Anxiety Counselling

Anxiety is a natural and healthy response towards dangerous or unpredictable situations with unknown outcomes. Getting nervous when speaking in public, moving to a new city, or starting a new job is completely normal. Anxiety disorders are different in that no real danger or threat is present, yet the person will experience all the physiological and psychological effects associated with being afraid. The feeling mirrors what one may experience when being chased by a wild animal - they may feel threatened and prepare to either fight, freeze or flee. However, instead of it being a dangerous animal, the anxiety is triggered by that social event you have to go to, the poorly organized bookshelf, or looking at your finances. A trained therapist can help you understand, challenge and heal from the unhelpful thoughts, feelings and beliefs that perpetuate the feelings of anxiety.

Kinds of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are a group of similar mental disorders characterized by persistent and unwarranted feelings of fear, stress, and an impending sense of doom. Anxiety can present itself in many different ways and be triggered by a variety of circumstances. Regardless of the kind of situations that trigger anxiety, therapy can help people develop the resilience and coping skills necessary to overcome any obstacle.

Generalized Anxiety

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) constantly anticipate disaster and experience a physiological fear response when faces with triggers, such as money, health, family, work, or other issues.

Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety tend to experience an irrational fear that they are being constantly judged in social settings. Because of this, they may avoid meeting new people or attending social events.

Performance Anxiety

It is characterized by an irrational fear of "failing" at performing a specific task. People with performance anxiety tend to worry about making a mistake or not being able to articulate their point or answer questions .

Test Anxiety

Most commonly observed in children, teenagers and young adults in an academic setting, test anxiety is a specific kind of performance anxiety relating to tests or exams. The individual may experience anxiety before, during and after the exam.

Panic Disorders

Some people with anxiety may experience what’s known as a panic attack, which is a physiological reaction triggered by overwhelming stress. People who experience panic attacks report feelings of suffocation, chest pain, and even dying.

Phobias

A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear of an object, animal or situation. Those who live with a phobia may go out of their way to avoid their triggers, to the point that it interferes with their lives. Common phobias include arachnophobia and claustrophobia.

What is Social Anxiety?

Regardless of whether you live with generalized anxiety, social anxiety or another form, most people report experiencing both psychological and physiological effects, including:
  • Hyperventilation 
  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Restlessness 
  • Irritability 
  • Excessive worrying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Difficulty Sleeping

Counselling for Anxiety Disorderrs

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
    Mindfulness Training
  • Strength Based Training
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    Interpersonal Therapy

Anxiety Therapists

Alison Statham

Alison Statham

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Alison helps individuals with anxiety, trauma, depression, emotional regulation, social skills, OCD, stress, burnout life transitions, ADHD, panic attacks, & relationship issues.
Tina Larkin-Black

Tina Larkin-Black

CCTP, MSW, RSW
$200 per hour
Tina has over ten years experience working with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, domestic violence, codependency and illness adjustment.
Joshua Woelfle

Joshua Woelfle

Registered Psychologist
$200 per hour
Joshua works with adults and teenagers living with PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, stress, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, phobias, OCD, and relationship issues.
Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker

Reg. Clinical Social Worker
$200 per hour
Stephen works with individuals and couples (12+) dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma (PTSD), family violence, addictions, grief/loss, couples concerns and more. With 10+ years of experience, he offers a range of interventions following a Feedback Informed Treatment approach to tailor therapy to his clients' unique needs and preferences.
Joel Zimmerman

Joel Zimmerman

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
*Virtual Sessions Only* Joel works with individuals who need support for anxiety, depression, personal growth, and trauma (PTSD); as well as couples and families who want to improve communication, conflict management, and trust.
Shaheena Kassam

Shaheena Kassam

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Shaheena offers assessments and counselling for children, youths, and their families, as well as adults, to help them with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other behavioural or social challenges.
Brittney Giacchetta

Brittney Giacchetta

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Brittany works with individuals living with anxiety, borderline personality disorder, burnout, chronic pain, complex mental health, depression, autism, life transitions, couples issues, phobias, trauma, and stress.
Cara Hason

Cara Hason

Registered Psychologist
$200 per hour
Cara has over 10 years of experience in helping individuals living with anxiety, depression, trauma, panic attacks, stress, OCD, intrusive thoughts, PTSD, relationship issues, and perinatal issues.
Cassia Tayler

Cassia Tayler

Provisional Psychologist
$180-200 per hour
Cassia works with teens, adults, and couples living with anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, relationship issues, self-identity and cultural identity issues, life transitions, and more.
Gavin Leslie

Gavin Leslie

Provisional Psychologist
$180-200 per hour
Direct billing to Alberta Blue Cross and ASEBP
Gavin works with individuals (13+) living with anxiety, depression, trauma (PTSD), low self esteem, disordered eating, grief, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), work concerns and chronic health issues.
Cecily Wang

Cecily Wang

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
SLIDING SCALE AVAILABLE. Cecily helps clients work through anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, major life changes, relationship issues, OCD, workplace problems, motor vehicle accidents, stress, career guidance, anger management, and self-esteem concerns.
Jaimee Grossklaus

Jaimee Grossklaus

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Jaimee works with adults who live with anxiety, trauma (PTSD), depression, stress, poor self-esteem and confidence, work concerns, chronic health concerns, and brain injuries.
Jacob Fox

Jacob Fox

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Jacob works with teenagers and adults living with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, relationship issues, men's issues, and more.
Alyssa Gonzalez

Alyssa Gonzalez

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Alyssa works with children, adolescents, & adults who experience a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting, trauma, family issues, stress and more.
Not accepting new patients
Steve Slopek

Steve Slopek

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Steve provides counselling for individuals living with trauma, anxiety, substance issues, relationships issues & more; as well as, assessments to diagnose ADHD and autism.
Kyle Dyck

Kyle Dyck

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Kyle provides assessments and counselling for trauma, PTSD, grief, insomnia, pain, stress, anxiety, depression, gender identity, sexuality, ADHD, autism, life transitions, and more.
Kaitlyn Barnett

Kaitlyn Barnett

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Kaitlyn works with individuals living with anxiety, depression, anger issues, ADHD, life transitions, stress, trauma (PTSD) and more.
McKenzie Snyder

McKenzie Snyder

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
McKenzie can help individuals with anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, chronic pain, motor vehicle trauma, brain injury, life changes and more.
Maria Aguilar

Maria Aguilar

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Direct billing FOR NIHB.
Nadine Hynd

Nadine Hynd

Registered Psychologist
$200 per hour
Nadine offers counselling, as well as formal assessments including mental health assessments, cognitive assessments, adoption assessments, functional capacity assessments, intelligence (IQ) assessments, ADHD assessments and more.

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