Anxiety & Depression CBT Therapist in Penn Wynne

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Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Random increases in heart rate
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Trying to predict the future
  • Consistent worrying
  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Difficulty finding motivation

If so, you’re most likely experiencing anxiety and/or depression at a level that’s affecting your day-to-day life. It’s normal to feel stressed or uneasy, but when our bodies continuously go overboard with how we process these feelings of stress, sadness, or restlessness, that’s when little problems can turn into big ones. If you feel like you’re starting to lose control, your next best move is to contact an anxiety & depression CBT therapist in Penn Wynne.

What Type of Therapist for Depression & Anxiety Should I See?

There are many types of therapists for depression & anxiety you can see that can help you properly process & deal with your symptoms; however, psychologists have proven that cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective ways of treating anxiety & depression in both the short term and the long term. 

An anxiety & depression CBT therapist will work with you to identify the roots of your repeated negative thinking and, using tactics such as self-affirmations, turn your negative thoughts into long-term positive thinking. This will be only a small part of your customized therapeutic treatment plan.

What Should I Look for in an Anxiety & Depression Therapist?

You should vet well any and all therapists for depression & anxiety you plan on speaking with, but here a few basic things you should pay special attention to:

  • Experience. How many years of experience does this therapist have? Ask them to tell you about some career high’s and low’s. 
  • Schooling. From which university did this therapist get their degree? What are their specialties? Do they have the proper licensure needed to practice therapy in PA?
  • Customer testimonials. What have previous clients said about this therapist’s services? Are their testimonials a positive or negative reflection of this therapist’s services? What kind of results have previous clients seen?
  • Setting. Although telehealth and today’s technology have made it possible to conduct therapy of all kinds in an entirely virtual setting, it’s worth finding a local therapist with whom you can also have in-person sessions. 

Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions. It’s worth taking your time on deciding which cognitive behavioral therapist you’re going to see. If you rush into a decision, you may regret it down the line.

What Techniques Do Therapists Use for Anxiety & Depression?

Depending on the therapist’s specialty, there are many techniques they can use to treat your anxiety & depression. The techniques behind cognitive behavioral therapy lie in locating & directly combating the very roots of your negative and/or irrational thinking, such as obsessive worrying or tendencies to try to predict the future. 

You’ll work closely with your cognitive behavioral therapist for depression & anxiety to lay the groundwork that will make combating your anxiety & depression far easier down the road. They may start with calming affirmations & statements to repeat to yourself when you feel tempted to fall back into negative thinking.

Regain Control with Marcy Shoemaker, Psy. D. Clinical Psychologist

Marcy Shoemaker, Psy. D. is an experienced cognitive behavioral therapist with specialties in anxiety & depression.

Contact Marcy today to set up your first appointment & start regaining control over your life!