Counselling for Anxiety
By Christina Radziejewski
The counselling approach used by your counsellor will depend on the type of anxiety that you are experiencing.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (read What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?) has been widely used to treat generalized anxiety. Systematic Desensitization is a technique that has helped many people deal with specific phobias.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has been very successful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress and dissociation.
As part of the healing process, your counsellor may:
- introduce you to coping strategies such as relaxation techniques
- review other relevant aspects of daily functioning or underlying issues that may be useful or hindering your ability to manage your anxiety
- discuss life and/or work situations you are in that may be factors
- review your nutritional and dietary habits that may be affecting daily anxiety levels
A holistic approach to treating anxiety may be the path for some, and this may include integrating other useful life skills such as the practice of yoga or meditation, or a workout/fitness routine.
If you wish to take anti-anxiety medication to manage severe anxiety or an acute anxiety disorder, we would advise that you speak with your family doctor to be informed about the various options available, possible side effects, and the dosage and expected duration of the medication.
Certainly therapy has helped many people cope with their anxiety without medication. If this is your preference, speak with your counsellor or your family doctor about it.