At the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville, we offer cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for health anxiety. Our approach is practical, goal-oriented, compassionate, and scientifically-based while focusing on your individual needs.
What is Health Anxiety?
Health Anxiety is the fear or belief that that one has a serious disease due to a misinterpretation of bodily sensations or an exaggeration of the likelihood of having a medical problem. People with health anxiety will believe they have a serious medical problem or worry excessively about getting an illness despite medical tests and reassurance from doctors and others.
Symptoms of Health Anxiety
- Belief or fear that you have a serious illness, despite evidence to the contrary.
- Reassurance seeking behaviors, such as asking to visit the doctor, internet searches about symptoms, and repeatedly mentioning symptoms to others.
- Constantly monitoring bodily functions and sensations.
- Avoiding things that remind you of illness, including hospitals and people who are ill.
- Withdrawing from social or recreational activities due to health concerns.
- Conflict or isolation from friends and family due to health concerns.
Cognitive Behavioral Model of Health Anxiety
Health anxiety arises out of the misinterpretation of normal and harmless bodily symptoms and sensations. It is normal to experience some “body noise,” such as feeling your heart beating or hearing your stomach churning. However, if you have health anxiety, when you experience an uncomfortable or unexpected bodily sensation, you will become extremely worried and believe something is wrong. You may catastrophize when you notice something out of the ordinary, such as a skin rash or have a headache. You may believe you are more likely to have a medical problem or illness than you actually are and may have difficulty accepting that it is impossible to be 100% certain that you are illness-free. You will respond to health anxiety with safety behaviors (e.g. going to the doctor, staying close to hospitals), reassurance seeking (talking excessive about your symptoms, asking others for reassurance you are okay), checking behaviors (checking bodily functions, researching on the internet) and/or avoidance, which in turn reinforces your anxiety and inaccurate beliefs about your health.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Health Anxiety
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for health anxiety focuses on helping you learn to tolerate uncomfortable bodily sensations without engaging in safety behaviors and to recognize and modify mistaken beliefs about their health. You will receive information about the causes of health anxiety, and how it is maintained by faulty beliefs, checking behaviors and ineffective attempts to receive reassurance. Cognitive techniques will help you evaluate your mistaken beliefs about your health and replace them with more accurate and effective ways of thinking. You will gradually face your fears and learn that you are able to handle the anxiety without engaging in safety behaviors.
Common Goals of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Health Anxiety
- Reduce anxiety related to health concerns
- Reduce safety and reassurance seeking behaviors related to health
- Resume normal activities that were avoided due to health anxiety
How to Get Help for Health Anxiety in Roseville/Sacramento Valley
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville specializes in health anxiety therapy and counseling with adults, children and teenagers. From our CBT Center in Roseville just minutes from I-80, we are conveniently located to serve all of Placer County, Sacramento County and surrounding communities. Call (408) 384-8404 or Click to send an email for more information on how we can help you or your family members overcome health anxiety.
Sacramento Valley and Sierra Communities We Serve
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley offers evidence-based therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorders near the following Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities:
Sacramento Therapy Counseling • Roseville Therapy Counseling • Rocklin Therapy Counseling • Granite Bay Therapy Counseling • Lincoln Therapy Counseling • Folsom Therapy Counseling • Citrus Heights Therapy Counseling • El Dorado Hills Therapy Counseling • Loomis Therapy Counseling • Grass Valley Therapy Counseling • Auburn Therapy Counseling
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley is a division of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, Adult & Child Counseling, Inc. We have a successful CBT Center in the Silicon Valley/San Jose area: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley. The CBT Center of Sacramento Valley is our second major office.
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