Anxiety/Stress Management

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger and helps us prepare to deal with threatening situations. However, anxiety can sometimes become heightened and develop into an irrational response to a situation, causing significant impairment in day-to-day functioning. The therapists’ role is to help in diagnosis through a comprehensive review of symptoms, triggers, relevant history, and familial factors. It is also important to rule out other co-existing physical or psychological conditions that may contribute to anxiety (e.g. substance abuse, depression).

There are many different types of anxiety disorders and treatment modalities. The most popular type of therapy is cognitive-behavioural (CBT) and has been proven to be very effective in treating anxiety. CBT addresses how our thoughts and perceptions impact our mood, with the assumption that our perceptions may be overly negative or distorted. Medication can also be used in conjunction with therapy toward optimal results, and in these cases your therapist may recommend consulting with a medical professional.