What you may be struggling with
I provide individual therapy to adults and teens struggling with difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. These difficult feelings may come up with regards to work, school, a big life transition, in social situations, or there may be no clear cause.
Anxiety for you may manifest as a tightness in the chest, or knot in the stomach. Your mind may be constantly predicting the worst, or going over mistakes you made in the past. You may notice that your mind beats you up often, thoughts such as ‘I’m not good enough’ continue to surface. You may even have one thought in particular that keeps troubling you, that you are afraid to share with those around you.
If you are experiencing depression you may be feeling completely hopeless, and that there is no point in trying to get better. You may feel you have hit a wall, and often feel lethargic and find it difficult to get out of bed. Thoughts like ‘nothing matters’ often circulate.
Through my work as a therapist, I have found that no matter what the cause, there is an overarching theme when we struggle and suffer. Namely that our difficult thoughts and feelings can lead us to behave unlike the person we truly wish to be.
What to expect
The main therapeutic approaches I use in my practice are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindful Self-Compassion. ACT teaches you skills to help ‘unhook’ yourself from difficult thoughts and feelings so that they do not have as much impact and influence over your behaviour. ACT has received empirical support for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Quite often, when we suffer we are very quick to beat ourselves up, however if someone we loved was going through something similar we rush to provide emotional support. This is where self-compassion comes in. Research has shown that self-compassion is something that can be learned, and can increase resilience in the face of stress, leading to fewer negative emotions such as shame, depression, and anxiety in the long term.
In our first few sessions I will ask you questions about what is bringing you into therapy, your background, and any specific goals you may have. If you do not have any goals in mind that is okay too, it might be something we figure out along the way. I always aim to meet you where you are at, and go at a pace that feels comfortable to you.
Working online together
I work entirely online through secure video chat, which means you can access therapy from the comfort of your own home. Online therapy is becoming increasingly popular with studies showing the effectiveness is no different than face-to-face. To read about these studies click here.