Understanding Anxiety and Therapy Treatments

By: Anjali Joseph Jun 17, 2015
Understanding Anxiety and Therapy Treatments, Anjali Joseph

What can you do to overcome anxiety?

Living with anxiety can be uncomfortable and often be disconcerting in and of itself...

Common symptoms associated with anxiety include varying degrees of the following:

  • Feelings of fear, panic, and hyper-alertness.
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Heart palpitations, chest pains.
  • Restlessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.

You might notice, anxiety is as much a physical reaction, as an emotional one. Experiencing anxiety can be related to several different causes. Its onset is sometimes due to our bodies normal reaction to perceived traumatic events in our lives. Sometimes, however, our anxiety can persist after the traumatic event is over, and interfere with our daily functioning.

At other times, we may not be able to pin point a cause to our anxiety, but feel its persistent presence. Psychotherapy exercises such as Focusing or Mediation and personal explorations facilitated and developed within the context of a trusting relationship with a trained therapist, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) have the potential to help alleviate anxiety symptoms.

Finally, sometimes reflecting on difficult experiences within our unique social/cultural and familial contexts with a trained professional context, can also sometimes help gain some perspective on distressing thoughts surrounding the situations and circumstances that heighten our anxiety or distress.

Sometimes people have a array of coping skills, and spiritual resources to draw from but temporarily feel unable to initiate these due to their impaired sense of themselves. Psychotherapy can often facilitate a recovery of oneself in the midst of their distress, restoring initiative and (re)discovering places and spaces of support in times of distress.

Anjali Joseph is passionate about building and supporting people to reach their potential in all aspects of their lives, both personally, and professionally. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Working in private practice in The National Capital Region since 2004, Anjali offers short-term and long-term psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, and couples facing challenges impacting their emotional and relational health.

Her expertise and experience in working with employees in organizations have prepared Anjali with the skills necessary to assist her clients through organizational change, managerial challenges, operational stressors, vicarious trauma due to the nature of their work, burnout, work/ life balance, demotivation at work, workplace conflict, debilitating illness (chronic pain), dealing with harassment/bullying in the workplace, addictions, and PTSD.

Anjali draws on her expertise of systems approaches and a practiced knowledge of psychotherapy to deliver relevant services and resources to her clients.

As an experienced psychotherapist, Anjali Joseph assists clients with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and stress related to their work, or due to changing life circumstances, family disruption, childhood traumas, losses, relocation, illness, interpersonal communication breakdowns, marital/couple distress, employee/organizational stressors, operational stress, addictions and physical and mental health conditions.

Anjali is currently a counseller at Capital Counselling in Ottawa, Ontario