psychotherapy st clair west forest hill hillcrest torontoWhat is Psychotherapy?

Are you feeling down or unmotivated? Do you feel overwhelmed by your feelings or emotions? Are you feeling stressed, worried or anxious? Do you feel hopeless or unfulfilled? Perhaps you find yourself lacking direction in life and are unsure of what to do or how to feel “normal” again. Perhaps you are feeling angry, confused and/or unhappy.
People come to therapy because they are facing life challenges and are looking to find solutions. Therapy can bring a new perspective to the difficulties you are experiencing and can provide you with the direction and confidence to achieve your goals.

Psychotherapy and counseling are proven to increase happiness, improve motivation and help you to better understand yourself and the world around you. Therapy can also help to:

  • Provide you with new perspective into your thoughts, feelings and actions
  • Improve your self-worth, confidence and self-esteem
  • Teach you effective coping strategies and new ways of thinking
  • Speed up your healing
  • Assist you in identifying your strengths, values and beliefs
  • Improve your relationships with others
  • Practice new skills and strategies for dealing with life challenges
  • Regain a sense of hope and direction
  • Create change and construct new possibilities

Psychotherapy is a term that encompasses many different therapeutic frameworks and modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Talk Therapy, Family Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. Psychotherapy can be performed by a number of professionals including Registered Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Psychotherapists. Counseling and psychotherapy services are covered under some group benefit plans.

In working together, your therapist will draw on their clinical knowledge and training and will work with you from a collaborative framework with the assumption that you are the expert in your life and will strive to understand your experience from your perspective. Psychotherapy helps to empower you to achieve your goals and teach you new skills and strategies that are proven to help you cope more effectively with life’s challenges. In engaging in Psychotherapy or counseling, you may find that you begin to recognize your strengths, values and potential and start to develop a new perspective on your current situation.

Who Can Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy can help children, adolescents, adults and couples of all ages overcome challenges including depression, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, panic, fear, shame, self-esteem or shyness, motivation, life transitions, personal development, stress management and relationship problems.

Contact us for a FREE consultation on how psychotherapy can help you. Megan Rafuse, MSW RSW, and resident Psychotherapist at Yellow Gazebo Clinic, is a Registered Social Worker. Prior to booking your first appointment, you may want to check with your group benefits plan to see if all or part of your sessions will be covered.

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Our Psychotherapists:

Margotte Kaczanowska