Sturgeon Counselling

Anxiety Therapy

Quiet your mind and face the day with confidence. Offering counselling services in Ottawa and virtual therapy across Ontario.

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Gain Control of your emotions

Feel more engaged in your life

Develop healthier coping strategies

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Is anxiety ruling your life?

Living with anxiety can feel like being trapped in an endless cycle of ‘what-ifs,’ where every possibility seems to threaten your peace. The weight of constant worry about the future, the judgements of others, and even your own decisions can be suffocating, robbing you of the joy in everyday moments and leaving you frozen.

With anxiety therapy, we can help you calm your mind and reclaim control of your life.

Do these experiences sound familiar?

Living with anxiety can be challenging, but you’re not alone. In 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (11.6%) aged 18+ reported that they had an anxiety disorder. At Sturgeon Counselling, we can help you calm anxious thoughts and regain a sense of peace in your life. 

Anxiety Therapy can provide the support you need for...

Panic Attacks

Gain strategies to manage and reduce the frequency of panic attacks, helping you understand your triggers and learn coping mechanisms.

Ruminating Thoughts

Techniques like Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy can help break the cycle of negative thoughts and replace them with more constructive patterns.

Social Anxiety

Develop skills to overcome fears of social situations, improving confidence in interactions and reducing feelings of isolation.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Get help managing persistent anxiety and overwhelming worry, aimed at improving emotional regulation and boosting daily functioning.

Better understand yourself and your triggers to interrupt negative thought patterns. Your journey to inner peace begins here. Offering anxiety counselling services in Nepean and Ottawa regions.

Anxiety therapy in ottawa & Across ontario

How We Help

At Sturgeon Counselling, we are committed to guiding individuals towards finding inner peace and relief from the constant fear and worry that anxiety brings. Our therapeutic approach is designed to help you stop the exhausting cycles of repetitive thoughts and give you the tools to quiet your mind.

We can help you gain healthier coping mechanisms for managing emotions effectively to free you from the constraints of anxiety, and allow you to embrace life to the fullest.

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We Use Therapeutic Techniques Including:

One-on-one therapy sessions offer a private space where you can explore the root of your anxiety with focused guidance from a therapist. These personalized sessions help identify specific triggers and develop tailored coping strategies, enhancing your ability to manage anxiety effectively.

This technique helps you accept what you cannot control and commit to actions that align with your values. Using mindfulness to manage anxiety by promoting acceptance of feelings and dedication to personal values this approach helps to ease the psychological impact of anxiety.

This approach combines mindfulness and self-compassion to alleviate anxiety symptoms. It teaches you to approach your feelings without judgment and extend kindness to yourself, reducing negative self-talk and enhancing emotional resilience.

Utilize your unique strengths to combat anxiety symptoms. By recognizing and leveraging personal abilities and comforts, this approach builds self-confidence and empowers you to implement effective coping mechanisms, improving your overall emotional well-being and regaining control of your emotions.

This therapeutic approach utilizes guided eye movements to process and diminish the intensity of distressing memories linked to anxiety. EMDR focuses on these memories while engaging in bilateral sensory input, like side-to-side eye movements, to lessen the emotional impact of negative experiences. By reprocessing these memories, this method promotes emotional stability and reduces anxiety symptoms, helping you move toward a calmer state of mind.
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About Us

Why Work With Sturgeon Counselling

Work on the self is the best work you can do.

When you’re struggling with managing your feelings and keeping up with the daily demands of life, it can feel like you’re last on your priority list. You know you want more happiness and peace but don’t know where to start or what you need.

We provide the support and tools to help you get unstuck and live with more calm and ease.

Our diverse team of therapists is committed to meeting every client’s mental health needs with a focus on inclusivity and warmth, we utilize a variety of approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and EMDR Therapy.

Our practice was built on the philosophy that with the right help, you can overcome any hurdle life throws your way.

When you’re ready to feel more in control – we can help.

Rachel Sturgeon is a Registered Psychotherapist and the owner of Sturgeon Counselling in Nepean

Rachel Sturgeon

Clinical Director
Registered Psychotherapist, M.A., RP, CCC


Our clients range from diverse backgrounds, challenges, and situations. There is a therapist for everyone who walks through our doors.


We provide non-judgmental understanding and empathy to support you in navigating tough feelings and challenges.


We listen with genuine kindness and care, creating a safe space to feel comfortable expressing yourself openly and honestly.

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How Anxiety Therapy Works

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We Get To Know You

We take the time to understand you, your history, current challenges, and future aspirations. We want to hear your story and build a strong foundation for the therapeutic relationship.

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We Develop A Plan

We work with you to identify your goals and what you want to get out of your therapy. Together, we create a custom plan of how to get you there.

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We Work Together

We work together to identify the roadblocks that have stopped you from reaching your goals and how to work through them towards a more authentic life.

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What You Can Expect From Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety therapy at our clinic is tailored to your unique needs, incorporating a range of effective modalities such as EMDR Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindful Self-Compassion, and Strengths-Based approaches.

Experience results such as:

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Questions About Anxiety Therapy

Unfortunately, no. Anxiety is part of the normal human emotional experience. What we can do is help you to build the tools to be able to move through life, even in the face of anxiety. We help to take the power away from your anxiety and give it back to you so you can feel in control of your life, even in those anxious moments.

If your anxiety is getting in the way of your functioning then it is something you may want to address in therapy. If your anxiety is stopping you from living the life you want to live (for example, avoiding specific situations because of anxiety), therapy can help. For example, if you avoid certain activities or people because of anxiety.

Therapy is a very effective treatment for anxiety. There are certainly times when medication may be helpful, but even this treatment is best when accompanied by therapy. While medication can help to regulate anxiety, therapy will provide you with the tools to manage the anxiety as well as to understand where your anxiety came from

At the outset of therapy, your therapist will do a thorough intake to understand who you are, where you came from and where you want to go. Once armed with this information, your therapist will help you better understand your anxiety and help you build coping strategies and tools to better manage your anxiety. Anxiety is a normal human emotional experience, so we know it will come up, but you’ll build confidence in your ability to handle it when it does.

There is no one best type of therapy for anxiety. For this reason, each of our therapists has trained in a number of treatment modalities so that they can tailor their approach to one that works best for you. If one approach isn’t working, they are able to adjust their work with you accordingly. With anxiety, we often work from some of the following approaches, including but not limited to – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Based Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy.

After we complete the intake process, we anticipate that you will note some improvement in your ability to handle anxiety within a few sessions. Of course, this depends on your specific situation and how engaged you are in the therapy process and how open you are to trying something different.

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How To Get Started

If you’re ready to get started with Sturgeon Counselling, reach out! You can book a free phone consultation online using the button below. Free consultations are optional but provide an opportunity to answer any questions you have.

If you’d like to get booked in for an appointment, you can:

  • Reach out to the therapist you’d like to work with (see their bios for their individual emails)
  • Call us
  • Email us
  • Submit an inquiry via the contact form

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Breathe deeply, live fully with Anxiety Therapy in Ottawa and across Ontario.

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