Christie Meinema, M.A. - Registered Psychotherapist
Christie specializes in the areas of:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- Panic Disorder (PAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual abuse trauma
- Domestic violence
- Marriage and family
- Interpersonal relationships
- Mind/body connection
Christie experienced the following symptoms:
- Constant lump in throat
- Constantly scanning for danger
- Fear of death
- Fear of public speaking/embarrassment
- Feeling doom
- Feeling frozen
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Heart racing
- Obsessive worrying/thoughts
- Rapid breathing
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Social anxiety
- Stomach aches
- Terrifying thoughts/images
Christie has struggled with anxiety throughout her life. As a child, she had a very sensitive temperament. What was labelled as “shy” was actually fear and an intense social anxiety. While her home life was a place of security, beyond the doors of her home was a scary place. Christie struggled to have the confidence to talk with others, make friends, or look people in the eye. As she headed into her teen years she recognized she needed to get over being “shy.” Christie began working on breaking through her social fears and forced herself to do the things she was afraid of. She was able to accomplish her goals and went on to university. She was always thankful to have supportive family and friends, and a spiritual faith that gave her strength to continue pursuing her goals.
Christie then moved away for her Graduate Studies and was faced with a new surge of anxiety. Being away from home, combined with expectations of school, including presentations, left her with constant physical anxiety sensations. However, it was also in her Grad studies that she was challenged to look more deeply into the thoughts that were creating these dynamics. She also engaged in her own personal counselling and began to challenge negative thoughts, as well as process negative experiences. This process was enlightening and allowed her to finish her Master’s degree.
Fast forward a number of years and Christie became a mom. This is when her anxiety made another impactful appearance in her life. The emotional overload of having children overwhelmed both her thought life and her body. She constantly worried about the safety, health, and well-being of her children. She would feel physical panic as she was plagued by intrusive images of bad things happening to them. She lost hours of sleep as she could not shut down the negative thoughts and she worked to devise plans to keep her children safe.
Christie also constantly worried about dying and leaving her children. She worked to control her life and her children’s lives to ensure they were safe. She once again realized she needed to challenge her thoughts. This was also the time that she began learning about how the body is impacted by anxiety. She started to understand why she physically suffered because of anxiety. She worked with both her mind and body to deal with the symptoms of anxiety. This has been incredibly effective and freeing. Christie no longer feels controlled by anxiety. It has been very exciting to bring this knowledge into her counselling practice and to help others also find the understanding and freedom they are looking for.
Christie lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with her husband, Bryan, and their two daughters. She has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and has been counselling for over 16 years. She began her career working with sexual abuse survivors where she learned about the resilience people have. For the past 12 years she has been working in a more generalist practice. She has had the honor to walk the healing journey with many individuals and families over the years and her passion for her work has only grown.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or 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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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 26, 2018.