Anxiety counseling can be a helpful way to cope with worry, fear and tension. Fear and anxiety are some of the most uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. Anxiety drains our energy, dominates our thoughts, and even robs us of our ability to enjoy the present. Many of us dread the way our anxiety makes us feel, but we do not know how to prevent it or lessen its hold on our lives.

Anxiety counseling can be a helpful way for individuals to gain control of fears and live more peacefully amidst the storms of life. While anxiety is not something that we can just snap out of, it is also not something that we have to live with forever. Counseling can help teach you new ways of thinking and new strategies for managing anxiety, so that you can live with greater confidence and freedom each day.

At Biltmore Psychology & Counseling, we use a variety of techniques to treat anxiety including, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, EMDR, family/relationship therapy, and life coaching. Call us today at (480) 999-7070 to make an appointment with one of our psychologists and counselors.

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Biltmore Psychology and Counseling offers teletherapy sessions as a way to participate in counseling without needing to be physically present at our office.

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Anxiety Counseling FAQ

What is Anxiety Counseling?

While the experience of anxiety is a very normal part of the human condition, there are several types of anxiety that can be very uncomfortable and problematic. The focus of anxiety counseling is to help deepen insight into anxiety triggers, develop adaptive coping strategies to help decrease anxiety symptoms, and find the ways to make life changes to help avoid unhealthy circumstances. Anxiety is one of the more uncomfortable emotions we can experience, yet is highly treatable and is often done so in a short amount of time. Our psychologists and counselors use a variety of techniques to treat anxiety including, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, EMDR, family/relationship therapy, and life coaching.

How Does Anxiety Counseling Work?

One of the more frustrating things about anxiety is that the triggers and sources of anxiety can seem almost limitless. With so many presenting forms and so many varying causes, anxiety management can seem so confusing. Our therapists treat anxiety from a highly individualized approach, specifically tailored to each clients needs. For example:

When the root of our anxiety is due to negative, perfectionistic, or highly self-critical thoughts our psychologists or counselors may use cognitive behavioral therapy to help identify the negative thoughts contributing to the feelings of distress.

When the cause of anxiety is due to family stressors, our therapists help individuals identity their needs in relationship and find more adaptive ways to communicate or advocate for their needs.

When the cause of anxiety is due to trauma, our therapists can use EMDR or other techniques to help the individual be less anxious or triggered by their past negative experiences.

What Are the Different Forms of Anxiety?

Almost every person has anxiety, but the way their anxiety presents itself can be very different. The following are the most common forms of anxiety.

Social Anxiety: Where individuals feel a great deal of stress, anxious thoughts, and negative self talk when in social circumstances.

Specific Phobia: When an individual is highly anxious in specific situations such as speaking in public, flying on an airplane, being around dogs, or being in tight spaces.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): When an individual has witnessed highly traumatic or anxiety provoking situations that has resulted in them being very hypervigilant, easily triggered and highly anxious when in current situation that remind them of their traumatic event.

Generalized Anxiety: When an individual feels that in most circumstances they experience elevated feelings of anxiety that leave them feeling overwhelmed, distressed and unable to relax.

Panic attacks: When an individual quickly becomes anxious and experiences acute physiological changes that often include rapid breathing, trembling, increased heart rate, difficulty focusing, feeling faint, nausea, feeling of “impending doom”, etc.

What Does It Feel Like to Have Anxiety?

The topics with which people can worry can be incredibly broad and unique. However, most people with anxiety tend to worry about several specific topics: their own health and safety, the health and safety of others, finances, the future, their own abilities, the way others perceive them, school performance, the health of their relationships, family, and love.

The physical symptoms of anxiety can be quite uncomfortable. In accuse stress, many often experience fatigue, racing heart, jittery feeling, muscle tension, headache, fatigue, trembling, rapid breathing, insomnia and loss of appetite. As anxiety becomes prolonged, it can lead to insomnia, chronic changes in the immune system, weight gain, and malaise.

