Samford, Birmingham-Southern, Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Empower Counseling uses Acceptance Commitment Therapy in counseling college students. ACT is especially affective with young adults in college for several reasons. One reason is that is boosts self-confidence and self-esteem. The other is that it helps students gain clarity about what they value and who they want to be. This clarity helps them determine their paths in college and after college. ACT with Empower Counseling equips college students with the tools to be happy and successful in life.

Begin Counseling in Alabama with Empower Counseling

At Empower Counseling, we offer many different services either in person or through online therapy. This includes anxiety therapy, depression counseling, counseling for life transitions, counseling for professionals, and therapy for young adults. In addition, Empower offers online therapy for college students at Auburn University and UofA. When you’re ready to get started, follow these steps:

1. Contact Empower Counseling to schedule your first appointment

2. Get to know your new anxiety therapist

3. Start creating the life you’ve always wanted