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Psychotherapy Services In Toronto
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Individual therapy is a joint process between a therapist and an individual person in therapy. Common goals of therapy can be to inspire change or improve quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone. Individual therapy is also called therapy, psychotherapy, psychosocial therapy, talk therapy, and counseling. Individual therapy can help people overcome obstacles to their well-being. It can increase positive feelings, such as compassion and self-esteem. People in therapy can learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals. Many find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware. Some people even go to ongoing therapy for self-growth and validation. This therapy is offered for individuals looking to put in the time and effort to work on themselves.
We all know due to our own experiences that romantic relationships can be very hard work. Like cars and other machines, they require regular maintenance to keep them running well. If there is a problem, it’s best to have it repaired right away to avoid further complications down the road. Often we can do some of the basic maintenance and repairs ourselves, while other times, despite our best efforts, we may need to rely on a professional to take a look and give us a hand. It is interesting how easily and quickly we take such steps to repair or prevent damage to our vehicles. But when it comes to our relationships, we often avoid taking action until the situation has become much more serious or even toxic. Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a therapist helps two people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict and improve relationship satisfaction for both parties utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions. The therapist will focus on a specific problem, treat the relationship itself rather than the individuals, is solution-focused and will provide clear treatment objectives.
Art therapy combines art, psychotherapy and mindfulness and facilitates self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour, shape and even writing as part of this creative therapeutic process. During art therapy, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. The art becomes a bridge to be able to express yourself openly and opens some doors in therapy that aren’t possible to open in regular talk therapy. Art therapy requires no experience with art making and requires no skill. In art therapy, it is not about making beautiful, professional and visually pleasing art pieces but is focused on using the art as a means of self expression and emotional release. In these sessions we will be working with a variety of different materials from fimo, markers, pencil crayons, crayons, paint and pencils. What’s amazing about art therapy is that after each session you will walk out with a tangible piece of artwork that you have uniquely created!
What is Psychotherapy?
According to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, psychotherapy can be described as: “primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life. As health care professionals, psychotherapists work in a wide range of settings. Settings include: private practice, hospitals, clinics, care facilities, rehabilitation centres/programs, employee assistance programs, universities, and more.”
Possible Benefits of Counselling in Toronto
Psychotherapy has the benefit of giving clients someone to talk to and to validate your words and your experiences. It can create a new way of looking at difficult problems, and help people move towards a solution. Participants can gain a better understanding of themselves and their own goals and values, have self actualization and can develop skills for improving relationships and their past experiences. It can help to overcome specific problems, such as an addiction, eating disorder or a phobia. In order for psychotherapy to work, the person receiving it must be actively engaged and work during the session as well as between sessions, by practicing new skills and trusting in their therapist to give them the results they are looking to get out of therapy.
Psychotherapy can be challenging as it may get you to look at difficult life experiences such as traumas and bad memories and reliving these experiences. It is important to have open communication with your therapist about these experiences, as it is normal to sometimes feel re-traumatized or unpleasant when we open doors of difficult past life experiences. The reason why these doors are opened is to become more aware of the ways in which our past affects us and may be holding us back from our full potential in life. Psychotherapists are trained not to open any doors in therapy that cannot be closed and are very intricate and careful about how they unpack traumas and help you heal them.
How Can Counseling Help You?
Psychotherapy can help people understand that they can in fact do something to improve their situation. That leads to changes that enhance healthy behaviour, whether it's improving relationships, expressing emotions better, doing better at work or school, or thinking more positively. Psychotherapy can be a proven effective treatment and should be the first choice for mild to moderate psychiatric symptoms. Far too often people take unnecessary psychiatric medication for problems that would get better on their own or with psychotherapy. Sometimes traumas and other experiences that have harmed us in the past are being swept under the rug and numbed with medication as opposed to looking at and working through the issues at hand.
Therapy Can Help You:
- understand your mental health condition;
- define and reach wellness goals;
- overcome fears or insecurities;
- cope with stress;
- make sense of past traumatic experiences;
- separate your true personality from the moods caused by your condition;
- identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms;
- improve relationships with family and friends;
- establish a stable, dependable routine;
- develop a plan for coping with crises;
- understand why things bother you and what you can do about them; and
- end destructive habits such as excessive drinking, using drugs, overspending or unhealthy sex.
Who needs Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can be used to help a wide range of people. We all have our experiences that make life difficult and that anyone and everyone can benefit from therapy. The people who come to therapy range from severe mental health problems to the average person experiencing challenges. The following feelings are signs that an individual might benefit from this type of therapy:
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Is Psychotherapy Effective?
Psychotherapy has been used to treat a range of mental health difficulties, from depression and anxiety, to phobias. Loren’s eclectic approach to therapy is very person centered and combines elements of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, art therapy and mindfulness which aims to help you to understand how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviour that you experience in your life are connected to your unconscious mind. This knowledge can be used to help you see the connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour and how they affect your life. It helps you to change these thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so that they are more in line with how you really feel. It helps you to make changes in your life in line with your values and beliefs. It can help you to become more honest, more compassionate, more open, and more happy.
Therapy can help people build their self-esteem and learn how to deal with their problems. Therapists can help people find a way to deal with their issues in a way that is helpful to themselves, their family and their friends. The psychotherapist can help you explore your own feelings and thoughts about yourself, your past, and your future. They may ask you questions to help you explore your thoughts and feelings, and help you develop new ways of thinking about your life and the problems in it. This approach to therapy can help you build self-confidence and self-esteem, learn to accept yourself for who you are, and work through your feelings and problems. Psychotherapy will work best for you if you are willing to explore your feelings and thoughts in a way that allows you to work through the issues at hand, in a way that is helpful to you. Be ready to talk about anything you want to talk about, even things you would prefer not to talk about since these are the things that are most important to discuss with a therapist.
Your First Psychotherapy Session
Typically a first session begins with a psychosocial assessment where I will ask you what it is that brought you into therapy and what your goals for treatment are. From here, I will be able to talk with you, ask questions and figure out a personalized treatment plan for you that best suits your individual needs. This treatment plan will incorporate some homework, curated therapeutic experiences including CBT, DBT, art therapy and mindfulness activities where applicable. The first session is typically to get to know you and what is going on in your life and how it is I can assist you on your life’s journey. After this, we will spend each hour-long session unpacking the things that are holding you back which include your past and present difficult experiences and your maladaptive patterning and coping mechanisms. I will offer compassionate listening, validation and support as we work together on making your life a more enjoyable experience for you and for those around you.
Coming Into Therapy
If you have a specific goal, you will move towards it more quickly. This is a good topic to bring up when you are having your first meeting with a therapist you are considering working with. If you don't know what you want to achieve, then you may not be able to make a clear, tangible goal. When you have a specific goal in mind coming into therapy, you'll have a better sense of how much time you can devote and the exact things you are looking to improve. If you are unsure of where to start with your goals, let your therapist know what you’re struggling with and what experiences and feelings you were having that got you to come in for therapy. You and your therapist will come up with goals together in the first session.
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