Can Counselling Help You?
Perhaps you are struggling through an unanticipated life event, and need support and coping strategies to help you through. Maybe you are weighed down by feelings of depression and anxiety, or feel hijacked by a persistent sense of inadequacy. Or, like many people, you may be dissatisfied with the state of your relationship with your partner, colleagues, or children, but are at a loss as to how to engage differently. In my psychotherapy practice, I provide a safe and supportive environment for people from all walks of life to openly explore such struggles.
In counselling, we explore the emotional, behavioural, and relational patterns that seem to keep showing up in your life. Everyone brings a unique self and particular life experiences, personality, and challenges to therapy; however, there are also many commonalities in the human condition.
Some of the pervasive themes I address in counselling include:
- exploring self-criticism and self-doubt and how this impacts our moods
- processing painful emotions, such as guilt, anger, sadness and shame
- relationship difficulties, including disconnection, ruptures in trust, communication breakdowns, and defensiveness
- helping to transform your values into meaningful choices and actions in everyday life (even if you experience a fear of making 'wrong decisions')
- processing challenging events, such as break-ups, grief and loss, and infertility
- fragile self-worth that shows up in perfectionism, burn-out and avoidance
I have a general psychotherapy practice in which I meet with individuals and couples from all walks of life. Many of my clients are professionals, creative types, and students who feel out of balance, or disconnected from others. I often work with those who are coping with heartbreak and loss, struggling to get by. I also work extensively with parents of young children, individually and as couples. The postpartum and early parenting stages bring intensified challenges, such as relationship struggles, burn-out, and self-doubt.I help my clients navigate this experience with improved connection, self-awareness and authenticity.
Likely, you've tried many times and in many ways to change - perhaps you've read self-help books, taken up meditation and exercise, and reached out to friends. These are all very helpful and important strategies, but may not address the deeper issues that sometimes lie outside our current awareness. You are not alone if you find it too difficult or confusing to make sense of your struggles on your own. I believe that counselling with a skilled, compassionate therapist can be enriching and clarifying, and can help lead to meaningful shifts in our inner and outer lives.