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It's time for you to get unstuck and feel better.
Everyone worries and feels uncertain at times in their lives. It's a normal part of growing, changing, and learning. But worry and anxiety can also become powerful and restrictive, disrupting relationships, and taking away the parts of life that used to seem normal or enjoyable. If left unaddressed, anxiety takes control and leaves you breathless, telling you to avoid things or people, and leaving you to feel panicked and alone.
The information and skills we teach go after patterns that keep anxiety in charge of adults, teens, families, and children, sometimes for many generations. Our work together will help you understand anxiety and the cognitive and physical patterns keeping you, or your love done, stuck. By working with the brain and the body,
You are not alone, and we are here to help.
Neuroscience, brain imaging, and clinical research are telling us more an more about ADHD. Here are a few important things:
ADHD is not a behavior disorder.
ADHD is not a specific learning disability.
People with ADHD are not lazy.
People with ADHD can't just try harder.
ADHD is an impairment of the brain’s self-management system. Both adults and children can be diagnosed with ADHD. It is not caused by bad parenting, too much sugar, or
too many video games.
Despite its name, ADHD doesn't actually cause a deficit of attention - it actually causes inconsistent attention that is activated under certain circumstances. People with ADHD often say they “get in the zone” or “hit a groove” and can describe a state of hyperfocus. This state is not activated by a teacher’s assignment or boss’s request. It's created by a momentary sense of interest, competition, or deadline.
You are not alone. ADHD impacts approximately 10% of children and more than 5% of adults in Canada.
Understanding how ADHD works for you or your loved one is an important part of developing strategies and tools that will make life easier. Take the steps to embrace the diagnosis, understand ADHD, and make positive changes.
You are worth it!
Trauma is a long journey, isn’t it? The research shows unhealed trauma is stored and relived in your body. You experience this through reactions, sensations, behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. When you are activated, there are parts of your brain that go offline, so you can't talk yourself out of these experiences, and this may
cause you to feel so… out of control.
When you know how, you can rely on your body to show your nervous system that you are safe and out of danger. This will allow you to regulate - feel attached to yourself and your environment, use your voice to set boundaries, communicate assertively, feel safe in the world, and live your purpose, with pride.
How you think, feel, and act is definitely part of what we talk about in counselling. However, it isn’t always enough. When addressing trauma, another question to ask is, “Notice…” and “What happens next?”
Our Trauma approach involves a combination that is always dictated by what YOU need: Somatic Attachment Therapy, Attachment Therapy, and Polyvagal Theory are the most current practices being used in therapy. By working with the body and moving back up to the brain, with nonjudgment and compassion, you can forge a new relationship to your Self.
You will be able to create a deeper understanding of patterns that keep you stuck, build a relationship between the mind and the body to heal wounds, relate to yourself with kindness and compassion, and then delight in the ripple effects in other areas of your life.
While the need for human connection is neurologically wired in our brain, the ability to form healthy, loving, loving relationships is learned through life experiences, beginning in childhood. These early years can directly affect how you show up in your adult relationships with your Self and others.
Healthy, loving relationships are the foundation for connection and meaning in our lives – we need them! Yet, Self-love and loving relationships are rarely as perfect or problem-free as we would like them to be. The ability to have thriving, respectful relationships, amidst difficult times or challenges, is possible! You do not have to be stuck in the chaos of hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and communication breakdowns.
We help individuals, parents, teens, and families identify the problems, create a deeper understanding, and learn strategies and tools so that you can connect and rebuild your relationships.
1 - 1 COUNSELLING
The setting in 1-1 counselling sessions allows a special relationship to develop between us. The counsellor can be very thorough in understanding the specific problems you are facing and develop an individualized approach to support you and your specific circumstances. The level of analysis and treatment can be much more intense and comprehensive. 1-1 counselling allows the pace of the therapy to be tailored; It can be sped up in
cases where clients can handle more focused and intense interventions, or it can be slowed down when clients need time to adjust and move slowly. 1-1 counselling is the most expensive form of treatment.
Group therapy is not only cost effective, it offers the opportunity to connect with others who are facing the same obstacles. Group therapy allows you to receive support from others, and give support to others through your experiences, while feeling connected, seen, and heard. Groups can be more accommodating for busy schedules than 1-1 sessions, for example: two sessions per month for 2 hours, in the evening. Group therapy is a safe place if you are hesitant to discuss and share. You can listen and learn from others who have gone through similar experiences and take away the insights. Groups may be offered online and in person. Online group therapy offers access to mental health support to people in rural or remote areas or who are unable to attend in person.
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we'll ever do.”
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