Anxiety is something you may deal with every day but if your worries and fears take control of your life, interfering with your thoughts and activities on an ongoing basis, you may have an anxiety disorder. What are some signs of anxiety?
- A racing pulse, possible chest pain, heart palpitations
- Nausea and vomiting
- Short breath plus panting, dry mouth
- Trembling, muscle tension, shaking
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hot flashes and sweating or chills
There are many forms of anxiety and The Family Psychology Place knows you need treatment tailored to your specific type of issue. Various healing styles and techniques are available to treat your disorder.
Yes, you can get medication for your anxiety but this will only provide temporary relief. The Family Psychology Place knows that to truly help you with the healing process, you need treatment aimed at facing your fears. Anxiety disorder never completely disappears. Our professional psychologists help you understand the reason it occurs, equipping you to handle your anxiety and live a full, happy life.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This is often the first treatment we suggest however it will depend on your specific situation. We help you understand your thoughts and feelings plus how anxiety causes you to behave and react in various situations. Once you understand the behaviour, you can learn to change the way you think which changes the way you feel. The target is to lower your anxiety levels, help overcome your fears, and calm your mind.
- Art Therapy: We have art therapists to help you explore your creativity. When you express your inner thoughts through art, it allows you to combat anxiety as a practice of self-care. This therapeutic path needs to be taken in conjunction with another form of therapy. The experts at The Family Psychology Place know the best additional complementary methods to treat your anxious thoughts and feelings.
- Play Therapy: Play therapy is a great way to help children manage anxiety. Children express themselves well through play. Our therapists can recast children’s perceptions, behaviours, and cognitions from negativity to positivity. Interacting with children through play therapy allows them to feel secure and connected, turning anxious situations into enjoyable ones. We have child psychologists specializing in this type of treatment so we can fully grasp the inner workings of your children’s minds.
- Mindfulness: Become aware of your thoughts, feelings, surrounding environment, and bodily sensations through mindfulness. Meditation and yoga are some great ways to open your mind to present sensations. Mindfulness techniques allow us to help you become aware of your anxiety without giving in to it. This therapy allows you to understand when you have an anxious moment and know it will pass by. Allowing your anxiety to come and go like waves crashing in the ocean helps your mind achieve calm once more.
- Medication: When you have severe anxiety, medication can help. Our psychologists will determine if medication is right for you and how long you should use the prescription. We try to keep you on a natural path to release your anxiety but depending on your circumstance, medication may be the best option for you.
- Psychoeducation: Our psychologists will provide you with helpful information regarding your particular issue. Understanding more about your problem is the first step to overcoming it. We use a variety of different strategies along with this treatment to help you heal.
How many treatment sessions of anxiety disorder therapy do you need? This depends on your situation. Many people see significant improvement in 8 - 10 sessions but we are here to help you as long as you need. There are home remedies you can do in addition to your professional therapy sessions to further help provide you with a sense of calm. Your therapist will inform you about the right home therapies for your situation.
Children, teens, and adults experience anxiety. Sadly, anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health concerns among children today. What should you ask yourself when trying to figure out if your child needs help?
- What amount of anxiety is my child is feeling?
- How long has my child been feeling anxious?
- What level of anxiety does my child have?
- How much is my child’s anxiety getting in the way of day to day functioning?
- How distressing is this anxiety on my child and our family?
If you are unsure about the answers to these questions or want further advice on your little one’s needs, contact your local physician. He/she might refer you to seek the services of a professional psychologist.
As an adult or teenager, you may be more able to understand if you need help on your own but this can still be difficult to figure out. Come into The Family Psychology Place to get a feel for our space and ask for our help in assessing your needs.
We promise to help you feel happy, full of life, and void of negative thoughts in a nurturing environment. Our psychologists are here to listen to your every concern and will take the time to make you feel truly comfortable.