• Nearby Counselling for Anxiety and Depression in Winnipeg

    Counselling for anxiety in Winnipeg is one of the most effective ways you can learn how to manage your anxiety. If you've been looking for a counsellor to help you manage your anxiety, you've come to the right place. And we're so glad you stopped by today.

    Please keep reading below to learn about counselling for depression.

    When it Feels Like Anxiety is Taking Over

    It feels like anxiety is taking over your life. It feels like you can’t control your anxiety no matter how hard you try. You've tried counselling for anxiety in Winnipeg but haven't found it to be very ineffective. You're so tired of feeling anxious, worried, and quite simply, tired of feeling tired all-of-the-time. And it feels like it's getting harder to manage your anxiety by the day. You've been trying to find a counsellor for anxiety to help you manage the anxiety, but your anxiety has kept you from reaching out. We'd be more than happy to connect.

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    To Learn How Counselling for Anxiety in Winnipeg Can Help, Let's First Explore What Anxiety Is

    Some levels of anxiety are healthy. However, anxiety can become a debilitating and painful mental health problem. From a medical perspective, the term anxiety refers to numerous conditions that involve feelings of tension in the body, thoughts that are focused around worry, and physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, cold sweats and so on.

    Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety disorders are some of the more common mental health struggles in Canada. Approximately one in five Canadians will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life, and women are more likely than men to develop an anxiety disorder.

    Experiences with anxiety are often accompanied with a sense of overwhelm, fear of impending doom, feelings of uneasiness, nervousness, worry, and an overall sense of stress in the mind and body. It is common to have physical symptoms that stem from the anxiety.

    What Causes Anxiety?

    Anxiety is a complex mental health struggle and can be caused by many factors. These factors can include genetics, difficult and/or traumatic life experiences, etc. Experiencing anxiety is the mind and body’s attempt at responding to stressful, unfamiliar, and sometimes even dangerous situations. While feeling some anxiety is very common, an anxiety disorder can be very debilitating to the anxiety sufferer.

    The following are some of the main causes for anxiety:

    • Environmental:
      • Childhood stress can affect a person all the way into adulthood, resulting in debilitating anxiety that sometimes develops into a fully diagnosable anxiety disorder.
      • Learned behavior: Anxiety can develop as a result of learned anxious behavior from loved-ones and other role models.
    • Genetics:
      • A family history with anxiety and/or other mental health problems in the family may increase the risk of developing an anxiety disorder.
      • An chemical imbalance in the brain may be another factor in developing an anxiety disorder.

    Anxiety is Common

    Anxiety is very common, and it's not your fault. It's NOT because you are weak, or because you don't have enough willpower. Like any other health problem, anxiety is very much a physiological phenomenon.

    Having some anxiety is also quite healthy and normal. We all have it, and it's a wonderfully helpful evolutionary thing. It helps us to rapidly assess and respond to threats. Where it becomes problematic is when the brain sees threat in literally everything, just about all the time.

    Types of Anxiety We Treat in Winnipeg, Manitoba

    We treat the following types of anxiety:

    We Treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

    You find that you easily feel stressed out. You find it difficult to slow down your busy body and get it to relax. You worry a lot about many things, including relationships, finances, health, world politics.... And your GAD makes it very difficult to shut off the business in your mind and body. It's hard to get your mind to slow down and allow you to get a good night sleep.

    If any of this resonates with you, know that counselling for anxiety in Winnipeg can help with generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, by helping you with your anxious thoughts and feelings. Counselling for anxiety near you can help you get some relief from the intensity, help you learn calming techniques, and help you feel better about yourself again.

    We Treat Phobias

    Are you experiencing extreme fear to certain situations or objects that keep you from living the life you want and deserve? Has this fear kept you from engaging in activities that you would otherwise quite enjoy? If so, it could be a specific phobia.

    People often don't realize that specific phobias are a type of anxiety. We all experience anxiety and fear about something specific at one time or another in our lives. But phobias are different. With a phobia you experience panic or strong dread when faced with a situation that activates the phobia. These extreme and irrational fears can affect your work, your relationships, schooling, whether and/or how much you go out to socialize, and many more areas of your life. You might even develop an extreme avoidance to the phobia.

    Having a specific phobia is different from having generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is generalized fear and anxiety about many areas of life (see more details above). However, when a person suffers from phobias, the irrational fear and anxiety is focused on specific situations or objects. In other words, the person will experience an irrational and intense fear of something specific.

    Examples of phobias include but are certainly not limited to:

    • An extreme and irrational fear of specific animals such as spiders, worms, snakes, bears
    • An extreme and irrational fear of social situations
    • An extreme and irrational fear of driving
    • An extreme and irrational fear of elevators and other spaces
    • An extreme and irrational fear of natural events such as storms, heights, water
    • An extreme and irrational fear of health concerns such as cancer, COVID-19, and other illness
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    A person suffering with specific phobias cannot control their fear even when they intentionally try to face the phobia and even when the situation or object does not pose a threat to the person. This is one of the reasons they will avoid the phobia at just about all cost.

