Stacey Ellertson, B. Th., M.A.LM., M.A.CM., Associate member of CCPA - Counselor
Stacey specializes in counseling for:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- Panic Disorder (PAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Dying, Death anxieties/fears
- Marriage, Family, and Blended-family
- Health and medical anxiety/fears
- Loss of meaning in life
- Life transitions
Stacey experienced the following symptoms:
- Back Pain
- Chest pains
- Couldn't catch my breath
- Crisis Thinking
- Depressive mood/thoughts of death/suicidal
- Dizziness, lightheadedness
- Dry mouth
- Expecting the worst
- Extremely jumpy
- Fear of Impending Doom
- Fear of losing control
- Fear of small, confined spaces (claustrophobia)
- Fear of what others think of me/rejection
- Frequent Déjà vu
- GAD, PTSD
- Imagining the worst
- Increased Heart Rate
- Jittery feeling
- Living in a Fog
- Mind Chatter
- Muscle tension, twitching & spasms.
- Nausea, diarrhea, heart burn, gas, indigestion, constipation,
- Negative thinking
- Obsessed with sleeping and/or not sleeping
- Obsessive thinking
- Overwhelming fear of conflict
- Panic attacks
- Racing, pounding heart
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to bright light, sounds and strange tastes and smells.
- Social anxiety/withdrawal
- Starry vision
- Tension headaches
- Tension in head and neck
- Tingling/numbness/cold hands and feet
- Vision problems (seeing dark spots, eye fatigue, going cross-eyed)
- and many more
Stacey Ellertson interview with Jim Folk - Part 1
Stacey Ellertson interview with Jim Folk - Part 2
Stacey Ellertson interview with Jim Folk - Part 3
Jim Folk's interview with Adam about Adam's recovery - Part 1
Jim Folk's interview with Adam about Adam's recovery - Part 2
Jim Folk's interview with Adam about Adam's recovery - Part 3
Stacey understands the despair and challenges of severely debilitating anxiety. His struggle began almost immediately when he spent the first year of life in the hospital, and the next nine years in and out of hospital due to multiple surgeries.
Because of these early life experiences, Stacey’s childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood years were filled with fear, loneliness, and a sense of loss of control and inferiority. Consequently, he learned to live anxiously, expecting that bad things would continually happen to him.
Stacey did his best to try and feel better, by trying harder and harder to be better and better, however, the persistent thought of, "It's never enough," continued to pervade in his life.
To relieve the "gloom and doom" he was feeling, Stacey began to sleep excessively, because he found that his dream life was safer than his real life. As a result, he often slept sixteen hours a day. Nicotine, caffeine, and immersing himself into his work also became his drugs of choice, all in an attempt to relieve the heaviness and fear he was experiencing.
In 1991, Stacey experienced excruciating panic attacks, social anxiety, and deep depression. It was during this time that he seriously considered suicide.
That same year, Stacey sought counselling for his anxiety and depression, which began his journey back to normal and lasting health. Today, Stacey lives a life completely free of debilitating panic attacks, anxiety, and depression.
Stacey has a Bachelor of Theology degree from Gardner College in Camrose, Alberta; a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry majoring in Marriage and Family Counselling; and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Management with a major in Organizational Leadership.
Because of Stacey's personal experience with anxiety and depression, he is passionate about helping others. Stacey specializes in offering support to adults and teenagers who are experiencing:
- Debilitating anxiety, stress, and/or depression
- Conflicts in the family, blended-family or marriage
- Separation or divorce
- Loss of meaning in life
- Loss and grief
- Life transitions
- Fear, anger, or rage
- Confusion or low self-confidence
And may find it difficult to:
- Be in healthy relationships
- Be satisfied and productive at work or school
- Make good choices
- Engage in appropriate parenting
- Cope with life's stresses
- Stay committed to a recovery program
Stacey is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. He owns the Southwest Family Life Centre in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Stacey and his wife, LeeAnne, reside in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with their two daughters.
Members can read more about his personal experiences with anxiety in the member's area of our Web site.
TESTIMONIALS: Click on each link to read the complete testimonial.
"Stacey Ellertson is a really great anxiety counsellor." - Mike, Canada
"I highly recommend Stacey Ellertson as an anxiety counsellor." - Mary Anne, Germany
"Thank you to Stacey and Anxiety Centre for everything!" - Donna, Canada
"I will forever be grateful to you all!!" - Tiffany, Canada
"I highly recommend this approach for anxiety." - Scott, Canada
"Thank you, Stacey Ellertson, from the bottom of my heart." - Barbara, USA
"Thank you, Stacey. I could not have done it without you." - Heather, Canada
"I am so happy to be symptom-free and no longer fearful of anxiety." - Suzanne M., USA
"Thank you anxietycentre.com and thank you Stacey!" - Daniel, USA
"Thanks Stacey and the Anxietycentre.com." - D.E., USA
"Stacey genuinely cares." - C.R., USA
"I am so grateful to Stacey and anxietycentre.com." - Nicole, USA
"Stacey, you've been the world's largest help to me." - Logan, Canada
"Thank you for making me a whole lot happier and healthier." - Cathy, Canada
"Thank you, Stacey Ellertson." - Julie, USA
"Stacey helped me greatly." - Nick, USA
"Stacey has a combination of experience and compassion." - N.C., Europe
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.
For more information about our Anxiety Therapy, Coaching, Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Symptoms of Anxiety; Anxiety Attack Symptoms; anxiety Recovery Support area; common Anxiety Myths; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate graphic below:
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated August 2016.