Effective & Safe,
Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Anxiety Disorder

Stress and emotional imbalance are growing among Canadians. With reasons varying from job dissatisfaction or instability, caring for aging relatives, raising children to worrying about politics, global warming, global pandemics, symptoms of anxiety and depression are becoming more and more common and openly discussed.

Our bodies are naturally wired to adjust to acute stress. It naturally enters fight or flight mode to respond to any perceived stress and ensure you will be able to quickly respond and adapt.

For our ancestors, this natural response was triggered by acute stress and danger – such as having to run from an attacker – but as our fears and worries adapted over the years, so did our bodies stress response. Whether we experience chronic or acute stress, our bodies respond the same way, going into fight or flight.

Being under stress for long periods of time eventual disrupt the functioning of important body systems and over time this can contribute to other emotional and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

Effective & Safe, Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Anxiety Disorder

Stress and emotional imbalance are growing among Canadians. With reasons varying from job dissatisfaction or instability, caring for aging relatives, raising children to worrying about politics, global warming, global pandemics, symptoms of anxiety and depression are becoming more and more common and openly discussed.

Our bodies are naturally wired to adjust to acute stress. It naturally enters fight or flight mode to respond to any perceived stress and ensure you will be able to quickly respond and adapt.

For our ancestors, this natural response was triggered by acute stress and danger – such as having to run from an attacker – but as our fears and worries adapted over the years, so did our bodies stress response. Whether we experience chronic or acute stress, our bodies respond the same way, going into fight or flight.

Being under stress for long periods of time eventual disrupt the functioning of important body systems and over time this can contribute to other emotional and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

Anxiety symptoms show in different ways:

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Hormonal Imbalance

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Digestive complications

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Fatigue

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Weak Immune System

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Chronic Nervousness

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Migraines and Headaches

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Body aches and pain

In some extreme cases, anxiety symptoms can develop into anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and even take a chronic form of social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and other anxiety disorders that can drastically impede your ability to function and live a healthy life.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

What’s Good uses natural, holistic approaches to treat stress, anxiety, and depression. While we can’t necessarily get rid of your stressors, we can help you to improve the way you respond to them.

Your initial consultation is FREE – meet us virtually online and learn more.

Questions? Call us at 905-845-5775 and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

*Individual results may vary. No guarantee or specific results warranted or implied. (Full disclaimer)

You don’t have to struggle with anxiety alone. Our mental health focused programs use an expert combination of natural medicine and lifestyle adjustments to restore the balance in your body and your mind so you can reduce anxiety symptoms and live a healthy life.

Designed to support your body’s natural intelligence, innate ability to heal and harmonize the delicate balance of your physical and mental health.

 your treatment program will consist of:

Gentle acupuncture

Regular acupuncture treatments designed to support and encourage balance and harmony, soothing your nervous and hormonal systems and getting your body out of the fight or flight mode that contributes to so many anxiety symptoms.

Herbal medicine

Customized herbal medicine prescriptions tailored to your individualized needs, targeted to maximize your body’s natural ability to heal and support your mind with the nourishment it needs to restore balance and mental health.

Mind-body medicine

Mind-body exercises, meditations and lifestyle guidance that leverage the amazing power of the mind and the emotions to learn how to calm anxiety symptoms and be less reactive to the stresses in your life.

And the best thing is, our unique treatment can adapt to what YOU need!

Restore your body’s balance and reduce your anxiety symptoms today!

Your initial consultation is FREE – meet us virtually online and learn more.

Questions? Call us at 905-845-5775 and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

*Individual results may vary. No guarantee or specific results warranted or implied. (Full disclaimer)

Our Process
3 Simple Steps:
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Free initial consultation

At your free initial consultation, you’ll meet with your clinician to discuss your concerns including current symptoms, medical history, any medications you’re taking, and most importantly YOUR GOALS. We want to be certain that our program is going to meet your needs and that there is a HIGH probability of success for you – BEFORE we move forward to the next step.

