Anxiety Counseling

Rachel A Sussman is a Relationship Expert and Therapist from NYC offering Individual Therapy, Couples Counseling and Breakup/Divorce Counseling

Anxiety Counseling NYC Do you find yourself constantly worrying about a number of different things in your life? Do you find it hard to control the worry? If so, you may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder.

Anxiety can be physically, emotionally, and psychologically draining. Our minds and bodies are hard-wired, from an evolutionary perspective, to make us feel anxious when there is a danger or threat nearby. Anxiety is a key emotion necessary for our survival. In terms of an evolutionary perspective, our ancestors were glad they had anxiety so that their fight-or-flight system would get activated and help them run for safety when a tiger was coming after them. Fortunately, today we don’t have as many loose tigers roaming the streets. Yet, our minds and bodies still react in a similar ways to non-life threatening sources (work deadlines, relationship troubles, etc).

Treatment for anxiety generally includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Both of these treatments target unhelpful thought patterns and provide clients with new skills for managing their worry and anxious thought patterns. Behaviorally, these treatments also work on helping individuals manage physical anxiety symptoms. Treatment includes the following:

  • Psychoeducation for how generalized anxiety disorder is formed and maintained in the individual.
  • Breathing retraining and relaxation training.
  • Restructuring unhelpful thoughts and distorted thought patterns or working on mindfulness-based approaches to disengage from unhelpful thought patterns.
  • Behaviorally turning the focus to living a life consistent with values.
  • Occasionally treatment will involve scheduling “worry time,” problem-solving, and scheduling time to engage in pleasurable activities.

Get relief from anxiety today!

For an appointment:
Call: 212.769.0533

Early Signs:

Relationships rarely die overnight. Almost always, the destruction of a couple happens little by little, over time.

Your relationship may be in trouble if you are experiencing:

  • Communication breakdown
  • Diminished sexual desire and activity level
  • Replaying old arguments and resurrecting old hurts
  • Resentment and contempt have replaced patience and love
  • One or both of you are having an affair

We saw Rachel when we were engaged and having major in-law problems that were interfering with the planning of our wedding. We were bickering a lot and couldn't seem to resolve these problems on our own, and that's why we decided to go for counseling. Rachel helped us to discuss these problems without being defensive, and taught us that we had a right to set limits with our families. We found the process very helpful, and we continue to call on her when our relationship needs a tune up.

--Diane (28) & James (29)