At Biltmore Psychology and Counseling, we use a variety of techniques to treat anxiety including: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, EMDR, family/relationship therapy and life coaching. Call us at (480) 999-7070 to make an appointment and learn more about our anxiety treatment. We offer in-office and teletherapy sessions for clients in Tempe, AZ.

Fear and anxiety are some of the most uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. Anxiety counseling can be a helpful way for individuals to learn to cope with worry, fear and tension. Anxiety drains your energy, dominates your thoughts, and even hurts your ability to enjoy the present. If you dread the way anxiety makes you feel, and don’t know how to prevent it or lessen its hold on your lives, counseling can help teach you new ways of thinking and new strategies for managing anxiety.

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.

Teletherapy & Video Counseling Sessions Available

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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FAQs about Anxiety Counseling

What is Anxiety Counseling?

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. Anxiety is highly treatable and 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 (CBT), exposure therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), family/relationship therapy, and life coaching.

Learn more about the types of therapy we specialize in.

How Does Anxiety Counseling Work?

Our psychologists and therapists take a highly individualized approach to anxiety treatment – specifically tailored to each client’s needs.

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

If family stressors are the cause for your anxiety, our therapists help individuals identify their needs in relationships and find adaptive ways to communicate or advocate for their needs.

If cause of anxiety is due to trauma, our therapists can use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or other techniques to help the individual be less anxious or triggered by past negative experiences.

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or physical tension
  • Feeling a sense of danger, panic or worry
  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Having difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

What Are the Different Forms of Anxiety?

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.

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 Seek Counseling and Treatment for Anxiety?

If symptoms of anxiety interferes with your daily life, that’s reason enough to seek therapy. Most individuals choose to seek counseling and treatment for anxiety when they feel their efforts to control their anxiety are no longer working. 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.

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)

Our Location Near Tempe, AZ

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Our anxiety counselors apply professional expertise and understanding to provide the best holistic counseling services in Tempe, AZ.

A 10-min consultation can help you determine whether our services would be the right fit for you. Call us today for a free phone consultation.

(480) 999-7070