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Detailed assessment, report of findings & treatment plan

Once your free consultation is complete, and we agree to move forward, your next step is the Intake appointment. At this appointment, your clinician will do a detailed assessment of your symptom pattern, medical history, and other factors to determine the root cause of your issue and devise a specific plan of action. Your first acupuncture session will be performed at this time.

Afterward, you will be given a treatment plan with exact, easy-to-follow instructions.  Your clinician will explain to you what’s happening in your body and how we will work together to correct it.  Your treatment plan will include dietary and lifestyle adjustments as well as key supplements and herbal medicines to address the root cause of your concerns and address your most pressing symptoms.

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Active treatment & symptom resolution

You’ll return for regular visits to ensure that we’re supporting your body, as you begin to feel the positive shifts from treatment.  We want to make sure your treatment plan is yielding the expected results.  You’ll receive acupuncture and any other appropriate treatment at each visit to ensure that your progress is cumulative, and your concerns are resolved as soon as possible.

Your initial consultation is FREE – meet us virtually online and learn more.

Questions? Call us at 905-845-5775 and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

*Individual results may vary. No guarantee or specific results warranted or implied. (Full disclaimer)

So what makes our Anxiety Programs so unique and effective?

We address the root cause

Determining and then addressing the root cause of your anxiety symptoms allows us figure out what’s really going on in your body and mind and then correct that imbalance. This is what allows you to experience long lasting, true healing and wellness.

We use an all natural approach

Natural medicine is powerful, effective without the toxicity associated with pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals.  Decreasing your toxin load frees up more of your energy and resources for healing and transformation.  Natural medicine can also be used to reduce the side effects of your drugs.

We awaken your body's natural ability to heal

Your body was designed to self-regulate and self-heal.  Symptoms happen when this capacity gets blocked.  Healing happens when we remove these blocks and remind the body of it’s innate, natural healing ability.

We fuse ancient wisdom with modern science

Ancient wisdom honours the use of natural medicines and the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  Modern science has provided technology and specialized insight into the physical and chemical processes in the body.  This combination contributes to improved treatment outcomes.

We keep it simple

Simplicity in treatment means less confusion for your body while it heals.  It is also the way you’re going to be able to make positive lifestyle changes that are sustainable and long lasting.  Keeping it simple makes your healing journey easier and more straightforward.

Transitional care as your symptoms & mental health stabilizes

Once we see stable improvements, we will begin to reduce the frequency of visits. The goal will be to maintain the improvements we’ve achieved with more frequent, regular treatment. Initially you’ll come every week, then less frequently, then you’ll no longer need regular treatments. We’ll be here in case you ever want to come in for a tune-up or address other physical and mental health concerns. Of course, MANY of our patients do wish to continue with “ongoing maintenance” and we are happy to do that, should that be your wish.

Common Questions & Answers:

+ What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a term used to encompass a variety of symptoms that often happen in response to emotional or physical stress. Symptoms like heart racing, feelings of dread, worry, fear, a panicky feeling.

Feeling short term anxiety because of stressful situations is a normal biological response. The increase in your heart beating pumps blood to your muscles in case you need to fight or flee.

Anxiety is a problem when it becomes an anxiety disorder, a mental health condition. The severity and duration of the symptoms a person experiences, their ability to cope with everyday life situations and how debilitating these symptoms are is what differentiates short term anxiety from anxiety disorders.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with varying symptoms.

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by chronic anxiety, excessive worry, tension and fear.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by repeated, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviours (compulsions). Repetitive behaviours like hand washing, counting, checking, or touching things are performed because if left undone, they provoke debilitating, intense anxiety that prevents the person from moving forwards.

Panic disorder is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear and dread accompanied by physical symptoms like difficulty breathing, chest pain, heart palpitations/racing heart, dizziness, digestive distress.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after experiencing a terrifying event or ordeal where major physical or emotional harm was threatened or occurred. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent assault, natural disasters, large scale attacks instigated by humans, war, or accidents, and the witnessing of these types of events.

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by overwhelming and excessive feelings of fear and self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Often people will feel that others are judging or making fun of them. Social anxiety can be limited to only one type of social situation; such as public speaking or meetings. It can also be so broad that it prevents a person from engaging in any social gatherings.

