Relationship Therapy Centre

Therapy
for Anxiety

Break free from fear and be empowered to live a life you love.

Benefits of Therapy For Anxiety

Increase Understanding

Gain insights into the root causes of the anxiety and address underlying issues contributing to the distress. 

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Learn Effective Coping Skills

Develop coping strategies to help you navigate daily life with greater trust and evidence that you are safe.

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Rediscover ease

Step confidently into each day with hope, knowing that you possess the strength and tools to embrace life’s challenges. 

I "show up" as I'm required. But internally I'm imploding.

Anxiety can make the simplest tasks feel challenging and turn social interactions into daunting situations. On the outside, it can appear that there is comfort and maybe even confidence. But internally, there can be a deep sense of unease, panic, sadness and uncertainty that makes it challenging to be present and engaged.

You do not have to live like this.

Therapy for anxiety can help you access tools and strategies to understand and cope with anxious thoughts, feelings and symptoms. We can help you regain control and feel relief  through the darkest moments, rediscovering a life filled with hope and possibility.

Signs of anxiety may sound like the following...

We offer therapy for anxiety in Mississauga, Burlington and virtually. Life is not easy, but it can be easier with support.

Anxiety Therapy

Everyone experiences fear and anxiety to varying degrees. While it can show up in ways that feel terrible it’s important to remember that its intentions are to alert us to threats and help keep us safe.

There can come a point where the very thing intending to protect us is the thing that makes us feel unsafe. 

Signs and symptoms it may be helpful to seek therapy for anxiety:

Experiencing physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness or shakes can be distressing manifestations of anxiety. The presentation of physical symptoms can often invite a spiral of thoughts leading us to believe something is physically ‘wrong’ with us. However, they often stem from underlying emotional and mental distress.

Through therapy for anxiety with a holistic approach, patterns can be better understood around when the symptoms began presenting and what might be contributing to them. Effective coping strategies, relaxation techniques and interventions to challenge anxious thought patterns can be discussed.

Tending to academic and/or professional responsibilities can be daunting, especially when accompanied by overwhelming anxiety. Whether it feels overwhelming to face your workload, to meet deadlines, or do presentations, these challenges can impact your overall well-being. 

Addressing concerns through anxiety therapy can allow for a better understanding of what the anxiety is really fearful of. We develop anxiety and stress management strategies and establish confidence-building practices. 

Through anxiety therapy we aim to increase clarity around what you are experiencing and why, increase self-trust and felt safety, and ultimately work to increase performance and overall well-being.

Fluctuations in appetite, whether increased or decreased, can often be a subtle yet telling sign of underlying anxiety.

Seeking therapy for anxiety offers a supportive environment to explore the underlying emotional challenges contributing to appetite changes. In therapy, eating patterns can be addressed and gently challenged, coping strategies can be developed, as well as strategies to help establish a more balanced relationship with food. 

Persistent irritability can be an indicator of underlying anxiety, impacting both personal relationships and overall well-being. Anxiety can manifest as heightened irritability, leading to conflicts with loved ones and difficulty managing stress and working towards solutions.

Therapy for anxiety can be a space where the root causes of irritability are explored and emotion regulation strategies can be developed. In this process, insights into triggers, effective communication skills, and practice of mindfulness techniques can take place. 

While regularly avoiding situations, places, or activities in effort to avoid anxiety can feel to help in the moment, it can significantly impact daily life and ultimately hinder personal growth. 

Seeking therapy for anxiety provides a space to uncover the underlying reasons behind avoidant behaviours and develop healthier coping strategies. Through therapy, insight can be gained on where the fear began, what it wants us to believe, what it tries to protect, and how avoidant behaviours actually exacerbate anxiety. We discover effective anxiety management techniques and aim to gradually challenge the avoidant tendencies. 

