It's great that you are going to counselor to model for him...also consider the idea of family counseling to send him the message, "Let's work on this as a team" instead of "You are broken & need to be fixed."
Anxiety is best treated holistically by trying to balance one's life. Remind him that some anxiety is a normal part of being human, but some people's "anxiety thermostat," so to speak, goes off quicker than it needs to to.
Medications can be helpful for some people. I almost always recommend 1) psychotherapy with a live therapist, and 2) learning some formal relaxation therapy. Also, by formal relaxation therapy I mean yoga, meditation
, or similar methods. Having relaxing hobbies is also important, but not quite the same as formal relaxation therapy.
Maybe try telling him that these last 2 treatments I mentioned are proven by sophisticated studies using brain scans (CT, MRI, EEG, pet scans) to improve brain function. That might encourage him to pursue the therapy. Or you guys could take a yoga or tai chi class together.
And remember you can't separate emotional health from physical health, so exercise & nutrition are vital.
There are also several self-help books you can read which can help including: 1) The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, 2) The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns; 3) The Relaxation & Stress
Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by XXXXX XXXXX, 4) The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear by Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson , 5) The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Edmund J. Bourne, & 6) "Panic
Attacks Workbook" by David Carbonell.
Since he's a good student, the books could prove to be very valuable.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more feedback. Good luck & take care.
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