CATEGORY: Anxiety and Panic 141 articles

Anxiety and Panic Counseling in Philadelphia: Lately you've been feeling anxious, had a Panic Attack , struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). experience Social Anxiety Phobias or Stress which all negatively impact your quality of life. 

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.


Anxious Behaviors

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes and exhibits anxious behaviors. Anxiety is a natural human emotion.  In fact, experiencing anxiety is important for our survival. It lets us know when we are…


Tracking Worries to Identify Core Beliefs

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Core beliefs are the ideas that we hold about ourselves.  Some core beliefs that we have are positive such as “I am smart” or “I am talented”.  Other core beliefs…


Do-It-Yourself Desensitization for Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Is your anxiety preventing you from facing fears and seeing situations through to the end? Perhaps someone close to you keeps telling you “Let go of your anxiety! Face your…


Avoidance, Anxiety and Negative Reinforcement

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Do you struggle with anxiety, particularly avoidance? For example, do you avoid going to parties or answering the phone due to your anxiety? Do you avoid opportunities even when you…


Identifying Loneliness

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Loneliness has historically been defined in many ways: the perception of being alone or isolated, the inability to find meaning in one’s life, or the subjective negative feeling related to…


Anxiety and Control Chart Exercise

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

For many people, anxiety is triggered by attempting to control things that you actually have no control over. You feel stressed about the possibility that something might go wrong, and…


What Causes Stress? Ask A Therapist

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Stress is a condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life. Stress is no laughing matter, and if left untreated, can lead to serious health complications…


How to Support A Partner With Anxiety

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How to support a partner with anxiety 

Relationships can be difficult at times, especially when an anxiety disorder is added to the mix. Living in constant fear is not fun…


Self Care during the Holidays

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

For some the holiday time can be an exciting time of year filled with great food, loved ones, and traditions. For others, it can bring feelings of anxiety, loneliness, frustration…


Easy Distractions for Dealing with Anxiety

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            No matter who you are, chances are you’ve experienced anxiety before.  For some people, this universal state of mind happens too often.  Fortunately, there are some ways to manage…


4 Things To Remember When Facing Rejection

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Facing rejection is a hard thing to do. When we face rejection, we try to deal with the rejection as quickly and painlessly as possible. There are small rejections we…


Managing Anxiety: I See/I Hear/ I Feel Exercise

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Anxiety sits at an uncomfortable intersection of two thoughts: that something is wrong, and that we can and should correct it. Anxiety keeps us focused on the future and the…


Present Moment Awareness

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Do you find yourself stuck in the past, ruminating over previous conversations or interactions?  Or maybe you’re focused on the future, stressing about what could happen or how your future…


How to Create a Positive Outlook

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you stuck on the negatives in your life?  Maybe you’re at a job that you don’t like, or you’re in an apartment rather than in the home of your…


DARE: A four step approach to anxiety management

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States, affected about 40 million people. If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone. Help is available. Anxiety…


ACT Therapy: Accepting and Being Mindful

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is about acknowledging our emotions from a non-judgmental standpoint, which equips the person to better handle uncomfortable emotional states.  Impartial acceptance of emotions is very…


Being Assertive

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Being Assertive Your neighbor is asking you to pick up her mail for the third time this month. Your coworker is asking if you will take her to work every day…


Physical Labor and Mental Health

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

When discussing the ways in which to improve mental health, we tend to focus on the abstract.  We explore family influences, maladaptive thinking, reoccurring themes, and several other intangible concepts. …


Preventing Panic Attacks: Anxiety Scale

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Many people with anxiety can describe exactly what a panic attack feels like. Your heart feels like it’s racing a million beats per minute, you can’t get enough air, you…


Circle Activity for Negative Thoughts

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Circle Activity for Negative Thoughts

Do you often find yourself trapped inside your own negative thoughts? Are these thoughts often negative thoughts towards you? Often times, a person may be trapped…


Anxiety: Psychotherapy Treatment Options

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Anxiety: Psychotherapy Treatment Options Explored

​Anxiety is an umbrella term that ranges from nerves before a big meeting, and escalating to a fear of leaving your home. With all of the…


Preventing Panic Attacks: The Anxiety Scale

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Preventing Panic Attacks: Anxiety Scale

