Anxiety & Depression

The treatment for anxiety-related issues, and depression, is an individual experience for each person. Generally speaking, the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that contribute to these mental health concerns are identified and explored within therapy.

Anxiety and depression are the leading cause of mental illness globally. They can exist together, or separately, and look different for each person. Anxiety can lead to avoidant behaviour; while depression can beckon us to a state of withdrawal and loneliness.

During therapy, the exploration of thoughts can enable the realization that I am not my thoughts; my thoughts are not me. Similarly, my feelings are just feelings, not facts. Therefore, I am not my thoughts, nor my feelings. Rediscovering who I am separate from my experience of anxiety and depression initiates empowerment over my internal struggle.

Overcoming anxiety concerns and depression: Facing your anxiety, and exploring your experience of depression, takes courage. However, we are here to help. You are not alone.

Understanding your triggers, and how your beliefs about self, others and the world influence the way you think and feel can be hugely impactful. Recognizing what is happening to you internally, and becoming aware of your responses and patterns is an initial step within the therapy process that can lead to disrupting anxious and depressed cycles. Together, you and your therapist can make sense of your stuckness, and find new ways of being and doing.


How does generalized anxiety disorder differ from general anxiety?

Feelings of unworthiness can result from poor self-esteem. This can have a ripple effect, impact one’s mood, decrease motivation for learning, prompt unhealthy coping mechanisms, and cause conflicts with peers. Subsequently, body image concerns and disordered eating, use of substances and self-harming behaviours can sometimes occur.

I have both anxiety and depression. Which one should I treat first?

Many individuals experience both anxiety and depression. There are likely numerous factors that are contributing to both issues. However, generally speaking, chronic anxiety and worry can lead to avoidance of life circumstances and particular situations, including one’s own thoughts and feelings, which often leads to depression over time. 

Do I need a referral and a diagnosis from my Family Physician/Nurse Practitioner to book an appointment?

There are a limitless number of factors that can cause low self-esteem, but some include: the relentless pursuit of being “perfect”, bullying, academic stress, poor role-modelling, chronic negative feedback, and criticism. 

What is depression?

Depression is a mood condition that negatively impacts one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Depression can be persistent, short or long-lasting, and can significantly interfere with daily functioning. Untreated, major depression can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts, and/or self-harming behaviours. 

How to become a client

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