what we do
Going through a rough patch? We all do from time to time. In fact, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some time in their life. So why is there still stigma attached? Why is something so human still considered abnormal?
Episodes of emotional un-wellness can be disruptive and distressing, but these periods do not need to persist. I believe each of us possesses the talents and resources to become well again. It’s a matter of finding them. In my practice I help each client discover their unique inner resources, and then find ways to apply these so they can get over the rough patch and return to a happy, productive life.
is counselling for me?
In my practice I see both adolescents and adults looking for relief from anxiety, depression or the persistent effects of trauma, including PTSD.
Who hasn’t had sweaty palms and felt anxious? According to the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH), some of the common symptoms of anxiety are muscle tension, an inability to relax, restlessness, irritability and sleep disturbed by worry. Sometimes these symptoms escalate and the sufferer experiences a shortness of breath, an impending doom or becomes frightened to go to certain places. If your experience of such symptoms prevents you from enjoying your life, it’s time to do something about it. Research has shown that persons with mild anxiety or anxiety disorders respond to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In the course of this therapy the client focuses on finding practical solutions to the real life problems caused by anxiety. Other treatments include stress-management techniques, relaxation techniques, and Talk Therapy, all of which I provide.
Research tells us that depression affects men and women differently. According to CAMH, the common symptoms include changes in appetite and weight, greatly lessened pleasure or interest in most activities, sleep problems, feelings of hopelessness, irritability and trouble concentrating. The lifetime prevalence rate of major depressive disorders for females is twice that of their male counterparts. However, studies show that both men and women experiencing depression respond to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
It’s not the initial horror of the event but the haunting thoughts and memories that persist long after the event has passed that causes upheaval in the lives of people experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They may be survivors of childhood abuse, victims of crimes, accident victims and witnesses, and female sexual assault survivors. Some common symptoms include: reliving the event, recurring nightmares, avoiding reminders of the event, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance, irritability, and a fear of dying. Research has proven that Prolonged Exposure Therapy is the gold standard for the treatment of PTSD. During treatment, the trauma survivor emotionally processes their memories in a way that makes them less frightening.
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