Anxiety Therapists in Courtenay, BC

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Kira Celeste
Counsellor, MA, RCC, PhD
Verified
Verified
Hi—I’m Kira Celeste, a counsellor who is passionate about helping individuals who long for a deeper, fuller experience of life navigate through their history, current circumstances, and societal influences to find transformation, healing, and empowerment. If you are struggling with anxiety , panic , depression, hopelessness or stress, please reach out. Together we can work together to help you find your sense of calm, joy, ease, meaning, satisfaction and fulfillment in life. Let’s work together to have you feeling like the most well You possible. I will be right there with you through the journey.
(289) 799-7267
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Nina Fleming
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
Verified
My areas of focus include prenatal and postpartum mental health, parenting, trauma, depression and anxiety .
I believe we all have innate resilience and capacity for wellness – sometimes, when we encounter trauma, loss, or stress, we lose touch with those strengths. We may struggle with worry, hopelessness, self-criticism, or feel "stuck." Our relationships may suffer. At these times, we all need and deserve support. I work with each client to build self-compassion, confidence and regulation, gain insight, and grow skills for wellbeing. To me, safe, empathic relationships are the foundation of health and growth. I strive to create a safe space for clients, and attune to the heart of an issue, so that deep, lasting change can occur.
(226) 639-6026
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Paula Hunter
Counsellor, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
I offer a safe, confidential environment for people experiencing issues such as anxiety , depression, trauma, grief and loss, addictions, relationship issues and stress.
I am a registered social worker with over 20 years clinical experience working with children, teens and adults. I draw from evidence based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and have training in Gottman's Couple's Therapy. I also have training in cultural safety and work from a trauma-informed perspective.
(867) 794-1046
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Mel Devine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MC, RSW, RCC
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling with anxiety or other mental health concerns? Are there barriers getting in your way of living your life in your most authentic way? Are you experiencing gender, sexuality and or relationship issues and need someone to help you navigate your way through? Are you swimming outside of the mainstream? If yes, I can help! Over the last two decades I have worked with folks living with HIV/AIDS, women who have experienced sexual trauma, the street community, the queer community, youth and families as well as youth involved in the criminal justice system and people living with significant mental health challenges.
(778) 907-4041
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Teri Palmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified
Verified
With a focus on individuals (15 and up), couples and families, I work with you to resolve overwhelming emotions, anxiety , depression, strained relationships, relationship breakdown, self-harm, suicidal ideation, problem behaviours, and trauma. Empowering you to feel a greater sense of well-being, fulfillment, and deep connection (with yourself and your people). Helping you achieve meaningful and lasting change.
(579) 500-5928
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Kelly McManus
Psychologist, PhD, R, Psych
Verified
Verified
She enjoys treating anxiety , depression, panic , eating issues, body image issues, grief/loss, marriage issues, adjustment to life changes, addictions, abuse or trauma, and pain management.
Dr. Kelly McManus has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been practicing for over 12 years in various mental health settings as a Psychologist and as Registered Clinical Counsellor. Dr. McManus also has a Masters Degree in Education. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She uses integrative, strengths-focused, evidenced-based therapy. Her education includes theory and practice in the major approaches in Psychology including Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Narrative. Dr. McManus tailors her approach to your particular needs, goals, and preferences. Dr. McManus also takes ICBC and Veteran's Affairs clients.
(855) 463-2706
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Kristen Vandekerckhove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a Registered Social Worker experienced in providing counselling to people of all ages. I work with clients who are looking for support with life's challenges and feeling ready to make a transformation in their life. My areas of specialty include relationship difficulties, anxiety , depression, stress management, and life transitions. I integrate a variety of approaches into my practice including Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. With additional certifications in Yoga and Health Coaching, I focus on a holistic approach toward overall health and wellbeing.
(778) 400-1964
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Marie Jakalicia Guignard
Counsellor, RCC, BA, MA, CPA
Verified
Verified
I work with adults and adolescents who are experiencing issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety , and other concerns related to painful and disturbing life experiences.
Do you feel hopeless, a lack of motivation and interest, a feeling of constant tension and fear? Have you experienced, witnessed, or heard any harmful or threatening events and found yourself feeling persistent sadness, constant worry, excessive guilt, shame, or anger? Do you feel this need to have something change in your life, find your inner self, find peace, grow, take care of yourself, love yourself, appreciate other people's love, and enjoy life?
(236) 562-7353
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Dave Waugh
Counsellor, RPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
For over 25 years I have assisted adults in healing symptoms like addictions, anxiety , burnout, depression, fatigue, grief, loneliness, and trauma.
When we feel anxious, depressed, exhausted, isolated, lonely, lost or stuck for too long, it feels like we are caught in a web of pain. In order to ease the pain we may be drawn to addictive substances or behaviors to provide temporary relief. This might help in the short term but can have negative consequences if our addictive tendencies become destructive habits. At the root of our psychological pain are traumatic experiences from the past or negative attitudes toward our self. At our core we often have limiting or negative beliefs that keep us caught in a web of destructive habits. To heal, these beliefs need to be transformed.
(778) 765-3719
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Dr. Michelle Church
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Hi! I’m Dr. Michelle. I am a Registered Psychologist with a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. I completed my residency in Los Angeles, California where I supervised doctoral students in addition to providing psychotherapy. My practice focuses on people managing: depression, anxiety , eating disorders, and chronic health conditions. I also provide couple therapy. Lastly, I conduct psychoeducational assessments for suspected/confirmed learning disorders and ADHD for children 8-years and older and adults.
