Jessica views many mental health concerns as symptoms of what an individual may be experiencing, not as an absolute part of them. Engaging in addictive, obsessive, depressed, or anxious behaviours protect an individual from feeling unsafe and uncomfortable. Many times, these protective roles formed during early childhood in response to caregiver reactions. They can continue to carry these roles and internalized beliefs into adulthood, disrupting their daily functioning and negatively impacting their relationships, work, parenting, and view of themselves. Turning our attention inwards and learning about the protective roles of these behaviours can begin to foster a sense of compassion for oneself, eliminating the judgement and shame that one may have been carrying for many years. For couples therapy, a deeper understanding about oneself in this way allows them to show up as the type of partner they want to be.
Develop the strength and resilience to cope with a variety of work issues including handling conflict, occupational stress, returning to work, employment leave, motivation issues and feeling stuck.
Stress and Burnout
Learn to reduce your stress and prevent burn out by practicing mindfulness, implementing relaxation techniques, setting boundaries, doing things you enjoy and prioritizing self-care.
Reframe your thoughts and experiences to challenge the unhelpful beliefs that harm your self-image so that you can start to feel good about yourself and live your life with confidence and self-love.
Regardless of your family structure, counselling can help you improve communication, set boundaries, resolve conflicts, and develop a healthy family dynamic where every member is heard and respected.
Grief and Loss
Grieve your loss at your pace in a caring and supportive environment as you move through the different stages of grief and begin to take the steps to move on from your loss and heal.
Develop healthy coping skills, identify the triggers that may lead to relapse, and learn to nurture a positive self-image to give you the power and confidence to take back control of your life.
Identify, understand, and work through the experiences, thoughts, and feelings that are making you feel depressed and learn effective coping strategies to help you overcome them to live a happier life.
Work together to get through rough patches, improve communication, nurture intimacy, rebuild trust, set boundaries, make parenting decisions, and handle separation or divorce constructively.
Identify and change the patterns of behaviour that make it difficult for you to make decisions, ask for help, set boundaries, be alone, or stop yourself from feeling responsible for other people’s behaviours.
If you have experienced trauma as a child, counselling can help you understand, process and heal from what has happened to you so that you can move on with confidence, strength and resilience.
Addiction can be a difficult thing to overcome, but it doesn't need to be a lifelong struggle. With the right support and guidance, you can begin making changes that will help you stay sober for good.
Regain control in your life and learn how to control your anger by improving communication skills, expressing yourself in healthy ways, learning to relax, reframing your thoughts, and practicing gratitude.