Life Transitions

Significant changes in one’s daily life can sometimes become overwhelming, especially during difficult times. As life produces more stressors or uncertainties, it may become increasingly difficult to cope with challenges. “Whether positive or negative, life transitions cause us to leave behind the familiar and force us to adjust to new ways of living, at least…

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Women and men often experience challenges during and/or after the birth of a child. Psychotherapy may help with increased irritability, anxiousness, feeling “out of control”, or having upsetting thoughts. “The postpartum period is a time of major adjustment for new parents. Biological changes in mothers that occur after childbirth are often accompanied by significant changes…

Grief & Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss or prolonged suffering, and can develop into further distress if left untreated. Emotional distress can persist and include shock, disbelief, sadness, guilt, anger, and fear. “Individual diversity, family and social networks, and micro- and macrocultural influences contribute to the way one experiences grief. Most people will experience common…

Chronic Pain & AutoImmune Disease

Chronic pain and Autoimmune disease can affect mood, sleep, memory, concentration, and relationships. Psychotherapy may provide new coping techniques and improve quality of life for those with chronic illness. “Chronic pain disorders can be defined as conditions for which pain is the primary symptom of concern. These conditions are difficult to treat; even the strongest…

Trauma

Unhealed emotional wounds can persist and affect daily life through unwanted symptoms of anxiety, nightmares, and flashbacks. Trauma can affect one’s ability to cope, cause feelings of helplessness, and block the ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences. “A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone…

Couples Therapy

Psychotherapy services are now being offered to couples for improved intimacy and relationship skills by Kylie Smith, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). “Couples therapy, also called marriage counselling, is a type of psychotherapy that helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through couples therapy, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding…

Anxiety

  Anxiety symptoms can include worried feelings of being overwhelmed, difficulty concentrating, increased heart rate, sweating, and symptoms of panic. “Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life, but anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse…

Depression

Depression symptoms can include feelings of sadness, isolation, loneliness, hopelessness, and helplessness. “Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Common forms of depression include persistent depressive disorder, seasonal…