How I Help
When you experience anxiety, it can affect you in many ways. There is the way you feel physically, could be shortness of breath, quickened heart beat, sweating, you feel jittering, nauseous even. Or maybe you lie in bed at night and your eyes just pop open as soon as your head hits the pillow. All signs of feeling anxious, it can affect your sleep, appetite and your ability to focus.
Panic often accompanies anxiety. It can be scary and even debilitating, you could feel frozen or jittery. It is an overwhelming sensation that can often begin for no obvious reason, making it often totally unexpected and hard to plan for. It too can lead to feelings of exhaustion after the panic passes and interfere with how you are feeling longer term.
Depression is the opposite of anxiety but for some reason sometimes they like to hang out together, not a fun combination at all. So, some days you are just full of worry and other days you do not even care.
Grief happens after a loss and is normal reaction to loosing someone we love. It is usually associated with how we feel after someone dies but also happens when we experience other losses like a break up, get fired or laid off, move, loose a friendship etc. Everyone experiences grief in their own way. Sometimes grief gets complicated. It seems like you are in a dark hole and will never get out. It hurts, a lot.
If you have thoughts of suicide and need to speak to someone right away, in Canada if you do not know your local crisis line number, call your nearest hospital. Or if you need to call 911. Some people think about suicide because they want to die and cannot see another away out. Some people feel they would be better off dead but do not want to die. If either sound like you, please reach out.
PTSD is post traumatic stress disorder and we often think that it only affects people that experiences major traumatic events for example war or a disaster. The truth is that not everyone that experiences trauma gets PTSD for different reasons. Trauma also takes other forms that are not as obvious, and the affects can sneak up on you. It can cause flashbacks to the event, panic, phobias, and other symptoms.
EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization reprocessing. During this therapy you focus on the event and we use different techniques to help you get “unstuck”. This therapy was developed with the ideas that traumatic memories get stuck. EMDR helps you process or unstick the memory. It does not mean that you forget what happened but rather when you think about it now, it does not bother you.
CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It is a talk therapy that focuses on changing the way you think and that influences your behaviour. It really looks at helping you develop coping skills to deal with whatever is happening in your life. It was originally developed to help people affected by depression, but it is helpful for a variety of emotional issues.
MCBT stands for Mindfulness based cognitive therapy. It is another talk therapy very similar to CBT but also adding a mindfulness component like meditation and relaxation strategies. It is helpful with reoccurring depressive episodes and stress.
Narrative therapy helps people look at their own values and strengths and develop them to deal with current and even future issues. It is a form of talk therapy that is a collaborative effort with you and your therapist and being able to rewrite your narrative to reflect your strengths and values.
Telehealth services offered via phone, video, and text coming soon!