Dr. Barbara Harris, MSW, RSW
EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, and EMDR Consultant
Specializing in Trauma, Anxiety and Depression
Counselling for Anxiety
Everyone experiences times when they are nervous, worried, or anxious about an upcoming event in their lives, such as getting married, public speaking, job interviews, writing exams, or addressing conflict in their life. These reactions are common, but these are generally temporary situations, unlike an anxiety disorder, which interferes with a person’s ability to function in life and with their relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. Anxiety disorders affect behavior, thoughts, emotions and physical health. Anxiety disorders include: Panic Disorder, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I specialize in working with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
GAD is a condition in which the individual worries excessively about various issues in their life. This worrying is called excessive because it may seem uncontrollable to the person, and interferes with daily life. These individuals cannot enjoy life because they are consumed with worry.
Symptoms of generalized anxiety may include:
- Inability to focus
- Easily agitated
- Physical tension, difficulty breathing, chest pain
- Constantly on edge
- Inability to fall or stay asleep
- Inability to stop worrying
The focus of worrying thoughts may include:
- Safety of self or family
- Work or school
- Social, political or environmental issues
- Ability to cope or manage life
Psychological treatments for anxiety include, but are not limited to cognitive-behavioral techniques, and relaxation techniques. Education, and interventions aimed at helping you cope with symptoms, manage stress, and develop preventive strategies are all beneficial aspects of counselling.Some people require medical treatment from their physician as well.
You CAN learn strategies to reduce your anxiety, and interrupt , minimize and even overcome your worrying patterns.
- I look forward to hearing from you.
- Dr Barbara Harris, PhD, MSW, RSW