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Therapist Match:
Sue StJohn
(the Annex)
Liz Kalman
(the Danforth)
Catherine Carpenko
(Bloor-Christie & Orangeville)
Gui Mansilla
(West End, Etobicoke)
Tamar Ishaky
(Leslieville)
Lia Falzon
(midtown Toronto)
Ruth Kazdan
(midtown Toronto)
Mike Hynes
(Bloor-Christie)
Karen Zarnett
(midtown Toronto)
Suzanne M Gard
(the Danforth)
Andrew Kun
(midtown Toronto & Scarborough)
Gordon MacLeod
(the Annex)
Annette Bradshaw
(Bloor-Christie)
Andrea Charendoff
(Bay-Bloor)
Stephen van Beek
(the Annex)
Toni Gordon
(Bloor West Village)
Alex Belakovsky
(North York)
Helen Reilly
(midtown Toronto)
Susan Monteith
(Leaside)
Marsha Berniker
(Thornhill)
Camilla Burgess
(High Park)
Susie Costello
(the Danforth)
P.Anne Winter
(midtown Toronto)
Tara Dubrow
(midtown Toronto)
Leonard Rebick
(the Beaches & West End)
Anxiety
Anxiety is a very common problem of the human condition. There are many different kinds of anxiety.


The feelings can include a sense of apprehensiveness, dread, fear, guilt, distraction, a pervasive sense of danger, and even panic in severe cases. This extremely debilitating experience can have many different causes.

Stress, fatigue, difficulty in making decisions, a general emotional malaise, feelings of depression, and panic are frequent symptoms of core anxiety. Sexual energy drops. There is a tendency either to need others around constantly or to avoid people.

Often people with anxiety grew up without a parent who could help them learn to soothe their everyday anxieties, feel secure, and have a sense of power over themselves and their world.

It is important to remember that it is normal to experience some anxiety at different points in life, as it is often a sensation that comes along with the process of change. Life transitions, unexpected ruptures, trauma and loss can evoke anxiety.

Anxiety is treatable in therapy a number of ways. The most helpful aspect is for the patient to understand how earlier experiences led to this state, and to be able to identify anxiety triggers, develop coping strategies and be able to master unpleasant states of feeling.
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