(604) 800-9671
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Elly Boer Counselling & Art Therapy
Counsellor, RCC, DVATI, MC:AT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
A life and mind out of balance create stress, worry, anxiety , overthinking, indecision, depression, confusion, self-doubt and self-loathing. This can feel like an endless cycle of suffering, stagnation, or pain that is lasting "too long." Fulfillment and meaning in life arise when we learn to reconcile our thoughts with our experience, when we stop doing and simply be. Many find that sitting and talking in therapy help to an extent, but when we engage our felt sense and physical being, we begin to deeply know and develop trust in ourselves and in our ability to heal, cope and feel well. Art can offer the physical tools for healing.
(250) 871-1184
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Whole Heart Centre
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, MFT, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” –Brené Brown. As your mentor or counsellor, I want to create a safe space for you to recognize and transform the life patterns of overwhelming anxiety or panic attacks, persistent stress from big life changes and events, distress from trauma, and pain from broken or disconnected relationships. Using both traditional and holistic healing methods, I'll show you how to nurture your emotional health, cultivate an inner strength and confidence, tap into love, and step into your power as a wise self-healer.
(778) 557-7273
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Alexander Wellness Consulting
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified
Verified
Currently Accepting New Clients. Specializing in Couples, Addiction, Anxiety & Depression. I bring to my practice a welcoming and friendly personal style that puts clients at ease allowing them to communicate their needs and goals within a safe non-judgmental atmosphere. I worked in many clinical health care settings before venturing into private practice, which has brought into my work a well- breadth of clinical experience, including a wide array of therapeutic approaches, that I have successfully integrated while working with with hundreds of clients over the past 26 plus years.
(236) 326-8974
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Not accepting new clients
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Michelle Lafreniere
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
I am Registered Clinical Counsellor located in Comox, British Columbia. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. My background is in working with clients struggling with addiction, interpersonal relationships, anxiety , and depression. I take a strengths-based, client-centered approach and believe that clients and counsellors should work together to solve problems and achieve personal goals. I am passionate about helping my clients set and maintain boundaries, learn to identify, and express their emotions, and make decisions for themselves based on their personal values.
(450) 700-8045
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Georgette Whitehead
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am trained in several specialized trauma modalities, including EMDR, as well as therapies to address anxiety and depression.
I provide counselling therapy for individual adults who may be seeking support to help deal with challenging life circumstances, mental health concerns, or coping with the effects of trauma and PTSD. I have experience working with women and men with lived experiences of abuse or neglect as well as indigenous persons affected by systemic trauma. I see many clients who are Veterans or currently serving Canadian Forces members. I provide qualified, compassionate, and confidential service that respects each individual's strengths, self-knowledge, and ability to make choices.
(438) 792-3964
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Carla Petker
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified
Verified
Many of the clients I work with are feeling "stuck" and are looking for support to move towards their goals. Feeling stuck often coincides with feelings of depression and anxiety . My clients and I work together to develop healthy coping strategies and to achieve satisfaction in their daily lives. My therapeutic work is grounded in humanistic and constructivist theories, meaning I believe the relationship between the client and the therapist is essential for fostering change and growth. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC and have over 15 years of training and experience in psychotherapy.
(604) 757-1489
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Rob Goepfrich Counselling and Consulting
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSW, RCSW, RMFT, RCC
Verified
Verified
My focus is to help people manage and reduce their stress and anxiety over the issue or problem they are facing, to understand their part in it, and to work on solutions that create positive change.
Those seeking counselling bring a wide range of concerns, including: conflicted or broken relationships, family conflict, loss and bereavement, depression and anxiety , career and vocation, and trauma, both past and present. I often meet with people at important transitions in their lives, such as: preparing for marriage, navigating parenting challenges, facing the loss of a loved one, or a change in their work lives. For many, counselling is helpful in untangling the web of family relationships.
(778) 771-1767
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Courtenay, BC V9J
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Greg DeLong
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
Do you struggle with past trauma, depression, anxiety , and letting go of hurt and pain? Are you dealing with grief and loss that is overwhelming? I'm here to journey with you as you explore new possibilities for your life. Past hurts, trauma, intrusive thoughts, anxiety , depression do not need to define you. The courage and strength to change is within you, and I consider it a sacred honour to journey with you towards change and freedom.
(506) 714-0437
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Leanne Longeway Counselling And Art Therapy
Counsellor, MC, RCC, CCC, RCAT, BFA
Verified
Verified
Do you want change in your life that invites balance, calm, health and well-being? Are you seeking support with self-esteem, relationships, anxiety , trauma, grief, ageing, career burnout or stress management? My approach to therapy is to provide a caring, supportive experience for individuals as they explore and build pathways to achieve healing and meaning, that also builds upon personal strengths, while honoring inner wisdom, intuition and voice.
(778) 608-3895
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Rachel Bullock
Counsellor, RCC, MACP
Verified
Verified
I have years of experience working with a range of issues, such as anxiety , trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, perfectionism, low self-worth, and personal growth.
There are times when we feel overwhelmed, scared, lost. We're doing our best, but we can't seem to find our way. As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to catch your breath, find your strength, and navigate towards wellness.
(867) 988-1594
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Anxiety Counsellors

