In Focus Counseling is a team of clinicians serving CO, MT,& KS. The group practice clinicians are specialized in addiction, OCD, & anxiety.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO
In the practice, we use mindfulness based CBT with ERP therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which allows you to learn ways to resource anxiety and fears between sessions and use the learned skills as coping tools while engaging in your exposure plans. The work you do in therapy is vital to your life outside of our sessions.
Exposure therapy is not all about doing scary things all of the time. It is about the balance of challenging your beliefs and resisting going back to those patterns. We see it as a normal part of the brain to go to safety measures to experience less pain. Experiencing less emotional, physical, or mental anguish, we all want to get away from those. In fact, our brain says it is a true danger to experience these things. Lastly, exposure therapy is nothing without the response prevention.
We have experienced addiction trained therapist who are especially good at navigating anxiety and OCD alongside addiction. We know that once you quit drinking or drugging, anxiety/OCD or your trauma is there lurking in the shadows waiting for you to relapse. And vice versa. The impact of trauma, anxiety, and OCD (all parts of the lizard brain/amygdala) weight you down and redirect your focus on invaluable acts, tasks, and relationships. Give us a call.
Even though anxiety is normal, we have to learn to manage it in and outside of ourselves to help learn to live with it. Our team approaches anxiety in a unique way to help you understand more about how to work with your body and brain to understand what tool is most appropriate for the situation. We find that often people use lots of deep breathing and meditation but they can't work in some situations if you don't understand WHAT the message is that anixety is trying to give you in the moment.