Anxiety

Project Yes Therapists specialize in treating anxiety

Here at Project Yes, we treat a variety of forms of anxiety. Worry and fear are a natural part of the human experience, but at times it can start to cause us problems and distress. Although Project Yes therapists focus more on the process and mechanism for what maintains the anxiety process (rather than focus on the “disease model,” it can still be helpful to have a name and framework to understand the type of anxiety experience we may be having.

Our team approaches treatment from a mind-body wellness perspective, often incorporating mindfulness or somatic treatments into our cognitive treatment plans.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Individuals struggling with GAD may worry excessively about numerous life domains: school, work, family members, the future etc. to the point of causing distress. Common symptoms of GAD are…

  • Irritability
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping/fatigue
  • Persistent and/or uncontrollable worrying

Our therapists help individuals understand anxiety, including triggers, and associated emotions, sensations and thoughts. We then support you in breaking patterns that feed the anxiety loop. Approaches we use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the Unified Protocol (UP). We incorporate additional skills for emotion regulation, mindfulness, and helping you with regulating your body’s stress response.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) often manifests in the form of unwanted thoughts and compulsions. Common Symptoms of OCD are…

  • Intrusive/distressing thoughts and images
  • The need to repeat actions or thoughts
  • Developing behavioral and/or mental rituals
  • Obsessions are time consuming
  • Rituals can interfere with other aspects of life

Project Yes PLLC therapists have assisted clients with many forms of OCD including:

  • Sanitation or fear of contamination (sometimes in pop culture referred to as “germaphobia”)
  • OCD health anxiety (infections, illness, STD’s)
  • Fear of causing harm or offense to others
  • Fear of being harmed or trying to prevent bad outcomes
  • Relationship OCD
  • Fear of not having done something correctly
  • Scrupulosity or religious thoughts
  • Postpartum OCD

The gold standard for treatment of OCD is exposure with response prevention (ExRP) and if you are seeking help with OCD we have therapists who specialize in this approach! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is another evidence-based approach for OCD and may be additionally used. We can help you reclaim your life so you do not feel burdened by OCD!

If you would like to book Project Yes for a session, please complete the form here.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is considered an anxiety disorder, and results from witnessing, living through, or being otherwise impacted by a traumatic event. After experiencing trauma, individuals may develop PTSD, particularly if they were unable to process the experience in a helpful way or developed avoidance. They may find themselves experiencing that trauma  within their mind and body over and over again, having difficulty moving on from it.

Symptoms of PTSD include 4 domains:

1) Avoidance (of events/places/people that remind you of the trauma and/or thinking about the memory)

2) Hypervigilance (experienced as high anxiety, feeling on edge, scanning, difficulty sleeping)

3) Re-experiencing symptoms (intrusive thoughts, images and sensory experiences, nightmares, and or flashbacks)

4) Changes to beliefs you have about yourself, others, and the world (e.g., mistrust, not feeling safe, discomfort with intimacy, anger towards authority) as well changes in emotions/mood (e.g., more irritability, feelings of guilt or shame, feeling down or numb).

Our therapists have treated many different forms of PTSD,  helping individuals with:

  • Childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and neglect
  • Combat trauma and other military trauma
  • Military sexual assaults, for all genders
  • Adult emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Car accidents
  • Work abroad/humanitarian work as part of NGOs
  • Work trauma as first responders and disaster responders
  • Traumatic exposure in journalists
  • Medical trauma
  • Near death experiences
  • Traumatic death of a loved one (including suicide)

Additionally, Project Yes is trauma informed. This means that even if you do not meet the criteria for having PTSD, we understand and acknowledge how any trauma can impact one’s world and sense of self. We are here to support you and  provide you compassionate, quality care. As therapists we are committed to preventing any further traumatization, and will work with you in a way that helps you reclaim power in your life. Read more about how we offer a trauma-informed approach to all our offerings on our FAQ page.

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