Individual Therapy

Feeling overwhelmed by personal challenges? Therapy can give you the time, connection, & tools you need to navigate life's ups and downs with less stress.

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Are stress and anxiety keeping you from fully living?

A little bit of stress is ok. A little bit of anxiety is ok. They are the signals from your body and mind, designed to warn you about risks, and protect you from danger. But when they start to impact your day-to-day life negatively, it can make you feel like you’re always waiting for the next crisis to happen – like you’re waiting for the next shoe to drop.

Therapy can help you take your life back.

If you are experiencing:

We can help you find your happy place.

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Understanding Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety and stress are common human experiences, but for some, they become an overwhelming and persistent challenge as they start to disrupt daily life.

What’s the difference between stress and anxiety? Stress is generally triggered by a specific situation, such as a work or family issue, and once that situation is resolved, it’s often more manageable. Chronic stress can lead to anxiety, which is a more persistent level of stress that keeps your nervous system on high alert for long periods of time.

Anxiety can stem from a variety of sources, including genetic predisposition, brain chemistry imbalances, and life circumstances.

Understanding anxiety means recognizing that it’s not a choice or a sign of weakness. It’s a complex mental health condition that millions of people grapple with. Together, we can develop an informed and compassionate understanding of how stress and anxiety affect you.

Here are a few of the most common anxiety and stress disorders:

People with GAD suffer with excessive and persistent anxiety about a wide range of everyday situations and events. Physical symptoms like restlessness, muscle tension, and irritability can develop in response to your body being in a persistent state of “flight or fight”.

People with panic disorder experience recurrent and unexpected panic attacks that show up as sudden, intense episodes of fear and physical discomfort, with symptoms like rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, and a feeling of impending doom.
Phobias are usually more specific than generalized fear and involve intense and irrational fears of specific objects or situations. Common examples include fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of spiders (arachnophobia), fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), and fear of flying (aviophobia).
Social anxiety disorder involves an intense aversion to social situations and a fear of being judged by or embarrassed in front of others. People with social anxiety tend to avoid social events or situations that trigger their anxiety.

Adjustment disorder can develop in response to a significant life stressor, such as a divorce, job loss, or the death of a loved one. The emotional and mental impact of transitions can result in heightened anxiety and stress.

This is not a formal diagnosis but is something that most people face at one time or another. Workplace stress can manifest as burnout, fatigue, and a range of physical and mental health symptoms.
Tracy Wilder, Registered Psychotherapist, Owner of ReFresh Psychotherapy on Eglinton in Toronto

Tracy Wilder

Founder and Clinical Director,  Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA

About Us

Why ReFresh Psychotherapy

We help you see the best version of yourself. We all need someone to believe in our worth and our potential to improve and change.

At ReFresh Psychotherapy,

If you’re ready to experience living with more compassion for yourself, deeper connections in your relationships and the energy to make changes that matter—we’re here to help.

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Our Approach

How Individual Therapy Works

Number 1

We Get To Know You

We listen to your story with curiosity and offer a safe space where you can talk about your anxiety or worries without judgment.

Number 2

We Create A Plan

We help you understand where your anxiety or challenges originated, identify how it shows up in your life, and provide tools and strategies to help you live in a more manageable way.

Number 3

We Help You Move Forward

We guide you through the work it takes to get the results you need with a compassionate, yet direct approach; revisiting and adapting as we go to help you build confidence and feel more empowered.

During individual therapy sessions for stress and anxiety, we use the approach that works best for you, which could include: EMDR, Psychodynamic/attachment therapy, CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and/or a psychobiological approach.

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What does happier look like to you?

We want to help you get there.

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly and completely someone manages anxiety will vary between people, but it is possible to improve with the right support and strategies. Many people find relief through therapy, self-care practices like mindfulness and exercise, and by identifying and addressing the underlying causes of their anxiety. While it may not completely disappear, it can become more manageable, allowing you to feel more in control of your day-to-day life.

Learning to manage and reduce panic attacks involves understanding your triggers, which can vary from person to person. Techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and grounding exercises can be incredibly helpful during an attack. We will work together to help you find the strategies that work best for you.

Anxiety might not completely “go away,” but it can be managed and reduced with the right tools and support. We will work to understand your anxiety and its underlying causes, help you incorporate self-care practices, make lifestyle changes, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Medication can be one option for managing anxiety, but it’s not the only one. Lots of people find that lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep, can make a significant difference. In therapy, we will develop a plan that works for you. If it becomes clear that medication would be beneficial for your healing, we will work together to help widen your circle of care for additional support.

While there may not be a complete “cure” for anxiety, many people experience significant improvement and can lead fulfilling lives with proper management and support. The goal is often to reduce the impact of anxiety on your daily life, allowing you to function at your best and enjoy a high quality of life.

How your life could look different after therapy

Coming to therapy is a courageous first step in getting the support you need to manage stress and anxiety. Every person and situation is different. Because of that, we don’t guarantee specific outcomes or a timeline for them, but we can tell you that with dedication and consistency, managing your symptoms is possible.

You may feel immediate relief within the first few sessions as you start to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and how anxiety affects you.

In time, you may notice improvements such as:

Happiness is possible.

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Get Started with ReFresh Psychotherapy

We strongly believe that therapeutic success is highly dependent and influenced by the therapist-client relationship. We recommend new clients schedule a free 20-minute consultation before booking in for a first appointment. Use the button below to book a consultation online. You can also submit an inquiry via our contact form and we will be in touch to schedule you in for a session.

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A ReFreshing Approach to Your Mental Health

Helping you manage anxiety and stress so you can live a more confident and happy life!