Looking for an Anxiety Therapist in Winnipeg?
You find yourself stressed out and anxious more often than you’d like. You worry about all kinds of things. You overthink. And it’s wearing you out.
You know you should be able to handle stuff, but things seem to be getting harder. Yet, trying to do it alone isn’t working anymore.
When the heart’s pounding, the head’s spinning, when it’s hard to focus or think, when it feels overwhelming—we know how horrible that is. We get it.
Anxiety, worry and stress are tiring. And if unchecked lead to other problems like loss of motivation, low self-esteem, and even depression.
Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety like feeling irritable, worrying often, and finding it difficult to relax? Do you feel overwhelmed at times? Do you experience panic attacks? Are you uncomfortable in large groups. Do you avoid being around others?
Anxiety is expressed in many different ways. We’re here to help you understand your anxiety, to get control of it and what you need to do to feel feel less anxious, calmer and more in control.
At My Winnipeg Therapist, we can teach you the methods and techniques that can actually stop you from feeling that way—and learning how to feel calm!
There are clear and scientifically-proven techniques to treat anxiety. We want to teach you those techniques.
While it’s a gradual process, successful clients know it takes time and commitment—“but man, is it worth it.”
What you gain stays with you for the rest of your life.
But learning to reduce the stress and worry is half the battle. We teach you ways to feel more calm and more self-assured. This leads to more energy and motivation, more confident and more comfortable around others.
More comfortable and confident with who you are.
Become more of the person you want to be, and start having the life you really want. Make an appointment now and get started on feeling better about yourself and your life.
If you not sure, get a free 15 minute consultation to see if counselling is right for you.
Common Signs for Anxiety
- stressed, anxious or worried
- impatient and irritable
- excessive worry
- racing thoughts
- worrying about anxiety
- difficulty focusing
- easily distracted
- mind goes blank
- “what if” thoughts
- body tension
- tight muscles
- tight chest
- tight shoulders
- clenched fists
- tension headache
- shallow breathes
- neck tension
- clenched jaw
- clammy hands
- dry mouth
- difficulty breathing
- light headed
- loss of appetite
- not eating due to loss of appetite
- difficulty falling asleep
- waking during the night
- avoiding doing things
- avoiding being around others
- difficulty communicating what you want
It's normal for anyone to experience some of these feelings on occasion. But if you have any of these symptoms for an extended period of time and they're interfering with you living your life—then you may need to seek help from a qualified therapist. We can help you resolve those problems
Make an appointment now
and start learning ways to feel calm
Types of Anxiety We Treat
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Generalized Anxiety (GAD)
You find that you worry a lot, about a lot of things, almost all the time. It’s easy for you to feel stressed—and it’s hard to relax.
Your mind is busy worrying about all kinds of things. It might be about family, finances, health, work and other issues.
Because of generalized anxiety disorder, your mind won’t shut off. It’s busy all day. And it’s hard to shut it off at night.
That makes it hard for you to relax, or sleep.
And it feels like you hardly ever get a break from worrying.
If this sounds like you, it might be time to get help from a trained therapist who can help you change these anxious thoughts and feelings.
Get some relief. Learn calming skills and feel better.
Are you ready to Make An Appointment and start feel better?
You feel uncomfortable when the attention is on you. You can feel yourself ‘freeze,’ forget what you were going to say. Your mind goes blank.
Being asked a questions or put on the spot fills you with anxiety and feels so embarrassing.
Your cheeks get warm, you blush. And worse, you worry that others are looking at you.
You avoid get-togethers with family and friends because if feels too stressful.
But there are times when you have to socialize and you do what you can to cope with the uncomfortable feels.
Do go you find it easier with ‘liquid confidence’? While alcohol seems to help in the moment, you know that it doesn’t fix the problem.
You still feel uncomfortable, ill at ease and self-conscious around others.
And even when there’s no one around, you find yourself think over and over about things you said or did.
The negative thoughts spin in your head, sounding something like this:“They could tell I was nervous,” “I shouldn’t have said that,” “that sounded stupid.”
And sometimes you even worry that people are upset or angry at you. Even when you don’t have a clear reason why.
And it’s hard to believe people would like you—for who you are.
Wow—that is a lot of stress or worry. It sounds pretty awful.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Working with a therapist trained in treating social anxiety, you can learn to feel less anxious around others.
