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Anxiety Counselling Calgary

Do you feel like anxiety is interfering with your wellbeing? It is time to get help from anxiety disorders professionals.
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Do you know why people get anxious?

It has to do with how our brains are wired. We’re designed to survive, and in extreme situations, anxiety protects us from dangerous actions. It also motivates us to take care of ourselves and prepare for stressful situations, like upcoming exams or project deadlines.

The issue arises when anxiety no longer serves us as a survival function. It can grow until it’s much bigger than the threat your brain perceives. Instead of helping you survive, it can actually prevent you from filling a happy, fulfilling.

Does this sound like you? Are you constantly asking yourself, “But what if this happened?” Your anxiety disorders as well as other mental health issues can affect your relationships and social behavior. And sometimes, it prevents you from doing important things, like seeing the dentist, driving, and/or attending work/school. If this is your case, you should consider getting professional help in anxiety counselling.

At One Life in Calgary, we know that anxiety disorders affect the mind and the body. When treating it, we take a holistic approach. We look at your physical symptoms, the behaviors you want to change, and the best ways to help you. 

With our solution-focused anxiety therapy in Calgary, your experienced therapist will identify the irrational fears you want to treat, and they’ll share coping strategies to help you manage stress. 

Anxiety isn’t always useful—for some, it’s actively harmful. Do your fears get in the driver’s seat? Take back yourself and regain control of your mind with our Calgary based anxiety counselling services.

Our Team Members Providing This Service

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Types of Anxiety

You might be wondering: What’s the difference between someone who gets anxious occasionally from someone who struggles with an anxiety disorder?

At OneLife, we don’t diagnose, and we don’t label—instead, we focus on providing the best treatment for your conditions. If anxiety is interfering with your life, we find the most effective treatments to help you with it.

That being said, it’s useful to understand the different types of anxiety disorders; this can help you see which common symptoms you experience and which treatments may be most effective for you.
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With respect to anxiety characteristics, there are several common disorder types:
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Hypochondria
  • Panic attacks
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
You don’t need a diagnosis to seek help. At One Life, our doors are open for everyone who is experiencing anxiety symptoms. We’ll give you the tools you need to empower yourself — and the first step is seeking professional treatment. Learn to cope with and reduce the negative effects of anxiety with our counselling services.
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Virtual or In-Person Counselling

We want to make your appointment as comfortable as possible. Do you prefer to stay at home? Whether you have a busy schedule or you simply prefer privacy, we offer virtual counselling to accommodate your needs. And if you’d rather book an in-person appointment, we do that, too! Let us know what you’d like, and we’ll be happy to help.

Take Back yourself With Anxiety Counselling in Calgary!

Do you feel stuck? Frustrated with any mental health problem? Afraid you won’t ever get your stress level under control?

At OneLife, we’re here to help guide you along the journey to a better you. Empower yourself to change unhealthy thought patterns and create peace of mind. 

You can schedule appointments on weekdays, evenings, and weekends—we’re open 7 days a week! With no waitlists, we’re ready to help you right away; we’re always taking new clients. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours of hearing from you. 

You don’t need to live full of worry and fear. Discover the difference that anxiety counselling makes. To book your appointment, contact One Life Counselling & Coaching today.
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Anxiety FAQ

What is anxiety counselling, and how does it work?
Anxiety counselling is individual counselling focused on strategies, tools, and techniques to help you manage anxiety that’s negatively impacting your life. It’s tailored to your specific needs and may incorporate a range of different methods and approaches. It is important to understand that anxiety is often a manifestation of our thoughts, emotions and perceived fears in the future. Anxiety counselling aims to help relieve you of your symptoms and provide you with tools to improve your mental well-being.

Will Counselling Help My Anxiety?

If you’re seeking anxiety treatment, consider counselling. Studies indicate that anxiety therapy is an effective way to manage anxious thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy shows evidence of being a highly effective treatment for anxiety disorders. 

If you deal with anxiety, you might be debating whether you should seek counselling services. Still on the fence? Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does your anxiety interfere with your ability to work, study, or do everyday activities?
  2. Do you experience physical symptoms when you’re anxious, including nausea, increased heart rate, shakiness, rapid breathing, trouble sleeping, or a skin rash? 
  3. Do you have uncontrollable anxious thoughts about things you’re worried about?
  4. Have you ever had panic attacks?
  5. Do you have recurring thoughts about past events? 
  6. Do social situations make you uncomfortable?
  7. Do you find yourself trying to hide how anxious you feel around others?
  8. Are you worried that your stress can’t be treated?

Did you answer “yes” to any of the above? These questions all relate to common symptoms of anxiety attacks. 

