"You created the external problem to find the internal solution"
- Phil Good
What is Therapy?
Psychotherapy aims to help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. A therapist applies scientifically validated procedures to help people develop more effective habits through several different approaches. It is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and their therapist. It allows you to talk openly and work together to identify, solve and change the problem(s) that was brought in session, while simultaneously learning new skills to better cope with any challenges that may arise in the future.
My personal definition of therapy is a commitment to growth and self-discovery. I will aide in providing a bird’s eye view on how to lead you out of your 'darkness', as I hand you the skills, techniques and perspectives to help you live your life in light, peace and freedom. The purpose is to “become a better version of your former self." Some of the skills and techniques include (but are not limited to): self-awareness, introspection/reflection, Gestalt empty chair technique, diaphragmatic breathing, self-compassion guided meditations, prolonged exposure therapy, CBT thought record and countering. Topics to discuss may include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, conflict resolution, crisis/risk intervention, safety planning, self-care, emotional regulation, academic/career counselling, adjustment to university, procrastination, relationship issues, family challenges, interpersonal communication skills, workplace stress, self-esteem concerns, stress management, pain management, grief, setting healthy boundaries, assertiveness training, as well as living a balanced life.
We suffer unnecessarily. Instead of going with the flow, we create resistance, which in turn creates pain and suffering. One must go within themselves to clear out and release all internal wounds in order to heal and allow peace to take its place. The journey to healing is to feel and become EMPOWERED. Whatever you may be experiencing in your life, my aim is to guide you in finding your own inner light to heal the darkness. The goal is for you to become your own teacher and master. I do this in a compassionate, non-judgmental, open-minded, and empathetic way.
The intention is simple: Honour yourself and the rest will unfold organically.
My name is Snezana Djuric, but you can call me Nena. Fun fact, my name means Snow White! I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) under the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
My counselling practice started in 2015-2016 academic school year during my graduate studies as a student counsellor intern with FIT: Action at Carleton University. Following graduation from my Master’s in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa in June 2016, I worked as a Client Care Counsellor at Morneau Shepell until February 2017. During this time, I provided single session telephone therapy to clients dealing with significant distress. I counselled highly urgent and/or high-risk situations, including suicide, child welfare issues, familial issues, relationship issues, domestic violence, addictions, workplace stress, stress management and bereavement.
Since September 2016 until present, I work as a RP (Qualifying) at Inline Rehabilitation Centre. I administer psychological assessments, write psychological reports and provide one-on-one ongoing weekly individual therapy sessions to motor vehicle accident (MVA) clients. Ages of client population range from 18 to 65.
In November 2018, I became a Mills Gosse Psychology Associate as a RP (Qualifying). I provide therapy services to adults in the WSIB program focusing on personal difficulties and psychological disorders that include but are not limited to: adjustment difficulties, poor self-esteem, life transitions, career problems, anger management, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, relationship difficulty, addictions, and pain disorders.
My theoretical approach to counselling and therapy includes Rational-Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Past-Life Regression Therapy (PLT) and mindfulness techniques. I also borrow techniques from Solution-focused Therapy, Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance-commitment Therapy (ACT) and Gestalt-therapy (chair work).
My practice is holistic, eclectic, integrative and humanistic. My approach is transparent and collaborative in order to ensure that you become a conscious creator of your life. The healing process is mandatory for growth and confronting any thought or emotion will be done in a safe space. My number one priority are the needs and well-being of my client’s and being authentic, competent and up-to-date on the professional standards are the heart of my work.
I have a certificate in solution-focused therapy acquired from Morneau Shepell. Further certifications in cognitive behavioural therapy and applied specialization in mindfulness meditation, both at the University of Toronto. I am trained in facilitating guided meditations. I am also certified in Past-Life Regression Therapy, trained by the pioneer himself, Dr. Brain Weiss. I received my certificate at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Finally, I have completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certificate.
I am granted the honour to be working with my previous graduate school professor as my ongoing supervisor and current mentor, Pavna Sodhi, M.Ed., Ed.D., RP, CCC.