Areas of Focus

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Anxiety

Anxiety may feel like fear, worry, or overwhelm that makes you avoid situations or become overwhelmed with the possibility of worst case scenarios. Those experiencing anxiety often live in fear of what is to come. There are many kinds of anxiety including Generalized, Social, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Therapy can help you see a new perspective about anxiety and cope in overwhelming situations.

Depression

Depression is a complex mood disorder caused by various factors, including genetic predisposition, personality, stress and brain chemistry. While it can suddenly go into remission, depression is not something that people can “get over” by their own effort. Therapy can help you to find ways to cope during hard times and offer a supportive listener when you are feeling alone.

Relationships

All relationships face their challenges. Your partner is usually the one person in the world you are closest with. Learn how to communicate, handle conflict, set boundaries and restore trust through forgiveness. Ask me about a special premarital program which can prepare you for your marriage.

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It is important to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at school and work, and achieve your career and personal goals. 

Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.

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Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. 

Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences.

An addiction is a chronic dysfunction of the brain system that involves reward, motivation, and memory. Over time, addictions can seriously interfere with your daily life. 

Post-Partum Depression & Anxiety

Postpartum depression is different from the “baby blues,” which begin within the first three or four days of giving birth, require no treatment and lift within a few hours or days. PPD is a deeper depression that lasts much longer. Apart from the fact that it happens soon after childbirth, PPD is clinically no different from a depressive episode that occurs at any other time in a woman’s life. PPD symptoms are the same as in general depression and must meet the same criteria for diagnosis. However, not surprisingly, the symptoms of PPD often focus on motherhood or infant care.

Self Esteem

Self-esteem is an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself, as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame. It is important because it greatly impacts your decisions and behaviour.

Life's Purpose

Many people at all stages of life consider the question, “What do I want from life?”. You may end up with success, fame, wealth, wisdom, happiness, love. Generally though, it stops there. You probably don’t give it that much conscious thought. You unconsciously chase for the answer over your entire life, for the pursuit of happiness.

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