Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety is an unpleasant but normal and common experience. Throughout our lives, we will all feel occasional apprehension, dread, or fear of particular circumstances or people who make us nervous.

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Demian Brown Toronto Psychotherapist

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It can serve to alert us to minor or major dangers, or push us to plan or strive harder.

But prolonged, recurring, or extreme anxiety handicaps our normal social and personal functioning rather than heightening it. It robs our quality of life and our relationships and our work. Sometimes it seemingly has no cause. There is nothing to be anxious about, yet symptoms refuse to abate. Intense anxiety and disorders from it are common in our common human experience.


comfortable and discreet Toronto counselling office, therapy sessions will begin with assessment of the severity of your anxiety and an exploration of the anxiety’s sources and triggers.

CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy is extremely effective and its hands on, action oriented approach is empowering. However, for CBT to be effective, initial work on self-esteem, confidence and resiliency is often necessary. My approach for most treatment plans is strengths-based. Since by nature, all of us have weaknesses or undeveloped skills or areas in which we are not trained, focusing on your strengths first builds confidence needed to later deal with less strong self-identified parts with a focus on those that increase relapse.

using your strengths to build positive patterns and learn behavioural tactics to take control of your fears.
For example, avoidant behaviour is a common partner to anxiety. Much can be relieved simply by tackling the avoidance first.
Also, anxiety, especially free floating anxiety or anxiety without roots, if not the product of conditioning is instead often physiological and not psychological. Consider the effects of too much caffeine. Overstimulation or “faulty wiring” may be causing your symptoms. I may direct you to a physician. Medication and therapy are an effective combination. Meditation and exercise are also great adjuncts to our work together.

who invariably are witnesses to extreme violence, this complex trauma counselling is very effective. My priority in PTSD treatment is helping you rewrite the script which is the story you wrote as you tried to make sense of the trauma with attention paid most to the autobiographical part. This places power and control back in your hands. Years of avoidant behaviour or amnesia, natural defenses we develop after trauma, cannot spare the pain or erase the truth. It manifests as extreme anxiety, sense of doom, hyper-vigilance and insomnia but through techniques such as counter-conditioning, exposure therapy, CBT, strengths-based empowerment, conflict management, and systematic desensitization, I can help you take control and have your life back.


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“While in session I think, analyze, feel and assess out-loud with confidence as we go along allowing you to see my skills, my motives and judgements.”