Counselling and Psychotherapy
Anxiety is one of the most common psychological conditions today. Those who experience intense chronic anxiety suffer severe emotional and mental effects that interferes with their daily lives. Symptoms of anxiety can also presenting themselves through physical sensations – sweaty palms, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, etc.
Anxiety disorders can include OCD, ADHD, specific phobias or panic attacks. For most people there are two sources of anxiety, external and internal. External anxiety arises when we believe that we may not or do not have the resources or wherewithal to meet situational demands. Internal anxiety comes from having two conflicting desires, needs, or impulses that cannot be resolved. In each case, the resulting arousal is fuelled by our thoughts or cognitive processes.
We can help you.
The skilled and experienced therapists at Clear Path Solutions employ mental awareness training and personalized desensitization procedures to help you develop the most effective counter-conditioning methods tailored to your personality and circumstances. The overall goal is to develop an approach that creates periods of mental renewal or rejuvenation and inhibits physical and cognitive anxiety reactions. This personalized counter-conditioning regimen is design to reduce arousal and stress through physical processes such as deep abdominal breathing and mental processes that counter and replace aggravating thoughts with comfortable and relaxing imagery.
With greater awareness of your body and its stress reactions and increased capacity to counter these reactions through relaxation training and other counter-conditioning techniques, you can immediately begin to see benefits without the need for medication.
As you develop effective personalized strategies to master your anxiety, you will gain the confidence to be able to handle future challenging personal, social, and work-related situations with greater ease and achieve greater wellbeing and health into the future.
Workplace stress is the adverse reaction that occurs when an individual is unable to cope with the demands at work. While some work-related stress is considered normal for most people, some people suffer excessive stress that interferes with their productivity and has harmful effects on their physical and emotional health. It is important to note that work-related stress is different for everyone and can depend on your personality type and how you cope with pressure.
Work-related stress can be triggered by a number of factors, including poor working conditions, long or inflexible working hours, heavy or an unreasonable workload, poor relationships with colleagues, lack of job security, poor company management, etc. Excessive workplace stress can also lead to increased anxiety or irritability, depression, fatigue, difficulties with concentration, headaches, social withdrawal, increased use of alcohol or drugs, etc.
The skilled therapists at Clear Path Solutions can help you.
Social Anxiety/Social Phobia
People who suffer social anxiety or social phobia have an excessive or unreasonable fear of social situations. A person with social anxiety is afraid that he or she will make mistakes, look back, be closely watched, judged, and be humiliated and criticized by others. Signs of social anxiety include:
Social anxiety can lead to the lack of essential social skills or experience in social situations. Social anxiety can even build into a panic attack. The thought and anticipation of attending certain social situations can lead to extreme distress and “anticipatory” anxiety for days, weeks, or months leading up to the event. Social anxiety can also negatively interfere with the person’s normal daily routine, including in the workplace, in school, and within relationships.
If you suffer social anxiety, we can help.
Depressed mood or reactive despondency can be a very normal response to difficult, disappointing, challenging or problematic situations that involve personal loss or disappointment or discouragement. It commonly precipitates and is aggravated by negative self-reflections. The result is a loss of meaning or personal enjoyment (pleasure) that is difficult to replace.
Many of us experience periods where we feel down, blue, and unmotivated as a result of events, situations or circumstances that are perceived as disappointments, setbacks, or personal losses. If not addressed through personal actions, counseling or therapy, these feelings can last from a few days to many weeks. In the wake of permanent personal losses associated with the death, divorce or separation of a spouse, intimate partner or pet animal, these feelings can last years.
There are a number of symptoms that can help you identify early on when you might be experiencing a depressed mood that requires greater attention. These symptoms include:
How can you manage depression?
The therapists and counselors at Clear Path Solutions are experienced professionals, well-trained in state-of-the-art therapy and counseling that produces positive outcomes and greater well-being with or without the presence of medications. The therapy we provide will not only help you more effectively manage your immediate situation but also give you the skills and confidence to avoid and handle similar conditions in the future.
Do you or someone you know have problems in their personal, family, social or work life due to an unhealthy habit, abuse or dependency? Do you worry that your actions may be threatening or sacrificing important life opportunities, personal relationships or your own health and well-being? We can help.
Addictions may include more than just substances.
Research now indicates that dependency on activities such as gambling, video-game-playing, internet surfing, eating, exercise, shopping, high-risk sex, or pornography at the expense of normal personal, social and work pursuits and relationships are behavioural addictions that have the same impact on our brain chemistry as alcohol and drugs.
We can help you.
We are experienced professionals with particular expertise in behavioural treatments that interrupt and alter these addictive patterns. We provide effective personalized treatments tailored to those who realize they have a problem and want to do something about it.
Recent scientific research has shown that alcohol is the most abused drug in Canada. It is believed that up to 10% of Canadians experience alcoholism at some point during their lives. Alcohol addiction can have devastating effects on the individual and on his or her loved ones. Aside from its impact on physical health, alcohol addiction greatly impacts the individual’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Long term alcohol dependency can lead to personal losses, financial instability, relationship difficulties, physical and mental abuse, and an array of chronic health problems.
Some signs of alcohol dependency include the following:
If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, we can help you.
Our therapists provide a positive atmosphere that is free of judgment or blame. We can help you learn to overcome your addiction and feel good about yourself.
Problem gambling is a serious problem that leads to damaging personal, financial, and emotional consequences. Gambling is not just restricted inside casinos; other types of gambling include lottery tickets, online gambling, poker, video lottery terminals, raffles, bets, and more. With so many diverse ways to gamble, problem gambling is not always obvious.
Signs of problem gambling problem include gambling in secrecy, gambling when you cannot afford to, gambling as an escape from reality, reaching an adrenaline high when gambling, and loved ones expressing concern about your gambling.
If you or a loved one’s gambling has turned from a casual social activity to an addiction, we can help you.
Cigarettes today carry more nicotine than ever before. Tobacco companies also use additives and chemicals to increase their addictive properties. Individuals who begin to smoke at a young age are particularly susceptible to becoming addicted. Canadians who smoke regularly have about 15 cigarettes per day, on average.
Regular tobacco use can lead to harmful psychological and physical effects.
Tobacco use is the primary cause of preventable disease and death in Canada, and is considered our greatest public health concern. The risk of long-term effects increases with the amount smoked, and the length of time a person smokes.
If you’re having trouble with quitting smoking, we can help you.