Anxiety Therapists in Hamilton, ON

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Chriselle Vaz
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
I am incredibly passionate about helping others get the support they need to live their best possible lives. In my work, I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for individuals, couples, and families to talk through a variety of issues such as: anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, trauma, self-esteem, and other life transitions. I use a client-centered, integrative approach to highlight my clients' strengths and work toward meaningful and practical strategies to relieve the stress and pain of their current circumstances. I believe in a collaborative therapeutic relationship :)
I am incredibly passionate about helping others get the support they need to live their best possible lives. In my work, I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for individuals, couples, and families to talk through a variety of issues such as: anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, trauma, self-esteem, and other life transitions. I use a client-centered, integrative approach to highlight my clients' strengths and work toward meaningful and practical strategies to relieve the stress and pain of their current circumstances. I believe in a collaborative therapeutic relationship :)
(289) 805-7260 View (289) 805-7260
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Mareas Therapeutic Services Inc
CYC, RP, BSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
Mareas was established as a specialized service provider to meet the needs of individuals, children and families experiencing challenges in the areas of emotional regulation, anxiety, attachment, interfering behaviours. Mareas recognizes that from time to time, everyone including all families need support. Programs and treatment plans are designed with a holistic approach with the client as the focus. Mareas is committed to providing nurturing and dedicated support to individuals, children, youth and families during difficult periods of time to help them get back on course.
Mareas was established as a specialized service provider to meet the needs of individuals, children and families experiencing challenges in the areas of emotional regulation, anxiety, attachment, interfering behaviours. Mareas recognizes that from time to time, everyone including all families need support. Programs and treatment plans are designed with a holistic approach with the client as the focus. Mareas is committed to providing nurturing and dedicated support to individuals, children, youth and families during difficult periods of time to help them get back on course.
(365) 398-0745 View (365) 398-0745
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Nikka Collison
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9H
Anxiety impacts us in a variety of ways and limits our ability to believe in our own capabilities. You’re someone who wants to work towards self-betterment but still find yourself lacking time, energy, or motivation. Feeling like you can’t sleep, socialize, or face your anxieties, and struggle to feel confident. You may even find it difficult to remember what life was like or could be like without anxiety. However, you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to establish better routines. You’re ready to face your anxieties head-on with confidence! Most of all, you’re ready to reconnect with yourself and the people you love.
Anxiety impacts us in a variety of ways and limits our ability to believe in our own capabilities. You’re someone who wants to work towards self-betterment but still find yourself lacking time, energy, or motivation. Feeling like you can’t sleep, socialize, or face your anxieties, and struggle to feel confident. You may even find it difficult to remember what life was like or could be like without anxiety. However, you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to establish better routines. You’re ready to face your anxieties head-on with confidence! Most of all, you’re ready to reconnect with yourself and the people you love.
(289) 277-6679 View (289) 277-6679
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Andrea Zahra Therapy and Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
I work with people struggling with anxiety and panic disorders, low mood, relationship struggles, grief, trauma and more.
I consider it a privilege every single time someone welcomes me to share in their therapeutic process. My intention is to bring authenticity, empathy and non-judgemental guidance to the room. I believe that therapy is a very personal experience for each of my clients, so I try to enter the therapeutic relationship as a 'clean slate', free of judgement or any agenda other than what they want or need in their healing. In my practice, I work from an anti-oppressive, client-focused, strength-based framework and believe that therapy is a collaborative process and that you are the expert of your experience.
I work with people struggling with anxiety and panic disorders, low mood, relationship struggles, grief, trauma and more.
I consider it a privilege every single time someone welcomes me to share in their therapeutic process. My intention is to bring authenticity, empathy and non-judgemental guidance to the room. I believe that therapy is a very personal experience for each of my clients, so I try to enter the therapeutic relationship as a 'clean slate', free of judgement or any agenda other than what they want or need in their healing. In my practice, I work from an anti-oppressive, client-focused, strength-based framework and believe that therapy is a collaborative process and that you are the expert of your experience.
(905) 736-0682 View (905) 736-0682
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Megan Bouck
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
Life is a journey filled with transitions, challenges, and moments of self-discovery. You may be experiencing a career change, grief, a relationship shift, or personal evolution. You may be struggling to navigate stress, burnout, or anxiety, wanting to create and maintain boundaries, or wanting to start the process of healing from the experiences of your past. You may be wanting personalized and empathetic guidance in exploring these unique experiences and transformative phases. Regardless of why you have found yourself seeking support, I am glad you have.
Life is a journey filled with transitions, challenges, and moments of self-discovery. You may be experiencing a career change, grief, a relationship shift, or personal evolution. You may be struggling to navigate stress, burnout, or anxiety, wanting to create and maintain boundaries, or wanting to start the process of healing from the experiences of your past. You may be wanting personalized and empathetic guidance in exploring these unique experiences and transformative phases. Regardless of why you have found yourself seeking support, I am glad you have.
