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  • Anxiety Therapy

    Sound Familiar?

    • Are you stuggling with persistent fear, nervousness or panic attacks?
    • Feelings of panic or looming danger
    • Fast breathing or hyperventilation
    • Sweating more than usual
    • Muscle tremors or twitching
    • Feeling weak or overly tired
    • Trouble concentrating on anything but your worries
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Fixation on certain thoughts
    • Thinking a lot about past and future events

    If this sounds like you, we can help. Our practice offers the most effective forms of treatment, to get the relief from anxiety that you deserve.

    When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms of the problem.

    Anxiety: What to Do

    Available in-person in Grande Prairie and online across Alberta

    Anxiety attacks can hit hard and fast, but some strategies can help you regain control and diminish their impact. Here are some tactics specifically tailored for men:

    • Deep Breathing: Control the tempo of your breath. We like to suggest the box breathing method: 
      Step 1: Breathe in, counting to four slowly. Feel the air enter your lungs.
      Step 2: Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Try to avoid inhaling or exhaling for 4 seconds.
      Step 3: Slowly exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds.
      Step 4: Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you feel re-centered.
      This can significantly calm your body and ease anxiety.
    • Grounding Techniques: Anchor yourself in the now. Take note of what you see, hear, smell, and feel around you. This technique can snap you back to reality and lessen the detachment anxiety often brings.
    • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Release the tension. Gradually tense and then relax each muscle group, starting from your feet and moving upwards. It’s a physical way to unwind and minimize anxiety.
    • Mindfulness: Observe your thoughts from a distance. Acknowledge them without judgment, just like an outsider would. This perspective can offer you a sense of command and soften the edges of your anxiety.
    • Open Up: Sometimes, a chat makes all the difference. Reach out to someone you trust—a friend, a family member, or a professional. Sharing your experience can lighten the load and provide insights into managing your anxiety.

    Remember, every man’s battle with anxiety is unique. What works for one might not work for the next. If your anxiety attacks feel unmanageable, don’t hesitate to seek professional support. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness, to ask for help when you need it.

    What to Expect in Your First Anxiety Therapy Session

    Available in-person in Grande Prairie and online across Alberta

    In your initial session, your therapist will join you right where you stand in your journey with anxiety. They aim to grasp how anxiety weaves through your life and what you aspire to achieve through therapy. Recognizing that anxiety’s grip varies from one man to another, your therapist will tailor their approach to align with your specific circumstances and goals.

    Together, you’ll outline the changes you’re aiming for. Your therapist will partner with you to craft a strategy to reach those milestones. As you progress, the therapist will integrate a range of proven techniques and strategies, focusing on managing the symptoms of anxiety and dismantling the negative thought patterns that might feel like barriers.

    As you proceed with anxiety therapy, you’ll find a space grounded in support and free of judgment, perfect for dissecting your thoughts and emotions. From the get-go, your therapist will strive to decode the essence of your anxiety—its triggers, symptoms, and the ripple effects it has on your day-to-day life.

    Your therapist’s approach will be as unique as you are, leaning on scientifically-backed methods such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation training. These tools are your allies in pinpointing and overturning negative thought patterns, arming you with strategies to dial down symptoms and reclaim control.

    Together, you’ll set realistic therapy goals and map out a path to reach them. Your sessions might involve practicing new techniques, reflecting on your journey, and navigating any obstacles you encounter.

    As your therapy unfolds, anticipate a deeper understanding of your anxiety and an expanding toolkit to manage it effectively. By engaging in therapy, you’re not just tackling anxiety; you’re stepping towards a life marked by greater control and emotional well-being.

    Anxiety Therapy Available In-person in Grande Prairie and Virtual Across Alberta