“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

Jim Folk, President, anxietycentre.com

Last updated: November 29, 2019

Jim Folk

Jim Folk suffered with anxiety disorder including debilitating panic attacks, from 1975 to 1987. During those 12 years, he had undergone countless tests; sought the help of numerous medical and mental health professionals; traveled to a clinic in Mexicali, Mexico; had been prescribed numerous medications; tried herbs, vitamins, diets, alternative therapies; and a host of other treatments in an attempt to regain his normal health.

After finding little help from medical and mental health professionals, in 1985, Jim came in contact with a psychologist who specialized in anxiety disorder. Jim's personal experience with anxiety and his comprehensive research, coupled with the psychologist's reassurances, helped Jim to turn his condition around. In 1986, Jim stopped all medication and regained his normal health one year later.

You can read a more detailed description of Jim's battle with anxiety disorder in the article "Jim Folk's Anxiety Story."

Jim continues to enjoy anxiety- and medication-free health today (over 30 years).

Jim’s 12-year battle with severe anxiety disorder, which included panic attack disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder cultivated a passion to help others. He vowed that if he ever overcome anxiety disorder, he would do whatever he could to help as many people as he could to achieve the same success.

Even though Jim overcame anxiety disorder in 1987, his passion to help others motivated him to continue with vigorous research into anxiety and other mental health disorders (which he continues to do today). In 1989, Jim began working with panic and anxiety disorder sufferers. In 1990, he established a local support group, and in 1992, he wrote the book "Recovering from Panic Attacks." In 1996, he developed the website panicattack-help.com, which transitioned into anxietycentre.com in 2000.

Today, Jim is the president of anxietycentre.com, which offers extensive self-help information and personal psychotherapy, therapy, counseling, and coaching services to individuals and small groups from around the world.

Visit "Jim Folk's Anxiety Story" for a more detailed version of Jim's personal struggle with anxiety disorder.

While most of Jim’s time is devoted to the work at anxietycentre.com, he occasionally has time to support external projects. Here are a few he's been involved with:

Interviews, Stories, and Citations:

  • "Text book for the RtI-Psi Psychiatric/Mental Health Screeners & Progress Monitoring Database" - by Vance Stewart, Ph. D., Licensed  Psychologist/Health Service Provider, Clinical & Educational Specialization Areas, 2019

  • Achina Stein, Psychiatrist, East Providence, RI, USA

  • “Stress Reduction Workshop” by Cathy Obright, London, Ontario

  • "Cop Shock - Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)" second edition by Allen R. Kates

Acknowledgements and Testimonials

Jim has received many acknowledgements and testimonials about his work, such as:

"Thank you Doug Wildman and Jim Folk for your help." - Marc D., Canada

"Thank you, Jim and Marilyn Folk, from the bottom of my heart." - K.B., USA

"Jim Folk, I am eternally grateful." - Sherry, USA

"Jim Folk, you've given me my life back." - Peter, UK

"Jim Folk, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!" - Julie, USA

You are literally a godsend - Kimberly, USA

May You And Your Staff Be Blessed For All Time - Abby S., Canada

Thanks to anxietycentre.com for all that it has helped me. - Nicole M., USA

I Cannot Thank You Enough - M.C., Japan

Thank You Anxietycentre And Your Team - Elizabeth, USA

A Very Big Thank You To One Of Your Counselors - Dianne K., Canada

A Big Thank You To Anxietycentre.com - Maria J., Australia

"Thank You For All The Work You Do At Anxietycentre.com" - John S., USA

"I never thought I could be freed from anxiety disorder." - Tim, USA

"Your website saved my life a year ago." - Mike S., Canada

"Thank you for sharing your wisdom about anxiety." - K.H., USA

Jim, I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me. You have so much information others don't have. You need to write some books on anxiety. I'm sure they'd sell incredibly well.

Tim, 45, USA

I will always have a special place in my heart for Jim and Marilyn Folk. Jim's one-on-one counselling transformed my life. His genuine love for my health was overwhelming. Thanks Jim! All my dreams have come true.

Evelyn S., Canada

I feel very lucky to have found the Anxiety Centre and to have had Jim Folk as my personal coach.

Shelley B., USA

I'm incredibly impressed with the amount of work you have put into this, and with all of the material you have made available.

David G., B. Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P. (c) - Psychiatry, USA

I've just started reading your site, and I must say it's some of the best information I have read, in books, or on the net.

Pat A., Canada

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done. The health and peace I now experience was, in a large part, due to your help and support.

Thanks. I couldn't have done it without you! Keep up the great work!!

Perry G., UK

For more testimonials, visit our “Anxiety Testimonials” page.

As an entrepreneur, Jim, the companies he's founded, and the projects they have participated in, have won hundreds of awards including 7 Gemini Award Nominations, 3 Saskatchewan Showcase Awards, and a coveted Golden Sheaf Award.

Jim has over 40 years experience with anxiety disorder, and over 30 years of experience working one-on-one with individuals suffering from various forms of anxiety disorder (Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, phobias, etc.), stress, depression, interpersonal relationship problems (boundaries, self-esteem), anger issues, and physical/emotional/sexual/spiritual abuse.

Jim and Marilyn Folk currently live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They, and their highly skilled team of coaches, counselors, therapists, and psychotherapists continue to follow their passion of helping people with anxiety disorder and symptoms, and a variety of other mental health challenges.

Members can read more about his personal experiences with anxiety in the Recovery Support area of our Web site.

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.

Additional Resources:

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including anxietycentre.com president, Jim Folk.