Online Psychotherapy Across Ontario

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Areas Of Focus

ADHD

Do you struggle with feeling overwhelmed by tasks and feel paralyzed, not being able to start? Do you notice having racing thoughts and feel like your mind never seems to turn off?

ADHD can be debilitating and impact your ability to function day-to-day, beyond time management, organization, and being distracted. It can affect all areas of life from academic to careers to relationships with others. ADHD can often cause anxiety or depression, leaving people feeling less than. Therapy can help you gain practical skills and learn strategies to manage your symptoms. If you are ready to regain control of your life, we are here to support you.

Adjusting To Life Transitions

Are you facing a change in your life that is creating feelings of overwhelm, stress or uncertainty?

Navigating life transitions can be a turbulent and complex experience. Whether it is dealing with the pain of a divorce, a move, a career change, marriage, the birth of a child, a loss, or retirement, the emotional rollercoaster of these transitions can be overwhelming. With support, these experiences can be navigated with more ease and understanding. Therapy can help you process the emotions you are experiencing, manage your stress levels, and cope with the challenges associated with shifting roles. We can help you feel more confident in your ability to handle and navigate future life transitions with less overwhelm and provide greater clarity about the emotions you’re facing.

Adjustment Disorders

Do you struggle to cope with stress or change?

Adjustment disorders can leave you feeling anxious, sad, hopeless, and irritable. You may notice it being difficult to find joy in activities you previously enjoyed. Therapy can help you understand your emotions, process change, and develop coping strategies so you can start living a more fulfilled life.

Anger Management

Do you experience intense anger or have difficulties controlling your temper?

Anger is a normal human emotion. However, if your temper is leading to conflicts in your relationships, problems at work, or even legal issues, you may benefit from support. Therapy offers a safe and supportive environment to not only develop healthy coping strategies, but also understand and heal the root causes of anger. Regain control of your temper and life.

Anxiety

Is anxiety keeping you from living the life you want?

Anxiety symptoms can feel like excessive worry, dread, or fear. It can cause muscle tension, sweating, and trouble sleeping, and is often associated with a sense of disconnection from things you once enjoyed. Therapy can help you manage your anxiety with the right tools, strategies, and support you need to better understand and cope with your feelings. More importantly, we can help you explore and heal the root cause of your anxiety so your symptoms decrease, you can feel more relief and ease, and you can get back to living your life.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Do you experience sensory overload? Do you find social interactions difficult and notice it impacts your ability to form relationships or friendships?

Autism Spectrum Disorder can present differently in individuals and can vary depending on age, gender, and cognitive and language skills. Many people with high-functioning autism go through much of their lives without knowing they have it. While being diagnosed with ASD can provide a sense of relief and greater understanding for some, it can also cause worry, sadness, and confusion. With therapy, you can better understand yourself and learn the connections between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Together, we can work to develop your social skills, and improve communication, self-care, and organization. Book an appointment and see if therapy may be right for you.

Bipolar Disorder Therapy

Do you experience periods of extreme and unexplainable high and low moods?

These extremes in mood are sometimes described as opposite feelings of euphoria/mania (elevated mood, high energy, being uncharacteristically impulsive) and depression (chronic sadness, fatigue, loss of interest) and can occur over periods of days, weeks, or months. Bipolar disorders can impact the quality of relationships you develop and maintain, your ability to perform at work or in school, your day-to-day functioning, and your overall physical, emotional, and mental health. Therapy can help you develop coping skills to cope with life stressors, identify and manage symptoms of an episode, understand your triggers, and create a plan to help you live a balanced and healthy life.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Do you have difficulty regulating your emotions? Do you engage in impulsive or self-destructive behaviours? Do you find it difficult to form and maintain interpersonal relationships?

Most people who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder have a history of trauma, often in childhood. This stigmatized label is often misunderstood and causes painful consequences for both those who suffer from it and their loved ones.
Therapy treatment through a trauma-focused lens can help individuals heal the past traumas that have resulted in present symptoms, negative beliefs, and behaviours. By understanding how your past informs your present, you can heal past wounds, and improve your self-esteem and sense of self-worth while learning to regulate your emotions, develop interpersonal skills, build boundaries, and communicate more effectively. Our team is here to support you.

