Psychologist Therapist Counselling Hamilton
Are you looking for help for anxiety in Hamilton or online anywhere across Ontario?
We provide psychologist-directed therapy or anxiety treatment for many kinds of anxiety in our Hamilton office, and online through encrypted video anywhere in Ontario.
We can provide assessment, counselling, therapy or treatment for anxiety related to stress, as well as anxiety disorders such as general anxiety disorder or worry, social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias, panic disorder and OCD.
We specifically work with adolescents, adults and couples who are suffering from anxiety.
Anxiety is the most common reason that people come to see us in therapy. Most of us will feel anxious at times, especially when faced with increased stress or problems in our life.
Although anxiety can be experienced by all of us from time to time, for some people anxiety becomes a persistent feeling that causes more prolonged distress or disruptions in a person’s life. According to Harvard University, approximately 30% of the population meets criteria for an anxiety disorder.
Read below to learn more about the different ways that anxiety can manifest or show up in a person’s life.
This page is dedicated to assisting you to find help for anxiety. Anxiety is the most common reason that people come to see us and all our therapists are trained and experienced in providing counselling and treatment for many kinds of anxiety.
You can either book an appointment or learn more below about anxiety.
Here we will review the different types of anxiety disorders that we commonly provide therapy or anxiety treatment for in Hamilton or online in Ontario. Help for anxiety is available to adults, adolescents and couples using a combination of approaches including:
We commonly assist with the following types of anxiety:
GAD is characterized by persistent and excessive worry, that is difficult to control, for a period of at least six months or longer. The worries tend to focus on aspects of a person’s life such as work, one’s health, health of loved-ones, social situations and relationships, the future and day to day routines.
According to Harvard University, up to 8% of people suffer from General Anxiety Disorder.
Symptoms of GAD include:
🌱 Frequently feeling restless or keyed up or on edge.
🌱 Being very easily fatigued or frequently tired.
🌱 Difficulty focusing and concentrating
🌱 Feeling frequently irritable
🌱 Frequent or constant muscle tension
🌱 Difficulty controlling worry and feeling frequently anxious
🌱 Experiencing sleep disruption because of worry or feeling anxious
🗣 If you have frequent worry or general anxiety symptoms its important to know that help for anxiety is available . We can help when you book an appointment by providing therapy or anxiety treatment for your anxiety symptoms. We are located in Hamilton and also provide services online in Ontario.
This video put together by McMaster University, explains more about generalized Anxiety Disorder and some basic strategies that can help with general anxiety.
Social anxiety is characterized by recurring significant anxiety when interacting with other people, usually people in a position of authority or peers. The discomfort usually arises from fear and concern about being judged, rejected or embarrassed.
Social anxiety may be very general or it can be specific to a particular context such as attending a party, eating in front of others, completing a presentation in front of others or speaking in a group.
Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common types of anxiety. According to Harvard University approximately 12% of people experience significant social anxiety symptoms.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder:
🌱 Social situations inevitably lead to anxiety
🌱 Social situations are either endured with significant distress or discomfort, or are avoided
🌱 Adults usually view their anxiety as excessive or more severe than what others experience in a similar situation.
🗣 Social anxiety symptoms do not have to be endured. Help for anxiety is available in Hamilton or online in Ontario. We can help when you book an appointment by providing therapy or anxiety treatment for these anxiety symptoms.
This video explains about social anxiety and offers tips fo coping with social anxiety.
Health anxiety is characterized by recurring and persistent fear or anxiety over one’s health, and or the possibility of being ill or injured. Usually the extent of concern and anxiety is out of proportion to the actual threat of illness.
According to Harvard University, approximately 12% to 24% or more of people experience significant health anxiety symptoms.
Often people with health anxiety find themselves spending time searching on the internet to seek out information about their health or symptoms or they frequently attend medical appointments to seek out reassurance about their physical health.
Some people may experience intense anxiety about their health without having any physical symptoms. Individuals with health anxiety may also be prone to assuming they have a debilitating disease such as cancer, when they have a mild physical symptom such as a headache or sore throat.
Symptoms of Health Anxiety:
🌱 Recurring and persistent fear and focus in one’s physical health.
🌱 Fear about physical illness that is out of proportion to actual threat of illness.
🌱 Changes in behaviour because of health anxiety, such as excessive online searching about symptoms or excessive visits to the family doctor or extreme avoidance of situations or objects because of fear of increased risk of physical illness.
🗣 If you suffer with health anxiety, it’s important to know that help for anxiety is available. We can help when you book an appointment by providing therapy or anxiety treatment for these anxiety symptoms. We are located in Hamilton and provide services online across ontario.
Phobias are characterized by an intense fear of a specific object or situation. In general, the fear is out of proportion to the actual danger involved.
Examples of phobias include intense fear of heights, flying, needles, insects, certain animals, driving, the dentist, medical procedures etc.
According to Harvard University, approximately 12.5% of people have a phobia severe enough to be clinically diagnosed.
Phobias can be caused by other conditions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
Symptoms of Phobia:
🌱 An excessive or intense fear or worry about coming into contact with a specific object or situation.
🌱 Taking actual steps to avoid the feared situation or object or experiencing intense anxiety when having to endure exposure to the feared object or situation.
🌱 The feared object or situation immediately leads to significant anxiety or distress when encountered.
🗣 If you have a phobia, or know someone who does, its important to know that help for anxiety is available. We can help when you book an appointment by providing therapy or anxiety treatment for phobia symptoms. Services are offered in Hamilton or online across Ontario.
