Treatment Plan Overviews Anxiety
Part of our behavioral health resources, this is a broad overview of our treatment plan for the treatment of anxiety. Age- and gender-specific resources are available for adults and juveniles (males and females). For more information, feel free to contact us or fill out our phone consultation form.
- Major Goals
- 1. Increased understanding of anxious feelings
- 2. Correct irrational thinking
- 3. Improved coping with anxiety and anxiety symptoms
- 4. Improved insight
- 5. Reduce vulnerability
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- Develop vocabulary to describe anxiety or fears
- Identify cues and symptoms
- Identify areas of vulnerability which underlie anxiety
- Identify triggers to these areas
- Identify antecedents, triggers, and consequences to acting out on anxiety.
Counselor activity: Assist client to identify issues of anxiety from the past, and other sources of anxiety vulnerability, and bring to resolution or “letting go.” Use workbook “Anxiety and Fear” (F3) and in individual and group counseling. Counselor should:
- validate client’s emotional experience
- identify specific issues
Counselor should use opportunities in individual and group counseling to help client practice acceptance of those areas which cannot be influenced.
- Identify specific areas of cognitive distortion (“Stinking thinking”).
- Challenge irrational thoughts with reality
- Develop appropriate substitute self-statements and behaviors for irrational ones
- Identify appropriate response to feelings of anxiety.
- Learn relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety (thought stopping, thought switching, creative visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing)
- Develop alternative responses to substitute for past “coping” choices.
- Increase understanding of relationship between underlying vulnerability, triggers, feelings, thoughts, choices or behaviors.
- Increase understanding of pattern or “cycle” of problem behaviors, leading to substance abuse or other acting out.
Identify specific issues causing anxiety; and maladaptive controlling behaviors used to address these feelings.
The following pages may also be helpful:
Behavioral Health and Dual Diagnosis — specific behavioral health and dual diagnosis treatment planning and program resources for more than 20 DSM-IV diagnoses and issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, ADHD, etc. Behavioral health resources include counselors' tools, model treatment plans, and client workbooks. [more]