Recent studies have shown that as many as 18% of Americans and 14% of Europeans suffer with some form of anxiety. Anxiety disorder is an umbrella tern that covers the range of several different types of anxiety, from generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social phobia disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The symptoms present in anxiety disorders can range from simple nervousness to feelings of terror. Psychotherapy has been shown to be successful in the treatment of anxiety disorders to deal not only with the causes of ones anxiety, but in the treatment and management of the anxiety symptoms.
The evidence-based research models utilizing Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques have demonstrated that CBT is the most widely used treatment modality for anxiety disorders. The cognitive component helps an individual change his or her thinking patterns that support his or her fears. The behavioral interventions help individuals change the way they react to anxiety-provoking situations. Depending on the level of distress, exposure therapy, a prescribed and gradual exposure to an activating event, is also widely utilized in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
In addition to the above talk therapies that help diminish anxiety symptoms, Dr. Siegel also helps individuals suffering with extreme anxiety, with experiential therapies such as music and meditation, visualization techniques, stress management and relaxation training. She is highly skilled in the use of music therapy and other expressive arts therapies in the management of stress and anxiety disorders.
For more information on if you can benefit from psychotherapy to gain control of your level of stress and anxiety, call Dr. Siegel at 305-613-1101.