This video explained about phobias and reviews some of the most common types of phobias.
Panic disorder is characterized by a person experiencing unexpected panic attacks. The panic attacks involve sudden intense fear that peaks in intensity within a few minutes. Panic attacks may be cued (brought on by specific triggers) or un cued (occur without a specific trigger).
To be diagnosed with panic disorder, a person must have recurring panic attacks and develop persistent fear and concern over the possiblity of having future panic attacks. According to Harvard University, up to 5% of people experience Panic Disorder, while the lifetime prevalence rate for an isolated panic attack is 22.7%.
Symptoms of Panic Disorder:
🌱 Sudden physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, dizziness, feeling short of breathe, and chest heaviness or pain.
🌱 Sudden intense feelings of impending doom.
🌱 Feelings of being out of control.
🌱 Persistent concern about the possibility of having a future panic attack.
🌱 Avoidance of tasks or situations where one perceives they may be at an increased risk of having a panic attack.
🗣 Panic Disorder symptoms do not have to be endured. We can help when you book an appointment by providing therapy or treatment for these anxiety symptoms.
Agoraphobia is characterized by someone experiencing intense fear in more than one situations such as going into public places, being in open spaces, using public transportation, being in a crowd, or being away from home or being alone.
Some people with agoraphobia become house-bond, where they feel unable to leave home because of their anxiety. Often agoraphobia goes hand-in-hand with panic disorder. According to Harvard University, the prevalence rate for agoraphobia with panic disorder is appropriately 1%.
Agoraphobia can be caused by panic Disorders, as well as other conditions such as PTSD, OCD or social anxiety. This means that many cases of agoraphobia are better accounted for by another condition. This means that the 1% prevalence rate of significant anxiety that leads to avoidance or inability to leave one’s home is likely much higher when all causes are taken into account.
Symptoms of agoraphobia:
🌱 Fear and anxiety is elicited when attempting to leave home or go into a number of situations such as public places, crowds, or using public transit.
🌱 Situations are avoided because of anxiety.
🌱 Entering the feared situations may or may not trigger a full panic attack.
🗣 If you experience Agoraphobia symptoms or know someone who is anxious evRey time they leave their house, its important to know that help for anxiety is available. We can help by providing therapy or anxiety treatment for these anxiety symptoms when you book an appointment. Services for anxiety are available in Hamilton and online across Ontario.
OCD is characterized by intense anxiety focused on thoughts. These intrusive, hard to control, thoughts are referred to as ‘obsessions’. Examples of thoughts that cause anxiety for OCD sufferers include:
🌱 Thoughts that one will become contaminated by a virus or chemical or other substance.
🌱 Thought that one left things on or unlocked, even thought they already checked.
🌱 Thoughts that one will commit a violent or self-harming act, even though the person doesnt want to.
🌱 Thoughts that someone will die or suffer harm because of a thought.
🌱 Thoughts that one’s thinking will become true if thought about.
🌱 Thoughts that the person did something wrong and will be punished, even though there is not an actual recollection or evidence of completing the act.
Often when thoughts elicit anxiety there are attempts to somehow neutralize the thoughts by engaging in some kind of compulsion or ritual. Examples of compulsions include repeatedly:
🌱 hand washing.
🌱 checking locks, doors, appliances or other objects.
🌱 ordering things in a very specific way.
🌱 saying things in a certain way, often repeatedly.
To be diagnised with OCD, a person has to have either obsessions or compulsions and their symptoms must cause clinically significant distress or impairment. In particular, the person must be either very distressed about their symptoms, or the symptoms must interfere with their personal life or ability to work or perform in school. Alternately, the symptoms must take up a very significant amount of time every day.
According to Harvard University, the prevalence rate for a clinical diagnosis of OCD is approximately 1.2%. Many other people suffer with more mild OCD symptoms.
An important feature of OCD is the idea of ‘thought-action-fusion’. Thought-action-fusion is where a person is more inclined to feel as if their thoughts have concrete meaning. In particular, the person may believe that thinking a certain thought can make an outcome more or less likely. For example, a person may believe that if they have a random violent thought enter their mind, that based on having the thought they are more likely to commit a violent act.
In reality, thoughts are separate from actions. People may chose to act on their thoughts, however, people commonly have hundreds of thoughts everyday that they do not act on in any way. For most people, their brain will filter out thoughts as irrelevant or ‘junk’.
For people with OCD tendencies, their brain will have greater difficulty filtering out thoughts as ‘junk’ that doesn’t need to be attended to. Instead, their brain will trigger an alarm response when the thought occurs and they will then experience anxiety, fear and even panic.
If you or someone you know suffers with OCD symptoms, its important to know that help for anxiety is available. When you book an appointment we can assist by providing further assessment, therapy or anxiety treatment. Services are available in Hamilton on online across Ontario.
This video explains OCD and the importance of identifying and working on underlying causes of OCD symptoms.
This short documentary on OCD explains what the experience of OCD is like for people. Ever thought you were alone or crazy because of your OCD-related anxiety? Watch this video to help better understand and normalize your experience.
This video explains what we know about neuroplasticity and anxiety. Neuroplasticity means that the brain can re-wire. This has important implications for therapy or counselling being able to help treat anxiety and mood symptoms.
This video explains a mindfulness approach to coping with anxiety-provoking thoughts..
In this video tips and strategies for coping with anxiety symptoms are reviewed.
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