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I’M FEELING STRESSED, ANXIOUS, DEPRESSED, OVERWHELMED, SELF-CONSCIOUS OR LOST

Have you been feeling any of these emotions and have they started to control your life?

Have you tried several different ways to “get rid” of feeling this way, yet nothing seems to work?

We live in a "fix it world"; don't like your hair colour, go to the hairsalon and pick another colour. Don't like your wardrobe, go to Winners and buy a whole new one. Don't like your anxiety, get rid of it... Hold on... That somehow doesn't work. What if you get rid of your anxiety, or stress, or sadness, what kind of human being would you be? I get it, unwanted, problematic emotions and feelings are painful and you don't want them anymore.

Chances are, you've already tried a bunch of different methods to "get rid" of your struggles. But what if I told you there is another way of looking at your struggles. What if you would start looking at your anxiety, or stress, or low self-esteem as a "challenge" instead of a "problem"? All of a sudden, a whole new world of endless opportunities opens up. Instead of looking at your depression as "I am my depression", you will start looking at it as "I am not my depression".

At PMPTherapy, I will guide you to start looking at your struggles as a phase in life you can overcome and learn from. Together we will venture into an inspiring and eye-opening journey in which you will re-discover yourself and learn to work with your life struggles. Working on yourself is hard work, but soon you will see the benefits and start living a life without being held back by anxiety, depression, feeling lost, or low self-esteem.

In our sessions, we use a combination of different therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, and Mindfulness. All my sessions are focused on teaching you coping skills that you will be asked you to practice at home. Together we will explore what works best for you, and make a plan on how you can start feeling empowered and in control of your life.

All sessions start with a free phone consultation, which you can schedule with me, Marleen. In this consultation, you can ask any questions you have about therapy or the therapeutic process. I will quickly assess whether I am the right therapist for you. If not, I will refer you to one of my trusted and experienced colleagues,

My priority is that you feel comfortable and relaxed, so we can work on making you feel better about yourself and your world.

Many people report feeling a mix of nervousness and relief associated with the first session, as they are ready to get help but are unsure of what to expect and how they will feel. After the first session, people are often pleased with the sense of relief and newfound optimism that they feel from having “the tough part” over with.

Whatever your struggle is, psychotherapy is a helpful way to sort out your difficulties and learn tools and skills to manage life’s challenges. These tools can continue to help you long beyond therapy and help you navigate whatever the future brings.

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I’M LOOKING FOR THERAPY FOR MY TEEN

The teen years can be difficult times marked with unanswered questions, open-ended debates and confusing experiences. Life can seem overwhelming when you are going through a mental, physical and emotional change. Talking with a therapist helps gain an understanding of thoughts and emotions, and creates a safe environment to sort through experiences and questions.

Some of the issues that can be explored during a teen therapy session include

• Friendship and relationship troubles
• School-related issues
• Family issues
• Issues of self-worth and self-esteem

At PMPTherapy, teen therapy sessions are focused on finding solutions to help your teen cope with life’s pressures and work towards making inner changes. Individual sessions with the parents and/or siblings can add beneficial insights into life at home with the family. Therefore, family dynamics and family relationships are important topics that will be discovered in individual sessions with the teen and his or her family members. Group family sessions are also offered, where family bonds and dynamics will be discussed and strengthened.

The first couple of sessions can be attended by either the teen alone or with one (or both) of the parents. Some teens feel anxious or nervous for opening up to a "stranger", and I would like to make their therapy experience as easy-going and pleasant as possible. Every four to five sessions, I will ask (one of) the parents to join us for the first half of the session. I like to ensure that we are still moving towards our goals and that we facilitate an open and trustworthy communication.

A teen therapy session can be initiated by the teen or by the parent.

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I’VE EXPERIENCED A (WORK-RELATED) TRAUMA LIKE BULLYING, ABUSE, OR LOSS OF A LOVED ONE

A natural response to going through a difficult and traumatic event or situation, is to start questioning your own life and others around you. You might feel alone in dealing with the social stigma that`s attached to experiencing intense emotions, and you might experience strong reactions such as nightmares, flashbacks, loss of concentration, memory problems and loss of interest in usual activities.

You might feel anger for what happened, but also feel guilt and wonder if you could have done something more. You might be in shock about the details, but also feel confused trying to understand what happened.

Remember that you are not alone and that recovering from a traumatic life event is possible.

In our sessions, we will focus on recovering from the trauma you are dealing with. We will look at coping strategies to coach you through this difficult time in your life. To make sure the process of recovery will go smoothly, we might schedule weekly 1.5 hour sessions and will I will ask you to practice at home what you have learned in our sessions. This is to make sure that the coping techniques and skills will become easy for you to use when you feel you need a little extra help.

All our sessions start with a free phone consultation. In this phone call you can ask me any questions you may have about therapy, what you’d like to see in therapy, and anything else. This conversation also serves as an assessment for me to know whether I would be the best therapist for you.

Many people report feeling a mix of nervousness and relief associated with the first session, as they are ready to get help but are unsure of what to expect and how they will feel. After the first session, people are often pleased with the sense of relief and newfound optimism that they feel from having “the tough part” over with.

In the sessions that follow, psychotherapy often has a fairly structured framework that is explained to each client so they are comfortable with knowing what to expect from our time together. Each person’s therapy is tailored to their needs and their comfort level.

Whatever your struggle is, psychotherapy is a helpful way to sort out your difficulties and learn tools and skills to manage life’s challenges. These tools can continue to help you long beyond therapy and help you navigate whatever the future brings.

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I'M INTERESTED IN EMDR SESSIONS TO WORK ON ANXIETY, NEGATIVE SELF TALK, TRAUMA AND STRESS

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a type of therapy that uses bilateral stimulation to allow the brain to process information on it's own time. This could be painful information associated with trauma, anxiety, or worries. Or this could be positive information such calming feelings and emotions associated with relaxation and contentment.

During the Rapid Eye Moment (REM) sleep phase, your eyes move in a rhythmic left-right-left pattern. Research suggests that the brain uses this sleep phase to process input from that day and eliminate any unnecessary information. Whereas in REM sleep, you have no control over how long this process takes place or what information is being processed. In EMDR, both you and the therapist determine the length and type of information to be processed.

EMDR is not the same as hypnosis. In an EMDR session, the client is fully awake and alert to the process. They are able to stop the session at any point, and communicate with the therapist. EMDR does not cover up painful memories, nor can it help to install positive memories. This type of therapy helps the mind to heal from old wounds at a faster pace than traditional talk therapy.

EMDR is commonly associated with trauma and PTSD. It has also been proven an effective treatment for, and working through feelings of:

  • panic attacks
  • pain disorders
  • worrying thoughts
  • negative thinking
  • stress reduction
  • disturbing memories
  • complicated grief

A typical EMDR treatment plan may take any where from 2 to multiple sessions, with one session lasting 60 to 90 minutes. At PMPTherapy, EMDR, Mindfulness Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are often used within the same session. The first few sessions are focused on assessing disturbing memories, identifying psychological trauma and uncovering underlying stressors. After this initial phase, bilateral stimulation in the form of rhythmic left-right-left hand movements or tapping will be used to guide the client until emotions and memories no longer feel upsetting.

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