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Dawn Associates
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9B
Are you feeling stressed due to your job or workplace, family relationships or dealing with school or peers? Do you have trauma or distressing memories that are intruding on your ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, anxious and distressed about your situation or the issues in your life? Are you ready to talk to a therapist who can help you to navigate the problems, and work with you to reduce your anxious and negative thoughts?
Are you feeling stressed due to your job or workplace, family relationships or dealing with school or peers? Do you have trauma or distressing memories that are intruding on your ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, anxious and distressed about your situation or the issues in your life? Are you ready to talk to a therapist who can help you to navigate the problems, and work with you to reduce your anxious and negative thoughts?
(289) 206-8783 View (289) 206-8783
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Salvina Castiglione
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
We often look for external solutions when we are trying to resolve or fix a problem. We may be struggling with issues at work or school, or perhaps we’re feeling stuck in a life that no longer brings us joy. The loss of a loved one or a marriage or relationship breakdown leaves us feeling depleted and abandoned. Overwhelmed anxious feelings can easily take over when faced with any of these situations.
We often look for external solutions when we are trying to resolve or fix a problem. We may be struggling with issues at work or school, or perhaps we’re feeling stuck in a life that no longer brings us joy. The loss of a loved one or a marriage or relationship breakdown leaves us feeling depleted and abandoned. Overwhelmed anxious feelings can easily take over when faced with any of these situations.
(365) 298-0295 x905537 View (365) 298-0295 x905537
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Carol Benjamin
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCAC, MDiv
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8K
I work primarily with adults and adolescents and can provide support for a variety of mental health, behavioral or emotional conditions, including Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, Relationship Problems and PTSD.
We all face challenges from time to time. Sometimes, we are able to adequately handle the dilemma by ourselves. Sometimes, though, the problem is much too difficult, and we can use some help. At those times, it is good to know that the kind of help we need is available. It often takes courage to reach for help, particularly to participate in therapy which can feel disruptive and frightening. To be honest, it often is but can be less distressing by compassionate, non-judgmental support. I know it is not easy, but why not call for support anyhow? A safe environment was created just for you. It would be my privilege to help.
I work primarily with adults and adolescents and can provide support for a variety of mental health, behavioral or emotional conditions, including Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, Relationship Problems and PTSD.
We all face challenges from time to time. Sometimes, we are able to adequately handle the dilemma by ourselves. Sometimes, though, the problem is much too difficult, and we can use some help. At those times, it is good to know that the kind of help we need is available. It often takes courage to reach for help, particularly to participate in therapy which can feel disruptive and frightening. To be honest, it often is but can be less distressing by compassionate, non-judgmental support. I know it is not easy, but why not call for support anyhow? A safe environment was created just for you. It would be my privilege to help.
(289) 216-6704 View (289) 216-6704
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Danielle Hulan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
Finding a “good fit” therapist when you need it most can feel truly overwhelming. If you struggle with relationships, anxiety, depression, grief, a life transition, disordered eating or body image issues, a general emotional exhaustion, or a possible sense of unworthiness, we may be able to help. The Cove Therapy offers virtual and in-person therapy to individuals with experiences of trauma & grief, anxiety & depression, eating disorders & complicated body image. Feeling connected to your therapist is very important, and we will work to connect you with a therapist that feels most right for you.
Finding a “good fit” therapist when you need it most can feel truly overwhelming. If you struggle with relationships, anxiety, depression, grief, a life transition, disordered eating or body image issues, a general emotional exhaustion, or a possible sense of unworthiness, we may be able to help. The Cove Therapy offers virtual and in-person therapy to individuals with experiences of trauma & grief, anxiety & depression, eating disorders & complicated body image. Feeling connected to your therapist is very important, and we will work to connect you with a therapist that feels most right for you.
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Alex Luby
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9C  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! Feeling anxious, burnt out, or just not yourself? Maybe it seems like no matter what you do you can't seem to break habits and patterns that are affecting your personal life and relationships. I aim to help people better understand themselves and their emotions, challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and reignite the spark that can sometimes go missing in life. I work with people struggling with anxiety, life transitions, stress, and relationship issues. I work with individuals and provide couple and relationship therapy.
Accepting new clients! Feeling anxious, burnt out, or just not yourself? Maybe it seems like no matter what you do you can't seem to break habits and patterns that are affecting your personal life and relationships. I aim to help people better understand themselves and their emotions, challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and reignite the spark that can sometimes go missing in life. I work with people struggling with anxiety, life transitions, stress, and relationship issues. I work with individuals and provide couple and relationship therapy.
(226) 705-1042 View (226) 705-1042
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Daina Grigenas Online Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, MFA, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in post-secondary education, acute health care and private practice; and offer comprehensive and specialized services including neurodiverse adult ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments and treatments, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, trauma, ED and depression.
