Are you feeling down, discouraged, angry, stressed, stuck in your circumstances? Or are you mandated by court to provide a letter showing you have received therapy or anger management? Our Individual Therapy Counselling sessions will help smooth out these emotions.
Help for relationship issues, family of origin struggles, self-esteem concerns, depression, anxiety, and many other difficulties life may have thrown your way.
Over the Walls of Anger:
Anger Management Program
With Individual Therapy, you will benefit from exploring and processing emotions hidden behind anger. You will also begin to heal from the effects of past hurts, the ones that you may not realize are controlling your present reactions. Within this program are other techniques such as building your emotional intelligence, assertiveness training, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and much more.
You can choose whether to follow the program as structured, or veer off in a direction that speaks into your own specific needs. For example, if anxiety or PTSD are found to be a significant root of your anger, the sessions may become focused on treatment in one of these areas. Or if depression is found to be behind anger, healing depression can become the goal.
As a Certified Anger Management Specialist, and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, I provide a uniquely integrated approach to anger.
Whether you want to overcome anger in order to build better workplace or personal relationships, or you need a letter as part of an unfortunate legal proceeding, the changes you make through this program will help you build useful life skills that will positively impact your life.
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Depression may be situational or physiological and may gradually become overwhelming. It can feel like you’re walking around with weight on your shoulders and heavy boots on your feet. Your energy is sapped, and you’re tired but you can’t sleep properly. The sadness can be crushing. Studies indicate that therapy can have a great effect on improving depression, especially when coupled with medication. Individual Therapy can help you process the emotions that are connected with depression. As I walk with you along the road to recovery, we can explore the root causes, and apply therapeutic methods that are known to be helpful such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
Anxiety and stress are normal reactions to the busyness of our current lifestyles. However, anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes to the extent that we cannot cope with our day-to-day activities in stride, and/or the interference lasts for an extended period of time. At times anxiety and stress can become debilitating and cause panic attacks and panic disorder. I have an approach that consists of getting to the biological, physiological, cognitive, emotional and spiritual roots of anxiety. With the proper Individual Therapy treatment, you can overcome high anxiety and panic disorder.
Do you need help with your relationship, but your partner is unable or unwilling to attend Individual Therapy?
When couples are struggling with conflict, they usually fall into a familiar pattern where one ends up withdrawing while the other pursues and pushes for quick resolution. The more the push, the deeper the withdrawal. Both usually end up feeling alone during the conflict, not knowing how to reconnect. So often, a little time passes, the issues are swept under the carpet, and the couple moves on without properly resolving anything. But the trouble resurfaces next time. I always prefer both partners to attend therapy; however, if one partner attends, changes he or she makes will affect the system and cause improvement in the relationship.
Trauma Recovery/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
How has trauma affected your life?
Trauma may be physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. It may be as a result of abuse, or may be as a result of an accident. It may be something lived through in childhood, the effects of which may resurface as PTSD in adulthood. Or it may be from a recent occurrence. Trauma may be something generally minor that had a major inner impact, or it may be something as terrifying as a tornado.
I offer therapeutic interventions that can help diminish the recurrence of symptoms and restore a sense of peace. An empirically-validated mode of therapy used by many health institutions around the world, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), takes you on a peaceful journey to healing. Click here for more information.
Assertive Communication Skills
Do you find yourself raising your voice, or clamming up because you’re unsure how best to communicate during conflict?
Whether it’s within individual, couple or family therapy, learning effective communication skills will help you resolve issues. You will learn ways to express your needs without aggression or anger, how to be heard, how to stand up for your rights while respecting the rights of others, and in so doing, improving relationships in your life. Communication involves both spoken and unspoken messages such as body language, signs, expressions and eye contact, distance, tone and volume. I can assist you in mastering these tools in order to greatly increase your relationships.
Do you know deep down how valuable you are?
How you view your self-worth affects every area of your life and all of your relationships. Therapy will help you strengthen your self-esteem by changing the way you think, helping you overcome disappointment, helping you manage emotions, and helping to bring healing to unresolved pain that may be at the root of the problem. I can help you take your story that diminished your self-esteem and rewrite it into a story that will help you develop self-compassion, and a healthier appreciation of yourself as a human being.
Have you got unresolved pain because of a past abortion?
At times women report no emotional post-abortive effects. Other times, women report effects of unexpressed grief, hidden guilt, physical trauma, spiritual concerns, and even PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Unexpressed grief may contribute to depression, and needs to be processed. Literature on the effects of abortion on men is sparse, but the consequences on many men are much the same as for women. Men, too, at times, feel the effects of loss, regret, grief and spiritual questions regarding their involvement. Some women and men have spiritual concerns that include fears of having committed an unforgiveable sin; however, spiritual healing comes in the context of understanding the vast capacity of God’s forgiveness. Those who feel they need emotional healing through therapy will have an opportunity to process the effects of abortion in their lives through therapy with me.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss. It may be the loss of a loved one through death or divorce, loss of physical abilities, or loss of dreams or plans for the future. Those in grief go through a process of working through the joy and pain of memories as they go forward through the seasons, and eventually arrive at a place of new beginnings. Unresolved grief, however, leaves you limiting your involvement in life, protecting your heart. Grief therapy will go further than allowing you to put your thoughts and feelings into words, it will address your sense of incompleteness and address unfinished emotional business.
Benefit from Christian counselling in an accepting, non-judgemental setting where you will receive biblically-based emotional healing through practical clinical modalities such as Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), or Anger Management Therapy, integrated, to the extent you desire, with prayer and/or inner healing.
Being a Christian means being able to walk in freedom from the bondage of emotional and psychological dysfunction for which Jesus paid. Receiving this freedom is a battle that you can win. For Christians, difficult issues are best addressed through psychological methods that hold to biblical principles and theological wisdom, as well as respect for one’s faith and values.