All of us at have experienced debilitating anxiety. But we’ve also overcome it and returned to normal and lasting health. Because we know the hardship anxiety unwellness can cause, we are committed to helping others, with over 27 years of service.” - Jim Folk, President,

Susan Tavener Waugh, RN., B.Th. M., M.A., CM., PACFA Assoc - Therapist

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Sue Tavener Waugh knows the pain associated with living with anxiety and depression. At an early age, she was abused and neglected. As a result, she learned to experience great fear whenever she felt out of control or vulnerable. Consequently, every moment of her life was filled with anxiety and worry.

While working as a nurse in a Locked Psychiatric unit, a client physically assaulted her. This attack further reinforced her fears of being out of control and vulnerable, and consequently, she became even more hyper vigilant, worried, and fearful.

Overtime, her worry and fear became unbearable. In addition to the many physical symptoms of anxiety, such as the persistent feelings of impending doom, inability to relax, insomnia, agitation, and panic attacks and an unfounded fear of having a serious physical illness. She became despondent and depressed.

To try and ease her fears, and gain control of her life she developed a number of unhealthy obsessions and compulsions, including becoming rigid in her patterns of living. For example, she allowed herself to only shop on certain days of the week and pay bills on others. Everything she did became organized and habituated.

She also became hyper vigilant about her personal safety. For example, she always checked for exits when in new places, and then developed escape plans in case she felt threatened. While this seemed to lessen her fears somewhat in the short-term, over time she became increasingly despondent and cynical about all areas of her life. Eventually, Sue realised this was not healthy. In an attempt to regain her health, she entered therapy.

Therapy helped Sue understand and successfully address the underlying factors associated with her anxiety and depression. After two years of therapy, she was able to overcome her anxiety and depression and completely eliminate her symptoms. Sue has been symptom-free for over six years.

In addition to Sue’s personal experience and victory over anxiety and depression, she brings with her a wealth of professional abilities and experience. For example, Sue worked as a Registered Nurse within public and private health services for over 25 years. Particularly in the area of mental health and dual diagnosis. Sue is compassionate, kind, recognizes the value of every human being, and strives for excellence with a generosity of spirit, openness of dialogue, and a refusal to allow prejudice or ignorance to isolate.

Sue’s personal and professional experience encompasses all areas of mental health, including drug and alcohol abuse, and addictions . From individuals to large groups, she has facilitated many sessions that deal with anxiety, grief and loss, suicide, self-harm, depression, and the effects of physical/psychological/sexual abuse. She also has facilitated Stress Management, Anger Management/Assertiveness Skills, and Relaxation Programs.

In 2005, Sue was awarded a Bachelor of Ministry through the Baptist Theological College, in Sydney, Australia. In 2007, she completed a Masters of Counselling degree with a major study in Psychotherapy through the Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts.

Sue resides in Sydney, Australia, with her three adult children living nearby.

Hours available:
Canada and USA (Western Hemisphere): 2 PM – 9 PM, Sunday to Thursday
Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Europe (Eastern Hemisphere): 10 AM – 8 PM, Monday to Friday

Sue has many clients in Canada, USA, Europe, and Australia.

NOTE: Calls from Sue to North American clients are $3.60 Canadian per one hour session. Skype to Skype calls are free.

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Sue Waugh Testimonials - click on the link to read the testimonial:

"There is no better anxiety counselling than with Sue Waugh. She saved our lives!" - Margo, Australia

Sue gave me back my life! - T.B., Canada

"Susan, you have changed my life in the most positive way." - Eve M., Australia

"FREE AT LAST! Sue, I'll always be grateful to you." - Celia, USA

"Sue Waugh has taken me from the deepest darkness to freedom!" - Sonia, Australia

"I'm grateful to Anxiety Centre and Sue Waugh" - Shara and family, USA

"Sue, thank you again for helping me get my life back!" - Tom B, Australia

"A very big thank you to Susan Waugh!" - D.K., Canada

"Thank you,, for your wonderful website and Sue." - Debbie, Australia

"Thanks so much Sue and" - Kylie, New Zealand

"Thank you for giving me this gift of freedom!" - Rochelle, USA

"I know this may sound over dramatic, but saved my life!" - Caron, UK

"I'm grateful to anxietycentre and your whole organization. You truly were a godsend." - Catherine, USA

"Words can't describe how Sue Waugh changed my life!" - Lindsey G., USA

"Thank you for your amazing website and for Sue who helped me overcome my anxiety!" - Nicole, England

"Thank you for giving me the tools to succeed." - Francene, Australia

"Thank you, Sue. You have changed my life." - LD, Australia

"I wanted to thank you for your wonderful ministry to anxiety sufferers." - Kayleen, USA

"A very big thank you to and Sue Waugh." - Maria, Australia

"Thank you for your great website and Sue Waugh." - Mike, Canada

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart." - K.K., Australia

"Thank you so much for all of the information and services you provide." - S.T, USA

"Your anxiety work has truly changed my life." - D.B., USA

"Sue is a great counsellor and your website is fabulous." - Eleanor, Canada

"Thank you, anxietycentre!" - C.C., USA

"Thank you - I am now free and healthy." - April, USA

"Thank you, thank you, Sue, I am forever grateful to learn and grow with your help." - A.S., USA

"Thank you Sue Waugh." - D.L., Australia

"Thank you to and especially to Sue." - M.J., Australia


Counselling over the phone has been great. It doesn't matter where the therapist is - you can still get help.

S.T., Australia


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.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated February 2, 2017. Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including anxiety therapist Susan Tavener Waugh.