I work with professionals, medical residents, graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students by helping them to feel more empowered and less stressed in their high-performance environments. By providing guidance to those facing challenges, I support the process of change during life transitions. Together we explore areas that may be causing symptoms, patterns of behaviour and learn how to accept your own feelings while creating a deeper sense of self. I coach and provide training on how to acquire or improve skills and strategies needed to regulate negative emotions, increase distress tolerance; and minimize and manage triggers.
I have extensive experience in post-secondary education, acute health care and private practice; and offer comprehensive and specialized services including neurodiverse adult ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments and treatments, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, trauma, ED and depression.
I work with professionals, medical residents, graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students by helping them to feel more empowered and less stressed in their high-performance environments. By providing guidance to those facing challenges, I support the process of change during life transitions. Together we explore areas that may be causing symptoms, patterns of behaviour and learn how to accept your own feelings while creating a deeper sense of self. I coach and provide training on how to acquire or improve skills and strategies needed to regulate negative emotions, increase distress tolerance; and minimize and manage triggers.
(289) 799-4294 View (289) 799-4294
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Rebecca Woodall
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9H
We can help you with dysregulated emotions, relational trauma, PTSD symptoms, depression and anxiety.
Now Accepting New Clients For In Person and Online Therapy, with No Wait List! We understand that when sad, bad or stressful events happen throughout your life (no matter how BIG or how SMALL!), it can change how you see yourself, other people and the world around you. When you go looking for help it can be hard to know where to start, but I'm here to help you start to make the changes you are looking for. Our team is dedicated to offering more than just talk therapy, but are trauma specialists offering evidence based treatment.
We can help you with dysregulated emotions, relational trauma, PTSD symptoms, depression and anxiety.
Now Accepting New Clients For In Person and Online Therapy, with No Wait List! We understand that when sad, bad or stressful events happen throughout your life (no matter how BIG or how SMALL!), it can change how you see yourself, other people and the world around you. When you go looking for help it can be hard to know where to start, but I'm here to help you start to make the changes you are looking for. Our team is dedicated to offering more than just talk therapy, but are trauma specialists offering evidence based treatment.
(647) 372-1641 View (647) 372-1641
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Melissa Truelove
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8N
These modalities are helpful with mood disorders, self-criticism, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
My therapeutic approach is to humbly engage with curiosity. As humans, we are complex and multilayered. Our histories inform the lens we view the world from. I am a helper and have been on the receiving end of therapy. I want to demystify the process of self-discovery that connects us all on a deeper level. We will navigate the waters of change in a gentle way to bring about meaningful insights, healing and restored hope. Hi, my name is Melissa, I offer a safe space that is filled with compassion and empathy. I work within an anti-oppressive framework that tailors my approach to your unique personal needs and journey.
These modalities are helpful with mood disorders, self-criticism, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
My therapeutic approach is to humbly engage with curiosity. As humans, we are complex and multilayered. Our histories inform the lens we view the world from. I am a helper and have been on the receiving end of therapy. I want to demystify the process of self-discovery that connects us all on a deeper level. We will navigate the waters of change in a gentle way to bring about meaningful insights, healing and restored hope. Hi, my name is Melissa, I offer a safe space that is filled with compassion and empathy. I work within an anti-oppressive framework that tailors my approach to your unique personal needs and journey.
(365) 536-2341 View (365) 536-2341
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Natalie J Sobel
Registered Social Worker, BSc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
Emotional pain is awful: not knowing when or even if it will end! The distress we go through in a lifetime from so many sources can feel unbearable at times. I work with people at all ages & stages to lift out of Depression, learn to regulate strong emotions such as Anxiety, Anger, Shame, & Grief; relationship problems; parenting struggles; processing trauma; caring for elderly; issues with aging and health; stress from work/school; improving youth mental health. I aim to create a safe & supportive therapeutic relationship with warmth, compassion, & humour to help clients develop inner resources and Mindfulness to meet life.
Emotional pain is awful: not knowing when or even if it will end! The distress we go through in a lifetime from so many sources can feel unbearable at times. I work with people at all ages & stages to lift out of Depression, learn to regulate strong emotions such as Anxiety, Anger, Shame, & Grief; relationship problems; parenting struggles; processing trauma; caring for elderly; issues with aging and health; stress from work/school; improving youth mental health. I aim to create a safe & supportive therapeutic relationship with warmth, compassion, & humour to help clients develop inner resources and Mindfulness to meet life.
