A Jula or bridge in Rishikesh, India under the night sky
As part of treatment, I do what is called en vivo exposure. This entails accompanying clients at the unwanted place. There is a per hour fee for driving to and meeting with clients outside of the office.
Tools I use as psychotherapist to help with anxiety:
Ever have a repeated and intense fear of crossing over a bridge that you decide never to take even if it means going the long way? Now that you found the long way, it has taken care of all worries. But has it? The cost out weighs the benefits. The same can be said about fear of heights, speaking, occupying small spaces, being among crowds, or leaving home.
Believe it or not, the best remedy based on research is not to avoid the issue or 'think' it away. "Leaning into" your fears (i.e. exposure to) and tolerating unease is the precursor for a more functioning life. Then, and only then, can we recreate new learning that can manage phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
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