1. Anxiety Online Group Counselling and Support Groups

Anxiety Online Group Counselling and Support Groups

Online Anxiety Support Group Throughout British Columbia

When we are overwhelmed, stuck, & don’t know where to start, we typically don’t start. I specialize in CBT to help you get unstuck, understand “your stuff” (cause we all have it!), & implement practical strategies to change how you think, feel, & live more alive

 

We all experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress and Anxiety are some of the most prevalent issues people seek counselling for. You are not alone. Although, it can feel that way. Anxiety thrives on isolation and avoidance of the things that trigger your anxiety. Therefore, facing those fears with a trusted therapist can be so helpful. Friends and family may mean well, and are immensely important, however, they may not be properly trained like a professional and able to give unbiased input.

Welcome,

I’m so glad that you decided to join us for this group. You are here for a reason; you want change in your life. When we are overwhelmed, stuck, and don’t know where to start, we typically don’t start. The most important thing is to start where you are. 

It is normal to feel a little nervous, but this is where strongholds can be released; in a safe community. Everything shared here is confidential. You will be sent an Intake & Consent form specific to groups highlighting this, the commitment of the full session duration of 8 weeks, & and 24-hour cancellation policy. Coverage is dependent on your insurance policy. Payment is made via e-transfer of $50 prior to each session to [email protected] in which you will receive a receipt to submit to your insurance for reimbursement (please check with your unique policy for coverage).

Topics Covered:

You do not necessarily have to bare your soul — especially initially. It is a safe place for people walking through the same struggle to not feel as alone. There is power in connection as anxiety and most mental health struggles thrive in isolation and avoidance. You can always email me privately, or type questions in the chat box privately so I can address questions/topics to focus on while still maintaining anonymity.

So the focus of the group is:

  • Demystifying Anxiety: What is Anxiety? General Information and Overview
  • Safe connection and community
  • Teaching from myself rather than a heavy focus on vulnerable sharing (although that is encouraged in a safe way at your own comfort level)
  • Recorded sessions so you can always go back and rewatch/listen or refresh your memory
  • Worksheets and reflection exercises to keep forever
  • Signs and symptoms of anxiety
  • What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? And how can it help my anxiety or any mental health issue?
  • Things that can contribute to anxiety
  • Protective factors against anxiety (things that help protect against the onset of anxiety)
  • Coping strategies that are proven by science, practical, and personalized to you
  • Prevention (preventing anxiety, and what to do when  it returns. Hint: You can cope!)
  • Strengthening factors to not only survive but thrive.
  • How to support someone with anxiety. 

Online Anxiety Support Group Throughout British Columbia

This is a safe, secure, and confidential online support group for those wanting to learn more about Anxiety and Coping Strategies. We will meet weekly for an hour for 8 weeks. Groups are very effective for building connection, especially during this time.

 

We are created for connection and there is something powerful in working together in a common struggle. Participants build community and learn various coping strategies from teachings from Barb, sharing from each other, and Q and A time together in a safe, non- judgemental environment. You are able to submit questions anonymously prior to the group or ask and share freely throughout the group. 

There will be teaching on themed topics related to the group each session, interactive exercises, and take-aways to practice at home. 

We are created for connection and this is a powerful tool in living more alive. We are in this together 😊

Please check with your insurance provider for reimbursement details. Groups are a great way to ensure consistency of weekly meetings and budgeting finances as each session is $50. Of course if you are wanting more in depth or personalized work, you are welcome to book an individual session.

We are so excited to have you! You will be sent a secure emailed link for our group session.

Payment is made in full via e-transfer prior to the start of the group’s first session. Each session is $50. We ask that you commit for 8 weeks for creating new thinking and behavioural patterns based upon a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach.

Anxiety Group

Thursdays 8:10 -9:00 pm Weekly for 8 Weeks

Session Dates: April 15th – June 3

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Learning practical coping strategies to recognize, prevent & overcome Anxiety.

You can go in and book in for all of the Groups here.

(Please book in for the full term session of 8 weeks to build consistency, community, and cohesiveness as it ensures it is the same group for that term). 

Grab your tea and join us Thursday evenings 8:10 pm to 9pm 🙂

  • April 15th
  • April 22nd
  • April 29th
  • May 6th
  • May 13th
  • May  20th
  • May 27th
  • June 3rd

You will get a secured email link to our Zoom group. Feel free to ask questions throughout the group, type in the chat box privately and I will answer or talk on subjects, or even email anything to [email protected] .

