Getting the Most of Your Therapy

Asma Rehman, LPC
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Anxiety is a tricky obstacle to overcome; and even if you mastered your fear-filled concerns, they do not necessarily go away. It is a mental and emotional illness that will require life-long management. Our clients who have had thorough anxiety treatments can confirm that the strategies learned from their sessions are essential to moving forward from their struggles with anxiety.

Trained counselors provide anxiety treatments for our clients in Houston; they offer strategies that deal with life-long skills for combating anxiety-related issues. These skills are built to help our clients alleviate negative expectations that can further their anxiety-ridden perspectives. Here are our top 4 strategies to help you get the most out of your anxiety treatments.

1. Explore and Grasp Your Anxieties

Anxieties are fueled by expectations that we have solidified through our experiences or perceived end-results. The anxiety treatments aims at exploring and grasping realistic expectations to dissolve old paradigms. One of the essential exercises to do while exploring your anxieties is to discover false beliefs that we aren’t good enough, or we don’t deserve a good turn-out.

When you realize that your anxieties may not be your own but cultivated by your upbringing or by association, your anxiety treatments at our Houston center will become more useful to your recovery process. The exploration of your anxieties allows you to realize that the fears you may have about the unforeseen future are nothing but a concern. It allows you to properly learn new skill sets to help you distance yourself from fear-based thinking.

Another essential facet to grasping the true nature of your anxieties is to identify your core values; what are you not willing to sacrifice? What are the core values in your life that you are not willing to negotiate? Your core values have to override your anxieties.

2. Clean You Slate

Anxiety treatments are often difficult to accept and act upon in the beginning because we all come in with different baggage or history that prevents us from being accommodating to change. It is important to release any previous expectations that may be feeding your fear-based assumptions.

The assumptions and expectations you have about anxiety disorder may, in itself, be a reason why you have difficulties getting the most out of anxiety treatments. As Dr. Gregg Henriques wrote in his article in Psychology Today, “Depression and anxiety are, for the large majority of cases, emotional signals that one’s psychological health is not ideal and that one’s psychosocial/relational needs are not being met.” He claims that to work on the anxieties one has, it is vital to clean the slate on the assumptions of the fear itself, but to look for the cause of the problem.

3. Self-Reflection is a Must

Evaluating and self-reflecting on your anxieties compared to your actual current reality is essential in helping you get the most out of your anxiety treatments at our Houston Center. As authors and teachers Peter Hall and Alisa Simeral says, “The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.” Our knowledgeable therapists believe that the work that you do outside of your therapy sessions are just as important, if not more important than the work you do during a session. By taking a step back and looking at the practical place, you are at will allow you to take in the perspective that counters your anxieties.

Ask yourself these following questions outside of your time at your therapy sessions: Do you genuinely believe in and feel fear about this assumption or expectation? Are your anxieties a reflection of who you are as a person? What is the worst case scenario and how does it affect the way you see yourself?

Self-reflection gives you the capacity to realize that your anxieties stem from a fear of a lack of control. Knowing this, you will be better able to receive and apply the anxiety treatments you receive because you know that you cannot control the outcome, only your response to what is happening around you.

4. Be Intentional

Lastly, the best way to get the most of your anxiety treatments is to become intentional and present to your daily routines. If you harbor a fear-based assumption or anxiety, you aren’t genuinely present in your life. The experiences, relationships, and circumstances in your life are special and unique to your journey. If you choose to become intentional and grateful for your journey, you will have a better connection to the realities of your life.

Realistic expectations lead to the diminishing of your anxieties. When you are intentional about the how your day goes or how a future event may come to pass, there are fewer pressures for perfection. Anxiety-ridden thoughts cannot exist when you form deliberate plans that do not have intentional expectations of the outcome. By understanding that you can only control what you can control, which are your actions, you are less likely to focus on things that can potentially occur. Instead of focusing on the unrealistic expectation of perfection, if you embrace the challenges being intentional in the present, your anxieties have no grounds to be formed. This mindset can help you dramatically get the most of your anxiety treatments.

Read: Ways to Support Your Mental Health Between Therapy Sessions

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How Can You Start to Form Habits to Get the Most of Your Anxiety Treatments?

Knowing your anxieties, clearing your expectations of your worries, and intentionally reflecting on what your fears are may be the best exercises to ready your mind for your anxiety treatments. However, that is only half the battle. There are new habits to be formed and hard work to be done to sustain a new lifestyle with manageable anxieties. As previously mentioned at the onset of this article, anxieties do not just go away or disappear, but it can be minimized and coped with by anxiety treatments from our professional therapists. If you are uncertain how to start this process of living a fresh start, you can contact us at the Grief Recovery Center in Houston, TX for more info today.

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