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Whole Family Psychotherapy

Conditions We Support

Many people seek individual psychotherapy to gain insight and understanding into their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through therapy, they can learn to cope with difficult emotions, process past traumas and improve their relationships. It can also help individuals develop a sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance, leading to greater overall well-being.

Our team specializes in a variety of mental health concerns. Learn more below!

Do you struggle to cope with stress or change?

Adjustment disorders can leave you feeling anxious, sad, hopeless, and irritable. They cause you to struggle to find joy in activities you previously enjoyed. Therapy can help you understand your emotions, process change, and develop coping strategies so you can start living a more fulfilled life.

Do you experience intense anger or have difficulties controlling your temper?

Anger is a normal human emotion. However, if your temper is leading to conflicts in your relationships, problems at work, or even legal issues, you may benefit from support. Therapy offers a safe and supportive environment to understand the root causes of anger and to start developing healthy coping strategies. Regain control of your temper and life.

Is anxiety keeping you from living the life you want?

Anxiety symptoms can feel like excessive worry, dread, or fear. It can cause muscle tension, sweating, and trouble sleeping, and is often associated with a sense of disconnection from things you once enjoyed. Therapy can help you manage your anxiety with the right tools, strategies, and support you need to better understand and cope with your feelings. We can help you gain control and feel relief, so you can get back to living your life.

Do you feel a sense of restlessness or find it difficult to stay focused on tasks? Are you forgetful, distracted, or struggling with time management or organization?

ADHD can be debilitating and impact your ability to function day-to-day. It can affect all areas of life from social to academic to careers. Therapy can help you gain practical skills and learn strategies to manage your symptoms. If you are ready to regain control of your life, get in touch with Whole Family Psychotherapy.

Does saying no make you uncomfortable or lead to ruminating thoughts?

Setting boundaries in your personal and professional lives can be challenging and overwhelming. It can feel uncomfortable to say ‘no’ or to establish limits with others. This is particularly common if you tend to avoid conflict and have people-pleasing tendencies. When you fail to set boundaries, you are prioritizing the needs of others rather than yourself. This can lead to feelings of overwhelm, resentment, and a deep sense that you are being taken advantage of. Boundaries are an important part of any healthy relationship, be it with yourself or others. Therapy can help you learn to set boundaries in a way you feel confident about. Together, we can explore the root causes of why it is difficult to set boundaries and develop skills and strategies to set healthy boundaries in the future. Learn to say ‘no’ with confidence.

Do you have concerns about your child or teenager’s mental health? Are they struggling in school or in relationships with friends/family?

Parents often find themselves in the deep end when it comes to big feelings and struggles with their children – regardless of age, sometimes allowing an individual outside of the immediate circle to provide support can be exactly what our child needs. Therapy for children is play-based and is intended and can be extremely helpful to support children in processing difficult feelings that they may or may not be able to articulate verbally. For older children and teens, talk therapy is an effective tool, though some play-based methods are often still employed as well. It is so hard to see our children struggle, but allowing them to get unbiased professional support is a gift and can be incredibly helpful in shifting mood, anxiety and social challenges.

Are you overwhelmed with how to work through intense conflict with your child or teen? Does your family feel unsettled and in need of support and reconnection?

Conflict with those close to us is inevitable – we are different humans, with different ideas, needs and personalities, and at certain developmental stages in particular, the family system can feel incredibly tumultuous and unstable. Often it is difficult to see the path forward when you are stuck inside the eye of the storm – therapy can provide safe, neutral ground to explore what is going on for each family member, so that each person feels heard and understood and develops their insight and perspective around the challenges. Learning to communicate effectively and work as a team can allow for challenges to soften and provide some relief to each member of the family. Family conflict can feel overwhelming; therapy can help you gain confidence to sort out your current struggles, and build capacity to work through things that may come up in the future.

Have you lost some or all of the joy you used to experience? Are you uncharacteristically irritable and angry?

Depression symptoms can manifest as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy or interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Physical symptoms can include changes in appetite, fatigue, and trouble sleeping. Emotionally, depression can leave you feeling isolated, alone and like something is wrong with you. Therapy can be helpful in treating depression by providing support, understanding, and coping strategies. Therapy can help you experience improved mood, increased motivation, and a greater sense of hope and wellbeing. You are not your symptoms – it can feel like nothing will change how you feel, but that, my friend, is depression talking. We can help.

Do you find yourself reviewing these intense experiences with a tinge of sadness, grief or feelings of loss?

