Anxiety Therapy & Counselling Montreal

Overcome Your Anxiety

Learn practical tools and strategies to help you reduce your 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.

  • Genetics
  • 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:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • 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.

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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.

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