If you’re interested in understanding your thought patterns and altering your behaviors, the treatment can significantly improve your emotional comfort. During your consultation, we’ll learn about what you’re dealing with, the treatment you’re looking for, and how we can help you with any mental health issue.

What Other Symptoms Are Common in an Anxiety Attack?

Anxiety” is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but you might not be clear on what this mental health disorder actually means. Even though anxiety seems to take place in your mind, it presents a host of physical symptoms, too. The most common anxiety symptoms include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Chest pain or chest tightness
  • Heart palpitations and pounding heartbeat
  • Difficulty controlling your unwanted thoughts
  • Sweating
  • Intense fear
  • Feeling like you’re out of breath

Even if you don’t experience the symptoms above, you may still be struggling with anxiety. We all experience anxiety to some degree, but the extent of that anxiety and the bodily sensations it causes are different for everyone. 

What Is the Best Type of Counselling for Anxiety?

When you feel distressed, it’s because your mind or body is telling you something. Through counselling, you can identify what that something is and how to manage it.  Are you looking for a better way to manage your anxiety? There are a variety of therapy options to choose from—but which are right for you?  There’s no magic pill to cure mental health disorders—medications can be helpful to some, but that’s a conversation to have with your doctor.  On the whole, anxiety takes work to manage. Through counselling, you can learn to rewire your thought patterns and make positive changes. When treating this symptom, finding the right therapist is key. It’s not just about the treatment you receive—it’s about the connection you have with the provider of that treatment.  During your consultation, we’ll connect you with the right therapist for your needs. Your therapist will ask questions to learn more about how anxiety presents itself for you. They might ask:

  • What are your main fears, worries, or anxieties?
  • How do your anxious feelings influence your behaviours?
  • What thought patterns are you seeking to change?

At OneLife, we offer a variety of anxiety treatments, including anxiety counselling, psychodynamic therapy, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), Gestalt therapy, and more. We’ll tailor your treatment based on what we believe will be most effective for you.

How is anxiety counselling different from other forms of therapy?
Like other forms of therapy, anxiety counselling is a personal journey that requires commitment and a willingness to dig deep. What makes it unique is its in-depth emphasis on identifying and resolving anxiety patterns, thought processes, physiological reactions, and behaviours.
What are the most common types of anxiety disorders that are treated in counselling?
Many people seek counselling for anxiety without being diagnosed with a specific disorder. That being said, common anxiety disorders include Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
What can I expect during my first counselling session?
During your first counselling session you can expect to begin building a relationship with your counsellor and identifying the work you’d like to focus on together. It’s a good idea to come prepared with some specific questions and/or goals in mind.
How many sessions of anxiety counselling will I need?
There’s no set number of sessions for anxiety counselling. You and your therapist will decide together how regularly to meet and when your work together feels complete. You can always take a break from anxiety counselling and return at need.
What techniques are used in anxiety counselling to help reduce symptoms?
Because anxiety manifests physically as well as emotionally, your therapist may use a variety of techniques to help you reduce your symptoms. Acceptance Commitment Therapy, EMDR Therapy, CBT Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and the latest Positive Psychology techniques may all be part of your individualized treatment plan.
Can anxiety counselling be done online or over the phone?
Yes! If you prefer to schedule your anxiety counselling appointment remotely, One Life can accommodate. Many of our clients prefer the option to save time on driving into the office and use our online services.
Is anxiety counselling covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans cover individual counselling (including anxiety counselling) with a registered psychologist. If you plan on using insurance to see a therapist, let us know when you book your appointment.
How long does it take to see improvement in symptoms after starting anxiety counselling?
Because every situation is unique, there’s no definitive answer to this question. That being said, most patients experience improvement in their symptoms after just a few sessions as they begin to embrace new strategies for managing their anxiety.
How can I find a qualified anxiety counsellor in my area?
All of One Life’s therapists are fully qualified to provide counselling services. If you’re seeking a counsellor certified in specific techniques, mention your request when booking your appointment.

Rates and Insurance

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Individual Sessions

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session
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Couples Sessions
(Recommended first 4-6 sessions)

(90 minutes)
$330 + GST
Per Session
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Maintenance Couples Counselling
Follow-up or Maintenance

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session
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Coaching

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session

If being able to use your insurance benefits is an important factor in your selection, our team would be happy to recommend one of our therapists who's services are covered by most insurance plans. Please be sure to confirm in advance if insurance coverage is preferred.

Our standard fees are aligned with the recommended fee schedule from the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. However, we offer the added value of 60-minute sessions in contrast to the recommended 50-minute session for this fee.

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