Chronic Pain or Illness

Have you found it difficult to adjust to life due to chronic pain or illness?

Chronic pain or being diagnosed with a chronic illness can impact the way in which you live your day-to-day life. It may require you to create new habits, prevent you from doing activities you previously loved, or cause you to experience guilt as a result of needing additional support from people around you. Therapy can help you navigate the changes you experience as a result of pain or illness. We can help you manage challenges so you can start feeling better and enjoying life again.

Communication & Boundary Setting

Does saying no make you uncomfortable or lead to ruminating thoughts?

Setting boundaries in your personal and professional life can be challenging and overwhelming. It can feel uncomfortable to say ‘no’ or to establish limits with others. This is particularly common if you tend to avoid conflict and have people-pleasing tendencies. When you fail to set boundaries, you are prioritizing the needs of others rather than yourself, which can result in feelings of overwhelm, resentment, and a deep sense that you are being taken advantage of. Boundaries are an important part of any healthy relationship, be it with yourself or others. Therapy can help you learn to set boundaries in a way you feel confident about. Together, we can explore the root causes of why it is difficult to set boundaries and develop skills and strategies to set healthy boundaries in the future. Learn to say ‘no’ with confidence.

Conduct Disorders

Does your child consistently challenge or push social standards or rules?

Conduct disorders are characterized by a general disregard for others and can lead to difficulties following rules or behaving in ways that are generally socially acceptable. Although expressed differently, behaviours may include aggression towards other people, vandalizing property, deceiving, bullying, threatening, manipulation, theft, and intentional rule breaking. Commonly, individuals with conduct disorders don’t feel or express remorse for their actions. Therapy is helpful for individuals with conduct disorders as well as their support system. It is effective in helping individuals develop self-awareness, emotional regulation, and coping strategies. Therapy can also help family members develop strategies for navigating the behaviours resulting from a conduct disorder, as well as improve communication and relationships. We are here to help you, your family, and your child navigate the emotions and behaviours resulting from conduct disorders.

Depression

Have you lost some or all of the joy you used to experience?

Depression symptoms can manifest as feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy or interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Physical symptoms can include changes in appetite, fatigue, and trouble sleeping. Emotionally, depression can leave you feeling isolated and alone. Therapy can be helpful in treating depression by providing support, understanding, and coping strategies. Therapy can help you experience improved mood, increased motivation, and a greater sense of hope and well-being.

Dissociative Disorders

Do you often feel disconnected from reality?

Dissociative disorders can cause you to feel detached from yourself/your body, lead to a feeling that what is around you is unreal or distorted, cause you to feel confused about your identity, or result in memory loss or gaps in memory. You may feel emotionally numb and have difficulty expressing your emotions. Although there are various causes of dissociation, it is commonly experienced in response to stressful situations, abuse, and trauma. Therapy can help you process traumatic experiences, provide you with the tools and skills to manage dissociation, and learn to identify your sense of self. We are here to support you on your journey to feeling more like your authentic self.

Eating Disorders

Are you constantly preoccupied with your weight, food intake, or body image?

Feeling guilty after eating or constantly thinking about what you eat can be exhausting. When you struggle with your relationship with food, you may experience anxiety, guilt, shame, and low self-esteem. Sometimes, disordered eating patterns are a way to feel in control when everything around you seems out of sorts, and often, there are unprocessed traumas driving the behaviours, emotions, and thoughts. Eating disorders and having a negative relationship with food can result in depression, anxiety, and social isolation. They can pull you away from activities you once loved and people important to you. Therapy provides a safe environment to explore the underlying causes of disordered eating habits. Together, we can uncover negative beliefs and attitudes about food, weight, and body image so you can develop a more positive and healthy relationship with both food and your body. Get the support you need to free your mind and start loving yourself again.

Grief & Loss

Are you struggling to move forward after a loss or finding that your grief can feel like too much to handle on your own?

