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Navigating Anxiety While Doing Therapy: Real Tips from an Anxiety Therapist

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Hey there, fellow anxiety warriors! So, you've taken the brave step of starting therapy to tackle your anxiety – big kudos to you! This blog is like a virtual support chat, offering insights and strategies to help you handle those anxious moments between sessions. And guess what? I'm not just your therapist – I'm a real person with anxiety who needs these reminders in-between my own therapy sessions!



**1. ** Chit-Chat with an Anxiety Therapist: Imagine sitting down with your favorite cup of tea and chatting about anxiety with a therapist who gets it. Yep, that's the vibe here. I'm here to share some real talk and handy tips for tackling those pesky anxiety flares during your therapy journey.

**2. ** Tag Teaming Anxiety and Therapy: Insights from Yours Truly: Let's dig into why anxiety sometimes pops up when you're in therapy mode. No jargon – just me, your anxiety therapist, breaking it down. You'll see that anxiety can actually be a sign that you're making strides in your personal growth journey. Anxiety often flares up because you're digging deep into emotions and experiences. It's like shaking up a snow globe – the flurry of feelings is temporary and necessary for the particles to settle into a new, clearer view. And guess what? Remmi understands emotions too, so don't forget to give her a big hug during your next session!

**3. ** High-Five-Worthy Tips for Keeping It Real in Therapy: Remember, your therapist is your partner in this journey. I genuinely want to help you thrive. Opening up about your coping skills not working is not a sign of failure, but a stepping stone to finding strategies that do work. Picture us fist-bumping over video call, because communication matters in therapy.

**4. ** Unwind the Pressure: Tips from an Anxiety Therapist: Let's talk expectations, my friend. No need to stress about instant transformations. I'm here to help you swap those high-pressure hopes for some chill vibes. We'll set the stage for realistic goals that'll ease that anxiety load. View this as a collaborative effort. I might introduce new techniques, revisit old ones with a new twist, or recommend additional resources. Let's discuss and agree on a plan that aligns with your goals.

**5. ** Zen Mode On: Mindfulness and Grounding Hacks from Yours I Truly: Think of me as your guide to the chill zone. I've got some simple mindfulness and grounding tricks up my sleeve that can really help you ride the anxiety wave during therapy. Get ready to take a deep breath no and let go. One effective grounding exercise involves engaging your five senses. Look around and name five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. This exercise grounds you by immersing you in your immediate surroundings.

**6. ** Journaling Unplugged: Tips from an Anxiety Therapist: Grab a notebook and pen – we're diving into journaling, anxiety style. I'll show you how to make this a fun and therapeutic practice, helping you sort through those thoughts and feelings like a pro. Find a cozy spot where you won't be disturbed. Grab your journal and a pen – the tools of your self-discovery journey. Take a deep breath and center yourself in the present moment.Begin by reflecting on your emotions. Write down how you're feeling at this moment. Don't hold back – let the words flow as honestly as they come.

**7. ** Between-Session Pit Stops: (Sh)It Happens: Life happens between sessions, right? We're talking about those moments when anxiety tries to sneak back in. First things first, it's important to acknowledge that feeling anxious between therapy sessions is completely normal. Therapy is a process, and the breaks in between are opportunities for you to apply what you're learning.

**8. ** Chill Time: Self-Care According to an Anxiety Therapist: Self-care is like soul therapy, and I'm all about it. I'm handing out self-care passes like candy – you deserve it! Prioritize self-care activities that rejuvenate your mind and body. Whether it's taking a bubble bath, reading a book, or indulging in a hobby, self-care can be a powerful antidote to anxiety.

**9. ** Calmly Crushing It: Using CBT with Tips from You Anxiety Therapist: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) isn't just a mouthful – it's a powerful tool. Practice by using this FREE online CBT workbook: https://cogbtherapy.com/free-online-cbt-workbook

**10. ** Celebrating YOU: Cheers from a Mellow Anxiety Therapist: Time to give yourself a high-five! We'll chat about celebrating the small victories – and trust me, they're worth celebrating. I'm all about boosting that confidence and taming that anxiety monster.

Conclusion: Taking on anxiety while tackling therapy is like climbing a mountain – challenging, but oh-so-rewarding. And guess what? I'm your laid-back sherpa, here to make the journey smoother. By rolling with the tips, insights, and vibes I've shared, you're on track to handling anxiety with style. Let's make your therapy journey as chill and transformative as possible. You got this!

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