Worrying More Than Usual??
Worrying is a normal part of life. We all get nervous, excited, or anxious about events and circumstances in our life, and most of the time these reactions are perfectly normal. When these emotions and feelings consume or overwhelm us, our lives can be severely impacted.
For 10% of Canadians, anxiety is a life-altering disorder marked by ever-present fear, panic, apprehension, and other disruptive symptoms. The first step to treating anxiety in yourself or a loved one is to learn more about anxiety symptoms and available treatment options so you can move forward to a better, less worrisome life.
Read more to see how counselling in Toronto with Cristina can assist you if you suffer from anxiety.
As with many other disorders, anxiety symptoms vary depending on each individual. Common symptoms, however, include:
- Feelings of apprehension or impending danger
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Elevated pulse and heart rate
- Sweating and clammy palms
- Feelings of being powerless or “doomed”
- Weakness or tiredness
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms can range from merely bothersome to severe and debilitating. They may also be grouped under different types of anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), specific phobias (or fears), panic attacks, and others.
If you or a loved one experience any of these anxiety symptoms on a recurring basis, treatment may be in order. Learn how Cristina offers psychotherapeutic treatment and counselling in Toronto designed to give you a valuable tool to handle your condition – control.
Without proper professional treatment, anxiety can be a lifelong challenge. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for anxiety disorders that can manage the causes of anxiety symptoms and restore normalcy and balance to your life.
Cristina uses several notable psychotherapeutic treatments while counselling in Toronto that attack anxiety from a variety of directions and address not just your symptoms, but also what causes them. These include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the relationship between what one thinks and what one feels. By helping change thinking patterns – and thus control thoughts – Cristina gives her patient the ability to positively impact moods and manage the emotions that contribute to uncontrolled anxiety, fear, worry, and stress.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Often, anxiety disorders stem from unresolved traumatic events, or any situation that causes significant and lasting distress and overwhelms a mind’s ability to cope. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) focuses on using the body’s natural rapid eye movements to cope with the emotions associated with these events.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) gives someone the ability to focus on the present, therefore controlling one’s thought processes and allowing the patient to calmly handle what they are thinking, feeling, and doing at that particular moment. The end result is an ability to process stimuli in a more controlled manner.
As an experienced provider of counselling in Toronto, and a veteran practitioner of psychotherapeutic treatments, Cristina can help you or a loved one deal with anxiety.
Don’t let anxiety stay in control. Take the first step toward control and freedom – call or email me today.