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Rae Harwood M.A. (Counselling), B.N., EdD (Counselling Psychology) - Therapist

Last updated: November 29, 2019

Rae Harwood

Rae specializes in therapy for:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • School and Test Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • Grief/loss
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Communication
  • Abuse
  • Marriage and family
  • Personal Development
  • Life Transitions
  • Seniors anxiety, issues

Rae has experienced the following symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • Difficult with daily decisions
  • Fearing the worst
  • Indecision
  • Loss of appetite/overeating
  • Nauseous
  • Numbness in arms and legs
  • Overwhelmed
  • Racing, pounding heart
  • Rapid breathing
  • Teary
  • Tired


Rae experienced a constant companion of anxiety for many years. As a young child, she experienced what is now termed “school anxiety.” Whenever she was asked to answer a question in class or write a test, she became nervous and experienced a pounding heart, shortness of breath, and sweating. These anxious experiences persisted into her teen years where it grew to a near-constant state of feeling like she was never enough. These feelings were acutely strong when there was an exam to be written, which triggered many anxiety symptoms, including pounding heart, blurred vision, and rapid breathing.

During her teen and adolescent years, Rae had many episodes of anxiety. These episodes motivated her to pursue competence as a way to ease her anxiousness. In spite of this work, Rae continued to feel incompetent to the point of where she experienced times of intense fear that bordered on panic.

Rae completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree, got married, and had two children. Even though she didn’t have panic attacks throughout these years, anxiety remained her faithful companion.

When Rae was studying for her Master’s degree in Counselling, she met with a Christian Counsellor for therapy, which was the beginning of her recovery journey.

Following completion of the Master’s program, Rae began a small private counseling practice.  In 2009, Rae graduated with a Doctor of Education in Counselling Psychology while at the same time continued with her counseling practice and held a full-time position as an educator in Nursing programs.

As a nursing educator, Ras has worked with many students who experienced anxiety. She has been able to help these students because of her own experience with and knowledge about anxiety and depression.

Rae and her husband of over 40 years are grandparents to 5 wonderful grandchildren and currently reside in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

Rae is passionate about walking alongside people as they make their way through their own recovery journey.


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 anxiety therapist Rae Harwood.