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 difference events, activities and situations. For many, feelings of anxiety feel constant and can interfere with one’s relationships and career. In addition to feelings of anxiety or worry, often times 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 the anxiety, and help a person to manage their symptoms.

Panic Disorder Treatment

Shortness of breath, racing heart, clammy palms, chest pains, dizziness, and 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, causing people to avoid public settings, sometimes to the point of agoraphobia, or fear of open spaces.

Most therapists today are trained in techniques to reduce the intensity of panic disorder symptoms and 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 attack. However, some clients find that panic attacks return unexpectedly, or they are unable to use the skills they’ve learned to control panic. In such situations, Sankofa staff can explore the situation more deeply and help clients understand the root causes of panic, the intrapsychic triggers of anxiety, and the paradoxical role panic symptoms play 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 times 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 even develop a fear of leaving their house. Therapy can help someone who is suffering from a phobia by helping them to face their fears in a controlled and safe environment that takes into account the person’s unique situations and concerns.