Many people with anxiety can describe exactly what a panic attack feels like. Your heart feels like it’s racing a million beats per minute, you can’t…


Negative Self Talk

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is often formed through our experiences with others, especially during childhood, who have subconsciously embedded thoughts in our minds throughout our life. Often times as an adult…


Your First Anxiety and Depression Support Group

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What to Expect in Your First Anxiety Depression Support Group at The Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia :

    In the beginning of the Anxiety and Depression group…


Codependency: Thought Patterns

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever given your all to a relationship, sacrificing your own beliefs, feelings, and needs to benefit another? You may be struggling with codependency.  Codependency develops from childhood schemas…


Identifying Toxic Thought Patterns

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Identifying Toxic Thought Patterns: There are certain fundamental needs in childhood, such as safety, attention, love, praise, empathy, guidance, and protection. When these needs are unmet, toxic thought patterns, or schemas…


Bedtime Ritual for Anxiety Sufferers

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Bedtime Ritual for Anxiety Sufferers

Whether you are suffering from chronic anxiety or nervously anticipating an upcoming

event or circumstance, stress can interfere with our sleep cycles, affecting our ability to

catch those…


Pelvic Floor Muscle Strengthening Exercise

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

One of the most common contributors to Erection Dysfunction is anxiety. Anxiety from relationship stress, pressure at work, financial duress or any number of things can show up in your…


Anxiety and Drug Use

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Anxiety and Drug Use: Whether or not you have a predisposition to anxiety, it is important to understand how drug use plays a part in your mind and body connection. This…


How to Give Yourself Permission to Take Medication

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Struggling with anxiety or depression? Maybe you’ve already tried talk therapy, lifestyle changes, and support from your relationships and you seem to still struggle overcome what people say…


Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise: Are you suffering from anger, anxiety, or insomnia? Have you tried countless breathing and relaxation exercises to no avail? Progressive Muscle Relaxation may be right…


Recognizing your Cognitive Distortions

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

The way we see the world has a huge impact on our mood. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be extremely effective in improving mood by focusing in on our cognitions, or…


Dealing with procrastination

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Dealing with procrastination: We’ve all been there, panicking, anxiety rising, working at the last minute over the project that wasn’t completed, avoiding the bill that wasn’t paid, or putting off that new…


Negative Stories and Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When life is uncertain and your anxiety heightens have you ever made up really negative stories that just continue to raise your feelings of anxiety? You may be…


Why the Idea of Mediocrity Tortures Millennials

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Many millennials (twenty-thirty somethings) struggle with a constant sense of anxiety and depression. Pushing happiness away because it does not fit for the emotional highs and lows they’re…


Doctor Visits

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Doctor visits are important to maintaining good health. Regular physicals and check-ups are a smart choice. It’s not rare that you may have questions related to your sexual health during…


Tips for Academic Success

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You want to start next semester off right so below you will find tips for achieving academic success.  In order to do well, you must first set yourself up for…


Preparing for Academic Success

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you struggling with achieving academic success? The semester is winding down and your grades are being posted. This may prove to be an exciting and validating time if…


Space for Emotional Availability

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Space for Emotional Availability

There are two kinds of “space” one has in this world. The space that a person has in their own head, and the space that a person…


Managing Anxiety in a New Relationship

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

When you're an anxious person, dating can feel really, really tough. Especially, in a new relationship (within the first few months) there are lots of things that may cause your…


Fear of Flying Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

People have phobias about all types of things. You may have  heard of people having a fear of heights, death, public speaking, and spiders. A very common phobia is aerophobia…


Communicate without Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You have an idea that you want to communicate differently, but it can be difficult to make the behavioral changes necessary to put the new idea to work. Do not…


Accepting Happiness

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you waiting for the next shoe to drop? Do you find yourself experiencing positive feelings only to catch yourself and start to worry about when your happiness will all…


Sexual Anxiety And Premature Ejaculation

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Connection Between Sexual Anxiety and Premature Ejaculation   What is anxiety? Anxiety is frequently described and experienced in different ways. From a laypersons perspective, having anxiety is similar to having…


What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Before you make your standard New Year’s resolution to go to the gym at least three times a week, think about what you truly…


The Wave

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you feeling overwhelmed by negative feelings? Are these feelings compounded by the negative feelings you have about your initial emotion, as in meta-emotions. Meta-emotions are way that they…


Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?

