Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has proven to be a helpful way to manage anxiety.
As a therapist specializing in CBT, I’d love to help you manage anxious feelings, thoughts or behaviours.
I have CBT exercises, tools and ways of re-thinking your anxiety that can really work! We work together to understand your triggers, symptoms and then learn coping techniques and tools to minimize, ignore or make Anxiety go away. I want you to sleep better, function better and have more time where you aren’t ruminating about the past or worried about the future.
Types of Anxiety
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:
- Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
- Being irritable
- Having muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
- Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep
- It can start interfering with your life and the things you need to do or want to do.
Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that come on quickly and reach their peak within minutes. Attacks can occur unexpectedly or can be brought on by a trigger, such as a feared object or situation.
During a panic attack, people may experience:
- Heart palpitations, a pounding heartbeat, or an accelerated heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking
- Feelings of impending doom
- Feelings of being out of control
People with social anxiety disorder have a general intense fear of, or anxiety toward, social or performance situations. They worry that actions or behaviours associated with their anxiety will be negatively evaluated by others, leading them to feel embarrassed.
- Research on CBT and anxiety – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4610618/
- Self-screen online for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – https://www.hiv.uw.edu/page/mental-health-screening/gad-7
Other Methods I Use
- I incorporate some Eastern pracitces into my therapy as they have proven to be helpful.
- I can help you learn to calm your body and mind using DBT skills
- We might engage in gradual Exposure Therapy as needed. More on my approach to exposure therapy