Anxiety comes in many forms, such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, or even phobias. People who experience Social Anxiety often feel negatively judged by others, which can lead to feeling inferior, inadequate, and embarrassed. It may also be difficult for those with social anxiety to be in public or around others resulting in avoidance of social situations.
Those who struggle with Generalized Anxiety have ongoing worry and tension, and often see worries and problems in every situation. Irritability, muscle tension, and trouble concentrating are additional symptoms of generalized anxiety.
Panic attacks are frequently experienced as intense worry or fear within minutes that might involve choking sensations, trouble breathing, sweating, and rapid heartbeat. People who experience panic typically have recurrent worries about having another panic attack and avoid situations that they think might trigger another one.
If you have been feeling depressed, you might be experiencing a low mood, lack of motivation, and loss of interest or pleasure for a couple of weeks or longer. Some other symptoms of depression often reported are difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, weight gain or loss, avoiding social situations, and thoughts of suicide. Sometimes people experience depression just in the winter months too, which they need support for during this time.
Stress from your job, home or social life may be taking a toll on you and you might be finding it difficult to cope. You may be experiencing low energy, frequent colds, difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, upset stomach, and headaches.
Sometimes chronic stress can signify other concerns going on such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and dissatisfaction in life. Stress can also negatively impact one's health because frequent high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, have been found to impair virtually all of the systems (e.g., cardiovascular, immune, etc.) of the body in addition to memory and learning.
Career concerns can come in many forms. You may be experiencing professional burnout, unemployment, conflicts with co-workers or difficulty navigating decisions on what direction to go in. Lifespring is endorsed to use the world-renowned career counselling method of Active Engagement: The Being and Doing of Career Counselling that was developed by Dr. Norman Amundson at the University of British Columbia.
Everyone has had difficulties with family or personal relationships at one time or another. Sometimes the conflicts or challenges in our interpersonal relationships can cause a big communication gap between the people we care (or cared) about as well as general happiness in daily life. These conflicts can also have far reaching impacts on our other areas of life too, such as work, leisure, and health.
Counselling need not only address prevention and repair of mental health concerns. It can also be used to further enhance one's happiness and peace of mind. Learning how to manage the mind appears to be at both the heart of therapy and success and happiness in life. Some of the topics addressed in self-development include:
- How the brain and mind work.
- What stress is and how to manage it.
- How to identify hidden thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
- How to form new, more adaptive and constructive beliefs.
- Develop more helpful and harmonious ways of communicating and relating with others.
- How to discover, understand, and manage the different types and layers of emotions.
- Gain new thinking tools and problem-solving techniques to better deal with life's challenges.
- Learn helpful and practical principles to better approach challenges in life with greater peace of mind and success.
Additional Practice Areas
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