    Phobias can be extremely debilitating. And we are here to help. Counselling for anxiety in Winnipeg may be what can get you back on your feet and allow you enjoy your life fully again. Allow you to become your true, genuine, and empowered self again.

    We Treat Social Anxiety

    You are feeling frustrated that you feel too anxious to participate fully in conversations when out in public. You know you are more than capable to contribute meaningfully to the conversation, but  then your social anxiety gets in the way of you finding the words.

    Social anxiety can make it very difficult to want to spend time with friends and family, or even go out to public spaces.

    Social anxiety is not the same as shyness. A person can be shy but not experience debilitating social anxiety, and a person can have debilitating social anxiety but not be shy.

    The following are some of the symptoms of social anxiety: 

    • Nausea
    • Blushing
    • Worrying about embarrassing yourself in front of others
    • Trembling or shaking
    • Excessive sweating
    • Missing school or work because of the debilitating anxiety
    • Difficulty speaking or finding the right words when in public
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • Avoiding social situations and/or trying to blend into the background if you are required to attend
    • Increased heart rate
    • Worrying irrationally about social situations
    • Excessive worrying for days or weeks before an upcoming event
    • Worrying that other people may notice that you are feeling stressed out and anxious
    • Needing mind altering drugs and/or alcohol to face social situations

    We Treat Panic Attacks

    A panic attack is a sudden and unexpected episode of fear that triggers physical and emotional reactions for the sufferer of the panic attack. And this often happens when there is no apparent reason for the sudden spike in anxiety. This can be a frightening experience, and you may even feel so out of control that you now fear you are having a heart attack or that you are dying.

    Panic attacks are different from anxiety attacks, though they share many similarities. The DSM-5 does not mention anxiety attacks, but it does define anxiety as being among other common psychiatric disorders.

    Panic attacks come on suddenly and involve intense and often overwhelming fear about something specific or a more general state of fear. This fear is accompanied by debilitating physical symptoms.

    The following are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety attacks:

    • Difficulty breathing
    • Pounding in the chest
    • Heart palpitations
    • Dizziness
    • Excessive worry
    • Irrational fear

    Panic attacks can come suddenly. Sometimes panic attacks are intense, sometimes mild, but they almost always feel quite frightening. And it's common for panic attack sufferers to frequently fear or ruminate about when the next panic attack will happen.

    Although there is not one thing that causes panic attacks, the following are just a few reasons a person's anxiety may escalate to a panic attack:

    • Traumatic or very challenging life experiences
    • Big life changes or transitions
    • Losing a loved-one to death
    • Painful intimate partner or friendship breakups
    • Finances
    • Health concerns

    If any of the above resonates with you then counselling for anxiety near you in Winnipeg may be what you have been looking for. A trained therapist can help you learn about the underlying causes for the panic attacks and then help you reduce, and eventually eliminate, your panic attacks.

    We Treat Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is among the more extreme forms of anxiety disorders. However, like other forms of anxiety, counselling for anxiety can help you heal from the trauma and PTSD so that you can once again be your genuine and empowered self.

    People with PTSD often experience different types of anxiety problems. Examples of anxiety that stems from PTSD include:

    • Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD
    • Social anxiety
    • Panic attacks
    • Depression
    • Social isolation

    How We Treat PTSD 

    Our primary approaches to treating trauma and PTSD include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.

    You can learn more about our treatment for trauma and PTSD at this link.

    Levels of Anxiety 

    The following videos are helpful resources for learning about the difference between normal levels of anxiety and debilitating anxiety, or GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder).

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    What Are Anxiety Disorders?

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    Does Counselling for Anxiety Work?

    Counselling works by helping clients understand their anxiety. This often starts by understanding how thoughts influence feelings and behaviors. Counselling for anxiety also helps clients learn cognitive behavioral techniques that will help to manage anxiety.

    Counselling for anxiety can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving strategies.

    Nearby Counselling for Anxiety in Winnipeg

    When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. In many cases, medication alongside counselling therapy can significantly reduce the anxiety by addressing the underlying causes of the anxiety. As the anxiety goes down, you will be able to return to a healthier, happier, and more empowered YOU.

    Symptoms of Anxiety

    Though there are many commonalities as to how people experience anxiety, anxiety disorders can affect people in a number of ways. And anxiety doesn't discriminate by age. It can affect any person at any stage of their life. Seniors, adults, adolescents, children—each of these age groups can experience debilitating anxiety at any stage of their life.