And—it’s possible—that you can learn to worry less about what other’s think about you. Reduce self-doubt and learn to stop questioning the things you say or do.
And, you’ll learn to replace doubt about yourself with self-confidence.
With social anxiety therapy, you’ll learn to feel more comfortable—around others, and comfortable with who you are.
Are you ready for that? Make An Appointment and get started on making the changes you want.
If you get panic attacks you know that they’re different than anxiety attacks.
You experience intense fear that comes on quickly. It’s hard to breath, your chest is pounding, you feel dizzy.
Anxiety attacks are caused by ‘triggers’, specific situations or events that cause anxiety. And anxiety attacks ranger from mild anxiety about to thoughts, images or other reminders of past trauma.
Unfortunately, you know that a panic attack just comes on—on it’s own for no apparent reason.
As frightening as a panic attack feels, not knowing what sets them off makes it that much more scary.
And you worry about when the next one will happen.
There are underly situations that can lead to panic attacks, like big life-changing events, life the loss of a loved one, a divorce, bankruptcy.
Someone with a a past trauma or history of ptsd can experience panic attacks.
So while it feels like it happens out of the blue—there’s often a reasons for these attacks and a trained anxiety therapist can help you find out underlying causes.
More than that, a trained panic attack therapist can help you learn self-awareness techniques that teach you to tolerate and manger your panic attacks.
Learning to tolerate the frightening feelings may sound impossible, but as someone who experienced severe panic attacks, I know it’s possible.
What’s even better news is that as you learn to tolerate the unpleasantness, the panic attacks start losing their power.
So you can see you this is a big step in reducing the intensity of panic attacks—which makes the hard work of therapy worth it.
The panic attack hits and you’re overcome with fear. “I think I’m going to have a heart attack.” With therapy this changes to “ok, my chest feels super tight, but I know it’s just anxiety and this will be over in a few minutes.”
Therapy for panic attacks gives you the tools to cope with the panic attacks. Using those tools over and over the experience changes from frightening to unpleasant.
More than that, if there’s a specific source of anxiety in your life, therapy helps pinpoint the underlying source of your anxiety.
And knowing the underlying source, working on it means your overall anxiety decreases.
Decreasing your ‘background anxiety’ means there’s less anxious energy to feel the panic attacks.
With therapy for panic attacks, you learn to change them from experiences that are frightening to experiences that are unpleasant.
And a counsellor helps you identify, manage and reduce the underlying anxiety leaving you feeling less stressed, less worried—calmer.
Make An Appointment and get started on feeling better!
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is the most extreme form of anxiety, and it is the most complicated.
People with PTSD can experience a range of anxiety problems like generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic.
Along with that PTSD can included other mental health problems, such as depression, drug addiction and social isolation.
Please see the separate section on PTSD here.
Untreated the anxiety can also worsen and cause other issues like depression and alcohol and drug addiction.
Is There an Effective Treatment for Anxiety?
The short answer is Yes!
There is effective evidence based treatments for anxiety.
When someone realizes that their worries and anxiety are a problem, it’s usually after a long period.
It’s often many years of ‘trying to deal with it myself.’
If that’s you, treatment will take time—and commitment—but so does any important personal change.
But noticing change—even small changes—like many clients have said “feels amazing”.
So how do we help you reduce your anxiety?
*Research shows that one of the most effective treatments for anxiety is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), combined with mindfulness and relaxation training.
CBT specifically designed for anxiety helps you understand how anxiety works, and provides you techniques that help you reduce your anxiety.
And mindfulness training gives you tools and skills to create more calm in your life.
Everyone’s experience of anxiety is unique—like a fingerprint. So therapy helps you really understand how your anxiety works and how it affects you and affects your life.
What are your anxious thoughts about? When did they start? How long have they been with you? In situations trigger you? What worries are the strongest? If you’re not sure, we’ll figure out these questions.
This tells us a lot and helps us understand what your anxiety is like—for you specifically. In therapy we learn in what ways your anxiety makes things hard for you.
And what’s the most difficult for you and what’s that worst about your anxiety—are things we will really work hard to change.
Knowing these details helps us know what needs the most attention so we can get to work on reducing the anxiety that comes from your anxious thoughts.
Not sure if counselling is right for you? Get a free 15 minute consultation to find out.
Stop Anxious Thoughts—Stop Your Anxiety
You have anxious thoughts and these thoughts get caught in patters of thinking.
