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Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre

Therapy for anxiety

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You can't keep going like this, but you aren't sure how to move forward.

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Symptoms of Anxiety

Many people who suffer from an anxiety disorder seem like they have it all together but are struggling on the inside. On the outside they seem to have it all together, but on the inside it’s a different story.

If you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive worry or fear
  • Restlessness or feeling on edge
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating/racing thoughts
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia or restless sleep)
  • Fatigue or feeling worn out
  • Muscle tension or aches
  • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
  • Sweating, trembling, or feeling shaky

We can help you get the anxiety treatment you need.

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Anxiety can significantly affect every area of your life and can show up as:

People who suffer from anxiety may also experience depressive symptoms, as anxiety and depression frequently overlap. Common symptoms between the two include:

  • cycling negative thought patterns
  • a persistent sense of pessimism
  • difficulty concentrating on daily tasks
  • low quality of sleep, leading to consistent fatigue
  • feelings of hopelessness or dread

Depression can emerge from anxiety’s ongoing tension and mental turmoil. The symptoms of one disorder may be relieved by treating the other.

Continual exposure to stress and anxiety can lead to complete emotional, bodily and mental tiredness, or burnout. Burnout can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to keep up with even the simplest of responsibilities. The physical and physiological symptoms of burnout, including irritability, exhaustion, and difficulty concentrating can make recovery feel extremely challenging. There is hope, and with compassionate guidance, you can recover from burnout and regain balance in your life.
Anxiety can hinder your ability to concentrate, make decisions and solve problems, which can lead to decreased performance at work or school. Due to ongoing worry or self doubt, people with anxiety often have trouble meeting deadlines, staying organized or maintaining motivation. With the right support, it is possible to successfully manage your anxiety and regain your confidence, leading to improved performance and a more fulfilling personal or professional life.
Anxiety can impact your relationship in a number of ways. When you suffer from anxiety you may find that it’s difficult to develop or maintain a healthy connection with others because you find it difficult to trust them. You may also struggle to communicate effectively or express how you are feeling. Anxiety can strip the enjoyment out of social interactions and cause you to pull away from spending time with others, further isolating you from your support network.
Your mental and physical health are interconnected, meaning that anxiety’s deeply emotional effects can manifest as physical symptoms. Feeling run down and overwhelmed for an extended amount of time can lead to headaches, digestive problems, muscle tension, and weakened immune system. Persistent anxiety can also increase the risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Living with anxiety can sometimes make it difficult to face tasks or situations that feel overwhelming or intimidating. You might find yourself putting things off or avoiding them entirely, which can hold you back from achieving your goals and experiencing personal growth.
Dr Anne Marie Mikhail | Psychologist | Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

Dr. Anne Marie Mikhail

Ph.D., C. Psych.

Registered Clinical, Counselling, School Psychologist
Clinic Director | Owner

Why Choose

Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre

You need to feel seen and heard.

Your history, culture, situation, relationships, religion, ethnicity, and family have all shaped who you are today. To understand your struggles is to understand your story and what brought you here. With over 20 years of experience, our therapists are committed to helping you get to the source of your challenges and get you the answers you need.

We take care of the whole you.

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Our Approach

How our anxiety therapy works

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We learn about you

We want to get to know you, and listen to where you are now and make sure you feel understood and validated. 

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We create a plan

We put together a comprehensive treatment plan that focuses on your whole person: physical, emotional and spiritual, and equipping you with the answers, tools and strategies you need to make daily living easier.
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We support you

We know that healing is not linear. We are committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space each step of the way and to help you overcome any challenges that arise so you can continue to work towards your goals.

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What you can expect with anxiety therapy

There is no set timeline to heal anxiety, but with consistent and continued support, you may start to see improvements in as little as a few sessions. 

As you progress in your therapy journey, you may start to notice positive results, including:

  • Feeling less anxious
  • Keeping emotions in check
  • Knowing what sets off anxiety
  • Feeling more confident
  • Talking to others more easily
  • Less procrastination
  • Getting more sleep
  • Getting along better with people
  • Dealing with stress like a pro
  • Solving problems without panicking
  • Handling tough situations better
  • Feeling more at peace in your own mind
  • Being able to better concentrate and focus on your work

Feel better - Live better.

Frequently Asked Questions About Anxiety Therapy

Through your therapy journey you will learn the tools that are the most effective for helping you manage your anxiety. In the meantime, even though there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, there are some things you can try when you feel your anxiety levels rising. Taking slow, deep breaths can help you calm down. Distracting yourself by doing something you enjoy, like listening to music or going for a walk can help you relieve tension. When you’re really struggling, talking to a friend or therapist can often help you feel better. Exercise, getting enough sleep and eating well can help decrease the effect of anxiety on your day.
Stress is usually a reaction to something specific, like a big presentation at work or a fight with a friend. Anxiety, on the other hand, can linger even when there’s no clear reason for it. Both can make you feel on edge, but anxiety might make you worry about stuff more than you need to, and can have longer lasting detrimental effects. While stress is a typical part of life, ongoing anxiety might be a sign of an anxiety disorder, and it’s a good idea to talk to a professional if you’re concerned about it.

Yes, anxiety can sometimes run in families. Researchers think it’s a mix of genetic factors and the environment you grow up in. So, if your parents or close relatives have anxiety, you might be more likely to experience it too.
Your current environment and experiences can play a role in whether or not you develop anxiety. However, just because you have a family history of anxiety doesn’t mean you’re doomed to experience it yourself. Your upbringing, relationships, and life experiences also have a significant impact on your mental health. So, even if you have a genetic predisposition to anxiety, factors like a supportive environment, learning healthy coping strategies, and developing resilience can help you manage and even prevent anxiety from becoming a significant issue in your life.

Feeling anxious from time to time is your body’s natural response to potentially stressful or challenging situations, and it can even be helpful by keeping you alert and focused. Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally, like when faced with a big decision, a job interview, or a public speaking event. However, when anxiety starts to interfere with your daily life, that’s when it might be turning into a problem. Here are some signs that your anxiety may have become an issue:

  • Your anxiety is excessive, persistent, or out of proportion to the situation.
  • You find it difficult to control your worry or fear, even when there’s no apparent reason for it.
  • The anxiety is impacting your relationships, work, school, or other important areas of your life.
  • You’re avoiding situations or activities because of your anxiety.
  • The anxiety is causing physical symptoms, like headaches, stomachaches, or sleep disturbances.

If you notice any of these signs or feel like your anxiety is becoming unmanageable, talking to a therapist can help you feel in control again.

Yes, there are different types of anxiety. The symptoms you are experiencing may indicate one or more areas where you are struggling.
The two most common types of anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety.

Less common, but equally challenging types of anxiety disorder include panic disorder, specific phobias, and separation anxiety. Therapy can help you manage any type of anxiety you are experiencing. The length of time it takes to see relief however, will depend on the severity of your anxiety disorder, among other factors.

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