Reasons to Seek Psychotherapy

Therapy has been shown to have a positive impact on individuals suffering from a variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and many kinds of relationship problems. Please read our comments on the following categories.


Depression

Depression can manifest itself in many ways: in lethargy, as a sense of hopelessness or emptiness, as a feeling of worthlessness, to cite but three. You may feel that life has lost its meaning, or that your sadness feels unbearable. Talk therapy has been shown to be very helpful in treating depression. Speaking with a therapist may help you to better understand yourself and to lift your spirits, which, in turn, may help you to move beyond the depression and towards a fuller, more rewarding life. Top ↑

Anger

Anger is a normal emotion that can be self-protective and healthy in many instances. Excessive or uncontrollable anger, however, can lead to many kinds of problems in your personal and professional life. Beginning to notice what triggers your anger and examining it in therapy can help you to manage it. Top ↑

Anxiety

Anxiety is a universal, always unpleasant human experience. We all feel it, but its intensity and duration vary considerably from person to person and from time to time. Anxiety may be characterized as an unaccountable feeling of imminent danger or an apprehensive uneasiness quite different from fear. Bringing your attention to the present moment and talking about that present-moment experience can relieve the anxiety and help you to manage it. Coming to understand some of its causative factors may further help to diminish it. Top ↑

Relationship Problems

Relationship patterns are established very early in our lives and are fundamental to the ways we interact with others. Because these patterns are formed and reinforced early in our childhood, we often take them for granted, as if they could not be otherwise. They inform all of our present relationships in the family, with intimate partners, with friends and at work, and may at times produce reactions that can be problematic and confusing. Individual and couples therapy can help us to gain new perspectives on our relational patterns. Top ↑

Eating Disorders

It is important to recognize that an unhealthy relationship to food is usually a sign of deeper and more pervasive issues. Anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating, the most common of the so-called eating disorders, are treatable in many ways. As with other psychological difficulties, we generally view eating disorders as part of the experience and behaviour of the whole person. Top ↑

Shame and Low Self-Esteem

If guilt is feeling bad about what you have done, then shame is feeling bad about who you are. Low self-esteem, with its relentless loop of self-criticism, will affect all aspects of your daily life, in particular your spontaneity and creativity. Therapy can help to soften the harshness of a shaming voice and provide new perspectives on your self and on your potential. Top ↑

Stress

Stress is a natural and inevitable response to the difficulties of living. However, constant, unrelenting stress will have major negative ramifications for all aspects of your life. You will feel its consequences physically, mentally and emotionally. Working with a therapist can help you to slow down and find space to examine the complexities of your life, thereby gaining insight into how you have responded to them and how you might change those responses. Top ↑

Grief

Grief is a necessary response to loss. The therapy we practise will provide a safe, private place to process your grief in your own time and in your own way. Top ↑

Addiction

Misusing drugs and alcohol or engaging in behaviours such as compulsive gambling and compulsive eating can create very serious financial, professional, domestic and social problems. Working with a therapist provides a stable environment to take stock of yourself and come to an understanding of what drives you to these behaviours. Personal therapy is also an excellent complement to an addiction recovery program. Top ↑

Trauma

Trauma is a psychological and emotional disruption or breakdown resulting from experiences that overwhelm us, that are too powerful to be dealt with in the usual way we deal with our experiences. Trauma may result from a single event or from repeated and enduring experiences (especially in childhood). Traumatized individuals live with a host of mental and physical symptoms. Therapy can address these symptoms in a wide variety of ways. It can help the sufferer to come to terms with his or her traumatic past and to move towards a more integrated and healthier present. Top ↑