Questions About Anxiety Treatment

By Terri A. Ammirati, LCPC.

How long will therapy for anxiety take?

While many of our clients start to notice positive after the first few sessions, the amount of time it takes for you to feel better and reach your personal therapy goals will depend on your situation and needs. And the amount of time you spend working with us is entirely up to you.

I feel like I should be able to handle this on my own. How did I get to this point? Why do I need therapy?

Anxiety can be difficult to manage on your own, no matter how successful you have been in your life or how many solutions you have tried. Even when you have trusted friends, family, or mentors to turn to, they often lack the professional experience and unbiased approach you need to truly thrive. And it can be hard to open up to loved ones about personal challenges, especially if you find yourself often in the “caretaking” role and putting others before yourself. A skilled therapist who specializes in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety gives you the practical guidance, compassionate support, and concrete resources you need to get grounded and centered.

Do I need to take medication when I’m in therapy?

While it’s true that medication may be beneficial in some instances, that is not our focus during treatment. In many cases, therapy can be as effective or more effective than medication alone, serving as a natural remedy for anxiety. The decision to take medication or not is one to be made between you and your doctor, and we can continue to work with you if you are on medication. We may or may not recommend a course of medication, but it is not a focus of treatment goals. It is a decision to be made in conjunction with a doctor and your therapist over the course of your individual therapy.

Do I have to attend therapy sessions in person?

Depending on your situation—your geographic location, work style, or schedule—you may not be able to attend sessions in person. Thankfully, the therapists at Ammirati Counseling offer online therapy, or teletherapy, as an effective alternative. Teletherapy provides a form of direct contact that is as effective in treating anxiety as in-person sessions. So you’re getting the same benefits and person-to-person contact from the comfort of your own home.

You Can Manage Anxiety And Regain A Sense Of Control

If you are ready to find relief and learn new skills to manage anxiety, we offer treatment for your anxiety at our Bannockburn location with some additional hours in Downers Grove, as well as virtual teletherapy sessions you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. Contact us to arrange a short phone consultation to discuss your needs.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Ammirati Counseling
Terri A. Ammirati, LCPC, has 25+ years of clinical experience. She is a Certified Gottman Therapist and presents Gottman's "The Art and Science of Love" couples workshop.

Terri specializes in empowering clients to strengthen their relationships. She works with all aspects of relational distress and provides solution-focused therapy.
Terri A. Ammirati