Psychotherapy Services In Toronto
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or chronic stress?
Have your interpersonal or family relationships been strained, and you’re not sure why?
Has low self-esteem, conflict, or past trauma made your life more difficult?
If so, you may benefit from psychotherapy treatment.
Psychotherapy is a talk-based form of therapy designed to help you improve your mental health and tackle some of the challenges you’re facing.
At Mahaya Health, we offer psychotherapy solutions for a variety of different mental health concerns.
Psychotherapy For Anxiety
There are a number of different anxiety disorders, including
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social anxiety disorder
- Illness anxiety disorder (hypochondria)
While each of these may manifest itself differently, the underlying processes are similar. If you’re feeling anxiety around a certain place, experience, or situation, you may react by avoiding it.
However, this can sometimes feed the anxiety – you become anxious at a certain place, for example, so you plan to avoid that place, adding more stress to your daily life.
During psychotherapy treatment, you’ll work together with your therapist to identify what your concerns are. From there, your therapist will help you develop some skills and techniques to help you cope with your anxiety.
Anxiety disorders can be difficult to deal with, but with proper treatment, the vast majority of people are able to reduce or eliminate their anxiety symptoms.
Book an appointment today at Mahaya Health to find out more.
Psychotherapy For Depression
Every single living person has dealt with a period of sadness and struggle at some point during their life. These episodes generally get easier with time, though. If they don’t, it may be a sign you have a chronic depression disorder.
Depression has a wide variety of different causes. As a result, psychotherapy isn’t usually the only treatment option for depression used. However, it can help ease your emotional state and improve your quality of life.
In particular, psychotherapy can help you:
- Gain a new perspective on what’s causing your depression
- Deal with the side effects of any medications you take
- Express your condition to others
- Recognize when your depression may get worse
- Ease the stress and anxiety that can come with depression
Psychotherapy for depression can be more effective when paired with other treatments from Mahaya Health. Depending on what’s causing your depression, treatments like naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, osteopathic manual therapy, and registered massage therapy may be able to help you address the root cause of your depression.
Book an appointment at Mahaya Health today to find out more.
Relationship Counselling Psychotherapy
Are you and your partner struggling to communicate?
Is conflict emerging more often than either of you would like?
Are past issues interfering with you and your partner’s happiness?
Do you want to build the strongest, healthiest relationship you can?
There are many differences from person to person, but one thing that ties us all together is the desire for healthy, satisfying relationships. These relationships must be built on trust, respect, consideration, and open and effective communication. If any of these are lacking, it can lead to conflict.
If you struggle with this, it may seem like you just don’t have the tools you need. That may be true, but the good news is that you can learn how to communicate openly and honestly with your spouse.
Do you understand the struggles and past traumas your partner went through, and what causes them to act the way they do? Do they understand yours? Do you both understand how your current actions might trigger the insecurities of the other? While we react out of defensiveness, what we’re often saying is that we yearn for a closer relationship, and these relationship triggers hold us back from accessing it.
This is where psychotherapy can help.
By better understanding you and your partners’s triggers, traumas, needs, and communication style, you can access those deeper levels of intimacy. This can help you create a stronger relationship, helping you weather the storms of daily life.
Couples’ counselling psychotherapy can help at all stages of a relationship, including:
- The beginning of a new relationship
- Times of decision & deeper commitment
- Preparing for marriage/cohabitation
- Preparing for children
- Intimacy issues
- When and how to end a relationship
Book your appointment at Mahaya Health today to find out more.
Psychotherapy For Family Conflicts
Family conflict is inevitable, regardless of how strong a bond you have.
These conflicts can bring out some of the most intense emotions, feelings of anxiety and resentment, guilt and anger, disconnection and misunderstanding.
Family problems generally build over time, but they may come to a head in relation to specific events, including:
- Financial issues
- A death in the family
- Chronic or life-threatening illness
- An LGBTQ2I+ family member coming out
- Self-destructive behaviour, like substance abuse
- Divorce or remarriage
- Behavioural issues
- Other mental health concerns
If left unaddressed, these issues may lead to further mental health concerns, including depression, mood swings, and erratic behaviour, especially in children. Working through these conflicts in therapy, though, can help ease tensions and create stronger ties between you and your family.
Whether your family is actively in conflict or you’d just like to strengthen your bonds, Mahaya Health can help.
Book an appointment today to find out how.
Psychotherapy For Chronic Stress
Stress is a fact of life. It’s how your body reacts to stressful situations, and it’s impossible to rid yourself of it. But if you’re dealing with long-term chronic stress, it can lead to difficult long-term health consequences.
As well, while each of us has our own way of coping with stress, some methods are more effective than others. For example, during a particularly difficult episode, you may react by striking an object, snapping at a loved one, or engaging in self-destructive habits like gambling, substance abuse, or binging on junk food. These methods may help in the short term, but their consequences can be disastrous from both a personal health and an interpersonal relationship perspective.
Your psychotherapist can help you develop healthier coping mechanisms to better deal with the stress you’re facing.
When left untreated, chronic stress can lead to a variety of health risks. But with the help of a trained psychotherapist, you can develop better coping mechanisms, ease the pressure life puts on you, and develop happier and more fulfilling interpersonal relationships.
Book your appointment with Mahaya Health today to find out more.
Mahaya Health offers psychotherapy treatments for a variety of different mental health concerns not listed above, including:
- Overcoming grief and loss
- Overcoming past traumas
- Disordered eating and body image concerns
- Peer/co-worker relationship counselling
- New parent counselling
- Career evolution counselling
- Building a healthy self-care practice
Psychotherapy Modalities Used
Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed by David Epston and Michael White.
Through narrative therapy, we learn to separate ourselves from the problems we’re facing. It does this through the practice of examining the stories we tell ourselves.
As you live your life, your experiences take on meaning, and that meaning can be revealed through the stories we tell ourselves. These stories are key to shaping your identity. By examining these narratives, we can create distance between ourselves and the problems we face, since our reaction to them is based on these narratives.
This can help you address the problems you face in a more objective, productive manner.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBCT)
As the name suggests, mindfulness-based stress reduction is a form of psychotherapy focused on helping you manage chronic stress.
It encourages a mindfulness practice along with psychotherapy treatment, and can help relieve stress and anxiety.
As a result, it can be an effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Chronic stress
- Chronic pain
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Overcoming loss and grief
When exploring the mental health struggles you may be facing, a humanistic approach can be helpful. Humanistic therapy focuses on your individual nature, rather than treating you like every other person with a similar disorder.
This is particularly important when dealing with anxiety and depression. Because they can have so many different potential causes, and can manifest in so many different ways, it doesn’t make sense to take a “one size fits all” approach. You and someone else may both be experiencing post-traumatic stress, for example, but the causes of it and how it manifests can be very different.
By addressing your individual behaviours, both positive and negative, humanistic psychotherapy can help you find a greater sense of healing from within yourself.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a useful therapy method as an intervention. It acknowledges that deep down, we all understand what we need to do to make improvements in our lives. We just don’t always know exactly how to do it, but we can if we have access to the right supports and encouragement.
It’s often used alongside other therapeutic methods, and focuses mostly on overcoming specific blocks in life, including:
- Past traumas
- Marriage/relationship struggles
If you’re considering psychotherapy, it’s important to feel like you have a personal connection with your therapist.
The team at Mahaya Health will pair you with the practitioner that best suits your individual personality and goals, and if we can’t help, we’ll refer you to someone who can.