PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH AVA WALTERS COUT, MSW, RSW

I have the greatest respect for the counselling work provided by Ava. In the relaxed atmosphere of her office, with sensitive yet forthright professionalism and a delightful, droll sense of humor, Ava enabled me to explore and re-evaluate my personal concerns and problems. With her expert guidance, I learned to utilize new skills and coping strategies. Through the ongoing process, I feel I’ve gained a greater sense of empowerment over my decision-making and life choices.
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. Everyone should have a therapist; the world would be a much better place.
I began attending therapy with Ava several years ago. With Ava I feel I have a safe, comfortable place to voice anything. I feel that I have someone who is focused on me, and is listening to my point of view without judgement. Therapy offers an opportunity for me to process my thoughts, receive feedback, guidance and direction when I feel I don’t know which path I want to take next. I still attend therapy, although not as often. Many of the issues that took me there originally are resolved in my mind. Today, I attend when I feel I want undisrupted time to focus on my life and review the direction I am headed next.

 

 

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PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH DANIEL COUT, MSW, RSW


I shuffled into Daniel’s office like Humpty Dumpty who fell off the wall. Missing most of my life pieces and the rest shattered, I was confident that there wasn’t much of a future in store for me. Within myself I gave one commitment; I’d attend every appointment we made. It didn’t take long before I realized that 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. I highly recommend Daniel to anyone needing to breakthrough whatever challenges are stopping you from achieving your goals and moving forward in your life.
The first time I had a counselling session I was frightened. I knew that I needed help but I was very afraid that something was wrong with me. I really didn’t want to know what that was and certainly didn’t want anyone else to know about what I thought were deep, dark, secrets. Counselling has supported me going inward for my answers and it has given me a safe place to go when the world I live in doesn’t feel safe. In therapy, I have learned to surrender much of my less effective patterns of thinking and living and learn new ways that have brought more joy and happiness to my daily life. I am so grateful that this choice has been available to me. Thank you!
Therapy is not a ‘quick fix’. There are no magical solutions to life’s problems. But, I have learned how to deal better with my partner, my parents and other relationships in a healthy, productive way. I have gained a better understanding of why I and others behave as we do. I have examined and learned to cope with traumatic events that have weighed heavily on me. I have learned to accept what has happened and I have been able to move on. My self-esteem has improved and I have developed healthier patterns of behaviour.
I was in acute emotional pain when I was referred to Daniel Cout by my family physician. I had slipped into a depression after a massive accident that took three-and-a-half years to recover from. Physically and emotionally I needed to heal from the trauma. Daniel and I met each week to have time to explore the day-to-day issues I faced and then have time to get down to the more basic reasons for my depression. The therapy combined with the meds my doctor prescribed helped me to begin to feel hope for the future and acceptance for my new physical and emotional life circumstances. 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.
I’m a 46 year old woman diagnosed with Bipolar disorder Fibromyalgia and
severe migraines. When I learned about Neurofeedback it sounded too
good to be true. I was skeptical but I’d tried everything else and had
nothing to lose so I decided to give Neurofeedback a try.

In just a few sessions, my fibromyalgia pain disappeared as did my foggy
mental state. I could finally think clearly and my sleep was much improved.
I was finally sleeping through the night. In the past I would wake up
constantly trying to find a less painful position. I haven’t slept like this since
I was a kid! Now I wake up feeling rested and I have a new outlook on life.

An additional benefit of the Neurofeedback training is that I’m no longer
struggle with racing thoughts which used to interfere with everything. Since
I began the Neurofeedback training, I’m calmer; in less pain, more in
control of my mind and definitely happier. Neurofeedback has really
improved the quality of my life. I feel truly blessed to have been given this
gift of functioning well and enjoying life again.
Up until 6 months ago, my PTSD was affecting every aspect of my life in a very negative way. Despite many years of going from one therapist to the next it became obvious that talk therapy was not the right road for me to travel. That’s when I met with Ava Walters Cout and after a couple of meetings she suggested neurofeedback. I can honestly say that this is the best thing I have done for myself. Neurofeedback gave me the tools to shake that big black cloud hovering over me day in day out. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who struggles like I did. I will be forever grateful for the changes in my life.
“I was looking for some help in dealing with among other things, sleep issues, social anxiety and sciatica pain. A colleague recommended that I contact Ava Walters Cout and after consulting with her we decided that Neurofeedback would be my best treatment option.

I began to notice changes right from the first session. My sciatica pain was lessened and I noticed that I was biting my nails less often. I felt calmer and my anxiety began to lift as well. By the fourth session that I noticed positive changes in my sleep which made the days much better. I am now better rested and more aware of my surroundings than I have been in the last 20 years! Its still early in my treatment but I’m noticing the changes lasting longer and longer as continue with the training. I would highly recommend Neurofeedback.
I started doing the Neurofeedback training about a year ago after several months of being in a severely depressive state. I’d been involved in talk therapy since I was childhood, but I found that it never had any long lasting effects on my mood. When I learned about the Neurofeedback training I was very curious excited to try it. I found the sessions to be very relaxing. It wasn’t long before I began to notice that my mood and disposition were brightening up. The people around me noticed too! In the time since I began with Neurofeedback I have become so much more than what I was and I’ve begun to take control of my life. I wish I had known about Neurofeedback sooner, but I am glad I have it now.
Neurofeedback has truly been a life changing experience for me! When I initially came for help it was after suffering from a major emotional breakdown and I felt anxious, chronically agitated, angry and exhausted. I had spent most of my adult life medicated for depression and years of traditional talk therapy had limited results.The last thing I wanted was to do more talk therapy.

When I was first introduced the idea of Neurofeedback I remember feeling a little nervous about messing around in my nervous system yet, I could not tolerate living another day with nausea, pain, insomnia, itching, crying, apathy, anger, indecisiveness, and a general inability to cope or complete everyday functions. The process was explained and I was given information so that I could do research about Neurofeedback on my own after which I concluded that it was safe and decided that it was worth a try.

After the first session I was stunned, I couldn’t understand how something so simple could have such a powerful impact! Looking back, I’m amazed how painless and simple my healing has been. Many of my physical symptoms disappeared right away and a few took a little bit longer. But now, as I look back, I find it almost impossible to remember how much I suffered both physically and emotionally. I remember the my first full night of proper, restful sleep, it was glorious.

I have made so many positive changes. My daughter says I no longer look angry all the time. My closest friends now describe me as a calm person! I would now describe myself as peaceful and content. I am so pleased with the the Neurofeedback training. My only regret is that I didn’t find it 20 years sooner! I did not realize how much pain and discomfort I lived with daily, until it was gone.