Papillon Counselling and Psychotherapy Services

  Cindy Elkerton, Registered Psychotherapist

No one should have to live alone with sadness, despair and depression, and if you're suffering from this crippling condition, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to see if a Therapist.


Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness.


Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don't feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, or men in particular may even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.


Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.


Are you depressed?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms—especially the first two—and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from depression.

  1. you feel hopeless and helpless
  2. you’ve lost interest in friends, activities, and things you used to enjoy
  3. you feel tired all the time
  4. your sleep and appetite has changed
  5. you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  6. you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
  7. you are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
  8. you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior


If you're struggling to cope with overwhelming stress, you might benefit from seeking anxiety treatment with an experienced Therapist. At Papillon Counselling and Psychotherapy Services, we understand how difficult it can be to live with anxiety, and we aim to provide the high-quality treatment that you deserve.


How we think and react to certain situations can affect anxiety. Some people may perceive certain situations to be more dangerous than they actually are (e.g., fear of flying). Others may have had a bad experience and they fear this will happen again (e.g., a dog bite). Some believe that childhood experiences can also contribute to anxiety.

Certain medical conditions such as anemia and thyroid problems can also cause symptoms of anxiety. As well, other factors such as caffeine, alcohol, and certain medications can cause anxiety symptoms.  Traumatic life events such as the death of a family member, witnessing a death, war, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes may trigger anxiety.

Our goal is to give you the resources you'll need in order to live a more peaceful and productive life, and throughout your time with us, we'll work hard to help you learn to better control your thoughts and emotions. We'll strive to help you find effective strategies for coping with your anxiety, and we'll treat you with care, compassion, and respect throughout the process.


At Papillon Counselling and Psychotherapy Services, we have the experience needed to create a comfortable and safe environment, and our services are completely confidential.  We care about your health, happiness, and overall well-being, and we want to help you work towards a happier future.


For your convenience, we provide flexible scheduling and a quick response. Contact us today to set up an appointment.