Have You Found It Difficult To Live Authentically Within The Status Quo?
Do you struggle to feel competent or capable despite having more than adequate knowledge or skills? Are aspects of your identity—such as race, gender, or sexuality—causing you to doubt your sense of self? Is a fear of rejection keeping you from fostering close relationships with others or working towards your goals?
Maybe you feel like you can never meet the demands of your partner, family, friends, or employer. Or it may seem as though you’re incapable of ever achieving the standards set forth by yourself or others, no matter how hard you try. As a result, you may worry that you are not living as your most authentic self.
It could be that daily manifestations of anxiety have crept into your life and impacted your functioning. Perhaps you often feel overwhelmed and stressed. Or maybe you frequently experience symptoms of panic, such as hypervigilance, chest tightness, or a racing heart.
It’s also possible that you aren’t sleeping well or at all. And because of this, you likely feel tired and unable to think clearly. Eventually, it may even seem as though you’ve become trapped in an unending cycle of insomnia and worry.
And while it may feel natural to ruminate on your fears rather than focus on what’s in front of you, living with anxiety has probably become extremely burdensome. If you could just feel confident in yourself and your abilities, then you probably wouldn’t struggle with so many fears about how others think and feel about you.
Treatment for anxiety at West Houston Psychology, however, can help you feel self-assured and confident in your choices.
Our Culture Has Created A Ceiling Of Expectations That’s Impossible To Reach
Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge that we face as a society. However, despite the fact that nearly 20 percent of the entire population reports symptoms of anxiety, only about a third of those who struggle with it seek treatment.1 And for those of us who deal with anxious thoughts on a daily basis, it can be easy to fall into the trap of assuming that anxiety is just something we have to endure in life.
We live in an all-too-demanding society that tends to minimize our unique and diverse qualities in favor of the status quo. Because society only values the perspectives of a select group of white, cis-gendered, and heteronormative individuals, we can run the risk of developing imposter syndrome or feel extreme pressure to always be striving for the norm. Yet this is nearly impossible if we are labeled as somehow different—whether that means we identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), female, an immigrant, or as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
As cultural expectations begin to bleed into our home and work environments, we can develop perfectionist tendencies that ultimately create distress. And as our experiences continue to be discounted by the world around us, we may begin to condition ourselves into thinking that our fears and challenges aren’t big enough to warrant help. Unfortunately, this usually means that we won’t seek treatment for our anxiety until we are in a full-blown crisis.
But you don’t have to wait that long to get the support you need. By making good use of therapy, you can learn to manage your anxiety symptoms while working with a counselor who will celebrate your unique strengths and qualities.
Anxiety Treatment Gives You A Chance To Manage Stress And Feel At Peace
No matter who you are, you deserve to feel validated and valued. The therapists at West Houston Psychology recognize that you have many roles to play and spaces to navigate on the path to self-discovery. So, we are here to empower you to grow and offer you a supportive environment in which you can learn valuable skills for overcoming anxiety.
Anxiety treatment begins with a 60- to 90-minute, in-depth interview with a counselor who will tailor the counseling process to meet your needs. During this conversation, your clinician will aim to understand your current stressors and protective mechanisms, as well as perform an assessment of how long your anxiety has been creating challenges and how it has impacted you long-term.
Much of the work done during anxiety treatment will focus on the kinds of expectations that have shaped your experience of the world. And with a customized treatment approach, you’ll develop more awareness of how certain behaviors are contributing to your sense of distress and learn individualized coping skills that can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety.
Our therapists draw from behavioral models—such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)—that can help clients to adjust their relationship to their thoughts and regulate distressing emotions. In addition to scientifically validated behavioral methods, we draw from relational frameworks and cross-cultural approaches to support and empower you to live as your most authentic self.
The distress you experience is your mind’s way of asking for support. With our guidance, you can turn anxious thinking patterns into self-confident affirmations. And in time, you’ll learn to be better prepared to advocate for your needs and set boundaries so that you’re living life according to your standards and not the standards of others.
You don’t have to ruminate on your fears and worries any longer! With anxiety treatment at West Houston Psychology, you can make peace with exactly who you are and what you want out of life.
Perhaps you’re interested in seeking counseling for your anxiety, but you still have some questions…
Service Fees:For Doctoral Level Clinicians: Initial Session: $225 (60 minutes) Therapy Sessions: $165 (50 minutes) Testing: $150/hour (includes scoring, interpreting and report writing) For Masters Level Clinicians: Initial Session: $150 (60 minutes) Therapy Sessions: $125 (50 minutes) *Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Mastercard, VISA, Discover, All Debit Rates are typical, based competitively (in many cases lower) for the West Houston area private practice clinicians. The pricing for testing depends on the type of evaluation. Please call for rates so that we can give you an accurate estimate based on what type of testing that you are requesting. We are happy to discuss this with you, so please call with questions!
Do you take insurance?We are in network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United Healthcare and out-of-network with most other insurance providers. We can, at your request, provide you with a detailed medical receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You are encouraged to check with your insurance directly to inquire about what is covered on your specific plan. Please note – submission of claims to your insurance company requires us to assign a mental health diagnosis. Additionally, evaluations for learning disabilities and ADHD are usually not fully covered by insurance companies as they deem these services “educational” rather than “medical.”
What happens in therapy?Think of therapy as a nonjudgmental, safe space designed to help you process your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. During your session you and your clinician will talk with the goal of guided self-exploration. We will work together to identify areas of distress and methods of alleviation. We work to build coping skills, create new ways of thinking, and change troublesome behaviors. Everything discussed within this space is confidential, and the ultimate goal is to help you feel better.
How does virtual therapy work?We provide telehealth services through our secure platform. Clients are emailed a link along with their appointment reminder which connects them directly to their clinician. You are able to connect by computer, tablet, or smartphone. The availability of telehealth allows us to be even more accessible to you and ensures you receive the support you need.
What’s the purpose of a psychological evaluation?Evaluations (also referred to as ‘testing’ or ‘assessment’) are a highly effective way for psychologists to pinpoint mental health diagnoses with precision. There are many instances when an individual may experience various different symptoms that cause distress, and feel uncertain about what type of treatment would be most beneficial. By completing a psychological evaluation, we can identify a diagnosis, which then allows us to better tailor treatment to fit your needs. Psychological evaluations are routinely completed for the purposes of ADHD diagnosis, and to assess mental health prior to elective surgeries or adoption proceedings.
Learn To Buck The Status Quo And Live Life According To Your Rules
You don’t have to struggle with imposter syndrome or feelings of inadequacy any longer. The therapists at West Houston Psychology can help. To schedule an appointment for anxiety treatment with one of our supportive, culturally competent clinicians, , please contact us via email, our site, or by calling (832) 906-4434.