Issues We Can Help With

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gaslighting
  • Grief and Loss
  • Neglect
  • Phobia's and OCD
  • Stress
  • Student Support
  • Trauma
  • Religious Disaffiliation
  • Youth Therapy
  • Our Psychotherapists
  • FAQ

Anger

Anger management psychotherapy

Anger management psychotherapy is a type of therapy that helps individuals learn how to manage their anger in a healthy and constructive way. In anger management psychotherapy, the therapist works with the client to identify the triggers and patterns of their anger and to develop healthy coping strategies to manage their emotions.

During an anger management psychotherapy session, the therapist may ask the client to describe their experiences with anger and to identify the situations or triggers that tend to lead to feelings of anger. The therapist may also ask the client to rate the intensity of their anger on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the most intense.

Once the therapist has a better understanding of the client's experiences with anger, they may help the client identify any negative thought patterns or behaviors that may be contributing to their anger. The therapist may also help the client develop coping strategies to manage their anger, such as deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation.

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Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety can also manifest itself in physical ways, such as through fatigue, muscle tension, and headaches.

People who experience anxiety may also engage in avoidance behaviors, such as avoiding social situations or certain places, in order to reduce their anxiety.

Anxiety can be triggered by a variety of factors, including genetics, life experiences, and certain medical conditions. It is unfortunately often accompanied by other mental health conditions, such as depression or substance abuse. Sometimes individuals turn to substances to help them regulate their anxiety

Treatment for anxiety may include psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns, is a common treatment for anxiety.

It is important for individuals experiencing anxiety to seek treatment from a regulated/registered mental health professional. With the right support, people with anxiety can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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Depression

Depression

Depression can also manifest itself in physical ways, such as through body aches and pains, headaches, and digestive problems.

Depressive states can be triggered by a variety of factors, including genetics, life experiences, and certain medical conditions. It is sometimes accompanied by other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or substance abuse.

Treatment for depression may include psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. Common psychotherapies for depression include cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns, and interpersonal therapy, which focuses on relationships and communication.

It is important for individuals experiencing depression to seek treatment from a registered / regulated mental health professional. With the right support, people struggling with depression can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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Gaslighting

Gaslighting

Gaslighting can have a severe impact on a victim's mental and emotional well-being, as it can cause them to doubt their own reality and experiences. It can also lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and helplessness.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing gaslighting, it is important to seek support from a registered / regulated Psychotherapist. This is vastly different from friends because the Psychotherapist is able to take a more objective position, and highlight what’s going in your emotional experiences. We are also able to help you achieve clarity regarding confusing mental processes that can keep you in a loop.

It is also important to remember that gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse. With the right support, individuals who have experienced gaslighting can learn to rebuild their confidence and trust in themselves and their perceptions.

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Grief and Loss

Grief-And-Loss

The therapist may also help the client find meaning in their loss and develop a new sense of purpose or identity. The therapist may encourage the client to remember and honor their loved one, and may help the client find ways to incorporate their loved one's memory into their daily life.

Throughout the psychotherapy process, the therapist may encourage the client to set goals for themselves and track their progress. The therapist may also provide the client with homework assignments to complete between sessions, such as keeping a journal of their thoughts and feelings or practicing relaxation techniques.

Overall, psychotherapy for grief aims to provide the client with a safe and supportive space to process and cope with their emotions related to their loss and to develop healthy coping strategies to manage their grief.

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Neglect

Neglect

Another feature our practice focuses on heavily is that of Mentalization. Mentalization is the process of understanding and interpreting one's own and others' thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and how they are related to behavior. Mentalization involves the ability to understand and reflect that one's own and others' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are shaped by internal mental states, rather than being determined by external circumstances or other people's actions.

It also involves being able to take others' perspectives into account and to consider how one's own actions may affect others.

Mentalization is a key component of emotional intelligence and is important for developing healthy relationships and managing one's own and others' emotions.

Overall, psychotherapy can help adults who were neglected as children to heal from the effects of their experiences and develop healthier coping strategies to manage their emotions.

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Phobia's and OCD

Phobia’s-And-OCD

ERP is typically conducted under the guidance of a mental health professional, who will work with the client to develop a plan for exposure to the feared object or situation. The therapist may start with less anxiety-provoking exposures and gradually increase the level of exposure as the client becomes more comfortable. The therapist may also provide the client with coping strategies, such as relaxation techniques or problem-solving skills, to help them manage their anxiety and distress.

Overall, ERP is a powerful tool for helping individuals with OCD and phobias overcome their fear and improve their quality of life.

CBT for OCD and phobias is typically conducted on an individual basis. The length and frequency of CBT for OCD and phobias will depend on the specific needs and goals of the client.

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Stress

Stress

The neurobiology of stress refers to the ways in which stress affects the functioning of the brain and the body. When a person is under stress, their body releases stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can affect various systems in the body.

One important area of the brain that is involved in the stress response is the amygdala, which is responsible for detecting threats and activating the body's stress response. When the amygdala senses a threat, it sends a signal to the hypothalamus, which then activates the body's stress response by releasing stress hormones.

The stress response involves the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which increases heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. It also involves the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can affect various systems in the body, including the immune system and the digestive system.

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Student Support

Student-Support

Another domain which often arises with our student clients is that of navigating conflicting value systems. For example, in post-secondary institutions, you’re not just exposed to a whole new wave of ideas, but you’re also exposed to a whole new wave of people.

A lot of new information about how to exist in this world floods in and it can be difficult to manage. From substances to religion to relationships to hobbies, everything can feel up in the air again, undefined and uncertain.

Our team has all gone through that and are here to help you navigate that. We will never impose our values upon you, but rather we’ll help you cultivate your inner voice to thrive. We’ll sit with you and go through an exploration of your values, the costs of these positions, and examine the rich yet complex history behind these values.

Human beings never “accomplish” a value, as values are goals. They are like a compass–they help us make choices based on the directions in which we want our lives to go. It’s a dense web and it can be scary, but we’re here to help you get your bearings.

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Trauma

Trauma

Trauma can also manifest itself in physical ways, such as through body aches and pains, headaches, and digestive problems.

People who have experienced trauma may feel a range of emotions, including shock, disbelief, anger, guilt, and shame. They may also feel a sense of vulnerability and a loss of control over their lives.

Treatment for trauma is varied based on the needs of the client. For single exposure traumatic events, we usually apply cognitive-behavioral therapy or exposure therapy, which helps individuals confront their traumatic memories and develop coping strategies. In other cases, we approach trauma work with psychodynamic therapy. Some clients seek out body work such as Sensorimotor Therapy. Medications may also enter the picture to assist.

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Religious Disaffiliation

Religious-Dissafiliation

Leaving a religion can be a challenging and emotional journey. For many people, religion is a fundamental part of their identity, and the decision to leave can have significant mental health impacts. As psychotherapists, we have seen many clients who have struggled with the effects of leaving a religion. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the ways that leaving a religion can affect mental health and how psychotherapy can help.

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Youth Therapy

Youth therapy

Young adulthood is a difficult time in life of navigating transitions and ongoing change. Most experience, shifts in roles and responsibilities, sexual development, identity conflicts, and difficulties with peers, and academic or career challenges. Not to mention the unprecedented demands of today’s world can add a lot of pressure and strong feelings of uncertainty, which can be difficult to manage alone.

Take the pandemic for instance, this forced a generation of young persons to adapt quickly to a virtual learning model and isolate from friends and family, missing out on significant developmental milestones.

Along with rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional change, the onset of mental health conditions can emerge during this time, further complicating an already difficult time.

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