Counselling Services Calgary
We have a variety if counsellors to recommend you to , based on your specific needs. This is a small list of some the issues that you may have and may need to speak to someone about. We ensure that we match you up with the specific counsellor to fit your needs . This is just a small list of some health issues you may face , we know that all problems are at a personal level and dont fit in any specific box . Meet with us for a free consultation to decide which Therapist would fit your needs best
Feeling shy or nervous about holding a speech or a presentation, are feelings that most of us have experienced in life. But if you constantly fear other people’s attention, always feel watched or judged and feel afraid that you will embarrass yourself, then you might be suffering from social anxiety.
People with social anxiety often do everything they can to avoid the situations that make them anxious. Just the thought of a fearful social event can give physical symptoms like tightness in the chest, pounding of the heart, blushing and dizziness.
Social anxiety can have tremendously negative effects on your life, making you miss out on work opportunities and even relationships with friends and partners.
Our therapy for social anxiety is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With the help of CBT, you will learn to identify and challenge the automatic negative thoughts that underlie your fear of certain social situations. This might sound intimidating at first, but the key to your well-being is to stop avoiding the social situations that you find fearful. With the guidance of your therapist, you will gradually be exposed to these social situations. By doing so, you will learn how to deal with your fear and eventually you will be able to handle previously fearful situations without anxiety, allowing you to participate in your life, as you are supposed to do!
Do you and your partner always fight about the same things like money, whose turn it is to do the dishes or putting the kids to bed? Or do you recognize there is a problem in your relationship, but are not sure exactly what it is and how to go about fixing it? Having problems in a relationship normally stems from lack of communication, intimacy, trust or conflicts around daily home chores and infidelity.
No relationship is perfect. We all experience ups and downs. But if you feel that you need and want to reconnect with your partner, our online therapy is a great way to learn how you can work on building a strong long-term relationship with your partner.
Our relationship therapy is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). To build a healthy relationship with your partner, you most likely need to improve your coping skills, communication skills, interrelationship skills, interpersonal skills and social skills – and make sure that these skills last! The relationship online therapy uses a wide range of cognitive developmental strategies to help you find ways to develop and nurture a long-lasting relationship. Your therapist will guide you and give you the tools that you need to be able to deal with stressful events and the challenges that occur in a relationship.
Panic attacks are characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear, accompanied by physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, chest pains, tingling sensations in your body and difficulties breathing. With these symptoms, it is understandable that you might think you are having a heart attack and seek help at the emergency room.
Usually, it is not possible to predict when or where a panic attack will occur. Panic attacks are not dangerous but they are still extremely unpleasant experiences every time they happen. Some people experience feelings of unreality, depersonalization and feelings of losing control or going crazy.
Our therapy for panic attacks is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With the help of CBT, you will learn how your body’s physical symptoms interact with your negative thinking patterns and behaviors to create and maintain your panic. This will help you to identify and change the distorted thinking and de-dramatize your symptoms and panics. With the guidance of your therapist, you will gradually expose yourself to and remain in situations that usually induce your panic attacks. Eventually you will be able to reverse the downward negative spiral and live your life free of anxiety and panic attacks.
Most of us have at some time felt uncertain about leaving the iron or the stove on and some have even gone home to check. This type of behavior is just normal and doesn’t cause any damage or harm in one’s life. However, if you have “what if” thoughts and need to have control occurs on a regular basis and interferes with your daily life, then you might be suffering from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
OCD is a condition marked by irrational beliefs (obsessions) and rituals (compulsions). The obsessions are recurrent, unwanted thoughts that are difficult or impossible for you to ignore and cause you anxiety. By performing repetitive, ritualized compulsions, you ease your anxiety. It may, for example, be that you wash your hands very thoroughly and often, or check all the locks in your home.
Our therapy for OCD is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With the help of CBT and your therapist, you will identify what triggers your OCD. You will learn how you can reduce your obsessions by exposing you to these triggers and challenging them. Eventually you will be able to face these triggers without the need to perform your normal rituals (like washing your hands several times in a row or checking the lights numerous times). You will identify the fears that are linked to your OCD and learn to know that these fears are not realistic. You will be taught to replace these negative thoughts with more realistic ones. Eventually you will be in charge of the thoughts and behaviors that previously have been nurturing your OCD, so that you can live life free from obsessions and compulsions.
Almost every one of us gets concerned about our health and well-being. That is why we always try to eat right, sleep well, exercise properly and lead a good lifestyle. Being health conscious is great. It helps a lot in leading a healthy, happy, successful and meaningful life.
However, problems arise when this health consciousness gets transformed into “health anxiousness”. If you become too obsessed about your health and if you get too apprehensive that you are suffering from a severe illness (without the presence of such medical symptoms), then you are probably experiencing health anxiety. Technically, it is termed as “hypochondria”. Etymologically, it is a somatic amplification disorder in which the person suffering from it, gets overly anxious or obsessed over his/her physical conditions. They see even a minor problem as an exaggerated severe illness. People suffering from hypochondria often require continuous care, support and assurance from health service providers, family and acquaintances.
Feeling agitated and anxious and becoming sad and tired due to pressure and setbacks is just natural. It is something that we all encounter in life. But if you feel that you can seldom or never control your anxiety and fear and that this has had long-term negative effects on your life, then you might be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
When suffering from GAD it is common to experience chronic worrying about basically every aspect of your life, including work, money, health and relationships. This can, in turn, lead to common anxiety symptoms like tense muscles, headache, grinding of teeth, excess sweating, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, stomach problems and a need to urinate more often.
