Are you feeling anxious or depressed far too often? Do you find yourself struggling with low self-esteem? Are you going through major life transitions that are making you feel lost or overwhelmed? Or maybe you feel that you just are not feeling yourself anymore and you are not sure why?
Counselling for Individuals
Confronting challenges and seeking change do not have to feel scary, overwhelming, or be faced alone. I believe seeking help speaks to your resilience and resourcefulness. I view the therapy process as a journey we take together. You are the driver as the client, as the therapist I am in the passenger seat as a navigator. I will guide you and challenge you in a nurturing way so that you can return to a place of security and fulfillment. It is my goal to meet you wherever you are on your journey of addressing challenges and change.
What types of issues commonly present for Individual Therapy?
Loss of meaning or purpose
Family of origin conflict
Resolving childhood wounds
Trauma can come in a variety of forms, they can be single-instance, chronic, attachment or complex trauma. Regardless of the form it takes, trauma can dramatically change the way you experience life. It can become difficult to feel a sense of safety and be able to work through these memories and symptoms without help. As a therapist, I have worked with clients that have experienced single-instance, chronic, attachment or complex trauma.
Some examples of single instance trauma:
Death of a loved one
Surviving a natural disaster
Other single events that have left a lasting impression on you that had been hard to move past
Attachment Trauma and Chronic Trauma
Not all traumas are significant single events, many of the clients I work with seek healing from Chronic trauma or attachment trauma. Upsetting and repeated exposure to such trauma’s can create deep personal wounds over months or years.
Perhaps you had early childhood experiences with your parents that impacted you in a serious way but do not seem to rise to the level of some of the traumas described above. Perhaps you experienced neglect, abuse or felt like your parents were overly critical of you. Maybe you felt like you lacked a sense of connection and safety with your parents? This can significantly shape who you are and how you form relationships with others. We can love our parents, and at times reflect back on our childhood feeling like we had unmet childhood needs or wish things had been different. It is common to feel that you should just be able to “get over it”, you tell yourself, it was not “that bad”, because your parents are “different now”. This is a common misconception about the serious impact that adverse childhood experiences can have on us.
Some examples of Chronic trauma and Attachment traumas:
Verbal, emotional, or spiritual abuse
Molestation and sexual abuse
Abusive domestic relationships
Absent or neglectful parents
Unmet childhood needs
Sex work / prostitution
Ongoing experiences that you have not been able to heal from
Chronic problems in relationships
Fear of intimacy
Fear of abandonment
Difficulty managing emotions
Difficulty feeling emotions