You are not alone here…
Life can be challenging at times, full of ups and downs, and sometimes talking to someone can really help untangle a situation, issue or feeling. You may be seeking therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone or you may want to explore various areas of your life and relationships with others. Therapy can help you overcome obstacles to your well-being and can increase positive feelings, such as compassion and self-esteem. People in therapy learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals. Many find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware. Some people even go to ongoing therapy for self-growth and to increase their well being. My role is to support you and encourage you to talk about what you are experiencing in order to uncover any root causes and identify any unhelpful or unhealthy ways of thinking.
Every individual has a unique life experience, strengths and resourcefulness, challenges, ideas about change and how to achieve well-being. I promote a collaborative therapeutic environment and relationship where we explore problems, have candid conversations, brainstorm potential solutions, and reflect on alternatives. Therapy does not come in a one size fits all format and it is important that sessions are tailored to fit your needs.
Sessions are conducted in a safe and confidential environment.
Some areas I can help you with (not limited to):
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.
Depression can greatly affect your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical wellbeing. Depressed people usually have a sad mood that does not go away, loss of interest and lack of energy. There are many other symptoms that people may also have (e.g. excessive guilt, loss of confidence, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, change in appetite, thoughts of suicide, agitation, feeling worthless, panic). People with more severe depression have symptoms which are more extreme and may need medication alongside therapy.
Well-being is something sought by just about everyone, because it includes so many positive things — feeling happy, healthy, socially connected, and purposeful. Sometimes our lives may seem to lack in one aspect or another. Well-being emerges from your thoughts, actions, and experiences — most of which you have control over. At times, we may find that something is lacking in our lives. We may feel we have a lot but something is missing; therapy can help you to refocus and feel whole once again.