What to do about Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety is normal and the sensitivity that goes along with it usually indicates that you have a number of great qualities. If extreme, remember that social anxiety is not a fixed state. It is fluid. It can be reduced and managed by paying attention to the mind, body and action.

Treating Trauma

In recent years, brain research has allowed new insights into the phenomenon of trauma. These insights have led to new ways of working with trauma. Nowadays many therapists have additional skills to help patients when compassion and talking are not enough.

Individual Therapy

The goal of all therapy is to help a client to heal and flourish. In the context of a supportive relationship, therapist and client identify key issues, and patterns of thinking and behaving that get in the way of living life fully.

Couple Therapy

When individuals enter into a relationship, a whole new world of experiences, both exhilarating and challenging, unfolds. Over time, numerous factors may either foster or hinder the couple’s ability to maintain a mutually enhancing relationship.

Counselling and Therapy with Erika B. Hilliard

In a confidential setting of support and acceptance, Erika Hilliard, who is a professional in psychotherapy and counselling, and located in Burnaby,BC, will work with you in helping you to discover how to deal with any number of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Self-doubt
  • Guilt
  • Post-traumatic stress and PTSD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life crises (accidents, medical diagnoses)
  • Abuse
  • Relationship crises/challenges
  • Transitions
  • Death and dying

 

  • What you need to bring to therapy

    • Curiosity about what is possible
    • Courage to explore the inner workings of feelings, thoughts, body and actions.
    • Commitment to embrace difficulties as opportunities for change.
  • What you can hope for through therapy

    • Sense of Self
    • Awareness of what is important in your life
    • Ability  to stand up for your values, and back them up with action
    • Confidence in your durability/strength in the process of living
  • What you develop in communication and relationships

    • Readiness to engage in meaningful communication
    • Confidence in social situations whether at work, love, or play
    • Sense of connection with yourself  (feeling good inside your own skin) and with others.
  • What you will gain in perspective

    • Ability to respond to the moment without over-reacting or under-reacting
    • A stance of curiosity rather than of judgmental criticism toward yourself and others
    • Increased focus on the present rather than the past or future

Eventually therapy or “being attentive,” becomes a way of life without the assistance of a therapist. There is a sense of relief, of awakening. Doors open to greater possibilities and life takes on a richer glow.

Erika provides therapy and counselling out of her Burnaby office. If you are from Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody, or Surrey, it should not take more than 30 min to travel to her office. Learn more about the different therapy areas Erika specializes in below.

Social Anxiety

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Trauma Therapy

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Individual Therapy

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Couple Therapy & Marriage Counselling

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