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In case you are wondering how to cure anxiety fast.

I get it, you’re investigating what therapy can cure your anxiety. You want a solution to your anxiety and you want it fast.

It’s one of the consequences of suffering anxiety: We just want to get rid of it ASAP.

So, let’s not even waste time on introductions.

In this mini-guide I will tell you how to find a counselor that will help you get rid of anxiety fast.

Just follow these 3 simple steps:

1-Get local.

Let’s face it, you won’t go to therapy and you won’t commit unless the therapist you are looking is close to you.

Therefore, your first step is to look for a therapist that is close by in your city or neighborhood, or to “bring the counselor to yourself”

How?

By using remote therapy.

Face time is not really necessary when it comes to anxiety therapy.

But you know what is necessary? Getting an effective therapist. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves,

The point here is to limit yourself to therapy to which you can actually commit.

Otherwise you will just find it easier to miss sessions or to abandon treatment. But mental health is a matter of persistence.

If you search locally or go the remote way it will be easier for you to stay in treatment.

Now let’s move on to the second step…

2-Do your research. There are many therapies for anxiety.

You can find countless therapists nowadays.

There are all kinds of therapists and many schools of psychology; and a degree doesn’t necessarily make a therapist a good therapist.

You should investigate and know what methods and therapies your potential counselor uses, and  be sure it will be of use to you.

I have always opposed the classical model of therapy: Come weekly to “talk” until something happens…

That’s not good for you at all!

It will just mean you will have to spend thousands of dollars indefinitely and you won’t necessarily get to see any progress.

No.

The program or therapy you sign up for must be precise and provide a decent timeframe so that your expectations can be met.

Take my course on defeating social anxiety for example. It’s a clear pathway, and specific results.

If your therapist cannot provide either, consider that said anxiety therapy can end up making things worse.

Why?

Because anxiety is the specialist in pessimism…

Unmet expectations.

If you go to therapy and it doesn’t help you… What do you think your hopes will be afterwards?

This is one of the things that sadden me the most.

Most of my clients come to me after years of ineffective medication that put their lives at risk, seeing no positive effect at all.

And after having tried every therapy under the sun just to find out “nothing works for them”.

And I don’t think this is fair.

It is not fair to be treated this way.

That’s the very reason why my programs have an estimated timeframe, and are independent of your background.

Because that’s what therapy should be.

A real, definite help.

Getting palpable results in your mental health.

And this is what you must always look for.

If the therapists you are considering cannot provide a timeframe, a specific program, or if they just want you to “come and talk” think before initiating therapy.

In other words: Check their websites and see what they have to offer.

NOTE on finding the right therapy for anxiety.

I have to make a note about balance here:

The two preceding points can be somewhat conflicting…

While you must search locally, it is also important to make sure you are making definite progress in your mental health…

What if that “package” can only be found far away?

Well, then make a decision…

Either commit to therapy even if it’s not close to you, or take advantage of remote programs.

Now, let’s move on to the third and last step to finding effective anxiety therapy…  

3-As paradoxical as it may sound: be patient.

Please don’t hate me for saying that, lol…

I ask you to be patient because I know anxiety like the back of my hand…

I suffered anxiety for years before I could completely overcome it…

And I have helped hundreds of Anxiety Warriors to defeat their GAD, panic disorder, overworry, hypervigilance, depersonalization, derealization; and all kinds of anxiety…

And I know that, although it sounds preposterous to ask you for patience, I must do so…

Because anxiety wants you to run away!

Anxiety wants you terrified

You’ve been there, you know how this feels…

You know that the more you try to run, the more you try to escape: the worse anxiety gets.

And I don’t want you to get any more anxious than you are.

Take a deep breath and brave this moment of anxiety.

Commit to a program that will help you through anxiety…

And be very, very persistent.

Anxiety won’t go away in a day.

It takes time, persistence and practice.

But don’t lose hope.

I am not asking you to wait indefinitely like so many therapists do…

In fact, anxiety can be defeated in weeks. Not years as we are so commonly led to believe…

With the right program, you can be over anxiety in a matter of weeks…

But first you need to resist this urge to escape, this desire to just run away from anxiety and instead know that there will be a fight…

And you must emerge victorious from that fight.

Let’s wrap it up.

1-Make sure you can follow up with whatever counselor you choose.

2-Make sure said therapist can help you, and not just indefinitely charge you for “listening” to you. And…

3-Be patient, take your time to defeat anxiety.

The cure to anxiety exists. But it doesn’t come in the form of a pill.

Instead it’s about learning the lessons that will give you control over your mind and emotions, and becoming so strong that anxiety just cannot exist in you.

And one of the most fundamental lessons that I teach my clients to defeat anxiety is this:

You must decide to hold your ground and take your time to defeat anxiety.

Anxiety is fueled by our fear of it.

And the more we run away, the nastier it will get.

Anxiety wants you to be terrified.

Because it will mean you won’t want to deal with it.

So, no, escaping is not a choice.

Counterintuitive, but true…

Instead, as complicated and terrible as it may sound, you must decide to face anxiety, and also know that it will take time.

Yes.

It will take time. So, take your time.

It will be difficult. So, be persistent.

And if you take this new stance against anxiety, it will not have power over you.

Thank you for reading.

May you gather the strength and wisdom necessary to attain complete mental health.

Your friend,

George Alonso.

Creator of the Transcendental Mindfulness Therapy.