For some, the process of bringing their child into the world does not go as they had hoped – while it is perhaps not something they experience as traumatic, we tend to build up what labour, birth and postpartum will feel like, and when the expectation and reality don’t line up, we can be left with uncomfortable feelings of disappointment, sadness and anger.

Therapy can help you to unpack the story and gain clarity on what feels hard and why. With the right support, you will find that you can move through your disappointment – process the grief, allow all the feelings, and watch as they soften into what is. You are allowed to be disappointed, and therapy can help you feel seen and move forward.

Do you find yourself with the desperate urge to parent your child differently from how you were parented? Or are you blindsided by how having a child has opened up past wounds you didn’t realize were there?

Intergenerational trauma is something every human contends with, some to greater degrees, but it is a universal pain point – because we are human. We all make mistakes. The way we parented 30 years ago is wildly different from today – we know more, perhaps too much, and many parents find themselves in the really painful and challenging position of trying to shift damaging intergenerational patterns, while also trying to heal from them.

With therapy, you can explore the triggers you are noticing come up for you in your parenting journey, develop insight into your early years and how they shaped you, your adult relationships, and how you show up as a parent. You can learn to slow down your response to triggers, regulate your intense feelings, and choose to respond versus react with your children in the ways that align with your values. You can unpack your hurts, grieve and heal. This is big, hard work, and having a guide and witness for the journey is important.

The stress and uncertainty of trying to conceive and undergoing fertility treatments is profoundly triggering.

Our emotions can take us on a ride: we feel things such as fear, sadness, regret, anger, jealousy, and frustration cycling through us. Social events, public places, and even our workplaces can become full of triggers, as other people’s pregnancies and babies seem omnipresent. When we work with clients experiencing infertility, we know our number one job is to help you feel seen and validate how hard this journey is. We can help you build coping strategies to manage intense emotions, and support you to navigate the myriad of treatment and medical decisions that are sometimes involved. We work with all types of prospective parents, including single parents-to-be, same-sex couples, adoptive parents, and people who are experiencing secondary infertility (difficulty conceiving the second child). We are here to support you as you navigate the emotions and thoughts resulting from infertility.

Are you struggling to move forward after a loss or finding that your grief can feel like too much to handle on your own?

Grief and loss can be overwhelming and can bring up a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. It’s common to feel isolated and disconnected from the people around you. Therapy can help you manage those feelings and work through them in a safe environment. You can explore why you feel the way you do, learn how to allow and process your grief, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and ultimately take the steps to move forward at a pace that works for you. You don’t have to face your pain alone, we can help.

Are you facing a change in your life that is creating feelings of overwhelm, stress or uncertainty?

Navigating life transitions can be a turbulent and complex experience. Whether it is dealing with the pain of a divorce, a move, a career change, marriage, the birth of a child, a loss, or retirement, the emotional rollercoaster of these transitions can be overwhelming. With support, these experiences can be navigated with more ease and understanding. Therapy can help you process the emotions you are experiencing, manage your stress levels, and cope with the challenges associated with shifting roles. We can help you feel more confident in your ability to handle and navigate future life transitions with less overwhelm and provide greater clarity about the emotions you’re facing.

Do you experience intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses? Do these lead to you engaging in repetitive behaviours or mental acts to curb anxiety?

With OCD, people are compelled to perform behaviours despite knowing their thoughts are irrational. This can result in feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety.

Therapy can help you reduce the anxiety that results from obsessions and compulsions, explore and rework your thought patterns, and ultimately learn to accept yourself as you are. Book an appointment or request a free consultation to get started.

Has your experience with abuse kept you in a place of shame and isolation?

The effects of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can be devastating and far-reaching. Victims of this type of trauma often experience feelings of guilt, shame, depression, anger, fear, and isolation. They may also have difficulty trusting others or forming intimate relationships. All these challenges can make it difficult to cope with day-to-day life. Often the experience of having children triggers pain from past abuse and parent survivors can feel blindsided.
Therapy can be a powerful tool for helping you heal from abuse. We can provide a safe space for you to process difficult emotions and experiences, and we can help create strategies for managing anxiety, developing self-esteem, and forming healthier relationships. When you’re ready to take the first step towards healing – we can help.

Are you feeling consumed with worry that occupies much of your day, and is really difficult to let go of?

We all experience anxiety in our lifetimes, and in the early stages of parenthood, we are primed for a big increase in anxiety. While the typical worries of a new parent can feel challenging, with postpartum anxiety, the worry takes over and impacts an individual’s day to day quality of life and functioning. You might notice that you obsess over the health and wellbeing of your baby – their sleep, feeding, development and so on, and over research topics trying to make the best decisions. You may track things compulsively or find you are hypervigilant around risk and are unable to sleep due to needing to check on baby over and over. You likely feel awful, and wish you could turn it off – but you’re so scared something bad will happen, and you just cannot tolerate all of the uncertainty.

