Therapy for Anxiety
Is anxiety disrupting your life? Our therapists are here to help.
Anxiety is what happens when we experience uncertainty or anticipate a future danger. We feel nervousness, worry, distress, tension, or other feelings in our bodies, as a result.
It is natural and can be beneficial. For example, it can serve to prepare us to perform more optimally in challenging situations, such as exams, athletic contests, or job interviews, but only up to a certain point. If the anxiety exceeds that point, it becomes counterproductive. Anxiety also serves a beneficial purpose when a person is in a truly dangerous situation. It prepares the body to recognize and escape that situation!
We all experience anxiety from time to time, but for many people, it can become excessive (e.g. panic attacks), or chronic, and exist even when there is no objective danger (or when the danger is small). In these instances, anxiety can disrupt our lives, and be debilitating.
Some experience anxiety about only specific things or situations (e.g. PTSD). For others, it is more general (e.g. generalized anxiety disorder). We are not always aware of our anxiety or how to manage it, and sometimes we try to adapt in ways that are counterproductive or unhealthy. For example, anxiety can lead to limiting our interactions socially (e.g. social phobia), isolating ourselves (e.g. agoraphobia), or turning to substances or behaviours to cope. We may face anxiety in the workplace, in our personal relationships, or in social settings.
Therapy may be able to help with anxiety by providing you with a safe place to share your feelings and experiences. Therapy can also help teach people how to relax and look at situations in new, less frightening ways, and help people develop better coping and problem-solving skills. It can often provide strategies to manage your symptoms in daily life and stressful situations.
At Welling Centre, we aim to go beyond the symptoms. We want to help you uncover what for some people are hidden, underlying causes of worries and fears. Our goal is to help you find the source for healing inside yourself so that you can regain a sense of balance in your life that may have been lost, to help you grow and feel whole.
We have therapists with varied experience and rates who specialize in helping people with their anxiety. Explore their profiles and rates below and click on the ‘Book Appointment’ button to get started with online booking.
- Mood issues, in general
- Dependancy issues
Lisa Harder, MA, BA
Certified Canadian Counsellor, Provisional Psychologist
Lisa is an empathetic, compassionate individual who strives to help everyone recognize their own strength, resiliency, and worth in a safe environment. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and is currently both a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Provisional Psychologist.
Lisa believes a client-centred, holistic approach to counselling is key. She is influenced by psychodynamic and humanistic approaches, in addition to cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused methods. Lisa has completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and also recently completed training in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy.
Lisa has approximately six years of direct mental health and addictions counselling experience in a variety of settings. She completed the practicum portion of her Master’s degree at Welling Centre, where she worked with adult clients experiencing a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, dependancy issues, and stress. The majority of her experience otherwise has been acquired within the justice system, both within various correctional centres as well as newly-released individuals with significant mental health and dependancy concerns. She has also worked as a dependancy counsellor in a community detox facility. Lisa also has many years of related experience in a variety of settings with diverse groups; for example, an inpatient psychiatric facility, with people living in the inner-city, and other vulnerable, at-risk groups.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and staying physically active.
Each 50-minute session with Lisa is available for a $100 fee and is eligible for extended health benefits through some insurance companies. She is currently offering video and phone sessions.
If you are interested in an appointment with Lisa, call 780-222-7405 or book online by clicking the ‘Book an Appointment’ button.
Certified Canadian Counsellor
Carly is an empathic, thoughtful, and easy-going individual who is devoted to helping those going through stressful and difficult times. Carly graduated with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is now a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Carly is working towards becoming a Registered Psychologist.
Carly has been influenced by the work of Carl Rogers, Carl Jung, and Alfred Adler. She works from a client-centered approach with the belief that clients are the experts of their own lives. She emphasizes building strong therapeutic relationships. Carly sees her clients and herself as fellow travelers on a journey towards healing and self-actualization. Carly is also heavily influenced by cognitive-behavioural methods. Carly’s goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for all her clients. Her clinical interests include working with depression, stress, and anxiety.
During her undergraduate degree Carly was a peer counsellor for students with disabilities. While working on her Master’s degree she volunteered for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, where she worked with youth and women who were or were at risk of becoming criminalized.
In her spare time, Carly is also a kickboxing instructor. She has a passion for helping individuals work on their health and wellness goals. When she is not working, you can catch Carly cuddling up with her two miniature dachshunds.
Each professionally supervised 50-minute session with Carly is available for a $100 fee and is eligible for extended health benefits through some insurance companies. She is currently offering video, phone and in-person sessions.
If you are interested in an appointment with Carly, call 780-222-7405 or book online by clicking the ‘Book an Appointment’ button.