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About Psychotherapy

A little something about Counselling and Psychotherapy...

People come to psychotherapy when they have moods, feelings, thoughts, or behaviours that adversely affect their relationships, job, physical health, ability to function day-to-day, or to enjoy life. Maybe you or family members have noticed a change in your behaviour or how you're feeling.

The journeys that lead people to work with a psychotherapist are unique, and working together, the results we will strive for are too. When we meet, we will have a conversation about the goals you are trying to achieve or the challenges you want to overcome. Together we will develop a plan and work on closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

The work we do is driven by you – you decide what is most important to explore, what feels most productive, and how fast or slow we go. It may be a journey through troublesome thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and we will walk that path together. I will stick with you, even if it gets uncomfortable or complicated.

Therapeutic Approaches

Psychotherapy is an umbrella term applied to a wide range of treatments. We will use one or a combination of the following types of psychotherapy approaches when we work together:

Let’s Simplify Mental Health Care

Canadians pride themselves on being open and progressive, yet there is still so much stigma associated with mental health. This stigma makes many who have mental health issues reluctant to get help. Anyone will go to a dermatologist for a rash or to a dentist for a toothache, but many people would not even consider going to a mental health practitioner. Much of this relates to negative framing in society where labels such as 'mental health problems' 'mental disorders' 'mental illness' etc. are often used. It is important to understand that mental health conditions are part of the human condition and health care professionals can treat mental health issues with compassion and care, with positive outcomes.

So when you make the difficult decision to take care of your mental health, there are so many kinds of therapists and even more types of therapy. Where do you start? Since figuring that out is often the last thing on your mind when you're feeling overwhelmed and in need of support, let’s clear up some of the questions about mental health care.

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I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

– Helen Keller