What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. It is common to feel anxious in situations such as a job interview or first day and school. When these feelings become unmanageable, they begin to interfere with daily life and may need to be addressed by a professional.

Typical forms of anxiety include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety, social phobias, and specific phobias.

Some symptoms of  anxiety include:

  • Always tense, worried, or on edge
  • Inability to focus on work, school, or on family responsibilities
  • Inhibited by fears that you know are irrational
  • Believing that something terrible will happen if certain things are not a certain way
  • Need to avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause anxiety
  • Sudden and unexpected panic attacks
  • Always concerned about the possibility of danger and catastrophe

Typically, there is a general process that can help us understand why you are feeling anxious. It is important to learn about your anxiety and the process that provokes these anxious feelings so that you can begin to develop coping mechanisms or ways to avoid this unwanted feeling.

Anxiety Counselling with Kathryn

Your first session involves an initial assessment of your well-being and a thorough intake of your personal history and background. Subsequent therapy sessions are 60 minutes in length and are unique to each individual treatment plan.

In anxiety counselling, I will work with you to normalize your thoughts, reduce fear, dispute irrational thoughts and unhelpful thinking styles, develop alternative perspectives, and form relaxation techniques to help you cope with daily life and common stressors.