There are times when a bit of anxiety is understandable and to be expected. Take, for example, having to meet tight financial obligations or perform on a test or in an unfamiliar situation. There are also times when anxiety becomes severe, when it feels overwhelming and begins to interfere with life in painful ways.

The focus of the anxiety can vary from job, to family, to health, to money. The common factor here is that the worry doesn't make much practical sense, that it is disproportionate to its focus.

The symptoms of anxiety can include excessive worry, difficulty concentrating, restlessness and/or irritability, and, last but not least, physical symptoms such as trembling, muscle tension, shortness of breath, nausea.

Instead of just masking the symptoms or avoiding the triggers, psychotherapy helps you deal with anxiety at a more basic and effective level. In an environment of support and understanding, you can begin to put your anxiety into words. As you speak your fears, you begin to identify the triggers for your feelings and the psychological reasons that make you respond to these triggers the way that you do.

Once these reasons are identified, they can be addressed and treated.