Anxiety is a normal and healthy reaction to stressful situations. Moderate amounts of anxiety may improve your performance. It becomes a problem when it starts to interfere with our day to day functioning, effectively driving us to fear and avoid certain activities, feel out of control, and have run away negative thoughts. If your anxiety is new, talk therapy, especially cognitive restructuring activities may help you interpret and react to situations in a different way. If your anxiety is acute (you feel extremely frightened or out of control), or long term, the best treatment may be a combination of medications and talk therapy. In the long run, talk therapy is essential to challenging the thought processes and beliefs that drive the anxiety-response.
At RED DOOR, our counsellors are familiar with the treatment of anxiety. We usually use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in combination with art therapy and positive psychology to help our clients better manage their experience of anxiety.