How we manage the balance between…


Beating Low Self-Esteem

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Many people in Philadelphia suffer from low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is characterized by having a generally poor opinion of yourself, and negatively judging yourself and your value as a person…


Fibromyalgia and Mental Health

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Many people in Philadelphia are affected by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes widespread pain throughout the body, and often affects mental health. Depression and anxiety often accompany…


The Importance of Reciprocal Relationships

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The Importance of Reciprocal Relationships

While most of us would agree on the importance of reciprocal relationships, we don’t consciously think about this idea of reciprocity when it comes to friendships…


Decoding Emotions

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Decoding your emotions 

For many of us, dealing with our emotions is something we avoid. Or, we simply act on our emotions, without knowing the underlying reason for our actions. To decode your emotions means to slow down the entire emotion/thought/act…


Ambivalent Attachment

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Ambivalent attachment

Do you struggle to trust your partner? Do you need constant reassurance from s/he that s/he will be there for you long-term? Are you overly sensitive to his/her actions…


Role of Anxiety in Erectile Dysfunction

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Understanding the Role of Anxiety in Erectile Dysfunction

A lot more men have trouble getting or maintaining an erection than you would expect. Erectile dysfunctions can occur during a…


Redirecting Your Negative and Anxious Thoughts

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to change your thoughts: Steps for redirecting your negative and anxious thoughts 

Have you ever found yourself so consumed with negative, or anxious thoughts that you can’t focus or do anything else…


How to become more present

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to become more present in your life. 

Do you find yourself often consumed in your thoughts and day to day worries? Do you find yourself talking on the…


Skin Picking Treatment

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Skin picking is considered a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorder which effects up to 5% of the population.  Examples of skin picking include, but are not limited to: picking acne or…


What it means to be your authentic self

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What it means to be your authentic self 

 

Authentic self means:

Being your true authentic self means what you say in life aligns with what your actions. Your authentic self goes beyond…


Perfectionism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perfectionism: We all have a need to feel accepted, believe we belong and are valued for who we are.  But oftentimes this universal human need gets distorted, becoming a deep source…


Challenging Your Cognitive Distortions

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: A major component of social anxiety is thinking others are judging or testing you, thinking you will embarrass yourself, thinking you are inadequate compared to the…


Do You Have Social Anxiety?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Do you have Social Anxiety? 

It is normal to be nervous, worried, uncomfortable or even anxious in some social situations.  It can be difficult even for…


End of Relationship Anxiety

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia 267-324-9564

End of Relationship Anxiety: some people do not think about having anxiety feelings when a relationship ends.  Sadness and even depression is…


Feeling “numb” from police work?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Police Officers & Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia Police officers jobs require them to control their emotional reactions, even when faced with very emotionally overwhelming situations.  For instance, when talking with a child…


Identifying and Managing Critical Incident Stress In Police Officers

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

 Stress Therapy in Philadelphia:  “What is Critical Incident Stress?”  Jeffery Mitchell of the University of Maryland, developed the term critical incident stress (CIS) after working with firemen/firewomen and police officers.  He…


Identifying your triggers with a PTSD trigger table

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia.  Call today 267-324-9564

What is a PTSD Trigger Table? A PTSD Trigger Table is a simple method of tracking your triggers and reactions to these triggers.  While…


Looking For Patterns in Your Social Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Looking for patterns in your social anxiety When you are struggling with social anxiety, it can feel like every social situation is triggering.  While for…


Talking to Your Kid About Going to Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Center City Philadelphia: There are many reasons for seeking play therapy for your child.  Every parent has his or her own specific set of reasons. Regardless of how…


Talking to Your Partner About PTSD

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia / PTSD Recovery in Center City

This tip is for anyone who is recovering from trauma or PTSD and who has a significant other in their life. …


The Benefits of Play Therapy for Parents

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play therapy is designed for children ages 3-11, as play is the way children make sense of their world and express themselves.  The benefits of play therapy for children include developing…


Mirror checking and the Traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Therapy in Philadelphia: Mirror checking and the traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mirror checking is a common ritual performed by people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Close to ninety percent…


The Self Esteem Workout

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: Increasing confidence and self esteem. 