Phobias are characterized by intense fear of a particular situation, animal, insect or object.

+ What causes anxiety?

Anxiety is a nervous system response to stressful and dangerous situations. The situation causes the brain and hormonal system to begin to release certain chemicals and hormones that lead to the symptoms described above. Under normal circumstances, once the stress or danger is gone, the nervous and hormonal systems return to their calm resting state and the symptoms stop.

Anxiety disorder occurs when the nervous and hormonal system stay stuck in a loop of releasing the chemicals and hormones without returning to rest, causing the symptoms to continue for long periods of time or to keep coming back.

+ What does an anxiety attack or panic attack feel like?

Anxiety and panic attacks can feel terrifying and debilitating, as though the person suffering them is in imminent and grave danger. There can be both physical and emotional symptoms such as heart racing, palpitations, difficulty breathing, hyperventilating, sweating, crying, numbness or pain, fear, paranoia, intense worry and tension.

+ Are anti-anxiety medications the only treatment?

No anti-anxiety medication is not the only treatment. There are many other approaches to take and are tailored to specific diagnosis and type of symptoms.

Effective options include acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, lifestyle changes, mind-body techniques like breath work, meditation, mindfulness, and psychotherapy like cognitive behavioural therapy.

Often a combination of treatment approaches is what works best and offers the most relief. Reducing anxiety symptoms with treatment and then strengthening coping skills can help to retrain the brain and nervous system to make anxiety much more manageable.

+ What is stress?

Stress is any situation that causes the nervous system to respond go into fight or flight mode. It can be a real, dangerous situation or one’s response to situations, interactions and can be unsettling or upsetting.

One of the measures of good health is how well a persons can respond to the stressful situation, make a decision, choose and choose the appropriate behaviour in response to that stress, the return to a calm, balanced state.

The inability to return to calm is not good for our health because our bodies are not designed to cope with longterm, chronic, ongoing stress. When you experience this type of stress, it can disrupt your hormonal, immune and cardiovascular systems.

+ How does Chinese medicine help with anxiety?

Chinese medicine is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of different treatment types which include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, breath work, meditation, body work and qi gong (a meditative movement practice similar to tai chi). The goal in Chinese medicine is to figure out what the root cause of a symptom is and then work on correcting it by helping the body to heal and recover.

Chinese medicine can help with anxiety by determining what root underlying imbalances are contributing to the anxiety symptoms and allowing the body to return to balance.

+ How does acupuncture help with anxiety?

Acupuncture helps with anxiety by calming the nervous system, getting the body out of fight or flight, reducing tension, worry and fear, creating a sense of calm and peace.

Regular acupuncture treatments can help people suffering with anxiety to better cope with the overwhelming symptoms of anxiety, making them much more manageable.

+ How does herbal medicine help with anxiety?

Herbal medicine helps with anxiety by helping to support things like better quality sleep, more energy, strong and healthy digestion. These things are fundamental to optimal healing and a calm and balanced nervous system.

Recent successful cases from our patients

Maria, a 57 year old HR Director

Maria had been experiencing growing anxiety over the last few years. Her job was getting more and more stressful, especially with the changes happening in response to the pandemic. She began to have difficulty relaxing even on the weekends when she wasn’t working and would wake up startled and in cold sweats in the middle of the night. She took a temporary mental health leave of absence and while the symptoms lessened, they never went away completely. In fact, they came back even worse when she returned to work. With gentle acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle guidance around meditation and nutrition, Maria began to experience a change in the way she responded to the stress of her workplace. Over time, she was able to respond to the issues at work while maintaining a sense of calm and peace.

Allan, a 49 year old high school teacher

Allan had experienced generalized anxiety since his days of university. While he had it well-managed with his medication, as stress began to increase from his career and trying to create work-life balance with his family of three children and wife, he noticed that his old symptoms beginning to return. Not wanting to take more medication, Allan came to us for help. The combination of gentle acupuncture, adjustments to his nutrition and mindfulness exercises helped Allan to learn to cope and relate to his stresses in a more balanced way. He felt less irritable and short tempered, less worried and much more able to in the present moment.

