Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Huntington, New York
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions among people in Huntington. But that does not make the challenges any less difficult. It is a condition that can impact your work or school performance, stress your relationships, and, most importantly, make you unhappy. Yet even when you are aware of your anxiety, managing the symptoms can be difficult without the help of a psychologist.
Dr. Marc Shulman and Dr. Atara Wertentheil are clinical psychologists with Long Island Psychology. They provide anxiety treatment in Huntington, NY with customized treatment plans that are built around your goals and challenges. We invite you to call our team at (516) 732-0273 to learn more about our approach to therapy, or get started with anxiety therapy.
In Person and Virtual Appointments with Our Psychologists
Long Island Psychology offers therapy through in person meetings at our offices and through telehealth. Telehealth anxiety therapy makes it possible for you to meet with Dr. Shulman or Dr. Wertentheil over video chat or phone. Virtual therapy is a great option for those with busy schedules or unable to travel to our offices, enabling you to visit an expert anxiety therapist wherever you are.
In addition, if you want in person appointments, we have two offices – one in Garden City, NY, and one in Rockville Centre, NY, both of which are within driving distance of your Huntington location. We offer appointments at flexible times to work with various work and household schedules.
Types of Anxiety We Treat
Anxiety is more than simply worry, and many people with an anxiety disorder experience symptoms in different ways, and different triggers. Depending on the specific challenges you are dealing with, we can often present a diagnosis that guides treatment. Types of anxiety include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – This is one of the most common forms of anxiety disorder. Those who experience it have regular and extreme worry about day to day events, or that extreme events may occur. These worries often do not have a direct trigger.
- Panic Disorder – Panic attacks are debilitating episodes of anxiety that often involve elevated heart rate, trembling, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Already unpleasant on their own, worry about future panic attacks add to anxiety.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Traumatic events can cause a lasting effect on the mind that leads to ongoing symptoms of anxiety. These can include everything from a generalized anxiety to episodes that cause a patient to relive the traumatic event.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Often called OCD, patients with this disorder have obsessive thoughts, anxieties, and urges that intrude on more productive thoughts. These obsessions are often accompanied by repetitive, compulsive behaviors.
- Phobias – Phobias are intense fears that often cannot be rationalized. Depending on the fear, it can make it impossible to leave your home or enter certain situations, which can hold you back from activities you enjoy or hinder relationships.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – A social phobia, this is an intense panic in social situations such as large groups of people or giving a speech, and a reason for dreading those situations.
It is also not unusual for our patients to experience multiple types of anxiety simultaneously or at various times throughout their lives. Anxiety can also occur alongside other mental health conditions like depression. We work with you to build a complete picture of your mental wellness so that we can help you manage all your symptoms.
How We Help You with Anxiety
Depending on the type of anxiety you experience, there can be a range of physical and mental symptoms. Worry over potential, often unlikely events, can invade your daily life and leave you feeling constantly on edge. A physical response can increase heart rate, bring on nausea, and more. Anxiety is also a self-sustaining cycle. After experiencing anxiety, you will often find yourself stressing over the next episode, while every failed situation causes an increase in symptoms.
Our approach to anxiety therapy is two fold. We want to manage those physical and mental symptoms that interfere with your daily routine and hold you back. We can train you in coping mechanisms and teach you how to redirect thoughts and practice mindfulness in the moment.
The second part of therapy for anxiety is to understand the reasons behind it and help you to permanently change the thought processes. This part of the process can be very different as we adapt it to your specific situation, but it will often involve an examination of the source of your anxiety, studying what brings on anxiety episodes now, and building evidence that supports or refutes the ideas that lead to your anxiety.
Every treatment is a collaboration between you and your Huntington anxiety therapist. They bring their knowledge of psychotherapy and past experience while you provide your own goals and feedback. Each therapy session is a judgement-free place for you to delve into your experiences and emotions as we work together to make a positive impact on your mental health.
About Long Island Psychology
As clinical psychologists, Dr. Shulman and Dr. Wertentheil bring an extensive educational and practical background to their treatment of anxiety for patients in Huntington. But beyond knowing the most effective methods for dealing with anxiety, it is our individual approach and the time we get to every patient we work with.
We are experienced in many forms of counseling, called modalities. Through a combination of these modalities and others, we can help you alter feelings and behaviors, and understand the anxiety you are experiencing:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dynamic Experiential Learning
- Positive Psychology, and More
Whether you want to meet with an anxiety counselor in person or virtually from the comfort of your Huntington home, our anxiety treatments can provide the tools you need to leave anxiety behind and find greater contentment.
Call Today to Schedule an Appointment
The first step towards seeking anxiety – that is, finding a psychologist to help you with the process – can be the most difficult. Here at Long Island Psychology, we want to help you feel comfortable and supported through anxiety treatment. We’ll start by addressing any questions you may have about therapy in Huntington and scheduling you an appointment with either Dr. Shulman or Dr. Wertentheil. Contact us anytime at (516) 732-0273.