Our therapy for GAD is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With the help of CBT and your therapist, you will learn how to identify the negative and irrational thoughts that cause your anxiety and replace them with positive and rational thoughts and behavior patterns. This GAD online therapy program will educate you in self-control and relaxation techniques, including how to control impulses, build self-esteem and overcome your fear of failure. Your therapist will help you to gradually expose yourself to situations that cause your anxiety and eventually you will be able to do this without feeling anxious at all. You will be able to recognize your body’s responses to fearful situations and come to learn that these physical symptoms are not harmful. Eventually they will go away, along with your anxiety.
Do you have feelings of sadness and hopelessness, problems sleeping or are you experiencing a loss of energy and interest in daily activities? Feeling sad or having mood swings, are just normal reactions to the ups and downs of life that everybody experiences. But if emptiness, worthlessness and helplessness have taken hold of your life and will not go away, you may be suffering from depression.
Most often, depression interferes with one’s daily life and causes distress for both you and those who care about you. It makes it tough to function and enjoy your day-to-day life. You can no longer work, study, eat, sleep and enjoy life like you once did. Some even experience depression that is like living in “a black hole”.
Our therapy for depression is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s your automatic dysfunctional thinking that causes your depression. It keeps you in a downwards spiral of degrading thoughts about yourself and the world around you. With the guidance of our online therapy program for depression and your therapist, you will learn that these negative thoughts are not reality. It is instead a dysfunctional perception of your life and something that can be replaced with more realistic and healthier ways of thinking. Using CBT you will learn coping strategies, so that you eventually will be able to face previously feared situations without getting anxious or feeling depressed. The focus of the therapy is not on the past and what caused your depression symptoms. Your therapist will work on making you feel better about yourself, here and now – and in the future.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a pattern of unstable ways of seeing oneself, instability in moods and often having problematic and stormy relationships. People with BPD are often impulsive, reckless and have a strong fear of abandonment and rejection. Some will engage in self-destructive behaviors, such as drug abuse and self-harm like cutting themselves.
When suffering from BPD it is common to also experience other mental disorders like depression, eating disorders and addictions. If you recognize that you have these signs and symptoms, you might be suffering from BPD – but you can regain control of your life and emotions!
Our therapy for BPD is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With the help of CBT, you will learn to identify and challenge the automatic negative thoughts that underlie your inaccurate perception of yourself. Your therapist will help you to improve the way you interact with others as well as to reduce your mood and anxiety symptoms and your self-harming behavior. This will make it possible for you to live a more stable and harmonious life.
Do you lash out verbally when someone cuts you off in traffic or does your blood pressure go through the roof when something does not go your way? Feeling angry is a perfectly normal and healthy instinct. However, when anger is excessive or uncontrollable, it becomes destructive and can lead to problems at work, in your relationships and in your overall life.
When you are uncontrollably angry, it is normal to say and do things you do not really mean but the impulse to react is too strong at that moment. When your anger gets out of control, the consequences can be very serious. There are no limits to what it will lead to for yourself and others.
Our anger management is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). To get in control of your anger, you must challenge the thoughts and behaviors that cause the anger. With the guidance of your therapist, you will be able to identify your personal triggers that make you angry with yourself or others and you will learn how to react in proportion to these triggers. You will be able to respond to your anger in a totally different way, by just letting go of the anger or acting in a different and more harmonious way. With the help of CBT, you will learn to accept and forgive and develop self-control over your thoughts and actions so that you can live life without excessive and uncontrollable anger.
Suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression) is much more than just feeling happy sometimes and sad sometimes. These are all mood swings which we all experience from time to time. When you are bipolar, your mood shifts from periods of over-excitement and feeling like you’re “on fire” (manic episodes) to periods of feeling severely depressed (depressive episodes).
During manic episodes, it’s common to have a generally elevated mood, be highly active, experience higher self-esteem and need less sleep. This often alternates with depressive periods where you feel little joy in life, have problems sleeping, gain or lose weight and experience a loss of energy.
Our therapy for bipolar is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a great alternative to medication or when you don’t respond to the medication as hoped. It’s your thoughts that affect your perception of the world and when you are bipolar it’s your distorted thoughts that lead to your faulty and problematic perceptions of reality. With the help of your therapist, you will be able to identify and challenge these distorted and negative thought patterns that cause your exaggerated and even harmful behavior. By identifying the situations that trigger your manic and depressive episodes. You will be more aware of when a mood shift is about to happen and you’ll eventually be able to control your emotions and stress. By learning new coping and behavioral skills, you will be able to stick to a treatment plan and live a more stable lifestyle, which will reduce the risks of a relapse.
Anxiety is our body’s ancient and innate response to stressful situations like being attacked by an aggressive animal or person. While we can’t conquer anxiety entirely since it is a natural response, we can take back the control of our lives so that anxiety does not get in the way of daily functioning.
Our therapy for anxiety is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It is not external events that trigger your anxiety; instead it is how you feel and perceive the events that cause your anxiety. Using our online therapy for anxiety, you’ll learn how to identify your negative thinking patterns that cause your anxiety and replace them with realistic and more positive thoughts. CBT will help you learn to recognize when you’re anxious and how this feels emotionally and physically. However, more importantly, you will learn coping skills to neutralize this anxiety. Your therapist will help you to gradually and repeatedly expose yourself to the situations and fears that normally trigger your anxiety. Eventually you will be able to go through these events without experiencing the anxiety that, up to this point, has limited your quality of life.