Psychotherapy Services In Toronto

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    Our Psychotherapy Services In Toronto

    Affordable counselling options for you and your unique life circumstances and experiences


    Individual Psychotherapy

    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.

    Couples Psychotherapy

    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

    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?



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    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:


    • Overwhelming feelings of sadness, stress, anxiety or helplessness.
    • An inability to cope with everyday problems.
    • Difficulty concentrating on work or studies most of the time.
    • Drinking too much, taking drugs, or being aggressive to an extent that is harming themselves or others.
    • A sense that problems never improve, despite receiving help from friends and family.
    • Feeling constantly on edge or worrying unnecessarily.
    • Unhealed traumas.
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    Therapy during COVID-19


    Global pandemics can cause a lot of psychological and emotional strain and can create a lot of anxiety, stress and depression amongst the population. Many people are living in fear of the unknown effects this virus will have on them and the world. Social distancing (as important as it is to stopping the spread of the virus) can make people feel very isolated and lonely. Commonly, people are worried about their own health or their loved ones getting sick, their financial situation or job. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s mental health and health problems are worsening and those with addictions are struggling more now than ever. Therapy during this pandemic is more important than ever, especially if you feel you are having a hard time!



    Online Therapy


    Online therapy involves providing mental health services and support over the internet. This can occur through email, text messaging, video conferencing, online chat, messaging, or internet phone. Our online therapy is provided via zoom, a video conferencing application. While online therapy may have it’s limitations, it is quickly becoming an important part of therapy services around the globe, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. During our online therapy sessions, we will be able to provide people all over the world with our high quality therapy services. We aim to make these sessions as close as possible to in-person sessions to ensure your mental health is cared for competently, even in distance. Since these sessions are online and don’t require an office space, I have made it cheaper to accommodate people with a lower income and those who are struggling financially due to COVID-19.

    E-Therapy Benefits

    There are a number of reasons why a person might choose an online therapy option, including the convenience of doing therapy in the comfort of your home, the ability to access your therapist from wherever you may be in the world (especially if you’re one who enjoys traveling) and receiving therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having to drive long distances and take significant time out of a busy schedule to seek therapy can be a burden on many people in need of help. If you have reliable internet access, online therapy gives you relatively quick and easy access to treatment that might not have been readily available to you otherwise

    Is Psychotherapy Effective?


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    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.


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    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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    Welcome to Harssar's Holistics in Toronto


    Your number one place for holistic healing including psychotherapy, spiritual transformation coaching and thai massage. Please check out our services and offerings! I look forward to meeting you and helping you grow!


    The therapeutic approaches I employ are very person centered based, where I will be able to make a treatment plan loaded with many of the tools in my toolbox. Due to my background as a multidisciplinary artist, art therapist and a yoga and meditation teacher, the approaches I use to therapy are unique and finely structured for each individual and their unique problems and difficulties in their life. I, like each and every one of you, am unique and I try to bring forth a relaxed and comfortable experience to therapy.