“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

What Makes Anxietycentre.com Therapists Different From Other Therapists?

Last updated: November 30, 2019

what makes anxietycentre.com therapists unique

Not all therapists are equal.

There are many forms of therapy, and each therapist has a unique personality and approach to therapy.

That’s why not all therapists are equal.

While there are many therapists who claim to be able to help resolve anxiety disorder, many aren't effective or provide only superficial help.

This is one of the reasons why people can struggle with anxiety disorder even after years of therapy. It's been our experience that locating a knowledgeable therapist who truly understands anxiety disorder is difficult.

Nevertheless, finding the right therapist is worth the effort. A good therapist can make a world of difference not only in your recovery but also in how well you sustain your recovery once it is attained.

Anxietycentre.com recognized the importance of working with a knowledgeable therapist and the difficulty in finding one. So, in 2006, we began our search for capable and experienced therapists.

Locating, qualifying, and training

Many of our Recovery Support members told us that the self-help information we had in the Recovery Support area was the best available.

To offer the same high quality therapy services, our goal was to find the best therapists available. So, our search began. To ensure the therapists we worked with would be the best in their field, each candidate was selected based on a strict set of criteria.

For example, each therapist must have experienced debilitating anxiety disorder in his/her own life. Each therapist must have also successfully overcome it, and must have been medication-free for at least five years since their recovery.

We believe personal experience with and successfully overcoming anxiety disorder is an invaluable asset when helping others. It’s one thing to be trained about anxiety but quite another to have lived it and worked through to lasting recovery.

We also required that each therapist be professionally trained as a therapist. All of our recommended therapists have attained their Masters Degree in Counseling or above. We believe this level of training is required to provide effective therapy services to those who are struggling with anxiety disorder.

In addition to their personal experiences and professional training, these therapists also subscribe to anxietycentre.com’s approach to identifying and successfully addressing the underlying factors commonly associated with anxiety disorder. Based on their own recoveries, they found anxietycentre.com’s approach to be the most effective available.

Once our candidates were accepted, we then trained them on our program and the many nuances and subtleties of anxiety disorder recovery. After they completed this training, they were also shadowed (having our trainer sit in their sessions) to ensure their approach met the high standards we set for our therapy program.

All anxietycentre.com therapists go through this process to ensure quality help.

The ‘Best of the Best’ anxiety therapists

Based on the rigor and training our recommended anxiety therapists go through, we believe our recommended therapists are the “best of the best” anxiety therapists available today.

If you are having difficulty locating a suitable therapist, you may want to consider working with one of our recommended therapists. They have the right background and training to help you every step of the way along your recovery journey.

Easy Access, Convenient, Confidential

To make working with one of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists easy, and no matter where you live, our recommended therapists work with people from around the world via the telephone or VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol - using your computer like an Internet phone and/or video phone, such as with the free software, Skype).

Working with a therapist via telephone, computer, or Internet is called teletherapy, distanced therapy, cybertherapy, e-therapy, or i-therapy.

Research has shown teletherapy to be equal to, if not more effective than, face-to-face therapy.

"Obtaining therapy via teleconference is just as effective as face-to-face sessions, according to a new research by Stephane Guay, a psychiatry professor at the Universite de Montreal." - Medical News Today, March 24, 2010.

"Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) via the internet is just as effective in treating panic disorder (recurring panic attacks) as traditional group-based CBT. Internet-based CBT is also more cost-effective than group therapy," says Jan Bergström, psychologist and doctoral student at the Center for Psychiatry Research. - ScienceDaily, April 15, 2010.

We’ve been doing teletherapy for over fifteen years and have found it to be very successful. In fact, it has been so successful that almost all of our face-to-face clients have switched to teletherapy because of its effectiveness, convenience, and confidentiality. 98 percent of our therapy clients meet with our therapists via teletherapy.

Teletherapy eliminates many problems associated with traditional face-to-face therapy. Such as:

  • Teletherapy eliminates the problem of having to live near a good therapist. Using teletherapy, you can work with an effective therapist, coach, or counsellor no matter where you live in the world.

  • Teletherapy is convenient. For example, you can work with one of our recommended therapists from the comfort of your home, office, vehicle, backyard, cottage, or park. Any place you find private makes a good location to work with one of our therapists.

  • Teletherapy saves you time. Rather than spending time traveling to and from a therapist’s office, and then having to wait in the office until he or she is ready, you can meet with your therapist from anywhere and at precisely the time you have booked. No more traveling to and from, or waiting for your appointment.

  • Teletherapy is confidential. Rather than traveling to and from your therapist’s office, and then waiting in a waiting room with a receptionist and other clients, only you and your therapist knows you are seeking therapy.