What are the most common treatments for anxiety?

Talk therapy, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy, is the most common treatment for anxiety. Studies have shown it is equally effective as medication. Other popular forms of therapy are popular, depending on a patient’s experience. Exposure therapy, for instance, can be useful for people dealing with fears and phobias, or who have experienced traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy may be useful for patients who need help with emotion regulation. Anxiolytic medications, like benzodiazepines, can also help with calming a person enough to focus on the skills they’ve learned, and physical exercise has been shown to help symptoms of anxiety across the board.

How long does therapy for anxiety take to work?

The amount of time needed to alleviate symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s condition. Some therapies may take 5-20 weekly sessions to show results. Anti-depressant medications typically take two to four weeks before a benefit is felt. Anti-anxiety medications are felt typically within 20-30 minutes. Medications are best used to offer a patient a better headspace in which to work on techniques learned in therapy. Exercise, improved sleep habits, and meditation are effective, but takes weeks or months to show results.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at times, but when anxiety causes disruption to your daily life, it may be time to seek help. Such disruption can be mental, physical, or both: having fear dominate your thoughts, avoiding situations or objects that bring on feelings of anxiety, or experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or panic attacks. When these symptoms are recurrent and distressing, it may be time to talk to someone.

How effective is treatment for anxiety?

Treatment for anxiety has been shown to be moderately to highly effective, according to a large body of psychology studies and analyses. For some people, treatment using CBT or exposure therapy alone is effective. Others respond best to a combination of medication and therapy.