for me, it does and it doesn't help.
it's helped, as others have mentioned, by giving that safety net and sense of security. it's also helped by giving me ways of separating the past and the present, and helping me to get more in touch with where my fears are actually coming from.
but at the same time, i think that ttwd can sometimes trigger anxiety, or at least, become the focus of existing anxiety. will w continue to be there for me? if i allow myself to trust her, will that be a bad choice? (when) is she going to change her mind about taking care of me? am i allowing myself to be too weak?
and then there's the specific triggering that happens if either w or i comes to ttwd without being very grounded. over the years, there have been several times when a punishment was deeply triggering for me, and being triggered feels a lot worse than my general anxiety levels.
and, honestly, there are some fears i've got that i just have to wrestle through on my own. w can help me, friends can help me, my therapist can help me, but i really do just have to face up to them and cope with them. but having support makes it easier to kind of work through that. but no amount of punishment is going to get me, say, into the dentist. there's a level where i need to be able to cope with the fear myself.
in some ways, i think ttwd can help as a kind of cognitive therapy--learning to be conscious of my thought patterns and behaviors, and to think about what i'm doing before i act on it. and it can help me to be more grounded, which gives me a firmer platform for then addressing the fear.
so that's what i think, at least as of this morning.