Therapy


People do not come into therapy to change their past, but their future. ~Therapy chairMilton H. Erickson

There are times in people’s lives when they may feel that they are dealing with problem situations, frustrations, crises or troubles that are beyond their control or that are very difficult to deal with. Others may feel that they are lacking something in life and are not living to their full potential.  Very often it may be a combination of the above that bring people to therapy.

I have experience in assisting clients with a wide variety of emotional and psychological difficulties, including (but not limited to):

  • Depression and anxiety-related issues
  • Dealing with divorce
  • ​Relationship difficulties
  • Childhood-related issues
  • Pregnancy / birth preparations / mother-infant related issues/ termination of pregnancy-related issues
  • Trauma
  • Stress management
  • Self-development
  • Weight-related issues
  • Occupational –related issues (EAP)
  • School and study-related issues
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem-related issues
  • Bereavement and grief work
  • Adjustment related difficulties
  • Chronic pain management

In therapy, I assist my clients to resolve past issues and to learn how to manage the problem situation. I also aim to help them to learn new and different coping skills and aid them in discovering their own strengths and resources that they can use to deal with other problem situations in their daily lives.  Ultimately, therapy assists clients to become more effective in helping themselves in their everyday lives.

What to expect from your first therapy session:

  • The first session is an intake session where I get to know my client and my client’s problem situation better.
  • I will explain the therapeutic process and answer any questions that you may have.  I love questions, so please feel free to ask me if there is something that has you wondering or that you don’t understand.
  • All information discussed during the therapy sessions are strictly confidential.

 Some tips to help you get the most out of therapy:

  • Therapy involves talking to a psychologist about your concerns
    In order to be most valuable, you must play an active part in the conversation by having things to talk about and reflecting on what the two of us discuss. Therapy/counseling is easier if you have a goal for your discussions or for changing things in your life. I will help you crystallize your goals for therapy/counseling. The more actively you participate in your counseling, including thinking about and applying the new things you are learning, the more you will find counseling useful and productive.
  •  During a therapy session, you can expect the following:
    You will talk with me about your concerns and I will attempt to help you understand things about which you are confused or about which you struggle. I may ask you to talk about feelings because they influence your behavior. I will not offer simple or “cookbook” solutions to your concerns. Instead, I will help you arrive at your own conclusions about your situation and what you wish to do.  I may ask you to think about or do something between sessions to help you gain more information or perspective. Remember, anything that is of value to you will require hard work. Be as honest as you can so that both you and me are using accurate information. Be prepared to tolerate a bit of discomfort or uncertainty as you discuss difficult issues.If things don’t feel like they’re working, let me know so that we can find the right solution.
  •  Making the most of therapy
    Understand that change takes time. Issues that have taken months or years to develop will take more than a week or two to resolve. Be open to trying new ways of acting, thinking or feeling about things. Put time into completing any homework I may give you –don’t expect that talking only one hour a week will change things. Be prepared to focus on what you can change about yourself.

Getting others to change is infinitely more difficult than changing your own behavior.
You have the most control over what you do, think, and feel.