Root To Rise Psychotherapy
"For a seed to achieve it's greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who does not understand growth, it would like complete destruction." Cynthia Occelli
Substance Use Disorder:
If you have been having difficulty with your substance use it can be hard to know what to do. You may find you do the same things over and over again despite how it is harming yourself and others. Maybe you are able to quit for a bit but when you try drinking or using again, things spiral out of control despite your best efforts and intentions. Therapy can be an important resource to help make sense of what's happening and to pave a way forward. I take a holistic approach to treating substance use issues. I look at lifestyle, thinking and behavior, how you handle emotions and stress and the supports in your life. Once we have a sense of of these factors we create a roadmap to live a healthier life. I work with clients all along the Substance use spectrum from those who would like to cut down because they recognize they don't like how much they use, all along to those that have experienced life damaging consequences and want to quit. Substance use disorder is a complex mental health issue and more than 15% of people with a substance use issue also have a co-occurring mental health issue. If you have a substance use issue it is important to seek out treatment with an experienced therapist that is also trained in treating co-occurring mental health issues. Have a look at my resources section for more information.
I also work with family members and loved ones impacted by another’s substance use. You may not understand why your loved one is making the choices they are making. You might feel confused, angry and afraid. You can also see the loving and caring person underneath the addiction which makes things even more confusing. I offer a safe non-judgmental space to explore a way forward.
Anxiety, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Depression and ADHD:
Anxiety is a double edged sword. Just enough can motivate us to pay attention, to plan, to be cautions in dangerous situations and to get things done. Too much can be paralyzing. It can prevent you from doing what you want to do, crowd out other emotions and shrink your life. If you are sick of letting your anxiety dictate your life therapy can help.
Depression is a thief. It steals time, energy, joy, relationships, goals and dreams. Most importantly it lies. It can tell you your worthless and have nothing to offer. When people think of depression they think of the person who can't get out of bed. Most people with depression are functioning on some levels but it can be a struggle to put one foot in front of the other or at times to feel anything at all. There is a way out of the black cloud.
By the time most people with ADHD have made it to adulthood, they have figured out how to function one way or another. If you are having difficulty with planning, time management, organizing, focus or anger, therapy can be helpful for developing strategizes to reduce the mental load.
Sometimes our difficulties do not have a label. Losing a job, relationship difficulties and struggling with self worth is hard, but they can also be opportunities to make beneficial changes.
My Training and Experience:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a systematic process of looking at the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, emotions and bodily sensations that contribute to how we experience the world and the choices we make. I have training in CBT for generalized anxiety, social phobia, panic disorder, ADHD, rumination and behavioral activation for depression.
Somatic Experiencing is a body oriented approach to healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It works with how trauma shows up in the body and seeks to help you to release, regulate and resolve the physical symptoms and sensations associated with trauma and other mental health issues.
Mindfulness and Meditation help us to know ourselves in a compassionate and playful way. We can begin to recognize our old patterns, stop judging and labeling our experiences and to show up in the here and now.
I am also going to include the collective wisdom of my clients past and present as part of my training. This is likely the most important one. A good therapist is a collector. We collect what has worked and not worked as a way to pass this on to others so that you may save yourself some unnecessary suffering. It informs me in all aspects of the therapeutic process.
Our relationship with our partner is one of the most important and significant of our lives. We rely on our partners to provide a secure base by which we go out and interact with the world. Our attachments can feel like our lives depend on them because in a lot of ways they do. We are meant to connect to others so deeply that they even help us to regulate our own nervous systems. When we experience issues in our relationship that can leave both partners feeling frustrated, unseen, unheard and unsafe. I view my role as a safe, neutral facilitator to help sort out and navigate what is happening in your relationship. I pull in tools to help communication, emotion regulation and conflict resolution to build safety and security in relationships. I also know it is important for people to know they have done all they can to remedy a situation. If you have decided your situation cannot be remedied, couples therapy can be helpful to work out the details of separation.
Clinical Supervision and Consultation
I am accepting new and seasoned therapists for supervision and consultation. My goal is to help you grow and develop as a therapist and to support you in how challenging and rewarding this work can be.
Contact me for a free telephone consultation to see if I am the right fit for you. Session fees are $165 + HST for 50 minutes. Supervision by a Psychologist is available should it be required for insurance. I am insured to provide services to all areas of Canada and the United States with video and phone options unless specifically prohibited by law.