Individual Counseling / Therapy
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
An adjustment problem refers to an emotional disturbance that develops in response to stress. Adjustment problems usually arise in response to specific sources of stress, such as severe personal crisis (e.g., divorce, death of loved one, recent abuse, layoffs, break-ups, recent job changes) or major unexpected negative events (e.g., a storm or fire destroys a person’s home, auto accident, or even witnessing a terrible accident).
Anger is a normal, healthy human emotion. However, when it becomes out of control, destructive and starts to impact one’s life negatively, you may need to address it and learn to use it in constructive, healthy ways.
Anxiety and fear
Anxiety is a chronic sense of tension and worry that dominates both your thoughts and physical sensations. This may be in response to a perceived threat or as a result of a previous anxiety provoking experience. Therapy will use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach and systematically target thoughts and behaviours associated with feelings of anxiety and fear.
Depression is a state of low mood that affects one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is associated with a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness and emptiness. . Therapy will use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach and systematically target thoughts and behaviours associated with the depression.
Grief and bereavement
This relates to the period of mourning after the death of a loved one and is a normal reaction to loss. Therapy can help you to understand the process of mourning; address issues that may keep you from moving on and help you adjust to a new sense of self.
Motivation and procrastination
Procrastination is something many people struggle with every day, it is difficult to simply find the motivation to begin or finish off a necessary task. Counselling can help you address why you are struggling with a lack of motivation and help you learn techniques to combat procrastination.
Personal growth and development
Activities aimed at promoting growth, self-awareness and mindfulness. Gain a clearer sense of self as well as of your identity.
In today’s fast paced life, it is not uncommon to hear people complain about how stressed they are. Stress can be managed and kept within normal limits through a change in thinking and daily practices.