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Anxiety Counselling Calgary

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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 life-or-death situations, anxiety protects us. 

Think about it. Thousands of years ago, when humans were faced with threats like saber-toothed tigers hurtling toward them, anxiety kicked their bodies into action and helped them escape. 

Anxiety also motivated them to find new food sources when supplies ran low. 

And even today, anxiety helps prepare us for stressful situations, like upcoming exams or project deadlines.

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

Does this sound like you? Are you constantly asking yourself, “But what if this happened?” Your anxiety can affect your relationships and social life. And sometimes, it prevents you from doing important things, like seeing the dentist, driving, and/or attending work/school.

At One Life Counselling & Coaching, we know that anxiety affects the mind and the body. When treating it, we take a holistic approach. We look at your physical symptoms, the behaviours you want to change, and the best ways to help you. 

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

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

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 One Life, we don’t diagnose, and we don’t label—instead, we focus on providing the treatment you need. 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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Some of the most common anxiety disorders include:
  • 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. We’ll give you the tools you need to empower yourself and change your life—and the first step is seeking treatment. Learn to cope with and reduce the negative effects of anxiety with our counselling services.

Will Counselling Help My Anxiety?

If you’re seeking anxiety treatment, consider counselling. Studies indicate that therapy is an effective way to manage anxious thoughts. Cognitive behavioural 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 an anxiety attack or panic attack?
  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 anxiety can’t be treated?

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

If you’re interested in understanding your thought patterns and altering your behaviours, anxiety treatment can significantly improve your quality of life. During your consultation, we’ll learn about what you’re dealing with, the treatment you’re looking for, and how we can help you.

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 it means exactly. 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 anxious, 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 anxiety—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 anxiety, 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 in life?
  • How do your anxious feelings influence your behaviours?
  • What thought patterns are you seeking to change?
At One Life, 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.
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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 Your Life With Anxiety Counselling in Calgary!

Do you feel stuck? Frustrated with your mental health? Afraid you won’t ever get your anxiety under control?

At One Life Counselling and Coaching, we’re here to help guide you along the journey to a calmer life. 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 a life 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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