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Anxiety Counseling

Living With Anxiety

While all of us experience moments of worry and stress throughout our lives, there are times when anxiety can deeply and painfully reduce a person’s quality of life. For some, anxiety is a chronic experience that creates years of distress at work, in relationships, education, and other important parts of life. For others, anxiety can appear more suddenly, often accompanying a major life transition or a period of high stress. Anxiety is a mental and a physical experience that can manifest with a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Excessive worry and fears
  • Feeling restless and on edge
  • Difficulty falling asleep, or not feeling rested after sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nervousness or feelings of panic
  • Muscle tension or soreness
  • Digestive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Racing thoughts or overthinking

However anxiety shows up, it can make the day-to-day feel overwhelming and exhausting. Thankfully, there are effective ways to treat and manage anxiety.

Areas of Expertise

  • Comorbid anxiety and depression
  • School-related anxiety
  • Relationship problems related to anxiety
  • Mindfulness skills
  • Postpartum anxiety
  • Decreasing panic symptoms
  • Anxiety-related sleep problems
  • Helping children manage anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Self-Care

Living With Anxiety

While all of us experience moments of worry and stress throughout our lives, there are times when anxiety can deeply and painfully reduce a person’s quality of life. For some, anxiety is a chronic experience that creates years of distress at work, in relationships, education, and other important parts of life. For others, anxiety can appear more suddenly, often accompanying a major life transition or a period of high stress. Anxiety is a mental and a physical experience that can manifest with a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Excessive worry and fears
  • Feeling restless and on edge
  • Difficulty falling asleep, or not feeling rested after sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nervousness or feelings of panic
  • Muscle tension or soreness
  • Digestive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Racing thoughts or overthinking

However anxiety shows up, it can make the day-to-day feel overwhelming and exhausting. Thankfully, there are effective ways to treat and manage anxiety.

Areas of Expertise

  • Comorbid anxiety and depression
  • School-related anxiety
  • Relationship problems related to anxiety
  • Mindfulness skills
  • Postpartum anxiety
  • Decreasing panic symptoms
  • Anxiety-related sleep problems
  • Helping children manage anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Self-Care

Hope and Help for Managing Anxiety


All of the clinicians at Sage are trained in providing effective treatment for anxiety. We believe in helping you find the treatment approach that works best for your unique needs. By working with one of our therapists, either individually or as a couple or family, you can find ways to manage anxiety and fully engage in your life.

It can be helpful to think of treating anxiety from two directions: “top-down” (learning awareness and management of thoughts that contribute to anxiety), and “bottom-up” (working with your body to help you calm anxiety and tolerate stress in healthy ways). Mindfulness-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help you learn skills to manage physical experiences connected with anxiety, as well as “unhook” from anxious thought patterns. Other therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focus primarily on helping you identify and restructure thinking patterns and behaviors that exacerbate anxiety. In addition, couples and family therapy can help you understand how relationship dynamics contribute to and are influenced by anxiety, and then find ways to change those dynamics. Your therapist will work with you to find the approach that best fits your needs, personality, and experiences.

Locations We Serve

Online Services


We have the training, tools and experience to offer our counseling services through secure, online video conferencing. If you are not able to meet with our team in person, let us know and we will set up an online appointment for you.

Testimonials

  • Thank you for your personalized and PERSONAL care. Your guidance helped us navigate a path through the minefield of mental health concerns. When I didn't know what to do, you did. Everything is not "all better" but it is better than it was and steadily improving. From the staff to the counselors, everyone I have interacted with has gone above and beyond to provide support to both the patient and family. This creates a comfortable, professional environment and it is clear that people are the priority. Thank you for being there when we needed you. You are forever a part of our story.
  • AC
    Working with Pete hasn’t erased or numbed the pain/confusion of divorce, but it’s helped me find greater resilience, serenity, hope, meaning. His safe and stabilizing camaraderie is rare company where I can process without judgment, express without criticism, and explore new ideas knowing someone is on my side, always rooting for my greater well-being and happiness. This is a place where all of the inside words can come out and it’s ok.
    AC
  • CP

    “When I first scheduled an appointment at Sage Family Counseling, I was extremely hesitant about seeing a male counselor. I had trauma from my past that I had never dealt with that made me very guarded with men. Pete made me feel so safe and comfortable immediately. I am so thankful for the help and support I receive that I can honestly say not only made me a more secure person, but truly saved my life. I highly recommend seeing Pete as he is a fantastic listener and great at helping you cope and grieve in a healthy, productive way.”

