What is
Psychotherapy?

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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, 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. 

What is counselling & psychotherapy?

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario defines psychotherapy as “the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication”.

 

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association defines counselling as “a relational process based upon the ethical use of specific professional competencies to facilitate human change. Counselling addresses wellness, relationships, personal growth, career development, mental health, and psychological illness or distress. The counselling process is characterized by the application of recognized cognitive, affective, somatic, spiritual, developmental, behavioural, leaning and systemic principles”. 

How long are therapy sessions?

Length of therapy varies. I offer both short-term and long-term counselling. 

 

A standard session is 50 minutes of direct client contact and 10 minutes is allocated for record keeping; thus, the full fee is for 60 minutes. However, the length of session can go beyond the standard 50 minutes. This would be discussed with the client and therapist. 

WORKSHOPS

We suffer unnecessarily. My aim is to show you that you already possess all of the tools you need to heal, transform and create/be the change you wish to embody. 

My passion is mindfulness and integrating emotions. The intention of my workshops are to help individuals become conscious creators of their reality. I am here to let you know that it is possible and to support you during the process. You can heal. You can transform. You are an Alchemist. 

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"Just like a butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time."

-Deborah Chaskin

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