Is Anxiety a Problem for You?

Have you been feeling shakey, short of breath, a knot in your stomach, or tightness in your chest? Noticing your thoughts often take over with "what ifs" or the worse case scenario?


Anxiety is our body's way of actually protecting us from danger. To feel fear is healthy in many situations, such as when you approach a cliff or are driving in a storm. It helps us to be careful and alert.


Anxiety becomes a problem when our nervous system gets stuck in the sympathetic nervous response. When this happens, our brain perceives a threat, even if there isn't one, and tells our body to immobilize into its quick fight, flight, or freeze response. This leaves us with numerous uncomfortable symptoms and thoughts.  

Your anxiety might feel stuck or uncontrollable at times, or it might feel mild and in the back of your mind. Sometimes we may just feel the anxiety during social situations, or other times it might be about our financial situation, our busy day, or mistakes we have made.

Whatever the cause of your anxiety, we have numerous ways to work with it and to help you start experiencing some relief. 


These are some possible emotional symptoms of anxiety:

  • Obsessive, intrusive thoughts

  • Feeling keyed up or on edge

  • Panic attacks

  • Obsessions and compulsions

  • Feeling nervous or shy in social situations

  • Worrying

  • Irritability

person with anxiety

Physical symptoms of Anxiety can show up as:

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Nausea

  • Sweating, trembling, racing heartbeat

  • Difficulties Breathing

  • Chest tension/pain

  • Muscle tension

  • Gastrointestinal issues

  • Headaches 

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Feeling unreal or "out of it"

  • Hair pulling or skin picking

Effective Approaches to Work with Anxiety

We are trained in a variety of approaches to help you experience relief from anxiety. Some of these include:

  • Mindfulness interventions

  • Direct neurofeedback

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


We will work towards

  • Building skills to calm your nervous system

  • Building your ability to be mindful of triggers, sensations, thoughts, and emotions in a way that regulates and calms your body

  • Increasing self care and ability to be compassionate to yourself as you are working through your emotions

  • Helping your brain process through triggers that become perceived "threats", thus calming your nervous system and decreasing the likelihood of experiencing a similar reaction to future triggers

Want more information about counselling for anxiety? Call 604-454-4516 or email anask for your free 15-minute phone consultation or more information.  We can explain the counselling process for you, answer any of your questions, and if you'd like, set up an appointment.