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All of our therapists are offering online counselling at this time!

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INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING & THERAPY

"When working with clients, We believe in turning a crisis into opportunity, and we bring this guiding value to our work with anxiety, stress, depression, grief, and trauma, and family issues that impact individuals."

What is Individual Counselling? 

Individual counseling, also known as individual therapy or one-on-one therapy, is a therapeutic method designed to offer tailored support and guidance to individuals dealing with emotional or psychological difficulties. It entails a confidential and collaborative journey between a trained therapist or counsellor and the person seeking assistance.

Source: APA Dictionary

Using active listening, empathy, and evidence-based techniques, the therapist assists the individual in examining their experiences, gaining understanding of their emotions and behaviors, and cultivating practical coping strategies. Source: positivepsychology.com

Individual counselling aims to address diverse needs and circumstances of individuals. It targets specific concerns like anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, and low self-esteem. Source: Samsha

 

What Modalities Are Used in Individual Counselling? 

Our therapists in Toronto and Vaughan utilize a wide range of techniques in individual therapy:

  1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT aims to recognize and alter negative thoughts and behaviors to foster positive transformation. Source: Beck J. S, 2011

  2. Humanistic: This therapy places emphasis on self-exploration, personal development, and embracing oneself, while maintaining a present-focused approach. Source: Rogers, 1980

  3. Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): This is an evidence-based therapeutic approach with a set duration that centers on the significance of interpersonal relationships and their influence on mental well-being. It is predominantly employed in the treatment of mood disorders, particularly depression. Source: Pim Cuijpers 

  4. Psychoanalytic Therapy: Psychoanalytic therapy places considerable importance on the unconscious mind and the impact of early childhood experiences in shaping an individual's psychological functioning. Source: S. Freud

  5. Mindfulness-Based Therapy: Mindfulness-based therapy employs mindfulness techniques to enhance present moment awareness and cultivate coping skills. Kabat-Zin

  6. Narrative Therapy: Source: Narrative therapy explores and transforms personal narratives to empower individuals and redefine their life stories. White, M. and Epston, D

  7. Gestalt Therapy: Gestalt therapy emphasizes the integration of mind, body, and emotions, frequently utilizing experiential techniques and role-playing exercises. Source: Perls, F.S., Hefferline, R.E

  8. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This therapy integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness to effectively navigate intense emotions and enhance interpersonal connections. Source: Heard, H. L., & Linehan, M. M

Who Can Benefit from Individual Therapy?

One of the most frequent concerns we hear from individuals is a version of "I know what to do, but I just can't seem to do it.". Chances are that you find this familiar too. Whether you are disoriented by a crisis, making a career choice, taking on a personal project, considering leaving a relationship, or entering a new relationship, some degree of reservation, anxiety, stress, confusion, and self-doubt is natural. But if these feelings keep you from pursuing your goals, ignoring them will not get you far; it is vital to your progress and well-being to acknowledge your anxieties, identify their roots, and take decisive and fundamental action to overcome them.

Individual therapy can be beneficial for various individuals:

  • People experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or trauma.

  • Individuals experiencing grief or loss.

  • People handling chronic illness or health-related matters.

  • Those pursuing personal growth

  • People wrestling with stress, work-related challenges, or burnout.

  • Individuals confronting identity or self-esteem issues.

  • People grappling with anger management difficulties or impulse control.

  • Those in need of support during significant life transitions or adjustments.

  • Individuals addressing addiction or substance abuse.

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