Anxiety is not all about being ‘anxious,’ it’s about focusing on worry, avoiding situations, and uncontrollable unwanted thoughts. Our treatment model will help you reduce the emotional sensitivity you may experience during a stressful situation, any anticipatory anxiety, and the avoidance behaviours associated with your anxiety.
Our trained therapists will teach you the techniques necessary to succeed in your recovery.
- Reduce your symptoms related to your anxiety
- Reduce the disabling effects it may have on you
- Enhance your quality of life (as demonstrated in clinical trials - internet search 'cognitive behavioural therapy and anxiety' and 'mindfulness and anxiety')
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
- Selective Mutism
- Specific Phobia (i.e. animal, environment, blood, situational, other)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Panic Attack
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
What’s Special about Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy?
There are many different therapeutic approaches that you may want to consider when choosing a counselling option. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is fairly new to the counselling realm, having only become more readily accepted in the mid-1950’s. The approach has helped many people better understand how their thinking influences how they feel about a situation. Once people are better able to understand and challenge their thinking, they are better able to reduce their symptoms. The behavioural component helps patients by challenging them to perform behaviours that will help them reduce their symptoms of anxiety. This repeated exposure is needed to help patients challenge their thinking and feelings. This is sometimes done by persistently exposing patients to somewhat anxiety provoking situations. Careful attention is given to these situations, so patients feels comfortable, confident and challenged when presented with an exposure exercise (i.e., having a client who fears elevators to step in and out of an elevator). A skilled therapist will prepare a client for exposure by teaching them methods to help manage their anxiety in the moment.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Thearpy?
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of therapy that helps individuals live the life they want to live despite the anxiety symptoms being present. The purpose of this therapy is to challenge emotional avoidance and to help clients live fulfilling lives. Our goal is to help you live a more full and meaningful life, while managing your symptoms of anxiety. This type of therapy has helped many cancer patients in remission, manage their anxiety of the cancer returning at a later time. This has also displayed effectiveness with individuals with specific phobias.
Mindfulness is a way of managing and directing your attention. The techniques and learnings help patients better understand how to intentionally focus one’s attention to the experience of the present time. This is done without judgement and in an accepting way. There is evidence to suggest that if a person accepts their anxiety, that symptoms tend to reduce. An example of this is when an individual performs a public speech and notifies their audience that they ‘should be forgiven if they make a mistake, because they are anxious.’ This awareness and acceptance, tends to bring forth relief. Similarly, if this type of positive accepting self-talk is taught to the patient, they too may experience a relief in their anxieties. This self-talk and practice often require the patient to meet their symptoms of anxiety with compassion, interest, friendliness, and an open-heart. Being kind to yourself when anxious is important in this process.