This page contains a listing of practitioners whose practice areas include the treatment of anxiety, i.e. anxiety therapists. But first...an important Question and Answer.
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Question: Do I have to back to a life like in psychotherapy?
I gather that this person’s psychotherapy was not a positive experience. It's a great opportunity to discuss one of the challenges that people sometimes feel: a poor fit between themselves and the therapist.
If someone has been giving therapy an honest effort but do not feel a rapport with the therapist, then this should be raised with the therapist.
You may ask why?
First: research has repeatedly shown that the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most important factor in producing a positive therapy experience.1
Second: It’s going to be pretty hard to get better if you don’t really have good rapport with the therapist you’re seeing. Some people just drop out of therapy when they have this experience. This however is not good because it reinforces the pattern of avoiding things that are uncomfortable versus dealing with them.
One great lesson however would be one in assertiveness. If you are uncomfortable then say so. It’s actually an incredible opportunity.
This leads to my third point…
You’re the boss. That is, either you or your insurance company is likely paying for the service. If you were unhappy with the service from another professional or business you’d want to address this. Why should this be different? You don’t need to feel bad about raising this matter, you just need to indicate that it doesn’t seem to be a good fit (feel free to provide more reasons if you wish) and you need fix this or try someone else.
You need to do this in a polite and fair manner but the conversation could go something like: “Before interjecting I would ask that you please hear me out. I feel that I am not being listened to or sometimes the points I raise are not being addressed by you. I feel that you are sometimes dismissive.”
You then could provide some specific examples. At this point the therapist will probably respond by obtaining clarification. Don’t feel put on the spot. Carefully consider the therapists response. But you will need to make a decision so things don’t remain stagnant.
An important caution here: sometimes the therapeutic process may seem uncomfortable at first since it might run counter to your ingrained habits. Make sure you are not getting cold feet versus really not having a good fit. You could explain something to the effect:
“I need to see if I can obtain a fit where I feel more listened to. At this point I do not have a reference point. I am not blaming others. I just need to ensure that I have a good fit for treatment. I’m sure that like other individuals, therapists might have different styles and personalities. I came across some research that suggests the relationship with the therapist is very important to the process”
Fourth: Just like other people and professionals, therapists are not all equal. You may have someone who’s not very good – at least for you. You don’t want one bad therapist to compromise the other good work that could be done by others.
Fifth: Again (I’ve certainly said this before), ensure you are seeing a licensed mental health professional – someone who is accountable to a regulatory body in which he/she has had to meet certain educational standards and someone whose practice is guided by ethical principles.
A simple question to ask your therapist could be: “Where are you registered/licensed?” You can then easily verify this as a regulatory body will have a website where you can visit and then verify whether this person’s name is listed as a member/registrant/licensee. If not, the site should contain a phone number or email that you can use to verify the person’s registration. As a consumer you might consider asking whether there is any publicly available information about disciplinary or other conditions concerning the person’s license.
Now, as promised here is the listing of anxiety therapists...
The list may include anxiety therapists, anxiety psychologists, anxiety psychotherapists and anxiety counselors. First is a generic Find a Therapist link. Next, are listings grouped by geographical locations, which are presented in alphabetical order.
Note: This is a new and developing section of the website. More listings will be added as time goes on.
Find a Therapist
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Australia (Goldcoast, Queensland)
Dr. Peta Stapleton
Claire M. Stone
Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.
Path to Growth
Steven Reisler, Psy.D.
Tracy P. Leung, Psy.D.
Anxiety Treatment - Wichita KS
Experienced private psychotherapy in Wichita, KS. Licensed mental health professionals provide counseling and coaching to children, adolescents, and adults.
If you know of good anxiety therapists that are not mentioned her then get in touch via the Contact Us page.
1. Understanding anxiety disorders and effective treatment. (Updated June 2010) Retrieved October 27, 2010 from American Psychological Association Website