“All of us at anxietycentre.com 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 30 years of service.” - Jim Folk, President, anxietycentre.com

Hellen Krahn, B.A., M.A.(Honours) - Counselor
Member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

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Hellen specializes in counseling for:

Hellen experienced the following symptoms:



Hellen, born in Mexico, moved with her family to Canada at the age of 7. Immediately upon entering Canada, she faced some unfortunate challenges, especially for a young girl moving to a new country.

For example, while learning to adjust to Canadian life and the English language, she was ridiculed and shamed by other school children due to the stigma attached of her cultural background. And merely a year later, at the age of 8, she was raped by a family acquaintance. This left her vulnerable to several years of sexual abuse by a family member. As a self conscious, now overweight, adolescent whose trust in people had been shattered, she escaped by reading books and creating a “safe” world in her mind.

As Hellen grew up, she avoided the conscious awareness of her anxiety and depression by keeping herself extremely busy and by being overly excited about life. It was not until her late twenties when an unstable long-term relationship ended that a crack in her defense mechanisms caused a barrage of emotions, memories, and delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, including those listed above.

In addition to her many symptoms, because of Hellen’s inability to trust and her need to be seen as strong, Hellen learned to cope with relationships with anger.

Recognizing the impact of her struggles, Hellen turned to numerous books about sexual abuse, PTSD, and recovery, which contained stories of others who had successfully dealt with their traumas: mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As a result, her struggles began to make sense as these writings normalized the after effects and symptoms of what she had survived. These books also provided her with some of the tools she needed to change, heal, and grow.

Since Hellen had ruled out conventional medication as an option, she pursued a “natural” approach to recovery, which included a change of diet, natural supplements, and changes to the way she was thinking and feeling.

Gradually, with the help of a couple of people who chose to respond to the frightened vulnerable girl inside Hellen’s tough shell, instead of withdrawing, she learned to let go of her anger and express her needs.

Hellen continued to work on her underlying factors over the years and finally returned to normal and lasting health. She is another example of how identifying and successfully addressing the underlying factors of anxiety and depression can bring lasting relief. Today, Hellen is living a normal, healthy, and symptom-free life.

Hellen has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. She has provided counseling services to individuals and groups in the areas of addictions, abuse (spiritual/ emotional/ sexual), anger management, caregiver self care, anxiety, depression, loss and grief, personal and spiritual growth, post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention since 1995. Counseling with Hellen can be done in either English or Low German (Plautdietsch).

Hellen resides in the East Elgin area of Southwestern Ontario, and enjoys spending time out in nature walking, exploring, and photographing with friends and family.

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"I made tremendous progress since I began my therapy with Hellen." - Annie, Canada

"I cannot thank Hellen enough." - Janelle, USA

"Thank you anxiety counsellor Hellen Krahn. Anxietycentre.com is the best!" - J.B., USA

"I am very thankful to Hellen Krahn and anxietycentre.com." - name withheld, Canada


The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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Written by: Hellen Krahn
Reviewed by: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Updated: March 28, 2019.

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