Rasha, a 29 year old financial manager

Rasha was a young woman used to succeeding and doing well in school and her career. She was on a fast track to promotion and upper management at her company. However Rasha had begun to experience anxiety in response to the increase in responsibilities at work plus family and self-pressure to get married and start a family. She felt trapped, scared and unsure of what next steps to take in her life – something she wasn’t used to feeling. It had begun to impact her sleep, her energy and her desire to engage in social activities and exercise. With the support of gentle acupuncture and learning to use the tools of meditation and mindfulness, Rasha began to gain more clarity and calm.

It’s not just a job.

This is a calling. It’s what we’re meant to be doing.

Katrina Dollano, B.HSc, R.Ac, R.TCMP, R.H, FNC

Katrina is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director at What’s Good.  Her passion lies in helping you to bring more happiness and health to your life and into your body.  Katrina’s approach to health care is grounded in honouring of the wisdom of the body and the power of Mother Nature.  Your body was designed for perfect health and healing – it just needs some help remembering that.

Her mission is to help people of all ages, especially girls and women, connect to the inherent wisdom of the body, its strength, vitality and self-healing capacity.

To achieve this, Katrina uses acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbal medicine, functional nutrition, alchemical healing, personalized lifestyle recommendations, energy medicine, meditative and self-cultivation practices.  She has spent nearly 15 years immersed in study, growth and clinical practice and is a self-professed forever nerd at heart.

Katrina’s greatest honour and privilege is sharing her passion with joy, reverence, spunk and a commitment to helping you see yourself as you truly are – intrinsically beautiful and already perfect.

 

Kim Tran, B.HSc, R.Ac

Kim is an associate clinician at What’s Good.  All her life she knew she wanted to be a healer.  She’s always felt attuned to people’s energies, and making people feel better comes very naturally to her.

Kim was always drawn to Chinese medicine and with study she was amazed to learn that our bodies have the ability to provide its own healing.  From then on she became mesmerized by the medicine.

She feels blessed and happy to be able extend to you a helping and healing hand, with faith that she can care for you and help you along your path to wellness and good health.

 

Nilda Sadsad, R.Ac

Nilda is an associate clinician at What’s Good. Nilda brings to the team a wealth of experience supporting individuals with cognitive issues, insomnia, headaches, menopause symptoms and musculoskeletal pain. In addition to that, Nilda also provide cosmetic acupuncture to her clients.

Along with all her experience, she brings her calm and compassionate energy to everyone she encounters along her path.

 

Naheed Atcha, R.Ac

Naheed is an associate clinician at What’s Good. Naheed brings 20+ years of healthcare expereince.

Naheed was drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine while on her own wellness journey dedicated to healing her body, mind and spirit. During this journey, she has witnessed the miracles that Chinese Medicine  has unlocked for her. Now she is devoted to bringing the tremendous healing power of Chinese Medicine for others to experience.

Naheed brings a caring heart with the ability to form great relationships through deep listening. With years of experience caring for her clients, you can feel confident you are in the right hands that will support you in reaching your health goals.

Rain Chan, R.Ac

 

Rain has been surrounded by the sacred practices of Chinese Medicine since a child and began their studies following their own personal healing harnessed by TCM. in addition to being a registered acupuncturist. They are a strong and passionate activist for marginalized communities and they love to study the intricacies of astrology. We are thrilled to have their passionate and caring presence on our team!

 

407 Speers Road, Suite 200 (second floor) | Oakville, Ontario L6K 3T5 | 905-845-5775

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Unit in front of #200

 

407 Speers Rd #200 Oakville, ON L6K3T5.

When you reach our building go through the double doors that is located to the left of Goodwill. We are on the second floor. First door to your left just after the stairs. See you soon?

Your initial consultation is FREE – meet us virtually online and learn more.

Questions? Call us at 905-845-5775 and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

*Individual results may vary. No guarantee or specific results warranted or implied. (Full disclaimer)

*Individual results may vary. No guarantee or specific results warranted or implied. (Full disclaimer)