Category: Therapy

7 Signs that you may be Ready for Therapy

I’m slightly biased, but I think everyone can benefit from a bit of therapy at the right time.  One of the most important questions I ask when someone comes to see me is, “why now?”  The answer not only allows me to understand what is going on in someone’s life, but has helped me realize there are specific reasons why people decide it is time to enlist the help of a professional.  Below I’ve summarized the 7 signs that you may be ready to do the same.

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Wanting Help with your OCD? Read these tips for better success in therapy.

For sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the intrusive thoughts and accompanying compulsions can be an inconvenience at best and devastating at their worse.  That said, OCD is HIGHLY treatable with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and other complimentary techniques. Obsessive thoughts

In the article linked below, Fred Penzel, PhD, discusses the 25 Tips for Succeeding in Your OCD Treatment.

 

I wanted to share these, as reading them before starting counselling (and throughout the process) may make a big difference in the success that you achieve.

By getting on the same page as your therapist, you are working as a team to minimize the impact that OCD or obsessive thinking is having on your life.

Click here to read the article – I hope you find it useful.

Please comment below with questions or to let me know what you think!

A Counsellor’s Struggle with Vulnerability

As a newcomer to the field of public writing, and well-aware of how uncomfortable this can feel, I thought it would be appropriate to talk openly about my own struggle, and maybe inspire a few people to be open too.

A few years ago, when I was first starting into private practice, I had convinced myself that I didn’t need a website for people to find me (and in my defense, was told by a colleague that this was the case).  I probably just really wanted to believe this – as it is so much more comfortable hiding in the shadows than putting yourself out there.

It didn’t take long to realize that having a website was absolutely necessary to a successful business, and of course I now know how ridiculous that sounds.  But I remember having a really hard time defining myself professionally – what my values are, how I work, what I believe in.  Even though I knew I could help people, and I know myself well, putting it in black and white seemed so final, so self-involved, and so arrogant.  I think it was also hard for me to take the risk and “be seen”, because it meant also opening myself up to criticism and judgment.  Especially difficult when you are first starting out.

Anyways, I finally got over that and realized that I could endure the discomfort of having publishing some basic information for people to read, and even have a picture or two of myself.  Read more

7 Truths about Commitment

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7 Signs that you may be Ready for Therapy

I’m slightly biased, but I think everyone can benefit from a bit of therapy at the right time.  One of the most important …

Wanting Help with your OCD? Read these tips for better success in therapy.

For sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the intrusive thoughts and accompanying compulsions can be an inconvenience …