Get the Right Help for Anxiety in Vancouver

Why is the right “fit” so important in anxiety counselling?

We all know that Vancouver and the Lower Mainland can feel chaotic. And our busy lives can feel out of control leading to feelings of anxiety and stress. However, what works for one person in counselling for anxiety, might not work for another. Counselling for anxiety is very personal. This is why most of our clients contact us directly and ask for our personal help to find a therapist. Our Clinical Director will match them to the most suitable therapist for their unique needs.

Waypoint Counselling Network offers a free personalized referral service to connect people with the right “fitting” counsellor for help managing anxiety. We know that the client-counsellor “fit” is critical to good outcomes. And we will follow-up to make sure the match works.   To learn more, check out Match me to a Therapist.

People also choose their own counsellor from our team. Either way, we offer a free complimentary session so a person can make sure the “fit” with the counsellor feels right.

Types of Anxiety

There are many different types of anxiety – and all can be overwhelming.  At Waypoint, we have counsellors located in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland who can help a person learn better ways to manage anxiety. We also have counsellors who practice e-counselling by text, phone or secure video. So wherever a person is located, we can help.

Below are some of the many different types of anxiety – so have a read through them and think about how anxiety could be affecting your life. Most importantly, it is important a person doesn’t try to self-diagnose themselves but reach out for help. More information on different types of anxiety can be found at AnxietyBC.

Panic Attacks

Of the anxiety types, panic is among the most common.  This can feel like a sudden rush of fear. It is common to also have physical feelings and a strong need to escape the situation. In a nutshell, a person might feel like something bad is going to happen

Specific Phobias

Phobias are basically a strong fear and need to avoid a particular thing. Often a person might know the fear is unreasonable, but knowing that doesn’t change how they react. The most common fears are animals, heights, closed spaces, blood , storms , and flying.  Trying to always avoid these things can really affect a person’s life!

Social Anxiety

This is an intense fear of being embarrassed when around people. It can happen when we are just with a few people or in a crowd. A person might be terrified of public speaking, blushing in public, being watched at work, and being in a crowds.  Typically, folks will really try and avoid social situations.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops after a traumatic experience. These experiences are often violent and/or threatening.  PTSD can lead to distressing thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks, and emotional numbness.

How does counselling work for anxiety?

Even though there are lots of different types of anxiety disorders, successful treatment strategies tend to work for all of them.  The most commonly used method is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, also called “CBT”.

CBT works! It has been researched for decades and many physicians and specialists suggest their patients receive CBT. A therapist does not need to be a PhD or psychologist to provide CBT. But a well trained counsellor using CBT can really help a person develop the tools necessary to deal with their anxiety.

If you want to learn more about CBT, check out our page: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. And stay tuned for our next blog! It will focus on CBT and how it works. Until then, reach out if you have any questions!