Anxiety Treatment

Rate: $120 per session

Session Length: 50 minutes

Accepted Payment: Cash, check or credit card. 

 Please Note: I do not accept insurance, but can provide a detailed receipt that you can submit to your insurance provider if needed. Contact your insurance provider for details regarding your specific policy and out-of-network benefits.  

What is anxiety? 

Most people experience anxiety at some point in their lives. In fact, there is nothing inherently wrong with feeling anxious. Occasional, mild anxiety is simply your body’s mechanism for responding to a potential threat or unknown variable in your environment. However, anxiety can, for a number of reasons, spiral into a bigger and more constant experience that can interfere with your day-to-day life. These reasons include (but are not limited to) long-term stress, genetics and family history, the nature of your early relationships, traumatic experiences, and certain health conditions. When anxiety starts to feel too big to manage on your own, you may benefit from seeking help. 

What are the symptoms?

Anxiety can manifest in a number of ways. Your body may enter “fight-or-flight” mode even in the absence of an obvious threat, and the intensity of your body’s reactions to anxiety-inducing experiences may feel disproportionate to how those around you react. You may notice changes to your sleeping habits, daily routines, or even your ability to connect with others due to consistent fear and preoccupation. You might have specific points of anxiety, such as interacting with others or driving in the car. Alternatively, it may be difficult to pin down the specific causes or triggers of anxiety. Panic attacks are also a common occurrence for those who experience anxiety. 

Chronic anxiety can be a frustrating and isolating experience for those who suffer from it. You may wonder if others feel the way you do or worry about letting those in your life witness your anxieties. Perhaps you feel a lack of control over your anxiety and wonder if you will ever feel differently than you do today. Oftentimes, individuals who experience chronic anxiety experience shame about how their anxieties impact their life. In working with anxiety, I bring validation and compassion to my sessions to help clients feel a sense of relief from these negative emotions. 

How do I treat anxiety?

An important truth about anxiety is that it most often does not resolve itself without intervention. In fact, untreated anxiety often worsens over time. Your brain notices that you are avoiding certain experiences that make you anxious and perceives that avoidance as confirming evidence for your anxieties. Try as you might, it may feel impossible to fight against these intrusive fears and chronic stress. The good news is that anxiety can be very treatable with proper help and intervention. As stuck as you might feel, it is indeed possible to change in your levels of stress and in the ways that your brain reacts to your environment.

Treatment for anxiety in therapy includes a mix of building coping skills and creating insights around the sources and triggers of your anxiety. I work with my clients to validate and foster self-compassion around their experiences and to provide them with clarity on what they are feeling. We work together to build confidence and a sense of agency over anxiety. You can expect to gain a set of tangible skills to tackle your anxieties that are tailored to exactly your needs. These skills oftentimes include using mindfulness to regulate your internal state, building awareness of your cognitions and emotions, and creating healthy and proactive routines to support your progress. 

Ready to tackle your anxiety? 

To work with me, contact (512) 537-3618 or email emilykarpinski@gmail.com

or fill out the contact form below. 

Please note: If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911. This form and the contact information listed on my website are not intended for response to emergencies.