Therapy can help ease pain and suffering. It's a process which can bring you to feel more calm, clear, in control, and satisfied in your life.
Our emotions are designed to help us move through life's challenges. However, sometimes we feel confused, overwhelmed, uncertain or defeated. When this happens, we are prone to experiencing anxiety, depression, or other mental unwellness. The job of the therapist (me) is to help you uncover what emotions are underneath your anxiety or depression or uncertain feelings, and invite these emotions to come to into your awareness in a safe, tolerable way. Then, a wonderful thing happens - your awareness will help you move into solutions, new possibilities for your life, and towards relief & calm. It's not too complicated, really. We're all born with this amazing system in our bodies... sometimes we need a trained professional to help us engage with it.
I am trained in a type of therapy called EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing). This is a long name for a technique which harnesses our brain's natural capacity to heal and process disturbing experiences or emotions. So, for example, if you're having anxiety, EMDR can help identify why and where the anxiety is coming from, and how to neutralize it, or 'digest' it so you can move forward with more ease.
EMDR was originally developed for people with PTSD and is currently recognized as a standard, effective treatment for PTSD. It is now also being recognized as an effective treatment for a variety of inner difficulties and shows exciting outcomes for change.
Individual therapy can help with:
- feeling overwhelmed
- grief & loss
- dealing with death
- trauma (including physical, emotional or sexual abuse histories)
- relationship struggles (disconnect, conflict, affair recovery, separation, reconciliation)
- chronic health (cancer, GI diseases, arthritis, mental health, and other physical health management)
- pre and post pregnancy struggles
- difficulty saying No, or setting boundaries with others
- sleep difficulties
- suicidal thoughts *
- low self-esteem
- caregiver burnout
- parenting struggles
- coping with difficult circumstances
- and moving you towards finding your purpose, your dreams, and that which satisfies you in life.
ngaging in therapy proves most helpful when you feel you're ready to explore your life in a new way, with the help of a trusted therapist. You can ask yourself the following questions to gain a sense of your readiness:
Am I ready to be try being open; to be honest; to make mistakes (I do too!) and to cry, laugh, converse, explore, risk, and engage?
Do I feel there’s a way to change the problem in my life, but I’m just not sure how?
Do I feel that if I had some guidance I could make change in my life for the better?
If I knew it would improve, would I be willing to experience difficult feelings or expose truths that are not fun in order to move forward?
Is there something I need to let go of to be happier?
Do I know have a sense of what I need but I have a hard time expressing it?
Are there other parts of me that I'd like to uncover and get to know better (such as my creative side, my athletic side, my social side, etc.)?
Successful therapy requires a trusting, supportive, professional, accepting, authentic relationship with your therapist. While I cannot control everything, I do my best to be genuine, non-judgemental, gentle, creative and caring to all of my clients. There may be times when I challenge you in ways that might feel uncomfortable. But know that I only do this if it will be helpful. Keep in mind, I am receptive to your reactions, and your setting boundaries. Remember, I cannot make choices for you... your life is yours to live. However I’d be honoured to help you cultivate the happiness you want.
It's important to know that psychotherapy as a profession is informed by research. I do my best to stay up-to-date, and I attend regular training in order to maintain quality skills. You can find out more about me and my approach here.
Find out more about how Andrea's credentials, expertise, and what to expect.
EMDR is short for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (whoa). Find out how this approach works.
*If you feel your suicidal thoughts are overwhelming and you're not able to stay safe in this moment, please go to the link below for immediate assistance:
If you are in need of help right away, please contact Befrienders for your local crisis centre.