Self esteem is a measure of how favorable you rate your abilities and value as a…


What is Self-Esteem?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self-Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: What is Self-Esteem? 

Self-esteem is a broad psychological concept that is used to as a measurement of how highly a person rates their…


Poor Body Image and Thought Records

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Center for Growth / Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Completing a Thought Record to Address Poor Body Image

It is common for individuals living in Philadelphia to struggle with self-confidence about their…


What is Codependency?

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Center for Growth / Codependency Therapy in Philadelphia:  Codependency 

This tip is to provide you with the typical characteristics of people who struggle with codependency, a brief history of the term…


What Does It Mean To Be Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia:

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a subcategory of general Personality Disorders. A personality disorder is a…


5 Ways to Fix Communication With Your Partner Today

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Center for Growth / Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: 5 ways to improve communication with your partner TODAY.

Have you recently felt like you and your partner constantly argue…


Re-framing the Concept of Boundaries

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Boundaries: Re-framing the concept

The term boundaries means the limits you set with others based on what you feel most comfortable with; this can be physically, emotionally,intellectually, sexually, the list goes…


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a prominent evidence-based therapeutic process developed by Aaron Beck in the 1960s.  CBT is a form of…


Psychotherapy and Family History

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Psychotherapy and Family History

Many individuals decide to attend psychotherapy for a number of reasons: anxiety, depression, sexual and emotional affairs, divorce, sexual abuse, physical abuse, conflicts in family or at…


Letting Go of Expectations

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Opening Yourself Up to More by Letting Go of Expectations

Do you find yourself often disappointed when things don’t go your way? Do you find yourself constantly disappointed by friends…


Assertive, Aggressive, and Non-Assertive Communication Styles

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Do you feel like you‘re too passive with voicing your needs? Do you get frustrated and feel angry when trying to get people to do what you want? Have you…


New Relationship and Facebook

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Managing a New Relationship in the Land of Facebook

So you began dating someone new, and you’re just a few weeks in and it’s going really well, but then he/she sends…


How to Write Your Own Positive Affirmations

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The use of affirmations can be a powerful tool in generating positive change in your life. The definition of an affirmation is to declare that something is true. Really all…


Having a conversation to assert your boundaries.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

After identifying that you have a boundary that has been crossed it is essential to express your new needs to others. This tip is designed to help…


Quick Boundary Tips

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Once you have Identified Your Boundaries, you are ready to share them with others and express your feelings about the relationship and your boundaries


Identifying Your Boundaries

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Boundaries are “guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for him- or herself that are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him…


What are Boundaries?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

One of the most challenging, emotional, and stressful tasks within relationships is setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.  However, most people don’t realize this until their boundaries have been crossed and…


Wedding Survival Strategies

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Weddings are intended to be a beautiful day allowing those who truly care for a couple to share in a very special moment for two people in love. At times…


Automatic Negative Thoughts and Core Beliefs

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Automatic negative thoughts and core beliefs are the two main roots of anxiety and depression.  People who suffer from anxiety and depression, usually have a maladaptive thought process that…


Evaluating Coping Skills

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

This tip is designed to help you answer a few questions about using coping skills for anxiety and depression. So, in order to begin a discussion about coping skills and…


Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Pet therapy, or Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) refers to the use of animals in therapy as part of the treatment process. Animal Assisted Therapy ( AAT )  attempts to improve…


Anorexia And The Perfectionist Personality

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia Treatment in Philadelphia: anorexia and the perfectionist personality.

