What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety mental health symbol isolated on white. Mental disorder icon designAnxiety is typically described as a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something that is happening in the future or an event with an uncertain outcome. In many cases, some anxiety is not only normal but a healthy & expected part of human existence.

However, for some, anxiety can be chronic and debilitating. The worries can become obsessive, where racing thoughts can interfere with your life, and eat into your sleep patterns. It could even to wreak havoc on the relationships you cherish most, and it could be accompanied by depression.

Treatment Options

Treatment for anxiety can involve elements of medication and psychotherapy. Whereas medication works primarily with relieving some of the symptoms of anxiety, psychotherapy can help clients cope and work through the underlying issues that are at the root of anxiety. I often suggest that psychotherapy be a central part of the treatment of anxiety, as these are skills and approaches (self-empowerment?) that can last beyond the use of medication and be a part of a balanced approach towards mental health.

There are, however, situations that medication is very much a required part of the treatment – situations where clients would find it difficult to even process emotions and thoughts without the use of medication to relieve initial symptoms. For this reason, I am also able to integrate Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic into my practice, where I would be able to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist (with your doctor’s referral) to be seen right from my office using a secured video chat so that clients can get assessed and medication prescribed. For more information, please click here.

Psychotherapy Approach

My work with clients is both systemic and experientially focused with an emphasis on longer-term healing. It is systemic in that I help clients identify elements of the downward spirals and help clients take control to prevent these spirals from going out of control. I provide a safe & secure environment for me to work with clients as the anxiety is experienced in the session. I have found that the root of many client’s struggles with anxiety is in the avoidance or evasion of emotional pain (or anticipated emotional pain). In helping people face these difficult areas of their lives, I help clients access untapped strength as they heal from their past.

If you are dealing with pervasive anxiety, I want you to know that you do not have to be imprisoned by fear, but you can live in freedom!

In Summary…

Psychotherapy can help you with your anxiety by:

  • Managing your symptoms and prevent downward spirals from getting out of control
  • Working closely with you to identify core issues that you have been trying to avoid and help you face them
  • Healing from past wounds and incorporate self-soothing strategies to deal more effectively with emotional pain

If you wish to make contact with me to discuss further or you wish to book an appointment, please feel free to contact me via my contact page and we can get the ball rolling. I look forward to hearing from you soon.