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Therapy is a place of healing. It is also called psychotherapy or counseling and is a process of transformation that will lead clients to resolve problematic behavior, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues and somatic responses in the body. People have different reasons for coming to therapy but they often seek help when they are going through transitional phases in their lives such as starting college, new job, promotion, move, break-up/divorce, coping with loss, or struggling with somatic symptoms. Others come to therapy because they find themselves repeating unhealthy patterns of behavior, feeling stuck, unproductive and overwhelmed.
Every day is a good time to start transforming yourself. Beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living to your full potential.
We understand that starting therapy can be challenging. You can be skeptical, hesitant or nervous. It is normal to have a natural fear of the unknown and it takes a great deal of courage to seek help.
We will do our best to work at a pace that feels safe and comfortable for you in a warm, supportive and non-judgmental environment.
Building a strong therapeutic relationship requires an enormous amount of vulnerability therefore it is important to choose a therapist that is non-judgmental, empathetic and who makes you feel safe, seen and heard.
Are there other approaches to counseling and psychotherapy?
Yes. There are many different schools of thought in this field and it is important to choose a therapist that practices the approach that you are looking for.
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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that looks at the thoughts, feelings and behaviors in relation to a client's negative patterns that prevent client to have a fulfilling life.
In CBT, lies the key assumption that our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes (the cognitive part) have a profound impact upon our emotions, behaviors and our physiology.
Out of all the different types of counseling and psychotherapy approaches that are out there, CBT is the most researched and has been shown to be effective at treating depression and anxiety disorders. Over the last 20 years, its popularity has grown and it has been adapted to treat various disorders and conditions.
CBT has a strong psycho-educational component to it and so clients leave with tools, techniques and knowledge to maintain their gains long after the therapy has finished
There have been numerous studies carried out which have shown CBT to be an effective form of psychotherapy. It can help with:
Anxiety and panic attacks
Phobias (e.g. agoraphobia, social phobia)
Post traumatic stress disorder
Pain and suffering are universal and happen at all level of the society. Throughout our lives we all experience degrees of pain. Although in a modern society we all seem equipped to develop a relatively safe life, most of us experience hurt, rejection, shame, criticism, neglect and abandonment.
In order to survive and protect from further pain and hurt we develop defense mechanisms like depression and anxiety, addictions, self-criticism, anger, eating disorders that act like buffers for the original pain we experienced most likely in childhood,
These self destructive conditions are also the reasons people come to therapy and set up a good intention for the individual to seek resolution and integration. Therapy is one the way to integrate all the parts into a whole and live wholeheartedly.
The opposite is to live in denial or continuously guarding ourselves from being hurt again. It means to focus on any potential threat therefore we lose the innate gut feeling and compassion for us and for others. We lose out confidence and become less curious. We are pulled back into the past or pushed aside into a loop of confusion. We feel stuck.
Through therapy a person begin to look inside and take care of his own wounds to heal the self and embark on a journey of self-discovery, self-care and self-compassion. When we find yourselves, the world around us becomes a better place and has a positive impact on our environment and our relationship with others.
We are worthy and happiness is our birthright. All the parts of ourselves deserve to be healthy and integrated into the self.
As we heal ourselves, we help heal our world.