• Understanding Common Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety is very common. Yet many people don’t have a strong understanding of anxiety and may not realize that it can take many forms. Here are some of the most common types of anxiety:

    • Generalized anxiety disorder – Individuals with generalized anxiety disorder worry excessively about everyday issues (for example, health, family, work, and money) on most days for at least six months.
    • Panic disorder – This condition causes people to experience recurrent panic attacks, which are often accompanied by physical symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, and sweating. Panic attacks may also cause someone to feel like they’re dying or fear that they’re going crazy.
    • Separation anxiety disorder – Separation anxiety disorder causes someone to fear being separated from a person that’s close to them. This condition is more common in children but may also affect teenagers and adults.
    • Social anxiety disorder – While it’s common for people to feel shy, individuals with social anxiety disorder experience intense fears about social interactions. For example, they may worry that they’ll embarrass themselves or that others will judge them.
    • Agoraphobia – People with agoraphobia fear leaving environments that they consider safe (for example, their home), to the point that it disrupts their normal routine. They may fear that they won’t be able to escape a situation or that help might not be available to them.

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    Rebecca Steele, MA, MSW, RSW offers psychotherapy and counselling services in Kitchener-Waterloo, and all across Ontario virtually through telehealth sessions.


    Having a decade of experience as a psychotherapist, she specializes in providing 1:1 individual therapy sessions to adults who may be experiencing depression, trauma, emptiness, boundary concerns, low self esteem, life change, relationship stress, grief, or anxiety (eg. general anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, anxious attachment style, ocd).


    Rebecca offers a variety of psychotherapy treatment approaches including traditional talk therapy: Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT, DBT), Psychoanalytic and Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches, Dream Analysis, and Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy. Her therapy approach is called Smart Therapy™: Insight-Driven Depth Therapy


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