Stacey Ellertson

Stacey Ellertson

B. Th., M.A.LM., M.A.CM., Member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
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Stacey's areas of focus:

  • Anxiety Disorder
    • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • Health / Medical anxiety/fears/sensitivities
    • 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's Biography

Personal Biography

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.

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

Professional Biography

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Theology degree (1997) 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 (2003) from Briercrest Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan.

Stacey is an associate member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. He owns the Southwest Family Life Centre and resides in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with his wife of 25 years, Lee Anne. They have two adult daughters.

Stacey has served as both pastor and counsellor over the last 20 years and worked exclusively with since 2008. He is passionate about helping his clients reach their full potential and experience full recovery. His therapeutic approach incorporates several modalities: CBT, Narrative, Systems Theory and Emotionally Focussed therapy.

He loves to fish, read, cheer for the Edmonton Oilers (don’t judge him) and playing his Xbox. One of his great joys is meeting new clients and collaboratively exploring their “story” toward full recovery and graduation.

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.


The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

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