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Online Therapy for
Anxiety & Stress in New Jersey

It may feel like anxiety & stress have taken over, but our therapy for anxiety and stress helps clients overcome even the the toughest symptoms. Our Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Providers can help you overcome the challenges you’re facing, reclaim your mental health & get back your inner badass.

The differences Between
Anxiety & Stress

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common mental health condition that can significantly impact an individual’s daily life. It can manifest in various forms, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias, among others. Anxiety treatment is essential for those who experience frequent, intense, and/or prolonged episodes of anxiety that interfere with their ability to function in daily life.

What is Stress?

It is true that everyone experiences stress to some degree. However, the way we respond to stress makes a big difference to our mental health and well-being. Stress is defined as “a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation”. Though stress is a normal, natural human response to challenges, it is important that our mind and body are able to return to calmness one the stress is gone.

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Options for Stress & Anxiety Therapy

Although the symptoms of anxiety and stress vary in intensity and duration, there are many instances in which individuals with mild or moderate symptoms  benefit from traditional and well known treatment options. For clarity, Below is a list of  common treatment options for mild or moderate stress & anxiety and examples of how the same technique may be applied in different situations. It is important to note that chronic stress & anxiety may be treated with different approaches to meet individual needs. 

Types of Therapy for Anxiety & STress

Examples of Therapy for Anxiety

CBT for Academic Stress

CBT helps students manage stress by encouraging teens to challenge negative thoughts associated with school such as “catastrophic thinking” or “anxious thinking traps”.

Mindfulness-CBT for Social Anxiety

Mindfulness-Based CBT helps individuals with social anxiety by incorporating cognitive restructuring along with coping skills, grounding work and sensory based calming skills for moments of heightened anxiety.

DBT for Relationship Stress

DBT focuses on helping  individuals increase interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, & emotion regulation, fostering healthier relationships and limiting negative emotions.

Who Can Benefit From Therapy for Anxiety & Stress?

Stress & anxiety can take on many forms & it’s important to remember that everyone’s experience is different. We’ve found that there are common symptoms & life experiences amongst our clients dealing with anxiety.
To give light to what anxiety actually looks like, we’ve given some examples below…..

Clients that come to therapy for anxiety and stress

Highly Ambitious Self-Critic

Our clients are fierce, intelligent & ambitious individuals whose drive brings about success and, unfortunately, it’s *ugly* counterparts:

  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Exhaustion
  • Panic Attacks
  • Sense Of Dread
  • Rigidity & Tension
  • Lowered Confidence
  • Relationship Troubles

If this sounds like you, it may be time to seek out a therapist to help develop stronger, more sustainable methods of coping.

Insatiable Perfectionist

How is it that we start out as being motivated and eager, but then all of the sudden, are struggling to find any sort of pride or joy in our accomplishments? Our anxiety and stress experts will help you find the work-life-mind-body balance you are looking for.


The goal of therapy is to bring you back to a place where you can reflect & say “this is plenty, I am enough”.

Explosive People-Pleaser

In theme with most anxiety traits, these traits can be pervasive, disruptive and difficult to manage. Too often, we feel guilty if we don’t “say yes”, even when we’re overwhelmed. We’ll stretch ourselves thin & feel like we “should” do it all.  It can sound something like:

  • I shouldn’t get frustrated with my partner
  • I shouldn’t be so emotional
  • I shouldn’t ask for so much
  • I should make more time for my partner
  • I should be making more effort at work
  • I should be feeling happier
  • I should push myself more
  • I should lose weight

….. you get it.


...socially anxious extrovert

It may sound like a contradiction to be a ‘socially anxious extrovert”, but it may be more common than you think.

So many people are labeled as “shy” or labeled as “wallflowers”, when truly, they would be much more open and engaging if they could just get past that social anxiety. I’ve heard this countless times:

“People think I’m shy/quiet/a pushover, but I’m not! I’m just anxious! And I actually wish I could be myself!”

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Things to Consider before starting therapy for anxiety and stress

Though many cases of stress and anxiety are successfully treated with the above mentioned approaches, there are times in which stress and anxiety are more intense, leading to symptoms more closely related to PTSD, phobias and panic disorder. This is why it is important for clients to seek out therapy from a Clinical Anxiety Treatment Specialist

generalized Anxiety

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge.
  • Being easily fatigued.
  • Having difficulty concentrating.
  • Being irritable.
  • Having headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains.
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry.
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep.


