Life affects us deeply on a day-to-day level.
When we aren’t feeling well there are a host of things which can linger with us. They can come in the form of doubts, guilt, and perhaps fear. Some of these things can be named — the names of people who we feel may have hurt us, the names of those we feel we may have hurt. Some of what we feel or experience is associated with words we’ve heard from friends, or in the media: depression, anxiety, grief, stress, trauma.
Chances are you’re looking at this page because you’re looking for support.
It could be that you are having trouble containing the day-to-day frustrations others seem less bothered by. Perhaps you’ve found yourself stuck in a pattern of self-blame (whether or not you are truly at fault). It could be that you want a little more control and understanding of yourself. Unlike someone with natural resilience, when we are not at our best we can have reactions to events and to other people which alienate us from the world — even from ourselves. Our friendships and spousal relationships can also suffer.
So what do you do?
What do you do if you aren’t feeling well?
You can talk with a registered psychotherapist, like me, and begin to understand what lies behind these feelings. In a comfortable, private, and non-discriminatory environment we can focus on the aspects of your life which conspire to disconnect you from yourself and the outside world.
What’s the goal?
Greater self-awareness. But also: greater durability against day-to-day tensions from the outside world. Ultimately, therapy provides you with more confidence as you move forward with your life, and the ability to see and understand the emotional and behavioural triggers which prevent you from feeling whole. It is a road filled with self-discovery, with an aim of self-improvement: feeling whole, integrated, and resilient.
I am a first-generation Canadian whose parents came to this country from different backgrounds. I grew up living in both rural and urban parts of Ontario and Alberta. I’m a city slicker who knows the ‘burbs and the sticks.
I come to psychotherapy from a creative perspective. I worked for 20 years behind the scenes of Canadian and international film and TV productions. I hold an honourary Production Certificate from the Emmy® Awards (picture editing) and have had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most talented and creative individuals in North America and Europe. (I’ve also had the pleasure of learning from a wide array of so-called “ordinary” folks, too.) I am also a novelist, short fiction writer, and essayist. I am a registered member of the Canadian Association For Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). I am also registered with the newly-formed College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
I am quite familiar with the sharp edges of the working world (corporate and small business) and the many ways stressful situations and events can get the best of us. I can empathize with anyone who feels caught in a rut, or whose path — career or personal — or whose relationship with the world seems clouded.
If you are interested in booking a session or knowing more about my rates, please click here.