A pattern of overanalyzing situations, dwelling on past events, or ruminating about the future can consume valuable mental and emotional energy and contribute to heightened anxiety levels. Patterns of overthinking can trap individuals in negative thought patterns, inviting worry that can impact focus, decision making, and peace. Overthinking and rumination tendencies make it challenging to view the past in a positive light, and rob us of optimism and hope for the future. It also ultimately prevents us from being able to enjoy the present moments.

Through therapy for anxiety the underlying causes of overthinking and ruminating behaviours can be unpacked. Mindfulness techniques can support us in trying to stay in the present, and cognitive restructuring strategies can support us in challenging unbalanced negative thoughts. Therapy for overthinking can provide a supportive space where it becomes possible to break free from the grip of overthinking, and instead work to cultivate inner peace, and embrace life with clarity and confidence.

Anxiety can present in a manner that leads to frequent physical monitoring of thing such as one’s pulse, body sensations, or breathing. This often results from fear related to possible health challenges and can become a form of hypervigilence. These behaviours of monitoring can lead to a cycle of reassurance seeking and heightened anxiety.

When accessing therapy for anxiety the history of such anxiety can be traced with a hope to explore the root cause. Exploration of the anxious tendencies and relaxation techniques can be discussed with intentions of challenging the anxious thoughts and developing coping strategies. Therapy for anxiety empowers individuals to break free from the cycle of physical checks, regain a sense of control, and embrace life with a greater sense of safety.

Anxiety can impact the body’s natural sleep cycle, creating opportunity for sleep challenges whether it’s difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or experiencing restless nights. 

Therapy for anxiety can offer a space to gain a better understanding as to what might be contributing to the sleep challenges. Negative and anxious thought patterns and beliefs can be identified and challenged. Therapy is also a space where relaxation techniques and coping strategies can be explored. Through anxiety therapy we aim to return to restful sleeps that will allow for energetic days navigated with confidence and ease. 

Feeling withdrawn, disconnected, or avoiding social interactions can often be a sign of underlying anxiety. While this may initially feel to minimize anxiety, withdrawing from others can lead to isolation that may exacerbate feelings of loneliness, anxious thoughts, and hinder personal growth.

Therapy for anxiety can initiate inquiry into where and when it was learned that distancing from others was beneficial. It can be a space where we begin to look at the ways isolation serves you and the ways it may be counter intuitive. Therapy for anxiety can also be a space where there is an effort to gradually reengage in interactions with others in a gently challenging but appropriate way. The aim will be to break free from isolation cycles and develop communication skills and coping strategies to support meaningful relationships. 

Anxiety can chip away at one’s confidence and create mistrust in personal strengths, judgements and decision making. It can invite individual’s to routinely seek external validation and clarity to tend to the feelings of uncertainty and fear. While this pattern may feel to be helpful in managing the anxiety it ultimately creates a cycle that exacerbates it, creating a dependence on others for reassurance. 

Therapy for anxiety can offer opportunities to explore self-trust and consider what gets in the way of this while also working to cultivate self-confidence, and develop inner resilience. Therapy for anxiety can help to break free from the cycle of seeking external validation and focus on helping you to reclaim your autonomy and empowerment. 

Anxiety can be experienced as avoidance of tasks or responsibilities, leading individuals to not take action due to fear of failure, perfectionism, or overwhelming feelings of anxiety. While it may be helpful to delay the task, this only intensifies experiences of stress and anxiety, perpetuating the cycle of avoidance and distress.

Accessing therapy for anxiety can allow individuals an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding into their fears, access support while challenging the fear thoughts, learn time-management skills, and foster self-acceptance when faced with perfectionism. 

Anxiety can heighten the body’s stress response system, leading individuals to remain in a state of heightened alertness even in non-threatening situations. While this can feel to be supportive in keeping you safe, it can be exhausting and impact the ability to relax and enjoy being present. 

Therapy for anxiety can provide a space to explore the hypervigilant tendencies. Through  cognitive-behaviour therapy interventions the negative thought patterns can be challenged and tended to, while also developing more supportive coping strategies.

Reclaim your life.

