PSYCHOTHERAPY

Helping you lead a happier life

Inevitably, most of us encounter times in our lives when we feel we don’t have the skills or resources to manage. It’s at times like this when you might consider consulting a psychotherapist.

As psychotherapists we begin from the knowledge and assumption that people are natural-born problem solvers. Psychotherapy is not about providing you answers or telling you what you should do. It’s a special kind of conversation and relationship that promotes developing a reflective mindset. This in turn enables and empowers you to discover solutions that are unique to your life and that reflect your values. 

Psychotherapy may be helpful if you are:

  • Feeling chronically anxious, sad or depressed
  • Behaving in ways that strain relationships with family, friends or coworkers
  • Struggling with the aftermath of trauma
  • Dealing with a major life transition 
  • Coping with a physical illness or disability
  • Seeking parenting advice

The benefits of psychotherapy include:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • A clearer sense of personal identity
  • More stable mood
  • Greater emotional resilience
  • A deeper understanding of one’s self and others

  • Feeling like we had no other options, my husband and I reluctantly made an appointment and went to see Ava. Neither of us had an idea what to expect, but after our first visit we noticed a difference in the way we were communicating. No marriage is perfect, but she really made us understand what is important in a relationship. I wish we had done this years ago. It has been extremely helpful to us!
  • When I went through a difficult emotional time six years ago, I turned to Ava for help and guidance. With her help I could better understand my emotional state. I did get through those times and still continue to seek out her help whenever I feel the need. When I do return for sessions, she always remembers my past and we continue where we left off. Almost like seeing an old friend. With her help, the difficult times in life are easier to understand.
  • Feeling like we had no other options, my husband and I reluctantly made an appointment and went to see Ava. Neither of us had an idea what to expect, but after our first visit we noticed a difference in the way we were communicating. No marriage is perfect, but she really made us understand what is important in a relationship. I wish we had done this years ago. It has been extremely helpful to us!
  • I have learned how to deal better with my partner, my parents and other relationships in a healthy productive way.
  • Daniel provided a safe, non-judgemental environment where personal thoughts and expressions could be shared and resolved. With his expertise, Daniel has the ability to choose the correct treatment modality, at the right time, to help me move forward in achieving my goals. Just as I need oxygen, nourishment and movement for my body, I needed and received clarity and release of the emotional hurdles to acquire a healthy mind.
  • Daniel’s cognitive therapy and life coaching abilities have been invaluable. During my work with him, he has helped me to go back and undo things that were holding me back since I was a child, as well as dealing with daily issues and challenges around what I can and cannot do anymore. His commitment to me has been unwavering, resulting in one of the few relationships I have that I can emotionally trust with all parts of my life.

FAQ ABOUT PSYCHOTHERAPY

+ What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is special kind of conversation and relationship with the goal being to help you develop a new, more adaptive perspective on yourself, your life and your relationships with family, friends and coworkers. As therapists we believe that people are natural-born problem-solvers and that sooner or later everyone will encounter a situation in which they feel stuck. Our professional role is to assist you with generating new solutions to life’s problems or to help you come to accept certain realities.

Our long held belief (now backed by rigorous scientific research) is that emotional growth and development occurs best in the context of a safe, supportive relationship and that the connection between therapist and client is the most important element in effective psychotherapy.

+ When is psychotherapy helpful?

Our emotions are vital indicators of our physical and psychological wellbeing. If, in the course of your daily life, you find yourself feeling too much negative emotion (sadness, anxiety, anger, guilt or shame) or that it is difficult to control your emotions, then you are a candidate for psychotherapy.

+ How long does psychotherapy last?

There is no hard and fast rule about how long psychotherapy should last. For some people a handful of visits are all that are necessary while for others psychotherapy becomes an ongoing part of their lives –
a method of developing and maintaining optimal emotional health.

+ What are the benefits of psychotherapy?

There are many benefits that emerge from psychotherapy but the two most important outcomes our clients report are feeling a healthy sense of pride and confidence in their abilities to deal with life’s ups and downs.
Clients also report being able to see themselves and others in a more realistic light which helps with making better choices in their careers and relationships. People who engage in psychotherapy also benefit from lower levels of stress and increased resilience.

+ How do I know what type of therapy is best suited to my needs?

There are currently several major styles of psychotherapy, each of which claims to be the most effective. Research on the effectiveness of psychotherapy tells a different story: The most important factor in whether or not your therapy will be successful depends upon the quality of your relationship with your therapist. Psychotherapy is most beneficial when you feel safe sharing your thoughts and feelings and have the sense that your therapist is genuinely motivated to understand you.

+ More questions?

Please check out more FAQs here.