Services for Adults
Over the past few decades, working with a psychotherapist for "talk therapy" has created two very different schools of thought. On one side, there are many people who believe that talking through problems and situations with an unbiased third party provides the opportunity for learning and personal growth. The other side, sees therapy as "needing professional help" - a negative phrase associated with weakness, judgement and shame. This school of thought also believes that a therapist presents themselves as an "expert in life", who tells people how to live the "right" way.
As a Mental Health Therapist for over 20 years, I am well aware that a single solution for various problems and situations does not exist. What works for one person may not work for another and it is definitely not my job to tell anyone how to live their life.
I can however, provide specific information and personalized understanding to gain additional confidence and empowerment. Every person is an individual, yet we all share basic human traits and behaviours. With that knowledge, we are able to take away the concept of normal/abnormal" or the "right and wrong" way to live and discover what actually works for our own lives, using realistic and attainable strategies.
The Therapy Process
The First Step
Consider these questions:
- Are you feeling overwhelmed with stress?
- Are you trying to make an important life decision?
- Have you been struggling with Anxiety and/or Depression?
- Are you (or someone close to you) dealing with Addiction?
- Do you have past trauma that continues to negatively affect you?
- Are you experiencing conflict with friends, partner, family members, co-workers or other people in your life?
- Have you (or someone close to you) been diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder; Depression; ADHD; or Personality Disorder?
- Do you have concerns regarding any behavioural, social, occupational or emotional problems in your life?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then it may be time to make an appointment with a qualified professional to explore these situations in more detail.
The Next Step
What happens during the first meeting?
- The initial appointment begins with an introduction, followed by some simple paper work and a review of confidentiality and fee policies
- A history of relevant information and a description of the issues you're experiencing is discussed
- A treatment plan is established, which involves concrete ideas on how to create positive changes regarding your situation
- All therapy sessions are informative, not directive. You are not "psychoanalyzed" and then told "you must do this...."
- Future appointments are booked on an "as needed" basis. You will not be asked to commit to ongoing, weekly appointments
- During the entire process, any and all questions are openly welcomed
Due to the nature of the therapy process and for confidentiality purposes, "free consultations" are not available. During the first appointment, the process begins with a collaborative approach for creating positive changes.