Intensive Outpatient Program & Mental Health located in Cary, NC


Nearly one-third of adults are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime, and of those, one in five have severe symptoms that disrupt their daily routine. Natalie Chigozie, MSW, LCSW, and the exceptional team at IOP Mental Health in Cary, North Carolina, focus on helping adults struggling with severe anxiety. Their intensive outpatient treatment program gives you the skills needed to break free of anxiety as quickly as possible. Call the office today or request an appointment online to learn if intensive group therapy will meet your mental health needs.

Anxiety Q & A

When should I seek help for anxiety?

Daily anxiety is impossible to avoid. You can’t stop the feeling of fear or dread because that’s your body’s natural, automatic response when you face a stressful, difficult, or dangerous situation.

Everyday anxiety improves as soon as you deal with the challenge. Anxiety seriously threatens your mental, emotional, and physical health when you stay on high alert and can’t shake the feelings.

So, when is it time to seek help? When your anxiety:

  • Is frequent, constant, or overwhelming
  • Appears when you don’t face or anticipate a difficult situation
  • Limits or diminishes your abilities
  • Stops you from meeting daily responsibilities
  • Makes you change your daily routine (to avoid anxiety triggers)

Even if you have only one of the above, it’s a sign you have severe anxiety that may not improve without treatment.

How does anxiety make me feel?

Along with the fear, uneasiness, and dread that defines anxiety, you may experience a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Breathing rapidly
  • Sweating
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Panic attacks (chest pain, sweating, and difficulty breathing)

You may also have an unshakable sense of impending danger or doom.

What treatments improve anxiety?

Before starting treatment, your IOP Mental Health therapist completes an initial medical and mental health evaluation. The severity of your anxiety determines if you would benefit from their intensive program.

Intensive outpatient treatment is a good fit for people with severe anxiety who can achieve the best and fastest recovery by participating in several group therapy sessions every week.

If you enter the program, you join a group of people facing similar problems. You may also receive medication management from their board-certified psychiatrist if needed.

During group therapy, you learn about what triggers anxiety and how it affects your life and relationships. Your therapist also teaches coping skills and lets you get comfortable with your new skills by practicing them.

Group therapy uses a wide range of therapeutic approaches proven to help people manage anxiety, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based therapy. Natalie may also include art and music therapy in your group experience.

Call IOP Mental Health today or use online booking to get intensive care for severe anxiety.