Therapy And You
People consider psychotherapy when things like depression, anxiety, addictions, unexplained physical ailments, feelings of emptiness, relationship or work challenges keep coming up. These difficulties are often important signposts signalling that something requires attention, exploration and healing. Viewed this way, symptoms can be allies trying to guide us to a better life.
Our therapists are trained in the psychodynamic/psychoanalytic tradition – meaning we appreciate and explore the unconscious, underlying causes of these difficulties. Making sense of symptoms or puzzling patterns in our lives is the essence of this work. If we only treat symptoms, the symptom often shifts and one coping mechanism gets traded for another; the drug user becomes a compulsive gambler, the over-eater might move to over spending. Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to uncover the unconscious beliefs or wounds that give rise to our struggles. By going to the root causes of our suffering, we open up the possibility of a more fulfilling life while also tending to the symptoms that brought us into therapy. Because of this approach, our therapists can work with a broad spectrum of presenting symptoms.
Of course some therapists will have special leanings and expertise in specific areas, like PTSD, intergenerational trauma or cultural issues. Some therapists are also specifically trained to work with couples and families. If you choose to go through the referral service, your interviewer will take all of your interests into consideration when selecting the therapist for you. If you choose to select your own therapist, their profiles will provide details of their areas of special interest so that you can find someone that feels right for you.