(365) 601-8500 View (365) 601-8500
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Roots in Wellness Affordable Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9C
Affordable therapy spaces available! Are you experiencing symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, or identity issues? Are you feeling disconnected from yourself or those around you, and unsure of what next steps you should take? If so, you are not alone! Life throws many challenges our way that can be overwhelming. At Roots in Wellness, our goal is to empower you with strategies to cope with life’s difficult situations, minimize your suffering, and live a life that is meaningful to you. We are proud to offer low cost therapy, as we believe that finances shouldn’t prevent you from accessing help when you need it.
Affordable therapy spaces available! Are you experiencing symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, or identity issues? Are you feeling disconnected from yourself or those around you, and unsure of what next steps you should take? If so, you are not alone! Life throws many challenges our way that can be overwhelming. At Roots in Wellness, our goal is to empower you with strategies to cope with life’s difficult situations, minimize your suffering, and live a life that is meaningful to you. We are proud to offer low cost therapy, as we believe that finances shouldn’t prevent you from accessing help when you need it.
(226) 503-9412 View (226) 503-9412
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Sean Sydor
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S
My goal every day is to offer a supportive, practical approach to therapy. Throughout my career, I’ve tended to work primarily with people who have mood or anxiety difficulties. Some are undergoing or have undergone significant life transitions such as grief from loss. Others come to me for guidance around work-related stress or burnout. And others wish to examine the patterns and practices around their substance use.
My goal every day is to offer a supportive, practical approach to therapy. Throughout my career, I’ve tended to work primarily with people who have mood or anxiety difficulties. Some are undergoing or have undergone significant life transitions such as grief from loss. Others come to me for guidance around work-related stress or burnout. And others wish to examine the patterns and practices around their substance use.
(289) 207-6463 View (289) 207-6463
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Sylvia Piedrahita Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, OCT, MA, MEd
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8N  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi! I'm Sylvia. I work with Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), first generation Canadians reconciling immigrant parental values versus Canadian ones, women undergoing a period of peri and post partum concerns, bicultural couples, anxiety and trauma, specifically complex post traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). I also work with teachers who are burnt out or dealing with compassion fatigue.
Hi! I'm Sylvia. I work with Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), first generation Canadians reconciling immigrant parental values versus Canadian ones, women undergoing a period of peri and post partum concerns, bicultural couples, anxiety and trauma, specifically complex post traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). I also work with teachers who are burnt out or dealing with compassion fatigue.
(289) 312-8813 View (289) 312-8813
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Ashley Montreuil
Registered Psychotherapist, MC, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
I provide a safe place for clients to share their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I help you figure out what is keeping you stuck and work with you toward the goals that you believe will make your life more fulfilling. I do this by helping you challenge thoughts and beliefs that leave you feeling sad or anxious, helping you understand and share your emotions with others, and by aiding you in changing behaviours you no longer find useful. I use a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I provide a safe place for clients to share their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I help you figure out what is keeping you stuck and work with you toward the goals that you believe will make your life more fulfilling. I do this by helping you challenge thoughts and beliefs that leave you feeling sad or anxious, helping you understand and share your emotions with others, and by aiding you in changing behaviours you no longer find useful. I use a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
(365) 601-6417 View (365) 601-6417
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Jahan Zeb
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9B
I am specialized in treating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Substance Addiction, Parenting issues, Relationship difficulties and Grief.
Allow me to be fellow travellers in your life journey and to be your wellness and psychological flexibility coach. You CAN overcome life’s challenges and become more Open, Aware, and Engaged in Growth opportunities by putting wise effort and committed action.
I am specialized in treating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Substance Addiction, Parenting issues, Relationship difficulties and Grief.
Allow me to be fellow travellers in your life journey and to be your wellness and psychological flexibility coach. You CAN overcome life’s challenges and become more Open, Aware, and Engaged in Growth opportunities by putting wise effort and committed action.
(365) 651-0231 View (365) 651-0231
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Jordanne Mulkewich
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MSc, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9H
I enjoy supporting individuals who may struggle with low mood, social anxiety, general worry and low self-esteem.
I am a warm and empathetic clinician with a Masters of Science in Psychotherapy from McMaster University. My education has focused on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based modalities such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT). I trained at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) and Seniors Mental Health outpatient clinic at St. Joseph's Hamilton. I currently work at the ATRC where I support individuals with a wide variety of anxiety difficulties including social anxiety, perfectionism, OCD, GAD, and panic. I have also enjoyed working with those in crisis at Health Canada.
I enjoy supporting individuals who may struggle with low mood, social anxiety, general worry and low self-esteem.
I am a warm and empathetic clinician with a Masters of Science in Psychotherapy from McMaster University. My education has focused on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based modalities such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT). I trained at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) and Seniors Mental Health outpatient clinic at St. Joseph's Hamilton. I currently work at the ATRC where I support individuals with a wide variety of anxiety difficulties including social anxiety, perfectionism, OCD, GAD, and panic. I have also enjoyed working with those in crisis at Health Canada.
(289) 207-6543 View (289) 207-6543

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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 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.