Individual therapy

Therapy for mental health can help you improve your mood, sense of well-being, self-understanding, and general functioning. I integrate relational-interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral, techniques depending on your needs and goals for therapy. 

The first step to lasting change is to know yourself, understand why you do the things that you do. As your therapist, my role is like a guide, meeting you where you are at, and helping you develop a curiosity about you. Through this we get to know your blindspots, the familiar patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you, and the ways in which you contribute to your current situation.  

At times we will look at the past, to help us understand how the current processes came about. This might involve accepting hurts, losses and disappointments, or challenging our understanding of the past. 

Other times we may spend very little time looking at the past, and instead focus on the here and now to understand you. How do your beliefs, assumptions, expectations, fears, and behaviours influence your approach to interpersonal relationships, communication, work, and play?

With increased self-awareness, the beliefs, feelings, and behaviours underpinning the way that you treat yourself and interact with others and the world at large, become more salient, and less automatic. This is the point at which change becomes possible.

Some of the common psychological presentations and issues I work with are listed below. If you’re unsure about whether I can assist you, get in touch with admin. I personally review all expressions of interest and if I am unable to provide you with the treatment that you require, I will do my best to refer you to a clinician that can he

Mental Health Conditions Treated

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

This occurs when an individual exhibits persistent, excessive, and uncontrollable anxiety and worry about everyday life issues. The worry is typically out of proportion and there is a tendency to expect the worst outcome. People with GAD may have worried in this way for so long that it’s difficult to remember being any other way. Friends and family may constantly tell you to stop worrying or that you’re catastrophizing. GAD can affect sleep, relationships, school or work performance, your sense of wellbeing and life satisfaction, and when severe can lead to low mood.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

In social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, excessive levels of anxiety present in social interactions or situations. People with SAD may experience an abnormal degree of anxiety or fear about being observed or judged by others, of embarrassing or humiliating themselves, of being rejected by others, or of unwittingly offending someone. This fear may cause the person with SAD to experience extremely stress and discomfort in social settings, and my cause one to avoid feared social or public situations.

Some people with SAD only experience it in particular situations and may otherwise be fine. For example, you might fear and avoid presenting in front of a large group but be fine chatting to strangers at a party. For others, it may involve any public situation where they may be observed making everyday life very difficult, and such individuals may avoid leaving home as much as possible. Some common scenarios that may cause difficulty including talking to strangers, making eye contact, starting conversations, entering rooms, speaking in public, eating in front of others, using public toilets, dating, attending social events, making phone calls, and attending work or school.  

Depression - Mental health therapy

Depression presents as a persistent low mood or loss of interest in activities. You may feel a constant sadness, irritability or emptiness, a lack of motivation, a sense of hopelessness, and you no longer have an interest in doing the things that were once of interest to you. You may experience changes to your sleep patterns and appetite, your energy levels may be low, and it can be difficult to concentrate. You may find yourself unable to engage in your usual everyday routines such as cooking, cleaning, caring for yourself or others, working, studying, and socializing, or you might only show up for some of these and let everything else go. It is not uncommon to feel badly about yourself and to have a drop in your self-esteem. It may become difficult to imagine ever feeling better again and you may experience thoughts of suicide.

Adjustment Disorder (Adjustment to Life Transitions & Situational Crises)

Sometimes you may experience changes in your mood or levels of anxiety as a result of significant life events such as the death of a loved one, illness, relationship breakdowns, changes to your work status (starting a new job, losing your job, retirement), starting university, having a baby, miscarriage, and accidents.

Burnout & Chronic Stress

Burnout can occur when stress is excessive and ongoing, and is a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. Burnout can lead to withdrawal, behavioural changes, feeling empty or detached, increased negativity, reduced performance, loss of energy or motivation, depression, anxiety, and physical collapse.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

BPD is best described as a condition in which there is chronic instability in moods, behaviour, relationships, and identity. To be diagnosed with BPD you must have at least five of the following nine symptoms:

BPD may also present with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and substance abuse. It is important to recognize that everyone can experience some of these symptoms at various points in our lives, but for people with BPD these symptoms can be chronic, severe, and have a detrimental effect on relationships, functioning at work or school, and sense of wellbeing. There are various theories about how BPD develops, and for many people with BPD, there have been adverse experiences in early childhood that colour the way they view themselves, other people, and relationships in general. Approximately one in ten people diagnosed with BPD will die by suicide so getting treatment as early as possible is important. In therapy, people with BPD learn how to regulate their emotions and more adaptive ways to cope with distress, to read others and situations more accurately and to become more self-aware, to have greater self-compassion and increase self-esteem and self-worth, to have a better understanding of boundaries and how to maintain own boundaries and respect those of other people, communication skills and problem-solving more effectively, and more generally, identifying the values, beliefs, and goals upon which to build more meaningful and authentic lives.

Other areas of interest for mental health

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Fear of emotional &/or physical intimacy
  • Relationship breakups
  • Unhealthy dating patterns & dating anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulties with boundaries
  • Difficulties asserting yourself & other communication problems
  • Self-esteem & identify issues
  • Excessive self-criticism
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Procrastination & lack of motivation
  • Excessive shyness
  • Performance anxiety
  • Personal growth & development
  • Career & lifestyle change