These thinking patters are known as Anxious Thinking Traps. They’re traps because they trick the mind into believing that they’re true while they’re not!
And they don’t let go.
Even though they’re usually not true, they seem very convincing. And that makes them hard to ignore.
We have all gotten caught up in anxiety though traps from time to time.
But, what’s different with anxiety is that these thought traps are active in your mind most of the time.
That’s good to know because that means going ofter these thought traps means you can reduce the anxiety they create—leaving you less worried.
An example of a common thinking trap for generalized anxiety is ‘catastrophizing’—predicting that the worst will happen.
“If I tell my boss about this problem, he’s just going to tell me I’m an idiot.”
This thinking trap stops you from doing things out of fear of ‘what could happen’.
So we work on identifying thought trap and and stopping them when it's active. That means learning how to notice your thoughts and style of thinking.
Paying attention, or being mindful, is a skill that not only helps you notice anxious thoughts in order to neutralize them.
Mindfulness helps you learn how to feel calmer by getting our of your anxious thoughts and being more present—more in the moment.
Being present is the opposite of being anxious.
Anxious thoughts are upsetting and exhausting. And it’s no wonder you often feel tired and drained.
But we also look at replacing these negative thought traps with alternative, more realistic ways of thinking.
“If I tell my boss about this problem, he could think it’s simple to fix. But he’s not going to tell me I’m an idiot. He’s never talked to me like that before. Bringing it up is better than ignoring it. He’ll see I’m responsible. If I were a boss, I’d appreciate that. He might even appreciate me—that I brought it up.”
Replacing negative thoughts with more realistic thoughts also allows you to shift your thinking, and that also changes how you feel.
Quieting the negative thinking is important to helping you feel less worried. That gives you more energy and better focus.
Combined with mindfulness training you’ll be able to have more calm.
When you're thinking is calmer, you make different decisions. Instead of being worried about doing something, you can feel ok with it, or even better, look forward to it.
Remember, being anxious drains your energy. Feeling ok about something leaves you with energy. Looking forward to doing something leaves you with motivation.
Doing the work, going through the steps to reduce your anxiety, you’ll shift to more confident thinking, to feeling calmer, and to being more motivated.
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Where Does Your Anxiety Come From?
Anxiety, whether generalized anxiety, social anxiety or panic disorder, can have different causes.
Genetics plays a role. It can come from your genetic makeup. If you were an anxious baby from birth, and this can leave you with long term anxious issues.
This genetic makeup leaves you with a vulnerability and be easily anxious by things other people aren’t bothered by.
Family upbringing has an influence. Your anxiety could have come form your family upbringing. If one of both parents were anxious, you could have learned to see the world in the anxious way you parent did.
Anxiety does run in families, it the influence tends to be a combination of genes and learning patters of worry and anxious behaviours.
If your mother or father was a worrier, there’s a possibility you have pickup up some of those patters of worry.
Uncertain events can cause us to life as uncertain. If you’ve experienced uncertain events that were significant to you, that can leave a strong impression of life as uncertain and unpredictable.
Abusive relationships is another source of long term anxiety, in childhood or adulthood. When the anxiety from abuse is felt over a long period, repeated over time, you can become more anxious overall, even when the abusive is over or long in the past.
Abuse relationships as traumatic experiences that can cause post-traumatic stress. The experience can literally rewire the brain leaving your brain in a more constant anxious state.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTDS) is different than the other types of anxiety disorders and is in a category of it's own.
So, you can be born with a more anxious temperament and that can develop into generalized anxiety, social anxiety or panic as you grow up.
But, PTSD is not something that someone is born with, like the other forms of anxiety.
PTDS is caused by a significant even or serious of events that are so distressing that you can’t effectively cope.
Also, PTDS as the most server form of anxiety and can actually lead to generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic attacks.
So those are the main causes of anxiety and therapy can help you identify the cause of your anxiety.
Therapy can help you understand the source, how it impacted you and how to process these experiences, reducing the emotional charge.
Creating understanding and processing the emotional pain leaving you feeling better.
It's normal for anyone to experience some of these feelings on occasion. But if you have any of these symptoms for an extended period of time and they're interfering with you living your life—then you may need to seek help from a qualified therapist. We can help you resolve those problems.
Make an appointment now and get started on feeling better about yourself and your life.
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