Overview About Anxiety Counselling
Welcome to Your Counselling – a longstanding and dedicated therapy clinic in Calgary’s Beltline neighborhood. Here, residents from all areas of our city experience the transformative benefits of our anxiety counselling in Calgary, designed to empower and assist you on your path to self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. Our trusted team of therapists provides a safe and confidential space where you can address your emotional, psychological, and behavioral challenges and ultimately unlock the potential of a fulfilling, fruitful life.
Important Information About Anxiety
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Anxiety often shows up in your body. Maybe you have:
- chest pain
- racing heart
- dry mouth
- stomach aches
There is no definitive single set of symptoms for anxiety. You may recognize all of these, or just a few, or have others not listed. What’s important to remember is that you don’t have to suffer specifically from anxiety attacks in order to have a condition worth treating. Most of the time, common symptoms are small, everyday issues that flare up in extreme ways; you may even notice patterns, like feeling anxiety in the morning on a regular basis.
The most common symptoms include nervousness, increased heart rate, hyperventilation, fatigue or weakness, trouble with concentration, insomnia, excessive worry, and a constant sense of dread. If these feelings are consistent in your life, chances are good that an anxiety counsellor can help and also give you tips on how to manage anxiety.
When you talk to a Calgary counselor for anxiety help, one of the first things they will do is try and identify the most relevant root causes of your condition. These can range from habits and lifestyle choices to diet and exercise, so pinpointing where it begins is the first step toward overcoming its limitations.
According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some of the most common reasons why anxiety happens:
- Medical reasons, like heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or chronic pain
- Past trauma or exposure to traumatic events
- Stress from illness or lifestyle
- Drug or alcohol use/withdrawal
- Other mental health disorders, such as depression or PTSD
Regardless of the initial cause, anxiety can present in many different ways, usually focusing on specific areas of life that cause a heightened response. These may be general anxiety disorder (persistent, excessive worry about routine events), panic attacks with certain triggers, social anxiety disorder, phobias, or something else entirely. In addition, many people get anxious about work to some degree (or work performance) and often find themselves too anxious to sleep properly. All of this adds up to affect our mental health.
COPING WITH ANXIETY
While anxiety therapy is definitely useful for some people, others are not quite ready or willing to go that far. The good news is that there are some basic activities and habits you can use to cope with anxiety. These are often best used in the mornings or evenings, as it is common for people to struggle more with anxiety at night when feelings of loneliness or depression are amplified.
An active lifestyle is one of the best coping strategies – not just physical activity, but social, too. This boosts endorphins, creates stronger relationships, and improves self-confidence, all of which are helpful for anxiety. Many people find great value in support groups where they can speak freely, without judgment. Some people try to cope through alcohol or drug use, but this generally exacerbates the feelings of anxiety, and the eventual withdrawal can actually make things worse.
Anxiety treatments range from simple habit changes and gentle behavioural shifts (i.e., for anxiety in children) to dedicated sessions of clinical therapy with a registered psychologist. Everyone is different, so everyone will require a unique approach.
Here at Your Counselling, our anxiety counsellors have a broad set of proven approaches that we can use to help clients overcome these feelings. These range from the discussions of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to the introspection of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and much more, offering a path forward to suit any person coping with anxiety in Calgary and beyond.
Meet Our Experts
Therapist / Founder BSc.,BSW,MSW,RCSW/RSW
Susan J. Morison
Therapist: MSW, RSW
IT’s time to take control of your anxiety
Why Work with Us
Take the first step towards transforming your life today!
Nurture your connection, resolve challenges, and strengthen your relationship!
Providing confidential and accessible online counselling!
Our Areas of Counselling & Therapy Expertise
If you find yourself experiencing emotional pain, sleepless nights, anxiety, and worry, or feel your goals are slipping away from you – our counselling services in Calgary can help you.
GETTING ANXIETY COUNSELLING
While there are many free “anxiety tests” you can find online, they are – at best – a tool for raising awareness in an entertaining way. If you feel like any of the symptoms or conditions apply to you, the best thing to do is contact a professional, licensed therapist or counsellor for anxiety and have an assessment done.
From there, you can work together to decide on a course of action, which may be pharmaceutical, therapeutic, or a combination of the two. The practices we use are all well-researched and effective methods of treating anxiety, preventing anxiety attacks, and bringing you toward a healthy and more fulfilling lifestyle. Contact our team today if you are looking for anxiety counselling, and if you need help with something else, please view all our Counselling Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: why do i get anxiety at night?
Is it more common to feel anxiety at night? Some people experience this condition, known as nocturnal anxiety. This can be caused by a number of factors – stress from the day that just happened, worrying about the day ahead, feeling overwhelmed with thoughts – and this starts a cycle of poor sleep quality, which can make the anxiety worse. Sometimes you may even wake up due to nighttime panic attacks. Check our blog post to learn more about why anxiety happens.
Q: What causes my social anxiety?
There is no one particular thing that’s been found to cause social anxiety disorder. However, there are some things believed to contribute to someone developing the disorder. Family history for instance. So if a direct family member suffers from social anxiety disorder, your chances of developing the disorder are higher. Particular personalities can also be at higher risk than others. If you’re naturally shy, you may be more likely to experience social anxiety than someone who is outgoing and confident. Also, as with many other anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder can be brought on by a negative event (or series of negative events). Get some tips on how to manage social anxiety in our blog post.
Q: what is the best way to support a partner who has anxiety?
There are 3 main things you can do. First you should learn all you can about clinical anxiety and its symptoms. After that you should develop supportive behaviours. Finally, you should play an active role in treatment. Visit our blog post to delve deeper into these.
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