I adopt a cognitive-behavioral approach to treating anxiety and stress. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective, research-supported approaches for the treatment of anxiety and stress. In treatment, we will work on identifying the many cognitive and behavioral factors that trigger anxiety and stress. We will then target these individual factors to help lower your anxiety and stress. Throughout treatment, you will be learning many skills to better manage your anxiety. It is a lot like you are building a "Coping Toolbox" of skills. The best part is that these are lifelong skills you can take with you and use well after you have "graduated" from therapy.
I supplement my CBT approach with biofeedback-assisted relaxation. Biofeedback measures the physiological changes in our body that are associated with our stressful/anxious thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This can help you become more aware of your body's early warning signs of anxiety so you can use one of your anxiety management skills to intervene before things get worse and harder to manage.
Biofeedback can also help you practice developing a more effective relaxation response. By using interactive tablet-based games connected to the biofeedback equipment, you can control was happens in the game based on your physiology. Thus, these games bring an element of fun to your practice.
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