Grief and loss can be overwhelming and can bring up a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. It’s common to feel isolated and disconnected from the people around you. Therapy can help you manage those feelings and work through them in a safe environment. You can explore why you feel the way you do, develop healthier coping strategies, and ultimately take the steps to move forward at a pace that works for you. You don’t have to face your pain alone, we can help.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Do you experience intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses? Do these lead to you engaging in repetitive behaviours or mental acts to curb anxiety?

With OCD, people are compelled to perform behaviours despite knowing their thoughts are irrational. This can result in feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety. Therapy can help you reduce the anxiety that results from obsessions and compulsions, explore and rework your thought patterns, and ultimately learn to accept yourself as you are. Book an appointment or request a free consultation to get started.

Panic Disorder

Do you suffer from recurrent and unpredictable panic attacks? Have these panic attacks led you to avoid certain situations, people, or places or disrupted your life otherwise?

After having one or multiple panic attacks, people may start to develop anticipatory anxiety, which is the fear of having another panic attack. Feeling this anxiety, people may begin to avoid, isolate, or notice significant impacts on their day to day life and functioning.

Therapy treatment for panic disorder can help you address the underlying cause, equip you with skills to regulate your emotions, thoughts, and nervous system, and give you a sense of confidence and hope to move forward with a life of more ease.

Perfectionism

Do you have very high expectations of yourself and constantly reach for flawlessness? Are these standards accompanied by critical self-evaluation and constant concern for how you will be perceived by others?

Setting unrealistic standards and aiming for perfection can be exhausting and overwhelming. It can negatively impact your self-esteem and result in anxiety, depression, and burnout.
Therapy can help you explore and address the perfectionistic tendencies, behaviours, emotions, and thoughts that make you feel like your efforts are not enough, so you can embrace imperfection, set more realistic standards, and increase self-compassion.

Personality Disorders

Do you have a long-term pattern of maladaptive behaviours, thoughts or feelings?

Personality disorders can lead to a distorted self-image and cause you to engage in impulsive behaviours. You may struggle to find and maintain employment, manage day-to-day responsibilities, or maintain stable relationships. You may experience social isolation, substance abuse and self-harm resulting in hopelessness and distress. Examples of personality disorders include paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic, avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive. Regardless of the type of personality disorder you have or think you may have, therapy can help you develop a more positive self-image, improve your relationships, and work towards personal goals. We are here to help you move forward towards living the life you want.

Phobias

Do you have a phobia or intense fear of something that interferes with your life?

Phobias of a specific object or situation can cause extreme anxiety, panic attacks, or a strong desire to avoid what is feared. Agoraphobia involves intensely fearing being in situations in which leaving or escaping may be difficult, or finding help may not be available in the event of feeling distressing symptoms. If you struggle with a phobia, you may notice heightened anxiety and increased avoidance of specific situations, people, or objects, which can lead to isolation and feelings of loneliness and depression. Treatment for phobias can help you address the cause of the phobia, provide relief from the intense anxiety, and allow you to move forward with your life with more confidence and ease.

Physical, Emotional, or Sexual Abuse

Have you experienced abuse or assault of a physical, emotional, or sexual nature?

The effects of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are devastating and far-reaching. This type of trauma often causes lasting feelings of guilt, shame, depression, anger, fear, and isolation in its survivors. Individuals may have difficulty trusting others or forming intimate relationships after enduring one or repetitive episodes of abuse. Coping with day-to-day life can feel like a constant challenge. Therapy can be a powerful tool for helping you heal from abuse – whether it was a recent event or an experience that happened many years ago. We provide a safe space and guide you towards processing distressing and traumatic experiences and intense emotions. Together, we can help you develop strategies for managing anxiety, strengthening self-esteem, and fostering feelings of confidence to help you live more fully in the present and embrace the future. When you’re ready to take the first step towards healing, we are here to help.

Relationship Issues

Are you struggling to reconnect or build a stronger relationship?

Relationships can be complicated and sometimes leave us feeling lost and alone. You may be struggling with communication difficulties, trust issues, conflicts, or feeling emotionally disconnected from your partner. These challenges can impact your daily life, causing feelings of sadness, frustration, and anxiety. Therapy can offer you a supportive and safe space to work through your challenges, develop healthy communication skills, build trust, and address conflicts in a constructive manner. Therapy can help you set healthy boundaries and offer the tools and support you need to create the connection you crave.

