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Counselling for Anxiety and Depression

There are times in our lives when we feel as though we may be off course; we feel worried, unhappy, and sometimes scared. Symptoms of depressed mood and overriding anxiety can derail who we are and how we want to live our lives.

Counselling, the process of assisting and guiding clients in managing and resolving problems and difficulties can be both helpful and fulfilling.

During sessions, you will see things more clearly, possibly from a different viewpoint. This enables you to notice and then change the disruptive or negative feelings, experiences, or behaviours that you are engaging in, with the goal of facilitating active and positive changes in your life.

In counselling you will be able to gain a better understanding of yourself and your patterns, and this will in turn help you make the changes you want, need, and deserve.

Trauma Therapy and Reprocessing

Sometimes there are events in our lives that leave us unable to move forward in the way we wish to, events such as accidents, assaults, or the witnessing of an atrocity, to give a few examples.

Many times a traumatizing event or events can alter our path and create a less than optimal Self moving forward in our lives. To be said plainly, when something truly bad happens, we participate in our lives with more fear, anxiety, and perhaps even develop PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), including nightmares, flashbacks, and phobias.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a highly specialized therapeutic technique that is designed for individuals who have experienced trauma that remains unresolved. EMDR uses a structured and accredited method of addressing the past, present, and future aspects of a traumatic or distressing memory with both swift and positive results.

To have the negative emotional triggers and ties, and at times overwhelming psychological and physical responses to their experience reduced or extinguished is a gift that can be achieved through this approach.

Chronic Pain Counselling

Many people suffer from chronic pain, and it significantly impacts the quality of their lives. Although the injury or illness may remain, there are many useful ways in which to learn to gain better control over your pain, recognize the patterns that are increasing your chronic pain state, and integrate specific self-administered techniques to positively change your body and mind’s reaction, thus altering and improving your daily experiences.

When we gain tools to better manage our pain, we are more in control, and this assists with both the physiological and emotional aspects of your current experience.

Therapy will help you recognize, identify, and develop skills to change the negative thoughts and behaviours that are contributing to the current pain cycle. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly affective modality that is designed to help you actively change your relationship with your pain. This includes not simply your physical symptoms but also your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. The primary goal is to lower the impact pain has on your quality of life. This reduction will have positive and tangible impacts on your levels of stress and anxiety, your quality of sleep, and improved self-care and will reduce depressed moods.

Sessions include recognizing and learning about your stressors, specific pain reactions, and learning better physical and emotional management to assist you in making the changes you wish in order to move your life forward with less pain, more control, and better overall life enjoyment.

A more solid and stable you is good for all the relationships in your life.

Brain Injury Counselling

After a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) people often find it is difficult to have the same quality of relationships as they did before, especially as it relates to managing their emotions and integrating information from the ever changing aspects of their lives. Many life roles such as being a spouse, parent, or employee become troubling challenges.

Through the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), tailored specifically to the TBI client, as well as supportive counselling and, at times, family member sessions, you will learn to deal appropriately and successfully with issues that are ongoing and new ones that arise.

To have ongoing support from a knowledgeable therapist for a brain-injured client is often invaluable, as individuals regularly feel as if they have been 'left behind' and have no one who understands their disrupted life. To be supported and have a safe place to work through issues and be 'heard' is invaluable.

Shauna Gray, MA, R-DMT, RP

Interactive Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist

  • • Individualized
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