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Specialized Anxiety Treatment in Edmonton

Do worries and fears control much of your day-to-day life? Please turn to the registered psychologists at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. for anxiety treatment in Edmonton. We are experienced in EMDR therapy for disorders concerning phobias and anxiety for individuals and families. We have been offering treatment for:

Trauma patients (alcoholic and abusive families)

PTSD and addictions (alcohol and substances)

Couples with childhood trauma that re-enact during the marriage


EMDR is the main treatment therapy that we use. It is an effective treatment for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression. Treating individuals undergoing trauma is our main focus, but we also focus on performing addiction therapy using EMDR and psychotherapy. If an unknown event, medical factor or stress has left you feeling vulnerable or worried, seeking professional help is the first step. Reach out to us if you need us!

What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders are different from your normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness. It involves excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders among individuals. However, you can be relieved to know that anxiety disorders are treatable, and several effective treatments are available. Anxiety disorder treatments are specifically designed to assist people in resuming their normal and productive lives. 

Do you have a strong but irrational fear of something that doesn’t pose a grave or real danger? Your phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that occupies your thoughts, has many symptoms of anxiety, and limits your activities. Though a phobia might come from an understandable reason, such as feeling nervous about going to the dentist, phobic anxiety keeps you from experiences you want to try or goals you want to accomplish. You know your fear is unreasonable with a true phobia, but you cannot control your reaction.      

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

It is natural to feel anxious from time to time. It can protect us from harmful situations, but at the same time can get us spurring over deadlines or other areas in our lives. Anxiety becomes problematic when you begin to feel anxious daily or even in non-threatening situations.

Anxiety disorders can be understood as both emotional and physical sensations. It can affect anyone of any age. They are one of the most common mental health concerns. 

Our expert psychologists have carefully curated a list of symptoms that you can experience during your anxiety attacks: 

  • Feeling overwhelmed by fear or sense of danger

  • Fear of being out of control

  • Feeling like you need to escape

  • Detachment from the surrounding reality

  • An overwhelming sense of doom or helplessness

  • Shortness of breath and trembling

  • Heart palpitations and chest pressure

  • Feeling distressed, panicked and confused

  • Inability to calm down

  • Sweating or hot and cold flashes

  • Numbness and tingling sensations

Is Nervousness a Sign of Anxiety?

The feeling of nervousness is common and can be felt many times. Anything that causes apprehension or fear can lead to feelings of nervousness. For instance, you can be nervous because of your first job interview, a test, or attending some event, among other possible situations. 


Nervousness is your natural response to a stressful event. It is temporary and resolves once the stress has passed. It can be controlled, even if you’re more prone to nervous feelings.


Although it is one of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders, nervousness and anxiety disorders are not the same.

Types of Anxiety Disorders & Phobias

There are numerous anxiety disorders that an individual can experience. Anxiety disorders can be broadly categorized into the following types:

  • Phobias An intense fear around a specific object, animal or situation. However, these feelings do not interrupt our day-to-day lives. Some of the most common phobias that affect people’s social and personal lives are:

  • Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces, being away from home, or having no security or support

  • Claustrophobia: Fear of confinement or entrapment and/or being in close or tight spaces

  • Social phobia: Fear of being in crowds of people

  • Glossophobia: Fear of public speaking

  • Hypochondria: Fear of becoming ill

  • Driving phobia: Fear of driving a car

  • Aerophobia: Fear of flying

  • Panic disorder A panic disorder is when one experiences repeated and unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack is a feeling of sudden and intense fear that lasts for a short period of time. These can be a normal reaction to a stressful situation or a part of other anxiety disorders. You may experience the following while going through one:

  • Racing heart

  • Shortness of breath

  • Nausea

  • Social anxiety disorder This is an intense fear of being embarrassed or evaluated negatively by others in society. This results in people avoiding social situations. It can negatively impact your school or work performance.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder This disorder is an excessive worry around several everyday problems for more than six months. You may even experience intense anxiety over minor concerns. It can even lead to sleep problems and muscle tension.

Avoiding situations that make you panic takes a lot of hard work, but you can understand and manage your fears. EMDR for phobias and anxiety disorders can help you face your fears and break their power over your life.

Who Does It Affect?

You can experience an anxiety disorder or an anxiety attack at any age, as there is no specific age benchmark. Sometimes, anxiety disorders are triggered by a specific event or some stressful life experiences. 


Having an anxiety disorder is more likely to occur when we have certain ways of looking at things. For instance, believing that everything must be perfect. It can also be triggered by learning about unhelpful coping strategies from others. 


Sometimes there is no reason for anxiety attacks to occur. Each anxiety disorder has specific treatments and goals, but we use EMDR as an effective anxiety treatment in Edmonton.

Skilled Psychologists for Anxiety Disorders in Edmonton

Skilled in treating patients of all ages with phobias and anxiety in Edmonton, we frequently work with adults and children, adolescents and their parents since many anxiety disorders and phobias begin at a young age.

Gary J. Meiers and Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers have both practiced counselling psychology for over 40 years. They are skilled in various treatments, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Gestalt therapy, and expressive art techniques. Desensitization (exposure therapy) and cognitive behaviour therapy (alternative views and actions) are also effective strategies for coping with phobias and anxiety. We begin with a confidential and comprehensive assessment to determine the best individual approach to help you move forward.

How EMDR Helps?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment that involves the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other unpleasant life experiences. It is predominantly used for PTSD cases, but we also use it as an effective treatment for trauma anxiety, depression, and addiction cases.


EMDR targets experiences of the past, current triggers, and potential challenges of the future to address various issues. The results are measured by decreased distress caused by disturbing memories, enhanced self-belief and confidence, and recognizing and controlling thought processes associated with the trigger events. 


Contact Us

Our team is specialized in helping you with traumatic stress disorder, depression, panic attacks and more with the help of EMDR. Learn more about who we are and how we can benefit you. If you need to consult a psychiatrist for anxiety counselling in Edmonton, reach out to our specialists. Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. is pleased to offer day, evening, and weekend appointments. Schedule your consultation with us today.

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Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd.

10009 – 85 Avenue,

Edmonton, AB T6E 2J9



Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Saturday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Sunday Closed

Day, evening and weekend appointments available.

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Edmonton and Surrounding Areas 


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