Self-Esteem & Self-Worth

Do you notice consistent negative self-talk or being overly critical of yourself? Are you afraid of failure or of setting assertive boundaries?

People with low self-esteem have a tendency of believing they are not good enough, which can lead to deep feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and unhappiness. Having low self-worth is related to how a person views their value as a human being. Individuals with low self-worth often believe they are unlovable, unworthy, or somehow flawed or damaged. Encountering difficulties in relationships, finding it challenging to draw boundaries, and feeling symptoms of anxiety or depression can ensue from having low self-esteem or self-worth.

Therapy can help you explore and heal the root causes of the negative beliefs about yourself that have been holding you back and causing distress. Fostering self-compassion, self-confidence, and adopting new, positive beliefs is possible. We are here to help you take the first step towards changing the way you think about yourself for the better.

Sleep Disorders

Is it consistently difficult to fall or stay asleep?

Sleep disorders can affect the quality, timing, and/or duration of your sleep. You may find yourself dreading bedtime because it’s going to be another long night of tossing and turning, waking up and not being able to fall back asleep, or waking up earlier than you want or need to. Sleep challenges can impact all areas of life and, ultimately, your overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Therapy can help you understand what is causing your sleep problems and help you develop better sleep hygiene. Learn to gain control of your sleep cycle so you feel more rested and live a better quality life.

Social Anxiety

Do you experience fear of judgement or self-consciousness in social situations?

Social anxiety can cause you to worry excessively about being scrutinized by others and may lead you to avoid social situations altogether. It can leave you feeling nervous, self-conscious, and embarrassed, even in non threatening situations. Therapy can help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to social anxiety. We can help you address the causes of the anxiety, and guide you to develop a more positive and confident self-image so you can move forward with living a balanced life.

Stress Management

Do you feel like there’s no end in sight to the list of things you need to manage or accomplish in the day—at home and at work?

Overwhelming stress can bring up a range of emotions, including anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion. It’s common to start to shut down and feel disconnected from the people around you. Therapy can help you explore why you feel the way you do, develop healthier ways to cope, and give you the tools you need to manage your current situation and start living with more ease. We can help you make changes, one step at a time.

Substance Abuse - Addiction

Do you find yourself relying more and more on a substance to help you get through the day?

Substance abuse can be a challenging experience that affects you and the people around you. You may be struggling with a growing addiction, tolerance to what was once an occasional activity, mood swings, and relationship difficulties. It’s also common to feel shame, guilt, and a sense of disconnection from others and yourself. With therapy, you can experience a greater ability to manage triggers and cravings, improve relationships, and feel a strengthened sense of self-worth all while exploring the root cause of the addiction. You don’t have to face this challenge alone, we can help.

Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma

Is a past event keeping you from moving forward with your life?

There are different types of trauma but regardless of whether it was a one-time event or numerous, repetitive experiences, the effects of trauma can have a lasting impact on our mental, emotional, and physical health. Trauma can cause symptoms such as intrusive memories, avoidance behaviours, hypervigilance, and feelings of anxiety, guilt, or shame. Emotional and physical responses to trauma can impact all aspects of your life and make it difficult to live in the present and look forward to the future. Therapy can help people process their traumas, develop healthy coping strategies, and heal the wounds that cause present-day debilitating symptoms. With therapy, you can experience a sense of relief and empowerment, improved relationships, a stronger sense of self-worth, and a renewed sense of hope for the future.

Workplace Issues

Is the greatest source of your stress coming from outside the home?

Workplace issues and career challenges can bring up a range of emotions, including stress, fear, exhaustion, and overwhelm. Feeling stuck in your job, experiencing workplace harassment, a lack of fulfilment, or a transition to a new role or career can take a toll on your mental health. It’s not uncommon to feel like there is no one to turn to for help in addressing difficult bosses, finding purpose in your work, or figuring out if a career move is the right one for you. Therapy can provide the support you need to navigate these challenges. We can help you find greater balance in your life, recognize your personal strengths, and gain clarity on how to best address difficult situations you might be facing.

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