What we’ve experienced, we expect. In fact, what we have experienced can shape our perceptions and expectations despite the reality of the situations we are in.
Our early experiences shape the ways that we feel about ourselves and relate to others. These experiences often result in the development of our strengths—and our symptoms (such as depression, anxiety, fear, self-defeating actions, relationship troubles). We create patterns and behaviours as a response to these experiences. Compromises, especially those made in early childhood to adapt to family, can lead to alienation from our real selves. Our full self-expression can become blocked. We find ways to protect ourselves, but sometimes at the expense of long-term well-being. Often, we are unaware of these past influences as they reside out of awareness.
There is convincing evidence that psychotherapy can make an important difference in overcoming defeating patterns, work issues, relationship issues, and in dealing with emotional distress in a healthy way. A good therapy relationship is vital to successful treatment. I create a safe place for exploring fears, worries, stressors, and help strengthen your responses to them through empathy and a non-judgmental attitude.
I can be reached by phone at 416-385-7777. You may have to leave a message. I will return your call within 48 hours. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I offer a no-charge 20-minute phone consultation where you can let me know what you would like help with, what led to your decision to reach out for help now, and your goals. I can tell you about the service, what you can expect in working with me, and how I can help you. You can see the kind of rapport that is possible, and we can determine if we have a good fit and go from there.