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Anxiety Counselling in Maple Ridge and Metro Vancouver

What is Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion; we all get it at times. We know it by the physical symptoms it brings – heart palpitations, tensed muscles, worry, short or restricted breathing, chest constriction, sweating, to name a few. Anxiety is essentially a response of our autonomic nervous system alerting us to potential threat. The problem is that sometimes the feelings can become overwhelming and disrupt our lives, and for some of us it can begin to feel like the symptoms of anxiety get out of control. In these instances, you will benefit from learning more about anxiety and therapy approaches to manage it.

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety comes in many forms, such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, or even phobias, and all can negative affect our lives.

Generalized Anxiety is essentially chronic worrying. People with generalized anxiety tend to have worry and see problems in many situations. Irritability, muscle tension, and trouble concentrating are symptoms of generalized anxiety.

Social Anxiety is the feeling of anxiety that comes from when we feel negatively judged by others, which can lead to feeling inferior, inadequate, and embarrassed. With social anxiety it can becomeĀ  difficult to be in public or around others resulting in avoidance of social situations.

Panic is a form of anxiety which is associated with strong physiological symptoms known as panic attacks. These are experienced as intense worry or fear and involving symptoms of choking sensation, trouble breathing, sweating, and rapid heartbeat. People who experience panic typically have recurrent worries about having another panic attack and avoid situations that they think might trigger another.

Counselling Treatment for Anxiety

Given that symptoms of anxiety are experienced mostly through the body, it is extremely helpful to find treatment that includes a body-focused approach. There are many somatic techniques that you can learn to settle your nervous system activation and reduced the symptoms of anxiety. Combining body-centered therapy with cognitive strategies, such as techniques used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), can help you gain insight into the source of your anxiety, manage the intensity, and develop more positive coping strategies.

Additionally, developing a healthy connection with your therapist can foster feelings of safety that allows you to explore difficult emotions without fear or judgement. With the right resources in place, it is possible for individuals to move through their struggles with anxiety towards greater emotional stability and wellbeing.