Anxiety and Stress Counselling

Stress and Anxiety Counselling

What You Can Expect in Therapy with Victoria BC Counselling

You can expect to be treated in a respectful, caring, non-judgemental and empathic manner. My therapeutic objective is to help you achieve your goals and to work on making deliberate changes in efforts to improve things in your life.

Therapy is goal-driven, solution-oriented and strength-based, getting results!

Therapy is a collaboration.

We will work together to identify the problem and work on ways to manage and improve the situation. You can expect to participate in developing solutions, as well as being assigned specific tasks to work on between sessions.

Therapy is structured.

Typically, sessions will be spent reviewing your goals, tasks and homework assignments, in addition to any issues or challenges that presented themselves. You will be learning new skills and information, followed by developing a continued plan to achieve your goals and deal with any challenges that you have become aware of. The things that you will be working on will be specific and focused, realistic and achievable as well as time-limited.

Therapy is short-term.

It is my objective to make therapy as short as possible, usually between 10 and 20 sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes in length. Once you’ve accomplished your goals, either a new set of goals is defined, or therapy is completed. The decision is entirely yours with counselling for anxiety and stress.

About Medication

Prescribed medications such as antidepressants can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety and panic. Only a doctor or psychiatrist can prescribe these medications. These medications may have side effects that tend to disappear once your body gets used to them. You may need to be on the medications for at least six months to find their full benefits. Some people may need to be on them for life.

Anxiety and Stress Management Counselling

There is no one right way to cope with stress. Nevertheless, a number of things can be done, for both short and long-term solutions to reducing stress.

Identify your problems.

Identify those areas of your life that are creating stress, ie., job, relationship, money etc. Once you have clearly identified the problem, you are better able to do something about it.

Solve your problems.

Think about solutions. What can you do immediately and in a small way, just to begin to improve things right now? Do you need a less stressful job? Do you need marriage counselling? Should you talk to a financial expert about money management? Make some changes to take the pressure off yourself.

Talk about your problems.

You may find it helpful to talk about your stress. Talk to someone you feel comfortable confiding in, a friends or family member perhaps. This can help in two ways: first, by having someone that will just listen to you vent your feelings and second, by suggesting solutions to your problems.

Reduce tension.

Get physically active, go for a walk or a swim, do some gardening, clean the house. Learn some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing - slowing inhale through your nose until you cannot take in any more air, and then exhale through your mouth. Stretching is also beneficial- stretch and relax each part of your body, starting from your neck and working downward; exhale as you stretch, and inhale as you release the tension. By reducing your tension, you will be less stressed and more able to solve the problems that caused your stress initially.

Take your mind off your problems.

Keeping busy, through hobbies, sports and enjoyable activities, temporarily helps rid you of stress. It is like giving yourself a ‘mental vacation’. This mental break may give you a little bit of psychological separation from the stress, making it easier to come up with possible solutions.

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