People attend therapy for a lot of different reasons. Some need to feel heard and understood. Others seek support and guidance. Some people may be feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or in need of help with a particular situation.
Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, my goal is to work with you in a safe and trusting atmosphere in an effort to bring about change. Sometimes, through no fault of our own, we get ‘stuck’ in vicious cycles: we find ourselves engaging in the same patterns of behaviour and responding to situations in a rather predictable fashion – even when we recognize that these ways of behaving are not helping us. In addition to BEHAVING in a predictable way, experiences from our past can shape the way we THINK - leading to maladaptive, irrational, or destructive thinking patterns. These thinking patterns, in turn, interfere with our ability to manage situations or enjoy life.
Therapy is that place where you get to change this – by working together with your therapist.
How do we bring about change? With the use of empirically-based treatments - such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - which have been proven effective for the treatment of many psychological issues. CBT is founded on the theory that our THOUGHTS influence our feelings and behaviours. With the use of CBT techniques and tools, we work together to find out what is keeping you ‘stuck’ and attempt to bring about changes in your thinking in order to improve the way you feel and how you act.
If you are 18 years of age and older and are struggling with anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, or issues related to self-esteem and wellness, we can work together to identify patterns in your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours that tend to interfere with your well-being and replacing them with solutions that are realistic for YOU. CBT is goal-oriented with the aim of making you an active participant in the therapy process and giving you tools/concrete strategies that you can implement to feel better both in the short- and long-term.