I welcome you to the Alliance Psychotherapy Website. As an experienced Registered Toronto Psychotherapist I encourage you to explore this website for helpful and essential information that may benefit you or someone you care about. My objective is to assist you to better understand your mind, brain, behaviors, and how psychotherapy is advantageous in transformation and change.
Your quality of life is dependent on your mental and physical well-being. There are many factors that may obstruct your ability for self-acceptance, individuality, happiness, autonomy, and confidence. Understanding how your past and other elements affect your current sense of self, functioning, and future goals is critical in making decisions that will lead to greater contentment.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY
As a skilled sensitive Toronto Anxiety Psychotherapist I work with individuals to make a meaningful difference in their lives.
You may be suffering with anxiety, panic disorder, social phobia, or have other symptoms that require effective treatments. Knowledge of what influences your anxiety and symptomology is useful in managing them.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
Depression affects many areas of one’s life. It can affect your social life, functioning, work and school performance, relationships, energy levels, and healthy lifestyle choices.
As an attuned and compassionate Toronto Depression Psychotherapist I will assist you to understand what underpins your depression and examine ways to deal with the causes.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR TRAUMA
As a sensitive and experienced Toronto PTSD Psychotherapist I work compassionately with those who have experienced some form of trauma in their life. Traumatic events of the past can substantially interfere with one’s quality of life.
PTSD can lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression, phobias, and interfere with relationships both with one’s self and others.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
Often individuals who experienced childhood sexual abuse and trauma are more vulnerable to
PTSD, depression, anxiety, and OCD. You may be suffering from the long-term effects of your past.
Psychotherapy can assist you to process what happened and heal from the residual effects of your trauma. Understanding how your past interferes with your current life is critical to change.
BREAK-UP OR DIVORCE PSYCHOTHERAPY
If you are suffering from the end of a relationship it is natural to feel overwhelmed and distressed. Regardless if you were together for a short time or years you are experiencing a loss.
It may be difficult to concentrate, eat and sleep. Psychotherapy is important in helping you process what has happened and heal from the loss.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR OCD
OCD can be a crippling disorder involving unwelcome thoughts and repetitive rituals leaving an individual feeling like they have no control over their lives. One can often feel like they cannot trust themselves and feel safe.
Other disorders like depression and anxiety can accompany OCD. If untreated one’s symptoms can interfere with work and relationships.
It is critical to find the most effectual form of psychotherapy and the best matched psychotherapist so that you may make the greatest gains during your therapy sessions.
My website will inform of my work as a clinician. I am integrated in my approaches using CBT, psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories, and am acquainted with current research in neuroscience, developmental psychology and many other disciplines.
As a skilled and compassionate Toronto Registered Psychotherapist I have had many years of working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. I have worked with clients of varying ages. The more you understand your own mind, brain and behaviours the more control you will have over your life. Your first step towards change is making an investment in yourself.
How Psychotherapy Promotes Change
Examining both conscious and unconscious mental processes helps one identify hidden factors that influence thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and reactions. Your past shapes your unconscious and the lens through which you see yourself and the world around you affecting the choices you make.
Psychotherapy can assist you to identify and manage any self-sabotaging behaviours.
Psychotherapy and Medication
Psychotherapy is an effective accompaniment to pharmacotherapy should your physician have prescribed you medication. Psychotherapy helps you identify your behaviours, reactions, thought processes, and develop coping skills.
Learning about your mental processes, and positive and negative traits allows you to develop better management of symptoms.
Therapeutic Match Critical to Treatment Outcomes
A good therapeutic relationship between client and psychotherapist is essential. Research indicates that this relationship is critical to positive treatment outcomes.
A good therapeutic partnership will allow us to work together effectively and comfortably to address and manage difficulties and symptomology. Feeling safe and understood in therapy is necessary.
Neuroplasticity is an umbrella term used to describe the ability of the brain to change and rewire itself . It is now understood that the brain is an extraordinary adaptive organ that under the certain circumstances can create new nerve cells and develop new neural pathways.
In our work together I will aid you in expanding your knowledge regarding brain function and adaptive and maladaptive operating systems.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADHD
Many high functioning individuals who suffer with ADD or ADHD struggle with inattention, boredom, impulsivity and difficulty organizing. Trouble focusing on tasks leads one to procrastinate which can affect school or work performance, relationships, and finances.
Learn how to become more organized and develop better coping mechanisms. Working through negative self perceptions is also important.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY
CBT encourages exploration of your existing thinking patterns and behaviours and develop techniques to promote inner strength, resiliency, and greater contentment. Comprehending how past conditioning hampers your current life is essential.
Psychotherapy will help you examine negative influences that lead to depression, anxiety and other disturbances in your life.
Essential Facts About
The human being is a relational creature from birth onwards. Other human beings are most significant to us influencing our early development and shaping the brain. The brain weighs approximately 3 lbs and has about 86 billion nerve cells. The brain regulates and monitors the body’s actions and reactions.
The mind is not a physical object. It cannot be seen with your eyes nor can it be scanned or repaired by surgery. The mind is responsible for how we perceive things, think, imagine, remember, hope, judge, evaluate, reason, etc. Come to understand how your brain and mind interact affecting your body and your life.
Attention and ADHD
How you interpret incoming information and what you consider relevant or not is related to your attentional system. Attention is a component of our biology from birth. Individuals with ADHD may struggle with information retention, focus, distractibility, and restlessness. Everyone’s attention to what is around us can vary significantly.