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Anxiety Counseling

Palm Harbor

Become a Confident Person - Free Yourself From Anxiety

What is anxiety?

Everyone experiences some amount of stress. Your work demands a lot, your schedule is always full, and you try and spend time with those you love.

But normal stress can turn into anxiety, and anxiety can turn into overwhelm and panic attacks. All of that stress and anxiety can eventually lead to problems big enough to interfere with your everyday life.

Some common anxiety symptoms include:

-Worrying all the time

-Feeling restless

-Problems sleeping

-Eating too much or having little appetite

-A constant sense of “something bad is going to happen”

-Feeling like you might panic at any moment

-Avoiding situations like being in public, or around groups of people

-Snapping at loved ones

-Feeling angry

When it gets to be too much, you may try to find relief from things like drinking, focusing on work too much, or finding other ways to zone out.

Of course those short-term solutions aren't really solutions and lead to their own consequences in relationships, at work, etc.

How can anxiety counseling help?

I help you find solutions to stress and anxiety that are specific to your personal needs.

We start with the belief that anxious feelings come from the way that you think. If you’re feeling anxious, you’re having anxious thoughts, many of which aren’t true or based on realistic evaluations of your situation.

Anxiety is fueled by countless “what if?” questions with no answers, and frequently imagining worst-case scenarios. I help you change the way you relate to those thoughts in order to change the way you feel.

At Pinellas Anxiety Specialists, I mostly rely on a combination of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), the gold standards for treating anxiety (and depression) with the highest success rates. Both ACT and CBT can be effective short-term approaches, so you don’t have to worry about being in therapy forever.

I find that working mindfulness into my approach to anxiety helps patients begin to understand their thoughts and feelings. Sometimes just increasing your awareness of the anxious thoughts you’re having can provide instant relief.

I teach you to notice your thoughts and observe them as nothing more than thoughts. Many are surprised to discover their mind has been telling them lies for years! I help you learn to recognize those lies, and make decisions by choice rather than emotion.

At the end of your anxiety treatment, our goal is for you to walk away with a stronger sense of self-confidence and feeling more prepared in your ability to handle whatever life throws at you. The tools and skills you learn will be available to help you well beyond the end of our time together.

Some stress is inevitable, but you don’t need to feel anxious all the time.

Schedule your free consultation call today to learn more about how anxiety therapy can help you.

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Dr. Kevin Hyde, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Owner of Pinellas Anxiety Specialists, Father, Baseball Fan

I specialize in treating anxiety

I've trained and worked for years to help others overcome their anxiety symptoms. Not going to lie, I've experienced plenty of stress and anxiety in the process, so I know how miserable it feels. I don't want you to struggle through that one more day than you have to. The skills I hope to teach you are the same ones that I use to ensure the time with my family is quality over just quantity.

Because it's my primary specialty, you better believe that we'll be ready to go from the start. We'll hone in on your specific challenges and build an individualized treatment plan to reach your goals as quickly as possible. You deserve the best treatment... and I will do my best to provide it.

How do you help me reach my goals?

I utilize both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help my clients reach their goals.

Every session is individualized to your needs, because nobody benefits from a cookie cutter approach to therapy. We will focus on the specific strategies that will best apply to your situation. And when something doesn't work, we toss it out and try something new.

This sounds like too much work

When you're overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious, it makes sense that you'd be hesitant to add one more thing (therapy) to your plate.

What my patients tend to find is that our work together helps them feel more energized and organized in their life so the challenges no longer feel insurmountable. Skeptics often turn into believers once they begin to enjoy the progress they've made.

Therapy is an investment in your personal well-being, and much like exercise it takes a bit of effort to see the best results.

I've tried therapy before and it didn't work

If I had a nickel for every time I heard this, I'd be retired by now. I'm sorry you've had that experience and it's understandable that you wouldn't want to waste your time trying therapy again.

I can tell you that I am constantly monitoring to ensure I'm the right fit for my patients and I have no problem referring them to someone who would be a better fit. If you ever feel I'm not right, I welcome that feedback so we can get you on the right path to feeling better. Your progress is most important, whether it's with me or not.

I have my patients fill out short rating scales periodically so we have actual data to measure progress... or identify if we're stuck. This data is so valuable in ensuring we don't spin our wheels.

I can't promise results, but I can promise I will always be working at least as hard as you.