You will get out what you put in, and you will never regret showing up and investing in yourself.

Because empty cups cannot pour.

Here are some questions to start reflecting on: 

  • What made you decide to start this? 
  • What would you like to see as a result of our time together?

I am looking forward to this journey together. Please reach out with any questions, [email protected] 

Chat soon 🙂

Barb

YOU’RE FEELING STUCK & OVERWHELMED ABOUT TOO MANY THINGS…

…even the little things that really “shouldn’t” cause you stress. You are stressed about what you’ll say in front of other people, wanting to impress others, relationships, performance issues in sports, school, or work, and direction you need to take in your schooling or career. Learn how anxiety counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia or Online can help.

 You’re overwhelmed and stuck in your own head.

No matter how much you try to control all the things on your plate, your situation is just too much and you end up avoiding social activities, or not speaking up at work, or overthinking what you’ll say or what you said/did.  You’re beginning to realize that you’re unable to just relax, be, and enjoy the people or experiences around you.

Maybe you struggle with perfectionistic thinking patterns, and judge yourself when you don’t measure up the standards that you should. When we have unmet and unrealistic expectations, we are left feeling defeated, depleted, and even irritable. These are all symptoms of anxiety.

Anxiety thrives on isolation and avoidance.

Although it is the one of the most prevalent issues, we can feel like we are the only one. Like something is wrong with us. So, instead we hide it, try to deal with it on our own, ignore it…until it becomes too much.

I help people seeking anxiety counselling Online and anxiety counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia process sources of their stress, triggers, and reduce their anxiety. I specialize in CBT for anxiety to help people work through their thinking patterns and behaviour patterns that are holding them back from living more fully. I take a nonjudgmental look at what you’re experiencing, and provide helpful feedback, education, exercises and coping strategies to reduce feelings of anxiousness and increase a sense of well-being, calm, and confidence.

We are created for connection. You are not alone, although it can feel that way. There is life and power in safe connection with others.

What we do together in counselling for anxiety:

  • Learn to identify your unique anxiety triggers
  • Start to understand where anxiety comes from so that it does not keep popping up like weeds in areas of your life
  • Where you feel it in your body
  • Negative/irrational thoughts fuelling it
  • Challenge and Reframe these anxious thoughts
  • Replace them with more balanced thoughts to feel more balanced
  • Learn practical healthy coping strategies for you 
  • Practice Breathing and Grounding strategies you can do anywhere: from a classroom, locker room, home, or business meeting.
  • Change the way you speak to yourself, to speak to yourself with more kindness and compassion (like you would someone you love)
  • Improve relationships with yourself and others, and productivity
  • Feel and live more confidently
  • Practical homework/reflection exercises between sessions to gain self-confidence and skills
  • Be educated, equipped, and empowered with resources, self-talk, insight, and coping skills to manage and overcome your anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response in the body, until it is not.

  • Common symptoms include:
  • Anxiety thrives on isolation and avoidance. Thus, having a strong social support and counselling can help be incredibly beneficial to combat isolation. Counselling also helps you face what is overwhelming you or causing you to feel stuck or paralyzed with a trusted someone rather than alone. By doing this, you can then realize you can overcome these fears and limiting beliefs.
  • I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT for Anxiety, which is the gold-standard of treatment. However, I draw from a variety of therapy approaches to tailor counselling uniquely for you
  • To learn more about CBT, see my blog post here: 
  • Essentially, your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected. If we can make changes in one area, we can impact change is other areas as well. We especially target those irrational, negative thoughts driving your anxiety and keeping it going.
  • For example:

Half of the battle with anxiety is becoming aware of it.

When I am feeling anxious or overwhelmed,

  • What is the situation? Name the facts, or What IS vs. What IFs.
  • Where do I feel it in my body?
  • What am I telling myself in my head?

Online Group Counselling Available

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Cost & Coverage

Please check with your insurance provider for group counselling coverage. Groups are a great way to build connection and can be cost effective as cost is $50/group session. Payment is made in full prior to the first session as we hold a limited number of spots. We ask that you commit to the 8 weeks to build connection with others and for changing thinking and behavioural patterns based upon a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach.

We are passionate about coming
alongside of you wherever you are.

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The work I have done with Barb has changed my life. With her help I learned that I was not only worthy but, capable of helping myself. Walking with her has been one of the most meaningful experiences I have ever had.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come Alive.

– Howard Thurman

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