“I can’t turn my mind off”
“I’m constantly worrying”
“I worry I’m going crazy”
“My chest is always tight, I’m worried I’m having a heart attack”
“I often catch myself forgetting to breathe”
“I have constant stomachaches but my doctor says everything is fine”
“I feel like everyone is judging me in social situations”
Any of these sound familiar? Approximately 25% of the population will, at some point in their lives, meet the criteria for 1 or more anxiety disorders (AnxietyCanada.com). And an even greater amount of individuals, who don’t qualify for an anxiety disorder, still have some type of relationship with anxiety.
There are many possible causes of your own relationship with anxiety. It may be clear to you where/why this anxiety started, and it’s quite possible that you have no idea why you’re an anxious person.
Therapy can be a great support to:
(a) understand the roots of your anxiety and why it’s there (because believe it or not, anxiety is actually there for a reason - it’s our body trying to send us a message).
(b) build upon existing coping strategies and develop new ones, so you can function more easily in your life. You can learn to co-exist with anxiety where it’s not always the one in control.
Explores the roots of where anxiety is originating from. There is a power in understanding WHY your body & mind are doing what they’re doing.
Educates clients on what is actually happening in their mind/body. Understanding the physiology of anxiety is empowering - it gives insight into HOW and WHEN to properly support yourself. You’ll become much more aware of your own nervous system after our sessions together.
Teaches new ways of coping. We’ll examine what you’re already doing to support yourself (you may not be aware of it yet, but there’s always something helpful you’re already doing for yourself). We’ll also explore new “tools” to add to your “coping toolbox” - these will be customized because it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of deal.