Is Anxiety a Problem For Me?
Anxiety is a normal part of life. Everyone has worries and uncertainties. However, anxiety gets to be a problem when it gets in the way of you living your life. Anxiety takes many forms – thoughts, images, memories, and/or worries may replay in your mind. You may avoid your obligations. Every-day tasks feel overwhelming. If your child has difficulties with anxiety, you may be concerned that they are missing too much school or are having trouble making friends.
When overwhelmed with anxiety, people may be irritable, restless, and constantly worrying. Sleep may become difficult. You may have headaches, gastrointestinal symptoms, and body aches. You may find yourself replaying things in your head again and again or searching for answers that are not there. You may have been to many therapists or tried several medications.
There is help for anxiety!
At Birch Tree Psychotherapy, we understand anxiety. A certain level of anxiety is healthy, even motivating. When it gets above a certain point, it affects your life. We offer outpatient OCD and anxiety disorder treatment, assessment, and consultation. We will work carefully with you to gain an understanding of your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and develop an individualized plan to move toward your goals. As a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Dr. Devlin has received extensive training in focused, evidenced-based treatments for anxiety disorders and OCD.
We use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help identify and change thoughts that increase and maintain anxiety as well as adjust problematic behavioral patterns. We also utilize Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, a technique that involves learning to manage anxiety more effectively by facing fears, in and out of session. In addition, we will use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help stop anxiety from controlling your behavior and move toward your values. Many clients have anxiety that is secondary to trauma. Therefore, Dr. Devlin is trained in trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Additionally, she is trained in Habit Reversal Training (HRT).
Anxiety problems I can treat include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Combined anxiety and depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Health-Related Anxiety
- Social Phobia/Social Anxiety
- School Anxiety/School Refusal
- Trichotillomania (hair pulling)/ Excoriation Disorder (skin picking)
- Picky eating/sensory issues around food