In-person anxiety therapy in Mississauga & Burlington. Online sessions across Ontario, BC, & Alberta.

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Why Work With Us

As humans, we have two fundamental needs; to be connected with ourselves, and to experience belonging with others.

When we shift our perspective from criticism, internally or externally, and turn to curiosity, we begin to create space for compassion, accountability, change, and growth.

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Our Approach to anxiety Therapy in Mississauga, Burlington & Online

How our Therapy for anxiety Works

At Relationship Therapy Centre, we understand that anxiety can show up in ways that causes deep distress. While it is important to us that we reduce the frequency and intensity of the symptoms and distress you experience, we also want to ensure we create space to explore, identify and tend to underlying causes/factors. 

Our diverse team of therapists work in collaboration with you to create a tailored treatment plan to support your unique experiences and support you in reclaiming your life and getting back to a place of ease.  

We work from a range of therapeutic approaches including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Narrative Therapy. We uphold attachment and strengths based lenses to consider what your experiences may have taught you about threats and what resources you may not be acknowledging that you possess to help combat the anxiety. 

We Connect

You can easily find strategies to manage anxiety online. The factor that most influences the success and outcome of therapy is the relationship established between therapist and client. We are trained and well versed in asking you questions to get to know you in a meaningful way. We listen out for contributing factors to the anxiety, patterns, exceptions of where it is less present, exceptions of where you have managed to keep it at bay, and more.

We Collaborate

Together, we create goals with considerations of how you prefer to think, feel, behave, relate to others and experience life if the anxiety was no longer dominant. This will allow us to establish an informed treatment plan with integration of impactful tools and strategies discussed along the way.

We Grow

We work with you in identifying, challenging and redirecting the negative thought patterns and cycles that would have historically kept you stuck. We hold an intentional lens to notice, celebrate, and launch off of the small but not insignificant shifts you will experience.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or perceived threats to prepare and protect us from challenging situations. However, when this response occurs persistently or excessively it can lead to anxiety disorders. There are other factors such as genetics, biology, environmental stressors, medical conditions, and substance use which can all contribute to experiencing anxiety. By seeking mental health services to learn effective strategies can help individuals manage their anxiety.

There are several factors that can result in the amount of time it takes to see results from therapy, including the individual’s specific situation, the severity of symptoms, and commitment to therapy.

Consistently attending therapy sessions and being open and transparent with you therapist can result in seeing progress earlier in therapy. Some individuals might notice improvements in their first few sessions while others may see them weeks or months later 

While it can be helpful to access this support from a professional who explores your unique circumstances with you, it can be helpful for some to engage in self reflection and journalling practices. 

It might be helpful to consider whether you can identify negative thoughts you experience. and try to assess the accuracy of these thoughts and explore alternative perspectives.

Specifically, it may also be helpful to examine past experiences and outcomes to test if these thoughts are realistic.

By practicing mindfulness, you can increase your awareness of your thoughts and emotions without judgement and it is always important to seek support when these negative thought patterns can feel like too much. Practice is key to challenging negative thoughts, patterns and beliefs!

There are several things that can be done to help manage anxiety and prevent it from impacting your day to day life. Some examples of supportive action can include: 

  • Self-care activities to help destress or proactively prevent overwhelm.
  • Managing expectations you have of yourself and those others have of you by communicating and asserting helpful boundaries
  • Developing and practicing interventions to challenge negative thought patterns and exercise mindfulness activities to manage somatic symptoms.

Additionally, seeking therapy for anxiety can be beneficial as you work with a trained professional who takes your unique circumstances into consideration to support you in achieving your goals. 

There are medications some individuals benefit from alongside therapy that can help with anxiety. These medications are prescribed by healthcare professionals such as psychiatrists or physicians and is not something we prescribe at Relationship Therapy Centre. However, we do strongly recommend that the decision to consider medication alongside therapy be made in collaboration with your healthcare provider. 

 

What You Can Expect from anxiety Therapy:

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