Anxiety Therapy & Counselling Montreal
Overcome Your Anxiety
Learn practical tools and strategies to help you reduce anxiety.
- Do you fear being out of control?
- Do you worry excessively about many things?
- Do you avoid social situations?
- Do you have recurring thoughts that refuse to go away?
Then it’s possible you may suffer from an anxiety disorder.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural reaction to stressful situations (otherwise known as the fight-flight-or-freeze response). When we’re faced with potential danger, our bodies respond to that threat with our mind, body, or both. Fear is a similar emotional response; it’s the body’s immediate reaction to a real or perceived threat. It’s our way of anticipating future danger.
Living like that can be exhausting, and it can lead to depression if you don’t get on top of it early.
Anxiety doesn’t discriminate; any person at any age can suffer with this disorder. You may feel isolated; that no one feels the way you do, but you’re not alone. An estimated 3 million people aged 18 years or older in Canada experience some level of anxiety. Most commonly, general anxiety disorder.
What is General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
General anxiety disorder is a specific anxiety disorder with its own challenges. Its symptoms are similar to other anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
What Are the Symptoms of GAD?
Anxiety shows up in our lives in different ways. It might be a social situation, a challenging life event, or a family or relationship issue. There are several reasons you may experience anxiety, many out of your control.
- Stressful or traumatic situations (a death, loss of job, etc.)
- Early childhood development and personality
- Environmental factors
It manifests itself in both mental and physical ways, including:
- Constantly worrying or panic over minute issues
- Think up worst-case scenarios over every plan and/or problem
- Viewing each situation as threatening, even when it’s not
- Problems dealing with uncertainty
- Being indecisive due to fear of making the wrong decision
- Unable to let go of worries, no matter how insignificant
- Restlessness; you’re unable to relax
- Feeling tense or on edge
- Difficulty concentrating or often losing train of thought
Physical symptoms include:
- Muscle tension or aches
- Nausea, diarrhea, or irritable bowel syndrome
Though it may seem impossible to live with GAD, there are ways to cope so you don’t have to continue living in constant fear. With the proper treatment, you’ll learn how to manage your general anxiety disorder. It’s a battle you can win.
How Can GAD be Treated?
When everything seems overwhelming, it’s tempting to try quick fixes, such as alcohol, drugs, or scrolling social media. Doing that may help calm your anxiety in the moment, but eventually, it creates its own problems.
In most cases, you can’t just walk away from a situation or challenge that’s causing you to feel anxious. If you worry that attending therapy to talk about it may make you look or feel weak, you bottle it up and it only gets worse over time; but there are ways to express your fears in a healthy way. It is entirely possible to get the help you need.
Therapy is one of the most common treatments for general anxiety disorder. As a counsellor that specializes in anxiety disorders, I help clients in the Montreal area understand the causes of their anxiety and arm them with an “anxiety management toolkit” to help them cope and move forward.
I offer a safe, judgment-free environment so you can feel safe to open up and talk about your concerns with your anxiety.
Qualifications and Professional Associations
- Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Counselling That Fits with Your Schedule
Based in Westmount, Montreal, I am available in my office 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. I also offer virtual counselling via Zoom.
You don’t need a referral to book an appointment. You can contact directly by phone, email, or book an appointment through the website.
If you’re not ready to book a therapy appointment, but would like more information or to get a sense of who I am, I offer a free 10-minute consultation over the phone.
Your First Appointment
At our first appointment, we will talk about:
- Your concerns and your current presenting issues with general anxiety disorder
- The effect of these concerns on your current experience of life and your relationships
- Your expectations and goals for GAD therapy.
It’s also an opportunity for you to learn more about how I work and any other questions you may have.
Don’t let anxiety stop you from living your life. With the right tools and authentic communication, you can rediscover your wellbeing.
Book an Appointment
For further information about my services, please feel free to contact me.
Areas of Specialty
Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety is generally an unpleasant feeling of nervousness and fear that something bad is happening or about to happen. Counselling for anxiety can help alleviate these feelings.
Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that can negatively affect how you feel, think and act. Counselling for depression can help alleviate these symptoms.
Psychedelic means 'mind manifesting'. Psychedelic integration counselling can help you make sense of, and integrate, psychedelic or transpersonal experiences into your daily life.
Life Direction & Purpose
Counselling can assist you to find a clearer sense of life direction, meaning and purpose. Working collaboratively, counselling can help you move towards your life goals.
Personal & Spiritual Growth
Counselling for personal and spiritual growth can help you to examine your belief systems and core values with a view to becoming more present and self-compassionate.
Relationships impact on our well-being and happiness. Counselling for relationship issues can help to improve communication, navigate decision making and restore emotional bonds.
Self-esteem is the degree to which we value and respect ourselves. Counselling for self-esteem issues can help you develop a stronger, more confident and content sense of self.
Grief & Loss
Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something that is important to you. Grief counselling can help you better cope with the stressors associated with the loss.