Find the Peace of Mind You Long For
Is Worry or Sadness running your life and you don’t know what to do?
Are you constantly nervous, worried or on edge?
- Being stressed or anxious all the time can make you believe that you can’t cope with life’s demands. And what’s worse is that you may come to believe that you can’t stop or control worry.
Do you avoid everyday activities because they make you feel stressed or fearful?
- Anxiety can cause you to lose confidence in your ability to participate fully in relationships, work and other activities, making you feel caught in a vicious circle where you can’t enjoy life the way you want to.
Is it hard to enjoy your life today because you feel anxious about the future or depressed about the past?
- Anxiety is a ‘fast-forward’ mood state that tries to convince you that disaster is waiting just around the corner, making it impossible to experience peace in the present because you are worried about the future.
- Depression is the opposite of anxiety – it keeps you stuck in past regrets and previous losses, and lacking hope for the present because you are living life in your ‘rear view mirror’.
- Both anxiety and depression prevent you from living in the moment and enjoying life today.
Do you feel at a loss about what to do about it?
- An anxious or depressed mood can make you believe that you are trapped or have nothing to look forward to, and no means to change that perspective, leaving you caught in a cycle of negative thinking, helplessness, hopelessness and despair.
If you identify with any of these signs and symptoms – and they just won’t go away – Help is Here!
In Person or by Video – wherever you are in Canada or around the world.
With the right support Stress, Anxiety or Depression can be conquered.
Counselling can help restore your peace of mind.
Stress & Anxiety
We all know what stress and anxiety feel like. We worry over juggling work, relationship and financial responsibilities. Our heart pounds before a job interview or first date. We fret about family problems or feel jittery at the prospect of asking for a raise. But if worries and fears are chronic, preventing you from living your life the way you’d like to, you may be suffering from chronic stress or anxiety. Anxiety affects 1 in 5 people. The good news is that counselling can reduce your stress or anxiety symptoms and help you take back control of your life. Most anxiety and stress problems can be successfully treated with a combination of counselling strategies, including deepening emotional insight and expression, standing up to negative beliefs, relaxation training and life style management approaches.
You Can Learn How To Break Free From Anxiety!
Counselling Can Teach You How To:
- Conquer worry thoughts and fears that lead to anxiety
- Access your emotions so you can understand yourself and what you need better, and stop feeling anxious
- Develop strategies and skills for responding to anxiety that help you cope effectively with external stressors and internal pressures
- Build your confidence by facing stress and anxiety provoking situations, rather than avoiding them
- Overcome insomnia
- Feel calmer physically and mentally
- Be much less vulnerable to relapsing back to anxiety
Everyone has ‘the blues’ from time to time. It’s that feeling of sadness, low energy, or lack of motivation that makes us not want to get out of bed in the morning. Usually the blues are temporary. But if that sadness intensifies to the point where you feel hopeless and powerless to do anything about it, life doesn’t seem worthwhile, your sleep is suffering, or you feel worthless and/or guilty, then you may be experiencing depression. Fortunately depression responds very well to counselling, particularly counselling that helps you overcome blocked emotions, as well as negative beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that are interfering with your right to enjoy life.
Depression Counselling can help you:
- Understand and manage your emotions effectively, and move past internal ‘road blocks’ to contentment
- Transcend negative thoughts, beliefs and expectations so you can feel hopeful and content again
- Take action that will help you break the depression cycle and give you a sense of moving forward in life
- Get through the pain of chronic grief stemming from long term loss, so you can live for today and look forward to the future
- Develop ‘anti-depressant’ skills that will help you prevent further episodes of depression
The Link Between Stress, Anxiety & Depression
Many people with anxiety also suffer from depression at some point. The psychological wear and tear from constant stress and worry can lead to depression. People suffering from depression also tend to become anxious due to feelings of inadequacy and/or worrying about whether they will recover. Since anxiety makes depression worse – and vice versa – it’s important to seek counselling for both conditions.
Why Counselling for Anxiety & Depression is More Helpful than Medication for Your Long Term Well Being:
- Counselling focuses on recovery from Anxiety or Depression and, even more importantly, the prevention of future episodes of anxiety or depression through the development of personal resiliency skills, emotional self expression and integration and positive lifestyle changes, making you feel confident and stronger from the inside out.
- Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications only focus on symptom reduction, and are prescribed after the problem has taken root, making you vulnerable to relapse if the medication is withdrawn, and therefore dependent on drugs to cope.
You deserve to feel well, strong and independent.
Counselling can help give you the tools you need to achieve long term recovery from anxiety and depression.
Sometimes anxiety can escalate into feelings of panic. Symptoms of an anxiety attack include surges of fear about losing control or going crazy, feeling detached or unreal and a variety of physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, chest pain, trouble breathing, shakiness, sweating and nausea. It’s important to seek help if you’re starting to avoid certain situations or places because you’re afraid of having a panic attack. As with other forms of anxiety, panic anxiety is highly treatable with counselling.
Phobias are characterized by extreme fear reactions to and avoidance of situations or objects that actually pose little or no danger. Examples of phobias include fear of closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, driving, water, flying, dogs/cats, and injuries involving blood. One of the main treatments for phobias is Imagery Desensitization Therapy. Imagery Desensitization is done in the counselling office, and involves imagining a phobic situation in a relaxed state, until the anxiety surrounding the phobia is lowered or completely disappears. Through repeated exposure to the feared object or situation in your imagination you gain a greater sense of control. As you face your fear without being harmed, your anxiety gradually diminishes.
Counselling for Agoraphobia – Fear of leaving your home and going out in public – is available by Video, as well as In-Person in Vancouver, BC.