Many people who have anorexia would describe themselves as perfectionists, and many people trying to recover from anorexia will tell you…


7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real

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7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real. The concept of change is an essential aspect of what it means to be human, whether it is our own personal goal for…


Coping Skills For Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Coping skills for anxiety: As you may already know, anxiety is a normal feeling and a typical reaction to many events in everyday life.  It can help…


Finding Motivation To Change

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Therapy in Philadelphia: Finding motivation to change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back…


What is Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Philadelphia : Play therapy is a structured approach to therapy that builds on the natural language of children, the language of play.  Therapists use various play materials to…


Anxiety Disorders and Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

People struggling with Bulimia Nervosa frequently also experience an anxiety disorder. Typically this manifests as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, simple phobia or even PTSD.  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Unlike Obsessive-Compulsive…


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER: Approximately one-third to one fifth of people suffering from anorexia are diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (Similarly, people struggling with the different addictions, gambling addiction, sex addiction, d/a addiction also…


Social Anxiety Disorder

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Social Anxiety DIsorder Treatment in Philadelphia : What is a Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorders are characterized by a persistent fear of being publicly embarrassed and an intense fear of being…


Anxiety Support Groups in Philadelphia

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

10 Week Anxiety Support Groups in Philadelphia - Now Forming Are you anxious? Do you constantly worry? Do you have thoughts that don’t go away? Have you experienced rapid heart…


What is a Panic Attack

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

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What is Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

                        Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia What is Anxiety: suddenly you’re overcome with an intense fear or sense of gloom. …


Improving Relationships

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Improving Relationships - Requires Taking Action depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, you may want to seek help from a…


Staging Anxiety to Uncover Your Triggers

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia- Staging Anxiety to Uncover Your Triggers: anxiety can be a debilitating diagnosis for many of its victims. Often, it feels as though…


Steps You Can Take To Reduce Anxiety

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Center for Growth / Anxiety Reduction in Philadelphia

Steps you can take to reduce anxiety anxiety can impact work, your interpersonal relationships, hobbies, and prevent you from enjoying life to the…


Stress

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Stress: everyone has their own definition of stress. For a young mother at home with her children it may be when everyone is crying at the same time. For a…


Stress Management Techniques

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Stress Management Techniques: dealing with stress might seem like a battle that you can never win, but you can learn how to manage the stress in your life.


Visualization Technique Part One

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Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia : Visualization Technique Part One: visualization and imagery are powerful weapons in the arsenal against anxiety. Whether guided by a therapist at the Center for Growth…


Visualization Technique Part Three

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Visualization Techniques Part III: White Light By now, you’ve no doubt mastered the ‘ Safe Place ’ technique and have used it to both relieve stress and work on…


Visualization Technique Part Two

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia

Visualization Technique Part II

Learning the power of visualization and guided imagery through the construction of a safe place is key to using the mind…


Ways to Improve Self Esteem

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Self-Esteem Therapy Philadelphia

Ways to improve self esteem: Each day take a few minutes and tell yourself that you are important. Remind yourself that no one is perfect. Everyone is a…


Signs and Symptoms of Stress

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Center for Growth /Stress Therapy in Philadelphia 

Stress is a condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life. 

The psychological signs and symptoms of stress:

* The tendency to…


Coping with a passive aggressive partner

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recognize and Deal with a Passive Aggressive Partner - Learning to Read Between the Lines

How women can recognize and deal with a passive aggressive partner: While not everyone can say exactly…


Is it Low Self Esteem

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is it low self-esteem? Therapy in Philadelphia: How to recognize and come to terms with low self- esteem when a poor self-concept is the root of your problems.

Everybody has bad…


Knowing When Its More Than Worry

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Center for Growth / Anxiety and Panic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - Knowing When It’s More Than Worry We all feel nervous sometimes – before speaking in public, when getting ready to invite…


Make Your Own Anxiety Workbook

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Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia / Make Your Own Anxiety Workbook

Coping with anxiety is a challenge for anyone. Learning how to recognize anxiety before your anxiety spirals out of control and then quell…


Overcoming Anxiety: Moving Beyond

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Center for Growth / Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia

Overcoming Anxiety: there are various methods available for overcoming anxiety to those who suffer with it today. A new onslaught of prescription medications…


Panic Attacks

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Panic Attack Therapy in Philadelphia - What are panic attacks? Ever feel like you suddenly can’t catch your breath? Your heart is pounding in your chest, and yet you are sitting…


Plan for Reducing Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia

Developing a plan of action for reducing anxiety one of the best ways for reducing anxiety is to be prepared for the sensation of anxiety. To…


Positive Thinking Techniques

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Therapy in Philadelphia: Postive Thinking Techniques

* Before you can use positive thinking, you must learn to recognize negative thinking, and that can take a little work. We live in…


