Therapy for Anxiety

Anxiety can take many forms, from generalized conditions to single-focus phobias. At Sankofa, we frequently treat the following types of anxiety-related disorders:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by feelings of constant worry about a variety of different events, activities, and situations. For many, feelings of anxiety feel constant, which can interfere with one’s relationships and career. In addition to feelings of anxiety or worry, often people dealing with GAD will also experience concentration difficulties, exhaustion, irritability, sleep disruptions, as well as physical ailments like nausea or stomach problems. Therapy can help someone deal with the underlying causes of anxiety and assist them in managing their symptoms.

Panic Disorder Treatment

Shortness of breath, a racing heart, clammy palms, chest pains, dizziness, and feelings of intense fear are just some of the signs of a panic attack. Many people see a physician or go to the emergency room because they fear they are having a heart attack. Often, these symptoms are disruptive to school or work and causes people to avoid public settings, sometimes to the point of agoraphobia or fear of open spaces.

Most therapists are trained in techniques to reduce the intensity of panic disorder symptoms and to recognize situations that trigger attacks. For some clients, it is enough to learn skills that alleviate panic disorder before symptoms turn into a full-blown panic attack. However, some clients find that panic attacks return unexpectedly, or they are unable to use the skills they have learned to control panic. In such situations, Sankofa’s staff explores the situation in depth to help clients understand the root causes of panic, the intrapsychic triggers of anxiety, and the paradoxical role symptoms of panic plays in clients’ lives.

Phobia Treatment

While most people experience some degree of fear over certain objects or situations, for some people fear can create markedly distressful reactions that can feel incapacitating. Often, people will go to extreme measures to avoid any potential exposure to what it is they fear. People may experience a phobia in response to a wide range of objects, as well as to situations involving exposure to people or social situations. In some cases, people may develop a fear of leaving their homes. Therapy can help someone who is suffering from a phobia by helping them face their fears in a controlled and safe environment that takes into account the person’s unique situations and concerns.