In psychotherapy, clients often seek help for:
What to Expect from Therapy
There is research that shows that the most important predictor of success in therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client. It is important you feel you are in a safe, trusting and compassionate therapeutic environment where you are being validated, heard and respected so that it is comfortable for you to open up and not feel judged or uncomfortable talking about your issues in the therapeutic process.
Individual psychotherapy sessions are 60 minutes long, and are $130. A 15% discount will be given if 5 sessions are paid for in advance. I accept credit cards, cash, and e-transfers. Payment is required at the end of each counselling session.
24 hours notice is required for cancellations, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Late cancellations or missed appointments will be charged the full session fee.
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not generally cover psychotherapy services by Registered Psychotherapists. However, private health insurance coverage through your employment or a family member's employment often does.
Contact your insurance provider to find out if psychotherapy by a Registered Psychotherapist is covered. If so, also find out what percentage of the fee your plan covers, what the maximum coverage is per year, and how you get reimbursed. Official receipts are emailed after every session and can also be used as a medical expense tax write off.
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, uneasiness and an overreaction to a situation that is seen as threatening. It is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration and muscular tension. Anxiety may lead to depression and therefore it is important to identify the root causes of these feelings. In my sessions with you I can help you to alleviate some of the uncomfortable physical symptoms of anxiety by combining psychotherapy techniques with Yogic breathing, visualizations and depth therapy towards better management and understanding of the root cause of your anxiety.
Depression can be debilitating and can become serious affecting your personal and professional life. Changes in mood, lack of motivation to succeed and feeling stuck may be signs of depression. You may identify with the following common complaint:
"It was really hard to get out of bed in the morning. I just wanted to hide under the covers and not talk to anyone. I didn't feel much like eating and I lost a lot of weight. Nothing seemed fun anymore. I was tired all the time, and I wasn't sleeping well at night. But I knew I had to keep going because I've got kids and a job. It just felt so impossible, like nothing was going to change or get better."
Psychotherapy can help address your feelings of sadness, despair and lack of motivation using techniques like depth therapy to understand the root cause of your depression. Your family history, personal pattern, triggers and seasonal occurrence of depression can be explored.
Self esteem is very important because it affects how you think, act and relate to other people. It allows you to live life to your potential. Low self esteem means poor self confidence causing negative thoughts wanting you to give up easily rather than face challenges. It impacts your well being and happiness. Psychotherapy can help you strengthen, develop and deepen the understanding and underlying reasons why this may be impacting you.
Sexuality is often defined simply in terms of sex, but sexuality takes on many different aspects of our lives beyond just sex alone. Sexuality is determined in part by our genetics and in part by the social expression of our backgrounds and our interpersonal relationships. Sexuality has been described as sexual behaviour, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. However sexuality like many other aspects of our lives can be best understood holistically whereby both the internal and external factors that influence sexuality can be addressed in psychotherapy.
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychotherapy can help you develop the skills to cope and manage your emotions towards healing and growth from a traumatic event.
Stress is a condition characterized by symptoms of mental and physical changes that may be caused by a difficult family life, problems in relationships and work pressure. These are some of the causes of stress. A demanding life we lead, brings with it, a lot of mental stress. Work and domestic pressures often develop into stress. Psychotherapy can help alleviate and help develop the skills and management of daily stress.
It is often thought that physical abuse is worse than emotional abuse, since physical violence can send you to the doctor and physically scar you, but the scars of emotional abuse can psychologically have deeper impacts. Emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse. If you feel you are being abused by someone you may have feelings of low self esteem, changes in mood or behaviours. You may feel intimidated, anxious, depressed, suicidal or feel isolated and alone. Whether it be sexual or emotional, I can work with you in the therapeutic sessions to unravel the hurt, shame and guilt of the abuse to help you heal and grow from this most painful experience.
With addiction, there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved. Addiction to substances or activities can sometimes lead to serious problems with your professional and personal relationships. The causes of addiction may be a combination of physical, mental, circumstantial and emotional factors. Psychotherapy can help to address the underlying issues of addictions.
Grief is the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one, the most intense type of grief but other types of loses causing grief can be: Serious illness, loss of work, financial instability, divorce or a relationship breakup, death of your pet, loss of a friend or stability with a traumatic event.
As with any bereavement the death of a much loved pet can be devastating and an enormous loss. To some the pet may have become a member of the family, a companion, a friend and if you were close to your pet, it is normal to have the reactions to it's loss that you may experience in the death of a person i.e. shock, disbelief, numbness, anger, pain, hurt, sadness, guilt and overwhelming grief.
It can sometimes be hard for others to recognize the extent to which the loss of your beloved pet may be affecting you and it is not uncommon to hear 'it was only a dog' , 'you can easily get another one' etc. As with any bereavement it is important for you to have someone to talk to who does understand exactly how you are feeling and what the loss of your pet has meant to you.
Love is the most profound emotion and romantic relationships are the most meaningful in our lives. The ability to have a healthy, loving relationship has its challenges and phases that become difficult. We have all experienced a relationship that did not work, and relationships take work to make them grow and become strong. With psychotherapy you can learn the skills to successfully put in the effort and perseverance to help a relationship thrive and become part of the foundations of your life.
Supportive psychotherapy is used in my psychotherapy practise to help you gain the ability to cope with life's stressful moments by just simply being present, listening and encouraging your expression of thoughts and feelings as well as helping you to gain an understanding of your options in a situation whether it be work or personal. Psychotherapy can help to develop the skills for a stronger self-esteem, hope and resilience. Supportive psychotherapy is a form of therapy service that can be short or long term, depending on your needs and your personal circumstances.
The PDM (psychodynamic diagnostic manual) defines Borderline Personality Disorder as "Persons that tend to have recurrent relational difficulties, an incapacity for emotional intimacy, problems with work, periods of marked depression and anxiety and vulnerability to substance abuse and other addictive behaviours... They are also at greater risk for self harm... and destructive activities".
"The most commonly noted defences are 'splitting and projective identification'. Splitting is the tendency to see self and others in moralized, all-good and all-bad categories; i.e., in unrealistically positive ways or in unrealistically negative ways, or in both, in oscillating fashion. Projective identification involves failing to recognize troubling aspects of one's own personality."
I provide Life Coaching for what you want to achieve both professionally and personally based on your dreams and how you see your future. With my support, confidence in you and understanding of what your needs are, I can help you develop the skills to design the life you want, enveloping yourself into the reality of your dreams, goals and purpose you in-vision for yourself and your future.