Finding The Right Anxiety Specialist For You
By: Sarah Fader
Updated June 04, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Erika Schad, LCP, CWLC
Anxiety can be overwhelming and destructive. It can stop you from living your life, damage social and family relationships, affect job performance, and cause other mental health problems when it is left untreated. Finding the right anxiety specialist for you can help you regain control over your life. A licensed mental health provider who specializes in anxiety will customize therapy to achieve the best results.
Cognitive therapists use cognitive therapy to help clients overcome anxiety. Cognitive therapy focus on the understanding that behavior, thoughts, and emotions are all connected. A cognitive therapist will help you identify distorted thinking and then provide cognitive therapies designed to help you work through inaccurate thoughts that increase your anxiety.
Through a well-developed therapeutic relationship, a cognitive therapist will help you change how you think about social interactions. They will work to understand the mental mechanisms behind anxious reactions and behaviors. Once they understand these mechanisms, they will work with you to identify triggers for your anxiety. They will also provide interventions that will help you deal with those triggers in ways to control your response to them.
Behavioral Therapists for Overcoming Anxiety
A behavioral therapist uses different types of behavioral therapy to help you overcome anxiety. Learned behaviors are identified and the therapist will work to understand how your environment shape and trigger these behaviors.
Through a therapeutic relationship, the behavioral therapist will use the information about your learned behaviors and environmental triggers. It will also help you learn new behaviors to deal with those triggers. Behavioral therapy includes exposure therapy; this type of therapy exposes you to the triggers that increase your anxiety levels with the idea that this exposure will help you "learn" that your anxiety is not necessary.
Psychiatry and Overcoming Anxiety
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor trained in the science of psychiatry. Psychiatrists use medication to help people overcome anxiety. Medication can help a great deal and it can bring anxiety down to a more manageable level. A psychiatrist must adjust medication and tailor it to your specific needs. This is done by interviewing and evaluating then, making adjustments when needed.
Psychiatrists are trained doctors who know how to evaluate and treat conditions such as anxiety. This type of doctor will diagnose, medicate, and make recommendations for therapy treatment. Although a psychiatrist has the skills for therapy, they usually specialize in medical control of anxiety through the use of medications.
Finding the Right Anxiety Specialist for You
The right anxiety specialist for you is someone with whom you feel comfortable enough to begin a therapeutic relationship with. An anxiety specialist will have the ability to use more than one type of therapy to help you overcome anxiety. Cognitive and behavioral therapies, psychotherapy, talk therapy, and exposure therapy are just a few of the therapeutic models an anxiety specialist can employ. The right specialist for you will know which therapy treatments will work best for you.