Symptoms ONLY occur when exposed to the stress-stimulus (i.e., the feared object/situation)

  • Sweating/Hot Flashes/Chills
  • Trembling/Shaking
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Choking Sensation
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Stomach Sensations
  • Dizziness/Feeling Faint
  • Numbness/Pins & Needles
  • Ears Ringing
  • Blurred Vision
    confusion or disorientation

Panic Disorder

Symptoms occur randomly, often without a specific or obvious trigger.

  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of fainting
  • Feelings of dread
  • Fear of dying
  • Sweating/Hot Flashes/Chills
  • Trembling/Shaking
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Choking Sensation
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Stomach Sensations
  • Dizziness/Feeling Faint
  • Numbness/Pins & Needles
  • Ears Ringing
  • Blurred Vision
  • Confusion or disorientation

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ALternative Supports Used in Therapy for Anxiety

Therapy for Anxiety Using: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Another, more recently popular option for stress and anxiety therapy is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (aka, KAP or ktherapy) 

Our structured approach is designed for transformational results guided by the therapists here at Mind by Design and the medical providers we’ve partnered with at Journey Clinical.

We like to keep things simple, therefore, we’ve laid out a step by step process for “what to expect during KAP. Read more here

Virtual Reality Supports

In Therapy for Anxiety and Stress
Lastly, we mention the option of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET, VRT). VRT is a form of psychological treatment that uses virtual reality technology to create simulated environments for patients to engage in therapeutic exercises. The purpose of VRET is to help patients overcome phobias, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions by exposing them to their fears in a controlled, safe environment.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Like all treatment modalities, everyones needs and responses are different, and individual treatment should be decided through a person-centered lense. With that in mind, another treatment option for stress and anxiety is Targeted magnetic pulses are delivered to the prefrontal cortex region of the brain to increase activity and promote activity. Research reports there TMS results in lower risk of side effects than other interventions such as ECT and medication.

Another option that supports treatment for stress and anxiety is medication. Some people with anxiety disorders benefit from taking medications, such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or beta-blockers, under the supervision of a doctor.

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The Role of a Certified Anxiety Specialist

Seeing a certified anxiety specialist is important when seeking therapy for anxiety and stress. These professionals have received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and related conditions. They are skilled in using a range of modalities and approaches to help clients overcome their anxiety and improve their overall quality of life. 
When working with an anxiety specialist, you can expect to receive a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs

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The timeline for seeing results varies for each individual. Some might notice improvements after a few sessions, while others might require a longer duration. Regular sessions and consistent practice of techniques can expedite progress.

While professional treatment is essential, individuals can also benefit from self-help strategies like mindfulness meditation, journaling, and joining OCD support groups.

The duration of treatment varies based on the individual’s needs and the severity of their symptoms. Some people might benefit from short-term therapy, while others might require longer-term treatment.

Ketamine has shown promise in treating various mental health conditions, including OCD. As Ketamine therapy providers, we offer this service to help clients break cycles of thinking traps that lead to compulsive behaviors.

Choosing the right therapy often depends on individual needs, the nature of the OCD symptoms, and personal preferences. It’s best to consult with a qualified therapist, like those at Mind by Design, who can provide a personalized recommendation based on an initial assessment.

CBT, especially a subtype called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), is considered the gold standard for treating OCD. Many individuals experience significant symptom reduction after undergoing CBT.

Yes, many individuals benefit from a combination of therapies. For instance, CBT can be combined with group therapy/peer support, which we often link our clients to as an additional support. The combination often depends on the individual’s needs and the therapist’s recommendations.

Yes, OCD can begin in childhood or adolescence. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent the disorder from severely impacting a young person’s life.

Yes, OCD can manifest in various ways, including fears of contamination, harming oneself or others, fears of making a mistake, or needing things symmetrical or in a particular order.

Yes, there are numerous resources available for understanding OCD and its treatments. The Mind by Design website offers articles and insights. You can also call us and we would be happy to provide you with referrals. Additionally, books like ‘The OCD Workbook’ and ‘Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder’ are great starting points.