I will forever be grateful to you all!!
After suffering with many minor bouts of anxiety disorder throughout my lifetime, in the fall of 2011 after experiencing a near fatal car accident, I experienced a severe dark time in my life. It was during this time I was searching the Internet to find help and solace for all the horrible and confusing anxiety symptoms I was experiencing on a daily basis when I came across the anxietycentre.com website. Looking back now, I believe it was a God-send.
After reading all - and I literally mean all - of the information, I began practicing and implementing all the strategies that Jim Folk suggested. I began feeling better a little bit day after day and eventually “cured” myself through the self-help information through the anxiety website on my own. In my mind, I believed I truly understood all aspects of anxiety and anxiety disorder and would never again suffer with the disorder again. Boy was I wrong!! Unfortunately in the summer of 2014, anxiety disorder reared its ugly head once again and worse than before. As Jim Folk explains on the website, many people experience Level One recovery which was what I experienced and if one never deals with the underlying causes of anxiety disorder, it will only return again and again throughout one’s life.
Suffice it to say, I tried to self-help myself once again but to no avail. It was then I decided to contact Stacey Ellertson as I had previously heard some Skype recordings with him and also read some very promising testimonials, which made my decision all the more easy to make.
From our first session, Stacey was down to earth and talked to me as a person. This made me feel comfortable and allowed me to view him as being trustworthy. More importantly to me, he was a fellow Christian and would implement Christianity in our sessions as well, which also helped me tremendously. From the beginning I felt a deep trust for him and believed everything he told me. I began implementing all the strategies he told me to do and also began to stop all the behaviors which brought me to anxiety disorder in the first place. He was always so helpful and understanding in every session we had and was easily available through email whenever I had a question or was struggling.
After many sessions and months later, I began feeling better and finally and truly began to understand true, complete and lasting anxiety disorder recovery. Through the help of God, Stacey Ellertson, Jim Folk and the anxietycentre.com website, I now have my life back!! It is now even better than before because through therapy, I discovered all of my underlying factors and unhealthy behaviors which brought me to anxiety disorder throughout many times in my life. I now feel a profound sense of freedom because I never have to worry about anxiety disorder ever returning as long as I keep practicing what I learned in therapy to live a stress free life. And that to me is the best gift anyone could ever have given me.
I would like to give my sincere thanks first to God for leading me to find anxietycentre.com, and also to Stacey Ellertson, Jim Folk and the entire staff at AnxietyCentre.com. I will forever be grateful to you all!!
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 August 2016.