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Online Therapy for Anxiety

Anxiety can feel like constant worry, excessive fear, and being stuck in the future considering "what if".

At the Journey Counselling and Psychotherapy, we take a unique, individual or what is known as person centered approach to our anxiety counselling. We focus on you. There is no one else like you, and so why would a textbook method of treatment work for everyone?  We first start by taking a look at coping mechanisms that could bring you immediate relief. Then, we jump into the muck and heaviness that is anxiety to try and understand why it is causing such unhappiness.

If you are struggling with anxiety, chances are you are struggling to take the first step on your journey with therapy. There are so many what ifs. What if this doesn't work? What if I can't be helped? Well, there are no answers if we don't try. What if you met with our Care Coordinator who would listen to your fears and nervousness in a free consultation session? What if that Care Coordinator were to walk you through your first steps, and help you get started? And what if you were matched with a therapist that could help you reconnect with you, while your anxiety took a back seat? 

At the Journey Counselling and Psychotherapy, our approach to Counselling for Anxiety is unique and tailored to you.

It can be overwhelming to find anxiety help in Ontario. There are so many options to search through from online therapy programs or text messaging services to endless therapy directories. Our goal is to help take away the guess work. We know that your anxiety wants a fix. It wants to feel better. During our free consultation call, our Care Coordinator will speak with you about what it is your anxiety needs and which therapist will be best suited to work with you. 

In that first call, any questions you have will be answered, and you will be walked through the first steps necessary before your therapist will begin their work with you. This call helps to take out any guess work, while acknowledging the fear and uncertainty that can come with starting something new. 

Once you complete the necessary paperwork with our Care Coordinator, you will be transitioned to working with a therapist directly. Your therapist will spend some time getting to know you, and your anxiety and working with you to feel safe and comfortable in your session. 

Some times of interventions that can help with anxiety include:

  • Cognitive Behvaioural Therapy 

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 

  • Mindfulness 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

 

We firmly believe that therapy is only successful when you find the right therapist. It is our commitment to you, to ensure you feel safe and supported throughout the process. If you have any questions about how anxiety counselling may work, please contact us. We’re here to help.

Anxiety Counselling in Ontario FAQs

What are the signs of anxiety?

Anxiety can feel like many things for many people. Some symptoms include:

  • Excessive worry, panic or fear.

  • Headaches, muscle aches, stomach or chest pain, or any unexplained pains.

  • Fatigue and lack of motivation.

  • Difficulty concentrating.

  • Difficulty starting or completing tasks. 

  • Disorganization

  • Sleep problems (such as falling asleep or staying asleep).

  • Binge eating or drinking to help cope with emotions.

 

It’s important to note that some of the feelings that can be labelled as anxiety are actually normal and healthy emotions to experience. If you have experienced one or more of the above symptoms for a period of 2 weeks or longer, consistently, you may be experiencing anxiety. If this sounds like it is your experience, therapy may help to improve or relieve some of these symptoms of anxiety.

What are some different types of anxiety?

There are several different types of anxiety. In addition to the symptoms listed above, you may identify with one of the following categories:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (most common).

  • Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Panic Disorder

  • Post Traumatic Stress

  • Social Anxiety

  • Test or Performance Anxiety

Can anxiety be treated with just therapy?

There is no one sized fits all approach to dealing with anxiety. For many people, therapy alone can be enough to assist in reducing or alleviating the symptoms of anxiety. Some people may need a combination of therapy and medication. We always suggest attempting therapy to assist in dealing with symptoms of anxiety. Medication alone is often a band-aid solution to provide temporary relief without understanding and treating what might actually be causing the anxious feelings. ​

What causes anxiety?

The truth is, there are many reasons why anxiety may present itself in your life. You may have a coexisting condition or diagnosis (ie cancer, or ADHD). Many medications include "anxiety" in their list of side effects. General life stress is often the cause for anxiety to develop. Some other reasons or causes of anxiety may be:

  • A traumatic event. 

  • Grief or loss of a person or thing. 

  • Abuse.

  • Life transitions and changes.

  • COVID-19 pandemic related issues.

  • Social isolation or other issues.

  • Genetics (especially if other family members have anxiety).

 

Identifying the cause of anxiety is incredible important when trying to help yourself heal. Working with an online therapist for anxiety can help you develop coping skills to get through the toughest moments, while understanding and moving through the root cause.

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Other topics that can be discussed in therapy

  • ​Depression

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Stress Reduction and Mindfulness

  • Overcoming Addiction

  • Understanding Intergenerational trauma and patterns 

  • Self Harm

  • Pre Marital/ Marital Counselling and Family Planning

  • Grief and Loss 

  • Anger Management 

  • Emotional Management

  • Communication Skills 

  • Career Counselling/ Building a Business 

  • Relationship difficulties 

  • Self Esteem

  • Supporting a family member with mental illness

  • Life Directions

  • Trauma and PTSI 

  • Family Therapy 

Get help from a counsellor for Anxiety

When you're ready to take the first step on your journey to wellness, we are ready to walk alongside you.

Through the free consultation, our Care Coordinator will help you navigate the first steps.