Are you wondering if therapy can help you?
Therapy can help you solve problems, make decisions, express emotions, develop better ways of coping with stressful situations, discover your strengths and change the ideas you have about yourself, others and the world around you in positive ways.
Are you Confused? Frustrated? Lonely? Stuck? Sad? Exhausted? Anxious? Angry? Resentful? Worried? Heartbroken? Sick and tired of feeling this way? There’s got to be a another way…
People often tell me that their problems aren’t big enough to need therapy.
The clients I see are pretty high functioning. They have normal lives, get out of bed every morning, put a smile on their face, have important jobs and social obligations to meet and you would never in a million years guess that they were in therapy. They’re probably a lot like you.
Your problems don’t have to be huge. First world problems are still problems. If you’re suffering even just a little bit, or a lot, therapy can help you to feel better, smile more and enhance your life in amazing ways.
Going to therapy doesn’t mean that something’s wrong with you… it just means that you want to be better than you already are.
Sometimes people come to therapy because they need a sounding board or have an important decision to make.
Honestly, people come to therapy for all kinds of reasons. We can all use help from time to time. One of the questions I get all the time is ‘Really? People come to therapy for that?’ Yes, they do. Nothing is too big or too small.
It takes a lot of courage to see a professional for help. I really admire that. And regardless of what your concerns are, I don’t judge.
Some of the reasons that people come to therapy for include:
Improving Communication, Decreasing Conflict, Reducing Anxiety, Strengthening Relationships, Increasing Trust, Building Self-Esteem. Gaining Clarity, Stopping Ineffective Patterns of Behaviour, Finding Peace of Mind, Finding Love, Becoming More Positive, Changing Your Relationship, Learning to Chill, Increasing Confidence, Achieving Happiness, and Enjoying a Balanced Lifestyle
If any of these resonate with you then You’ve Come to the Right Place… at Susan Blackburn Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, we’re known for our Effective Therapy Strategies for Change!
When people come to therapy for the first time they’re often pretty skeptical. They worry that it will be a huge waste of time and money. After all, how could sitting on a couch across from a therapist and talking about their problems help?
It really doesn’t seem likely to a lot of people. I get it. Part of their doubt has to do with some myths and misconceptions about therapy, such as…
- Will I have to lie down on a couch and talk about my childhood? – Well, not in this millennium and not in my office. Now sometimes it may be relevant to your issue, but usually it isn’t. It is more important to talk about what’s currently going on in your life.
- How will having a therapist listen to me and ask how I’m feeling help? You’re right it probably won’t. I work collaboratively with you in sessions to achieve your goals and I offer you coping skills to help you find more happiness, confidence and a sense of calm.
- Can a therapist fix my problems, especially the problems that are because of others? Nope. But, I can provide you with tools and strategies and other scientifically proven ways of changing your thoughts, emotions and perceptions which makes life a whole lot easier.
Research shows that if you come to therapy regularly, do your homework, 🙄 (yeah… I know, but it works and makes the time you spend in therapy that much shorter), and don’t give up (just those 3 things!), then you will create the changes that you want in your life.
The real work of therapy takes place outside of your counselling sessions by practicing the skills and strategies in your day to day life and giving some thought to what we discussed.
One of the best parts of my job as a therapist is working with people that doubt that therapy works, only to see them become some of the biggest believers once they commit to the process, give it some time and start to feel better. They’re frequently shocked that therapy actually works!
Even though this is the About section, I’m not what’s important here. You are! Therapy is all about you becoming the best version of yourself. But, if you’d like to know more about me, here’s a snapshot:
I’m a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, an Individual Therapist, Couples Counsellor & Marriage Therapist, a Published Author and a guest Relationship Expert on radio and television with a counselling, psychology and psychotherapy private practice in midtown Toronto at Yonge and Eglinton.
Because I’m a Registered Psychologist, the cost for counselling, psychotherapy and psychological services will often be reimbursed in whole or in part by your extended health benefits and workplace insurance requiring clients be seen by a Registered Psychologist. Please check your policy to see what coverage you have.
I’m a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and I have an M.A. Counselling Psychology (Adler School of Professional Psychology), an Honours B.A. Psychology (York University) and a B.Sc. Business (University of Phoenix).
My approach to therapy is integrated and eclectic, which means that I take the best parts from different therapies and combine them to suit your individual needs in your therapy sessions. Some of the therapies I use include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), client-centred psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and brief solution-focused counselling. Services that I provide include anxiety therapy, happiness counselling, positivity counselling, confidence counselling, relationship counselling, perfectionism therapy, life transition counselling, couples therapy, assertiveness counselling, stress management counselling, depression therapy, communication skills counselling, self-esteem counselling, self care psychotherapy, and work/life balance counselling. As mentioned previously the use of the words therapy, psychotherapy, psychology and counselling are all pretty much the same.
My clients tell me that I am warm and have a peaceful and calming energy. I like working with individuals and couples by offering support and encouragement. You can expect to feel at ease in my presence while I listen, offer suggestions and work cooperatively with you find your strengths, build your confidence, create life balance, enhance your relationships and find more happiness in your life.
This is rewarding and meaningful work and I am honoured to have the opportunity to learn about you and your life in such personal and important ways.
As a mother, therapist, owner of a private practice, former corporate sales manager and former director of a graduate-level private school, I understand the challenges facing career-committed professionals, family-oriented individuals and those seeking change for personal development and success.
I live in midtown Toronto with my family. When I’m not practicing counselling, psychology and psychotherapy I spend my leisure time enjoying yoga, painting, photography, music, snowboarding, surfing, golfing, cooking, travelling, reading and exploring the countryside both in and out of the city.
If you’d like to work with me or one of my associates, please click here to use our quick and easy online form to book your first appointment.
Of course, if you prefer, you may call our friendly Admin Team, Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 5pm at (416) 549-5089. They’d be happy to schedule your appointment.
We’re looking forward to working with you!
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Susan Blackburn Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy provides Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counselling, Marriage Therapy, Relationship Counselling, Psychological Services, Psychologist Services, Self Esteem Counselling, Anxiety Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Stress Management Counselling, Depression Therapy and related services by appointment in Toronto at Yonge and Eglinton.
2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1600, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4 (416) 549-5089 firstname.lastname@example.org
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