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Common symptoms of anxiety include: Racing thoughts, feelings of agitation, feeling overwhelmed, decreased attention, difficulties thinking, excessive worry, restlessness, fatigue, physical tension, feelings of panic.

Common Issues / Problems With Anxiety

While many can maintain their jobs, relationships, and daily functions, they do so with great struggle and effort. Anxiety can often cause relationship difficulties as people tend to be more frustrated, agitated, less empathetic and less flexible when anxious. Anxiety can also cause physical difficulties that leave people feeling sick, tired, and more prone to infections. Lastly, it can impact life satisfaction leading to feelings of worthlessness, lack of accomplishment, or fear of failure.

What Are the Treatments for Anxiety?

The treatments for anxiety include talk therapy and medication management. Talk therapy will focus on the specific type of anxiety and will help the individual deepen their insight into their distress, identify the triggers for their anxiety, develop adaptive coping skills for these circumstances and look at overall life circumstances and how these may be adjusted to avoid feelings of anxiety for the future.

When Should You Go to an Anxiety Therapist?

Many people choose to seek treatment for anxiety when they feel their efforts to control their anxiety are no longer working. Treatment for anxiety can also be very helpful before an individual’s anxiety gets out of control. When people are in a calm place, they may be in the best position to proactively make life choices to avoid thought patterns, relationships, and life choices that can lead to anxiety symptoms. So either amid increasing anxiety or before anxiety increasing, anxiety treatment can be very helpful.

How Our Phoenix Anxiety Counselors Can Help

Our psychologists and counselors are passionate about finding a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to each individual’s needs and circumstances. While in therapy, counseling will focus on helping the individual deepen insight into anxiety triggers, develop adaptive coping strategies to help decrease anxiety symptoms, and find ways to make life changes to help avoid unhealthy circumstances. Should medication management be desired, our psychologists and counselors will coordinate care with treating physicians to provide the best continuity of care.

Meet our Team

Dr. Melissa Estavillo, PsyD


Doctorate and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology
Practice Areas: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relationship / Marriage Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD / Trauma, Grief, Spiritual Integration, Medical Counseling

Audrey Sessions PsyD at Biltmore Psychology & Counseling in Phoenix, AZ


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology
M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Walden University
Practice Areas: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, LGBTQ+, Race-Based Stress, Military and Veteran-Related Issues, General Mental Health, Couples Counseling, Multicultural Diversity and Inclusion, Mindfulness

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Susan Self


M.S. Counseling and Human Services, University of Toledo
B.S. Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Practice Areas: Relationship / Marriage Counseling, Pre-marital Counseling, Parenting, General Counseling, Anxiety and Depression, Individual Therapy, Career Decisions, Caring for Aging Relatives, Life Changes, Work/Life Stressors


M.C. Counseling, Arizona State University
B.A. English (Literature), Arizona State University

Practice Areas: Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Cbt), Depression, Disability Counseling, Existential Therapy, Faith-Based Counseling, General Mental Health Counseling, Gerontological Counseling, Grief Counseling, Individual Counseling, Mindful Self-Compassion (Msc)


M.A. Human Resources and Substance Abuse, Ottawa University
M.A. Professional Counseling, Ottawa University
B.A. Psychology, Ottawa University

Practice Areas: Trauma, Anxiety, PTSD, Grief, Life Transitions, Women’s Focused Issues, LGBTQ+, Parenting, Depression, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, Faith-based Counseling, General Mental Health Counseling

Heather Wheeler LCSW at Biltmore Psychology & Counseling in Phoenix, AZ


Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University
B.A. Psychology, Arizona State University

Specialties: Anxiety, CBT, Depression, Grief Counseling, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ+, Mindfulness, Family Counseling, General Mental Health Counseling, Women-Focused Issues/New Mothers Counseling, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

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