    Symptoms of anxiety often include the following:

    • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
    • Feelings of danger, panic or dread
    • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
    • Increased or heavy sweating
    • Trembling or muscle twitching
    • Weakness or lethargy
    • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
    • Insomnia, even though you feel sleepy and tired
    • Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, which can be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    When you live with debilitating anxiety, any moment can become one that creates a slow-rising panic within you. Life is normal one second and the next, you feel your chest tighten and your heart begin to race. You may begin to hyper-focus on future events and find yourself getting lost in “what-ifs.” You struggle to manage the anxiety and get it under control. To make matters worse, you may then begin to berate yourself for allowing the panic to get the best of you and begin to believe that all of those what-ifs are indisputable facts.

    If you’ve been living with anxiety, please know that you don’t have to deal with this alone. If you or a loved one is interested in exploring treatment, please contact us today.

    Our Services

    Click Areas of Service to learn about our Winnipeg counselling services.

    Contact and Booking

    We would love to hear from you even if you’re not ready to make a commitment to an appointment. Feel free to call or email us today to request a FREE 15-minute phone or video consultation.

    Click Contact and Booking to book your first appointment with us online.

    Additional Mental Health Resources

    Our Blogs About Anxiety Management in Winnipeg

    Please feel free to read on about our Winnipeg therapy for anxiety treatment at the following blogs:

    Social Anxiety After COVID-19: A Long Time Of Physical Distancing

    Simple Exercises to Lower Anxiety When in Public

    Tips to Manage Anxiety & Anger Around Family During Holidays

    How Counselling Can Help For Anxiety

    Tips for Anxiety Management Strategies

    Therapy For Depression Near You in Winnipeg

    Most of us experience notable fluctuations in our mood. We have great days, good days, average days, decent days, and absolutely shitty days. However, sometimes these ups and downs develop beyond the typical ups and downs of life and into a fully diagnosable depression. If you are unsure whether your struggle is more than the typical ups and downs, depression counselling in Winnipeg may be what you need to once again enjoy life.

    What Depression Can Feel Like

    You are feeling hopeless, isolated, and not your usual self. You experience little or no enjoyment in the things you have enjoyed in the past. You have been trying to find a depression counsellor in Winnipeg, but haven't been able to get yourself to reach out.

    Does any of this resonate with you? If so, know that help is possible.

    Do These Thoughts Often Enter Your Mind?

    ◻️ I am worthless and can’t do anything about it

    ◻️ I feel guilty for just wanting to eat, sleep, and be alone

    ◻️ I hate who I am these days

    ◻️ I can’t stop crying, which makes me want to stay away from others

    ◻️ I feel gut-wrenching pain, but no-one understands

    ◻️ My life and the world around me are dark. I hate it, but I can’t change it

    If you have had any variation of these thoughts and don’t feel like your usual self, chances are you may be suffering from depression.

    Common Questions About Depression

    ◻️ What is depression? Find helpful answers by clicking Public Health Agency of Canada's definition

    ◻️ What's the difference between normal levels of feeling down from time to time, and having clinical depression? Watch this helpful video:

    What Is Depression?

    How to Spot Severe Depression vs Feeling Depressed

    You Don't Have to Be Alone In This

    We want you to know that you are not alone. There are people who can help. Sometimes friends and family can help, but that's often not as helpful as working with a professional Winnipeg depression counsellor. There are many highly qualified therapists in Winnipeg, but the most important step is to find a counsellor for depression in Winnipeg that you feel you can connect with. A therapist that feels like they are the right fit for you.

    How Winnipeg Depression Counselling Can Help

    Talk therapy helps by exploring the root cause(s) for the depression, and then finding ways to make changes that will lead to improved health. Research shows that the combination of medication and counselling can almost always lead to better health, and in many cases eliminate the depression fully.

    Depression Does Not Own You

    Many of our clients find relief in realizing that their struggle does not own them and that there are many options available to once again have hope for their lives. You have depression, in the same way that a person has diabetes. Depression is not who you are, even though it can feel like it's all consuming.

    We understand the social stigmas that sometimes come with labels such as depression. Many of your friends and family are getting more informed about mental illness, but unfortunately society is slow in learning about illnesses that cannot be observed physically. However, depression is no different than any other physical illness. Just like a person who has a broken finger, or diabetes, or heart problems, or any other physical illness that can be seen by the eye, tested with a blood test, or observed by machines, depression is a physiological struggle. The unseen-ness does snot make it not real.

    We will work hard to help you sort out your environmental, circumstantial, and other factors while offering support and care through a very dark time in your life.

    Additional Mental Health Resources

    Our Services

    Click Areas of Service to learn about our Winnipeg counselling services.

    Contact and Booking

    We would love to hear from you even if you’re not ready to make a commitment to an appointment. Feel free to call or email us today to request a FREE 15-minute phone or video consultation.

    Click Contact and Booking to book your first appointment with us online.

    Blogs About Therapy for Depression in Winnipeg

    Below we are listing some of our blogs about Winnipeg therapy for depression. Feel free to click the images to learn more.

    Think You Might be Struggling with Depression? Learning to Read the Signs

    The Importance of Social Support for Mental Health

    Causes and Treatment for Depression in Winnipeg

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