Seven questions to ask yourself before choosing your anxiety therapist: Empower Counseling.

Are you considering seeing an anxiety therapist, but don’t know where to start? Choosing the right therapist for your needs can be a daunting task. With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide who is best suited to help manage your anxiety. Empower Counseling is here to help make sure you find the perfect fit, here are seven questions to ask yourself before choosing an anxiety therapist.

What qualifications should I look for in my anxiety therapist?

When selecting an anxiety therapist, it is important to look for someone who holds the proper qualifications and credentials. Remember, you are trusting this person to help you with one of the most important aspects of your life-your mental health and well being. Make sure your chosen therapist has a valid license in counseling, as well as one who specializes in treating anxiety disorders. It is also helpful to seek out therapists with experience in evidence-based methods of treatment so that you can receive the most effective care possible.

Evidence based treatments in counseling are when a therapist uses science and research to help people with anxiety.

They use techniques and strategies that have been tested by science and proven to work. Our therapists at Empower Counseling are licensed counselors in the state of Alabama. and only use evidence based methods.

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What is my anxiety counselor’s approach to anxiety treatment?

With so many counselors out there, how on earth do you choose an anxiety therapist? Each counselor has her own approach to counseling. A good therapist will be able to easily explain her theoretical underpinning- i.e. the theory on which she bases her counseling. If a particular counselor can not explain her theoretical orientation…then keep looking for a counselor. You want a counselor that can do more than listen and validate your feelings. You want a counselor who knows why your are feeling how you are feeling, why you are having the symptoms you are experiencing and what exercises and tools will change your life for the better.

Theoretical orientation of a counselor is an important factor to consider when choosing an anxiety therapist. It describes the style and approach a therapist takes in helping their client manage their anxiety.  A good anxiety therapist will not only be knowledgeable about the most effective approaches for treating anxiety but also take into account the needs of the individual client and tailor their approach accordingly.

Empower counseling specializes in therapy for anxiety and uses only scientifically proven methods. Each of our knowledgable therapists is trained specifically in Acceptance Commitment Therapy for anxiety.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach that emphasizes developing psychological flexibility to help individuals confront difficult situations and emotions. This approach involves learning to accept difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations without trying to control or change them. The goal of ACT is for individuals to create a life filled with meaning and purpose by focusing on values-guided behavior. ACT teaches skills such as using acceptance, mindfulness, defusion, self-compassion, values clarification, and committed action. These techniques are designed to help individuals move away from unhelpful thoughts and behaviors that prevent them from achieving their goals. By committing to what matters most in life, individuals can develop courage, clarity, and purpose which can then lead to meaningful change in their lives. ACT is a scientifically proven effective method for treating anxiety.

Does my anxiety counselor use only evidence based treatments for anxiety?

Evidence based treatments in counseling are when a therapist uses science and research to help people with anxiety. They have special training and qualifications to do this.

An evidence based treatment in counseling means that a therapist uses methods that have been proven to help people with anxiety. They use techniques and strategies that have been tested and shown to work.

You don’t want to just choose any therapist to treat your anxiety. You want a therapist who specializes in therapy for anxiety. You do not want to be a guinea pig. Instead, you want a therapist who only uses tried and true scientifically proven methods to treat anxiety.

Empower Counseling provides anxiety specialists who are trained in the scientifically proven method of Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

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Is anxiety therapy right for me?

Anxiety therapy can be beneficial for those who want to better understand and manage their anxious thoughts and feelings. Therapy provides a safe space to explore the causes of your anxiety, as well as help you develop coping skills and strategies that can help you in moments of distress, but also to move away from anxiety more permanently. Research has shown that ACT, as a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, is a most effective treatment for anxiety disorders, as it helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety by targeting unhealthy thought patterns or behaviors.

Therapy is not right for everyone. You have to be ready to put effort into making lasting change. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by persistent anxious thoughts or struggling with day-to-day activities due to anxiety, if you procrastinate, can’t seem to fully relax, consider talking with an experienced therapist about how they may be able to help. With the right support and guidance, you can learn new skills and techniques that will help you take control of your anxiety and live a more fulfilling life.

Is this anxiety therapist accepting and non-judgmental?

When looking for an anxiety therapist, it is important to find someone who is accepting and non-judgmental. A good anxiety therapist should be willing to listen without judgment or criticism, understanding that everyone has their own unique experiences and struggles with mental health issues. They should also be able to provide helpful advice in a compassionate manner while respecting your individual decisions and feelings. It is essential that you feel comfortable talking openly about your worries with your therapist so that you can get the most out of counseling sessions. Finding an anxiety therapist who meets these criteria will help ensure successful treatment of any underlying issues or concerns you may have.

At Empower Counseling we do not judge your thoughts, your behaviors, or your values. We are here to ask the right questions so you can gain clarity about what is important to you, what is not working the way you want it to, and what changes you want to make. Then we help you make those changes.

Is this anxiety therapist a good fit for me?

It’s also essential to look for a therapist who can provide a good fit based on your own individual wants, needs and lifestyle. Ask yourself questions such as whether this particular therapist has the right background or experience to address your particular issues; if their approach resonates with you; and if they have effective communication skills. Additionally, ask about their availability and scheduling options to make sure their hours are compatible with your lifestyle. Also, it’s essential that you feel comfortable talking with them so that you can get the most out of therapy sessions. Taking the time to determine whether an anxiety therapist is a good fit will ensure that you receive quality care that is tailored specifically to your needs.

Therapy is not always easy or fun. It can be easy and fun at times, especially when you can really see your progress. But therapy is real work. You want to find a therapist who is not only knowledgeable and a qualified specialist for your issues, you want to like the person. You want to look forward to seeing this person because that makes it easier to go to therapy. Listen to the therapists tone of voice, and the energy you feel form your potential anxiety therapist. Would you feel comfortable spending time with this person taking about your personal issues?

Liking and trusting your therapist is such an important aspect in the success of your counseling experience. Kathryn, Savannah, and Marti, our compassionate and knowledgeable therapists, are here for you.

How do I get started with my anxiety therapist?

It is simple to get started with your anxiety therapist in Birmingham with Empower Counseling.  Here is how you get started:

  1. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the home page.
  2. Send us an email asking for your anxiety therapist.
  3. Get to know your anxiety therapist.

We can’t wait to work with you, and guide you down the path to a much better and more enjoyable life.

Although we specialize in therapy for anxiety, there are other helpful services we offer at our Birmingham, Alabama counseling clinic. You can find depression counseling, teen counseling, counseling for college students, counseling for young adults and therapy for professionals here at Empower. If you need trauma counseling or counseling for a difficult life transition we can help. We offer in person therapy in our Mountain Brook office and online therapy in the state of Alabama. Reach out today and start feeling better.

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