Anxiety is a normal, healthy and important physiological response to a threatening situation. We all have a built in mechanism, the fight or flight response, that puts the body on alert when faced with a sudden challenge or perceived danger. The human brain is wired to quickly decide whether to stay in the challenging situation or to flee from it. When you feel anxiety, it is as a result of your ‘fight or flight’ response being triggered by the anticipation of danger. This anticipation is accompanied by physiological responses known as arousal; high levels of arousal can leave an individual feeling tense, nervous and restless. Mild anxiety can actually help a person problem solve and guide positive decision making. However, an overwhelming feeling of anxiety can be debilitating. Anxiety becomes a problem when our body reacts as if there is danger when there is no danger. When this happens, your worries and anxieties seem overwhelming and begin to interfere with your ability to lead a normal life. If this occurs, counselling is one method of effectively treating your anxiety. Our clinicians have extensive training in the understanding and treatment of anxiety. They use a variety of treatment modalities, often combining therapies, including CBT, mindfulness, and psychotherapy, to explore and heal the causes of your anxiety while developing the tools to effectively manage your symptoms.