    CP
  • Ryan

    “The professionals at Sage Family Counseling provided me with the tools, skills, and courage to deal with my anxiety and depression at a time when it was difficult to see a way forward. Specifically, I was taught coping skills to help me stay in the moment, learned to set focused, achievable goals that gave me a path forward, received honest feedback about my successes as well as setbacks, and provided with tools that set me on course to becoming the sort of person I wanted to be. I will always be grateful for the care I received and I highly recommend their counselors and services.”

    Ryan
  • CLF

    “Peter has helped me tremendously through my college years dealing with relationships, and self confidence. Because of this therapy program I am able to progress through my life now with a clear head, and with many exercises and strategies in my pocket that I am able to utilize to get me through even the toughest of situations.”

    CLF
  • Family Therapy Client

    “We've been working with Peter Benson for about 8 months now and all I can say is I can't believe the progress we have been able to make towards managing our teenage daughters anxiety and PMDD. Pete consistently makes her/us feel understood and validated yet is always able to offer advice, tools, and perspectives that enable us to see situations more clearly. He creates an incredibly safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for his clients that allow for honest reflection and growth. I can not imagine working with anyone else.”

    Family Therapy Client
  • BC

    “Me and my family’s lives have been amazingly blessed through Dr. Henline’s counsel. I reached out to him (not previously knowing anything about him or his practice) in September of 2018, desperate for a qualified therapist/Dr. who could help me through an extraordinarily difficult time. He saw me through it and I’m forever grateful for his wisdom, advice, and compassion. I’ve referred others to him as well because I know he’s completely qualified and can handle complex, and challenging issues. I’ve continued to meet with him occasionally for problems that arise and continue to leave empowered.”

    BC
  • R. Webster

    “Dr. Henline has had a profound impact on my life. He steadfastly guided me through the process of looking at the issues I needed to resolve and settle in my soul. The resounding conclusion being “It is my life; I need to own it”. Like a great surgeon, Dr. Henline cut away the clutter and helped me focus on the “Now” . . . empowering me with insight, education and understanding to let go of the disabling past and embrace the present with more self-awareness and a determination to be the best me I can be.”

    R. Webster
  • PG

    “Dr. Henline is an exceptional listener and created a safe environment where both my husband & I felt validated & understood. He helped us learn to communicate in respectful ways by responding instead of reacting. He also taught us that humility & taking personal responsibility fosters progress In our relationship, personal growth & intimacy.”

    PG
  • Billy

    The office staff solved problems with my insurance and removed barriers to care that no other doctor's office was able to.”

    Billy
  • “Branden didn’t solve my problems; he made me aware that I have the power and ability to solve them on my own. I was introduced to new thought and behavior patterns that freed me from a self-imposed prison."

  • Missionary Mom

    “We are immensely grateful for the therapy that Branden was able to offer my son who was diagnosed with OCD on his mission.  Branden was able to provide sessions virtually since he was out of the country.  This was tricky at times with less than ideal internet connections in Colombia.  However, the few times we lost connection he would use the time to teach me how to help my missionary so we could use the session time efficiently. The tips and techniques provided by Branden offered him resources to cope and find success each week until Covid-19 sent him home.  The mission therapist was able to monitor the medication needed, but Branden's insight was invaluable at helping him manage intrusive thoughts and anxiety.  We are grateful that he was able to provide the support my son needed on his mission.”

    Missionary Mom
  • Denise S.
    “Branden Henline took the time to get to know my husband and I working with us for about a year. He helped us to communicate more effectively with each other and we can now talk more openly without getting angry. It was easy to meet with him on Zoom, fitting it in with ease in our busy schedules.”
    Denise S.
  • Family Therapy Client
    “I would recommend Dr. Branden Henline and Sage Family Counseling to anyone.  The office staff is friendly, attentive, and follows through.  Dr. Henline helped us make incredible progress in our relationship.  I am very grateful for everything Sage Family Counseling has done for us.”
    Family Therapy Client

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