Some of the most common reasons families seek help are:
- marriage problems
- separation/divorce issues
- grief and loss
- social stress
- life transitions
- learning difficulties
- self-esteem problems
- family conflict
If any of these
issues is affecting your quality of life, you can call and arrange a consultation appointment. You can then talk about
what you are hoping to accomplish in therapy, determine if we are right for you, and if so, develop a plan together that
addresses your goals which can include working on:
Couples Counselling: Conflict is a normal part of a family's life. But sometimes conflict begins to dominate and
then it is time to seek balance and harmony again. We have useful techniques and strategies focusing on communication,
interaction styles, intimacy issues, and emotional blocks that help couples regain their closeness, trust, and happiness.
Problems - Is your child having trouble adjusting in school? Does the classroom seem to cause your anxiety or depression?
For many teens and children the school day can present a great source of stress and unhappiness. Therapy focuses on techniques designed
to prepare and support students in the classroom and at home.
Grief and Loss: Grief is a normal and natural reaction
to either physical loss (death of a loved one) or social loss (divorce or separation). Counselling focuses on ways to help you
Panic/Anxiety: Some worry in life is normal and expected but for some this worry can develop into a paralyzing dread
that makes normal functioning impossible. This type of anxiety requires attention and counselling. Counselling focuses
on the underlying causes of anxiety and techniques to help you relax.
Stress: In life occasional stress is to be expected
but too much stress can lead to an constant state of elevated anxiety that can lead to nervousness, sleep problems, relationship
problems and irritability. Counselling focuses on methods to help identify and then reduce these stressors and
balance your lifestyle so you can move on.
Addiction: An addiction is a loss of control over alcohol, substance use, eating,
sexuality, or gambling. It is a behaviour that is motivated by emotions that range from cravings to compulsions. The addictive
behavior continues despite its negative consequences. Counselling includes a focus on the root emotioanal causes that
led to addiction and some tools to deal with addictive behaviour so that you can get your life back in balance.
Stress is an emotional condition that develops after a trauma. It is often associated with combat or assault but it
can and does affect people with all kinds of histories. Therapy offers counselling to deal with the actual trauma itself and
also on methods to help you or your child cope with the pain of symptoms.
Paul W. Clark, PhD
Many people look to counselling because powerful emotions are dominating their lives. Often they try to overcome these emotional states by talking them away or using distractions (i.e. busy-work, alcohol, watching TV). We can push something away, but generally, it comes back on us. In fact, we often delude ourselves into thinking that we've "worked through" an issue when it temporarily disappears.
Solving your problems by taking a pill each day can sound appealing too. If only it was that easy! These emotional problems have multiple causes, and medication is not a one stop cure for them. It may help ease the symptoms, but may have side effects and does not provide complete relief.
Therapy provides you with management and coping skills to help you stay grounded, and helps you deal with feelings that you would like to change.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is our main approach to therapy. Whether someone is trying to improve their lives, deal with pain, or just trying to relax the key to is learning how to think differently. CBT is about:
- How you think about yourself, the world and other people
- How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.
CBT can help you to change how you think ("Cognitive") and what you do ("Behaviour)". These changes can help you to feel better quickly. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.
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