Our Approach to Anxiety Therapy
Is There an Effective Treatment for Anxiety?
The short answer is Yes and No!
Therapy can’t get rid of all your anxiety forever. Part of the reason is that anxiety protects us from danger when working correctly. It makes us jump when startled or ready to fight or run when feeling threatened. Anxiety is necessary. There’s a lot more to this complex process, and working with your therapist, you can better understand how your anxiety works and identify the unhelpful anxiety from the helpful anxiety.
Our therapists use various treatment approaches. Standard practices known to be effective include cognitive techniques, mindfulness, mediation, exposure therapy and journaling. Importantly, My Winnipeg Therapist is committed to using the best approaches to help you.
CBT for Anxiety
We use therapy treatments that are backed by research. Research shows that one of the most effective treatments for anxiety is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) (link to CBT page). In addition, research demonstrates the effectiveness of mindfulness and relaxation training.
CBT for Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks and More
Everyone’s experience of anxiety is unique—like a fingerprint. Your therapist works with you to understand how anxiety affects you, whether it’s social anxiety, panic attacks or generalized anxiety. You gain an awareness of your specific thoughts, feelings, and body sensations connected with your anxiety.
You are never forced to use a technique or exercise you don’t want to try. Instead, your therapist works to find methods and skills you can relate to and are interested in trying. It’s your counselling, after all!
One approach, a cognitive strategy, works with thoughts. Anxious thoughts can lead to negative thinking patterns and worrying about things that will never happen. These ‘thinking traps’ trick you into believing that your idea is accurate. Even though these thoughts are not true, they seem very convincing in our heads. And that makes them hard to ignore. Your therapist teaches strategies and techniques to identify, challenge and reduce these thinking traps.
While other strategies address unhelpful thinking patterns, CBT also helps us change unhelpful behaviours. Maybe you feel self-conscious around your friends and end up saying very little. But you later regret being so quiet. There are many activities we can be afraid of doing, and you discover approaches to overcome the fear and become more comfortable. Your therapist can help you learn skills and confidence to engage more successfully with others.
Being anxious drains your energy. Doing the work and going through the therapy steps to reduce your anxiety can make you feel less worried and more confident, less anxious and calmer.