What is it?

Psychotherapy is an interaction between the counselor and the client so that he may

  • live healthier, focusing on social, educational or professional matters,
  • develop skills to better organize his life,
  • understand his feelings and
  • improve his behaviour.

Understanding psychotherapy

The goal of good psychotherapy is change, and a qualified therapist is professionally trained to help you identify and work towards your goals. A good therapist is someone you can easily talk to and cares about you and your problems. Therapists are professionally trained to work with you to identify areas in your life that you want to change and support you through the process. The quality of your relationship with an empathic, knowledgeable therapist is what matters most.

Why therapy and not medication?

The thought of being able to solve your problems with taking a pill each day can sound appealing. If only it was that easy! Mental and 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 can be time consuming and challenging, as uncomfortable emotions and thoughts can arise as part of the treatment process. However, therapy provides long lasting benefits and support. Learning and addressing underlying causes of your mental or emotional problem not only provides symptom relief, but gives you tools for identifying and avoiding triggers in the future. Therapy also provides you with management and coping skills to help you stay grounded, and helps you modify behaviors that you would like to change.

Counseling is a way to be empowered.

Counseling is for folks who are courageously facing their fears, who want more from their life, who want to expand their lives and achieve goals both personally and professionally.

  • It offers a way to gain perspective on your behaviour, emotions and relationships.
  • It provides a means to express your feelings and identify patterns of thinking.
  • It alleviates anxiety, depression and anger in their many forms.
  • It helps develop communication skills for dealing with conflict and frustration.
  • It is a means for addressing pain, working through loss and adding meaning to your life.

Therapies

Information on the types of therapies offered.

Counseling psychotherapy is an interaction between the counselor and the client so that he may

  • live healthier, focusing on social, educational or professional matters,
  • develop skills to better organize his life,
  • understand his feelings and
  • improve his behaviour.

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Art Therapy involves the therapeutic use of art (drawing, sketching, etc) in the scope of the therapist-client relationship, by individuals who suffer from psychological trauma or are in search of inner growth. It uses art as a means of communication which facilitates expression of emotions, in conjunction with traditional consulting and psychotherapy, to improve the individual's emotional and mental state.

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In the Sandplay method, the client creates a “scene” by selecting from a large collection of figurines and arranging them freely in a tray of sand, in the presence of the therapist. The therapist initially acts as an observer, without commenting or providing any kind of guidance. The miniature figures serve as symbols or archetypes which the client can select from, forming – in a sense – a kind of internal “alphabet” from which he can begin to express him/herself.

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