Is your anxiety keeping you from doing things you would like to do? Are you uncertain about how to manage your anxiety? Anxiety may be situational, i.e. arise because of specific trauma(s). Anxiety can also be something you have been living with for a long time. Perhaps you have a specific diagnosis, e.g., social anxiety. In these Covid times, I find that many individuals are struggling with anxiety. Individuals are also dealing with anxiety because of climate change. Helping people understand and deal with eco-anxiety is a growing focus of my Private Practice.
My first step is to listen to you talk about your anxiety – to understand how anxiety affects you – mentally and physically. I also want to know what anxiety managing techniques you are using at present. Working with you, I recommend techniques that form your individualized plan. In counselling, I work with evidence-based approaches. This means that I use techniques that have been proven to work. In order for therapeutic techniques to work, you must understand them and put them in practice. Therefore, practice and work between sessions is part of counselling – there is homework! I have found that it is best to have a number of techniques – cognitive, meditative/spiritual, tactile/physical.
The following are a few key facts about anxiety.
Many people have anxiety – that does not mean everyone is the same.
Anxiety may be situational, the result of life events, e.g., grief, health issues
Long-term anxiety may affect your mental and physical health
You may have anxiety in only one part of your life (e.g., workplace).
Anxiety and stress are not the same.
It is important to understand anxiety – how it affects your body and your mind. The more you understand anxiety, the better you can manage it.
A trained counsellor can be extremely helpful in managing anxiety.
Are you having anxiety in your work? Consider my “Blair Workplace Anxiety Training (W.A.T.)” program, an eight-session program aimed at helping individuals struggling with anxiety in the workplace. This is available for individuals and groups.
I participate in on-going training at Daybreak Therapy and Training https://daybreaktherapy.ca
Updated October 2020