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Individual Counselling

Individual Counselling

Individual counselling (sometimes called psychotherapy or "talk therapy") is a collaborative process between a trained therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life.

Psychotherapy can treat specific mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, in addition to everyday concerns such as relationship difficulties, parenting challenges or work-related stress. Many people discover that they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware.

Clients also routinely tell me how hopeful and empowered they feel when they acquire new skills, techniques, insight and knowledge to better manage or resolve their problems.

You may want me to help you:

  • Explore your feelings, beliefs, behaviors or experiences
  • Notice and challenge self-defeating thought patterns
  • Understand yourself and others better
  • Work through difficult circumstances
  • Build up your resilience (ability to recover quickly/adjust easily)
  • Identify aspects of your life that you would like to change
  • Generate strategies to accomplish your goals
  • Learn important coping or relationship skills
  • Problem-solve more effectively

 

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What to Expect

In the first few sessions we especially focus on:

a)  identifying your concerns, needs and goals for therapy;   and

b)  devising a comprehensive treatment plan to address these. 

I will routinely check-in with you, throughout the course of therapy, to make sure we are continuing to discuss what is important to you and to ensure you are finding our sessions helpful.

If clients are receptive, I assign specific 'homework' in order to reinforce our work together and maximize the impact of therapy between sessions.  Homework tasks may include:  self-help readings or webcasts, keeping a mood/thought record, memorizing positive affirmations, being more self-compassionate, listening to relaxation CDs/ podcasts, trying meditation techniques, using thought-stopping strategies, practicing social or assertiveness skills, gradual exposure, etc.   Homework empowers you to make and see progress on your own.  

Just as a muscle requires regular exercise to maintain its strength and flexibility, the brain's pathways are fortified by practicing and repeating positive thoughts, behaviors and skills.  Therefore, I believe it is very important to think about and practice what is discussed and learned outside of your counselling sessions.