“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

Stacey Ellertson, B. Th., M.A.LM., M.A.CM., Member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) - Therapist

Last updated: November 28, 2019

Jim Folk

Stacey specializes in therapy for:

  • Anxiety Disorder
    • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
    • Panic Disorder (PAD)
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Phobias
    • Agoraphobia
    • Seniors anxiety, issues
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Dying, Death anxieties/fears
  • Marriage, Family, and Blended-family
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Health and medical anxiety/fears
  • Loss of meaning in life
  • Death/Grief/Loss
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Loneliness
  • Anger/Rage

Stacey experienced the following symptoms:

  • Anger/frustration/irritability
  • Back Pain
  • Breathing
  • Chest pains
  • Couldn't catch my breath
  • Crisis Thinking
  • Depressive mood/thoughts of death/suicidal
  • Disassociation/Depersonalization
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Dry mouth
  • Expecting the worst
  • Extremely jumpy
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • 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
  • Hypervigilence
  • Imagining the worst
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Insomnia
  • Isolationism
  • 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.
  • Shame/Guilt
  • 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

Jim Folk's interview with Adam about his recovery from anxiety disorder.


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

Who feel:

  • Loneliness
  • 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.

Recovery Support members can read more about his personal experiences with anxiety in the Recovery Support area of our web site. Stacey has also joined Jim Folk on SKYPE Discussion calls with members. You can find his participation in the Skype Call Archive section (chapter 23) also in the Recovery Support area.



Click on each link to read the complete testimonial.

Stacey, thanks for everything you did for me! - Gerjanne, The Netherlands

"Stacey Ellertson is a really great anxiety counsellor." - Mike, Canada

"I highly recommend Stacey Ellertson as an anxiety counsellor." - Mary Anne, Germany

"Stacey Ellertson led me out of the trap of anxiety disorder." - J.M., USA

"Therapy was probably the best investment I could have ever made." - Theo, Canada

"I recommend Stacey and the anxietycentre to anyone dealing with anxiety." - Brandon, Canada

"I am so very thankful to everyone at anxietycentre.com." - Jacky, USA

"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

"Thanks again, Stacey Ellertson, for the great work you do!" - Doug, USA

"Thank you, Stacey. I could not have done it without you." - Heather, Canada

"Thank you Stacey and the Anxiety Centre for giving me my life back." - Tim S., USA

"I highly recommend Stacey to anyone who struggles with anxiety." - Chris, USA

"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 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 professional therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including anxiety disorder therapy by Stacey Ellertson.