Preparing for a Panic Attack

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Panic Attack Treatment in Philadelphia: Preparing for a Panic Attack 

Be Prepared: as a sufferer of Panic Attacks you know how suddenly they can appear. Preparation can be a key to helping…


Protecting yourself from your partners anxiety

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Center for Growth - Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia - Protecting Yourself from Your Partner’s Anxiety - Having a loved one with anxiety is not easy. Living with that loved one can…


Reducing Anxiety

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Reducing Anxiety in Philly / Therapy in Philadelphia:

Reducing Anxiety in Philly: Ok, congratulated yourself. You have achieved the first step of reducing the amount of anxiety you experience. You…


Releasing Anxiety Through Repetitive Motion

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Releasing Anxiety Through Repetitive Motion: anxiety can be thought of as an accumulation of stress that builds up in our minds and bodies creating a host of unwanted symptoms which…


Relief Dates to Quell Your Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Set ‘Relief Dates’ to Quell your Anxiety: anxiety is a thief. It robs those who suffer with it of their time and attention. It steals their peace and joy and…


Replacing Triggers

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia - Replacing Triggers: Focusing on Anti-Anxiety Alerts Anxiety triggers are key circumstances that engage the anxiety response. Some people may find that crowds trigger their anxiety. Others…


Image Collage

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Image Collage Technique, developed for the self help website Therapy in Philadelphia A common trait of those who suffer with anxiety is low self esteem and a…


Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism

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Work On Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism: working hard on letting go of your perfectionism does not mean letting go of your hard work to accomplish things, rather it means…


Dissecting Panic

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dissecting Panic: Getting at the root of your anxiety  Panic is a real and debilitating manifestation of underlying anxiety. Designed in our prehistoric ancestors to protect the race from extinction…


Fear of Flying

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How To Cope With A Fear of Flying / Aviophobia Treatment in Center City Philadelphia

Business meetings. Family gatherings. Relocation. Eventually, for one reason or another, most people will have to…


Fear of Infidelity

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Therapy in Philadelphia / Fear of Infidelity: every couple, at some point, faces the fear of infidelity. No matter how strong the relationship, each of us has grappled with the green-eyed…


Good VS Bad Anxiety

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Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia

Good vs Bad Anxiety: anxiety can be either good or bad for a person. Anxiety is normal and necessary to make sure one survives. Some anxiety is…


How Breathing Can Help You Defeat Anxiety

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Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia: How breathing can help you defeat anxiety: sigh of relief - how breathing can help you defeat anxiety: Using deep breathing techniques to relieve anxiety has…


How to Help a Loved One with Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Talking Someone Through the Terror: how to help a loved one with anxiety. Suffering with anxiety is a frightening and difficult experience for anyone who’s been through it. Watching…


Creating Positive Affirmations

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia : Creating positive affirmation: negative self-talk is a common underlying theme behind clinical anxiety and its symptoms. Those who suffer from anxiety often circulate destructive, negative thought…


Categorizing Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Categorizing Anxiety: Learn the Difference Between Anxiety Types Anxiety can come in many shapes and sizes. In other words, it does not discriminate between people, nor do those who suffer with…


Perfectionist

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Perfectionist: perfectionism is more than just setting high standards and working hard to achieve goals. Perfectionism is the idea that if something is not perfect or ideal, than it is…


Processing Emotions

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Processing emotions: once you identify what you are feeling, try to find a way to process it. Below is a list of action oriented suggestions for how to do this.


All or Nothing Thinking

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Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia:

"All or Nothing Thinking" "All or nothing thinking" is commonly referred to as “black and white thinking.” This type of thinking is unrealistic, and limiting. "All or nothing thinking" limits a person’s ability to…


Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety can be defined as a heightened physical and psychological state wherein individuals often experience a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms such as rapid heart beat, rage, headaches, and hot flashes…


Anxiety Attacks in the Workplace

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Attacks in the Workplace: You are in an important meeting at work when out of nowhere you begin to tremble.  Your heart starts racing.  You feel nauseated.  A sense…


A Gratitude Tree

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Fighting Anxiety Through the Act of Giving Thanks - A Gratitude Tree - Anxiety is a disease of the negative mind. Many of those who suffer with anxiety struggle…