  • Teletherapy reduces stress and increases effectiveness. For many anxious people, meeting face-to-face is stressful. Teletherapy eliminates that stress. We also find that our clients are more willing to talk about sensitive issues from the security and confidentiality of their private location. This increases recovery effectiveness over face-to-face therapy.

There are many more benefits to teletherapy, as well.

Choosing to work with one of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists ensures you are getting an experienced therapist regardless of location or time, and with the least stress possible.

Our desire is that everyone is able to access capable help no matter where they live. We believe life is too short to waste years suffering needlessly, especially when appropriate help is available.

To ensure therapy is professional and highly effective, all of our recommended therapists are professionally trained and belong to reputable professional organizations who have a high standard of accountability.

This high degree of accountability eliminates the concern of working with a self-proclaimed anxiety “guru” who is not professionally trained and is not accountable to anyone.

Our recommended therapists meet the high standards of what to look for in an effective therapist.

Our Proprietary Diagnostic System speeds up the recovery process

In addition to the benefits of working with the ‘best of the best’ therapists, our therapists have tools no other therapists have.

For example, because of our own struggles with anxiety disorder, we know the many factors that cause issues with anxiety.

As a result, anxietycentre.com developed a proprietary diagnostic system that quickly and effectively discovers and details the many underlying factors that cause issues with problematic anxiety.

Rather than spending months trying to uncover the core reasons for a struggle with problematic anxiety, within 90 minutes or so, we know exactly what the underlying factors are, their mix, and degrees.

This has proven to be a sizeable advantage over traditional approaches.

Not only do we know exactly what the underlying issues are up front, our recommended therapists can help you start to work through them within the first few sessions.

A Direct Approach

In addition to the benefits of our proprietary diagnostic system, our therapists also use a time-saving direct approach rather than an indirect approach many therapists use.

For example, traditional therapy often uses a roundabout question and answer dialogue over many sessions to uncover the core issues at the root of problematic anxiety. This approach can take months and even years to uncover the core issues, if at all. Then, the therapist will help you address them once they are uncovered.

We know that most people want to work through their recovery quickly so that they can get on with their lives. It’s our experience that the traditional, indirect approach can be far too slow.

This is where our diagnostic system and direct approach show superior results. Since we know the issues at the root of each person’s struggle up front using our diagnostic system, our therapists help their clients address each factor right away, and often within the first few sessions.

Moreover, our therapists are direct about their clients’ recovery. Rather than letting their clients discover their issues on their own over months of talking, as some therapists do, our therapists provide their clients with pertinent information, recovery advice, homework (which helps clients work through the recovery process), and support during every session.

Our therapists’ personal and professional experiences with anxiety allow them to be upfront about what works and what doesn’t. They also hold their clients accountable to making healthy change. Since our therapists' goal is your lasting recovery, they can help you get there as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

This is not to imply recovery is fast, because most often it isn’t. But that our recommended therapists can help you attain lasting recovery using the shortest route possible.

To that end, we’ve taken a business consultant’s approach to recovery rather than an approach used by traditional therapy:

  • We first identify the problems (using our proprietary diagnostic system),
  • Explain why they are problems (explain why and how the underlying factors cause problems with anxiety and symptoms),
  • Explain how these problems developed,
  • Provide you with strategies, tools, and solutions to help you make healthy change, and
  • Guide, encourage, and support you as you work through the recovery process.

Effective, Expedient, Compassionate Care

Our primary goal is to help our clients overcome anxiety disorder and its symptoms so that they can regain their normal and lasting health.

We believe our team of recommended anxiety disorder therapists are well-equipped to help you achieve the same level of success that we have.

We frequently hear from our clients that our approach produces the best results, the most complete results, and much quicker than most other types of therapies. We’ve worked hard to give you the best opportunity to succeed in the shortest amount of time.

Anxietycentre.com and the recommended therapists who work with us represent our effort to help anxiety disorder sufferers regain their normal and lasting health…and as quickly as possible. Many of our therapy clients have told us our therapists are the “best of the best” therapists available anywhere.

If you are interested in working with one of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists, click on the link for more information about our Anxiety Therapy, Coaching, Counseling Program.

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If you would like help choosing the right therapist from our list of recommended therapists, email us a brief history of your struggles with anxiety disorder and we would be happy to make a recommendation for you.

If you’d rather talk to us about choosing the right therapist, you can either phone us at 1-403-208-0091, or email us your phone number and we will call you back.

Our office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM DST, Monday through Friday. If you get our message system, leave a message and we will return your call as quickly as possible.

NOTE: It is our experience that therapists who have personally experienced anxiety disorder, who have successfully overcome anxiety disorder, and who are medication-free and have been for at least five years make the best anxiety disorder therapists.

Since they have had to address the underlying factors at the root of their own conditions to recover and maintain lasting success, they personally know the way toward success. The combination of personal experience and professional training equips them with a powerful skill-set that benefits others seeking recovery.


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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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