Therapy can help those with postpartum anxiety to cope with anxious thoughts, learn strategies to reduce the frequency and intensity of sudden, scary thoughts, and develop a sturdy mental health foundation through self-care and self-support strategies, as well as leaning on an external support network to reduce the amount of stress and overwhelm experienced. We will always worry as parents, but you can reduce the intensity of this experience and get to a place where you are more able to enjoy your day to day and have more ease emotionally.

Are you experiencing persistent sadness, guilt, irritability and anger or struggling to bond with your baby?

For many new moms or birthing individuals, adapting to parenthood can be difficult. It’s not uncommon to face unexpected challenges as you develop a new routine, and feel pain as you grow into this new role. With postpartum depression, you may experience low mood, excessive crying or tearfulness, feelings of guilt or worthlessness as a new parent, difficulties in bonding with your baby, irritability, anger, loneliness and hopelessness. You might even think you’re not cut out for this job, and fantasize about running away or ending your life.

Postpartum depression can be experienced within the first few months of giving birth, but may also develop over a longer period of time. There are many reasons individuals experience postpartum depression, including changes in hormones, sleep deprivation, emotional changes resulting from new routines and interpersonal dynamics, a history of other mental health challenges, and environmental factors such as a lack of social support, finances, and complications experienced during pregnancy.

Therapy can help you adjust to all the feelings you are experiencing as a new parent by providing emotional support, guidance, and coping strategies. You don’t have to adjust to motherhood or being a new parent alone. We are here to support you!

Are you experiencing overwhelming emotions as a result of pregnancy loss?

An unexpected loss during pregnancy can lead to significant physical and intense emotional pain. You may be experiencing feelings of sadness, grief, anger, guilt, anxiety, helplessness, and loneliness. These feelings can impair your ability to function day-to-day.

For some people, social circles, including partners, family members, and friends, provide the support they need to work through their feelings. Other people may benefit from seeking additional support through therapy. Therapy offers a safe space to process emotions and develop strategies to help you move forward – for many, grieving is not a process we have been taught – Therapy can help you understand the grief process, so that you can lean into your grief and move through it, rather than avoid it. If you’re looking for a space to feel validated in your experience and to work through your emotions, we are here to help.

Are you struggling to reconnect or build a stronger relationship?

Relationships can be complicated and sometimes leave us feeling lost and alone. You may be struggling with communication difficulties, trust issues, conflicts, or feeling emotionally disconnected from your partner. These challenges can impact your daily life, causing feelings of sadness, frustration, and anxiety. Therapy can offer you a supportive and safe space to work through your challenges, develop healthy communication skills, build trust, and address conflicts in a constructive manner. Therapy can help you set healthy boundaries and offer the tools and support you need to create the connection you crave.

Do you experience fear or self-consciousness in social situations?

Social anxiety can cause you to worry excessively about being scrutinised by others and may lead you to avoid social situations altogether. It can leave you feeling nervous, self-conscious, and embarrassed, even in non threatening situations. Therapy can help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to social anxiety. We can help you develop a more positive and confident self-image.

Do you feel like there’s no end in sight to the list of things you need to manage or accomplish in the day—at home and at work?

Overwhelming stress can bring up a range of emotions, including anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion. It’s common to start to shut-down and feel disconnected from the people around you. Therapy can help you explore why you feel the way you do, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and give you the tools you need to manage your current situation and start living with more ease. We can help you make changes, one step at a time.

Do you find yourself relying more and more on a substance to help you get through the day? Do you plan to cut back only to find yourself unable to stick to your goals? Are you just really uncertain if you have a problem?

Substance misuse is incredibly common in our world and can be a challenging experience that affects you and the people around you. You may be struggling with a growing dependence on a substance that had previously been used as an occasional activity. Perhaps you are seeing mood swings, physical symptoms and relationship difficulties. It’s also common to feel shame, guilt, and a sense of disconnection from others and yourself. With therapy, you can experience a greater ability to manage triggers and cravings, improve relationships and feel a strengthened sense of self-worth. Whether you are just curious, would like to work on moderating your use, or want to fully abstain – we follow your lead. You don’t have to face this challenge alone, we can help.

Are you worried about a loved one and their mental health or substance misuse? Perhaps you feel, upset and hurt by them, and are unsure of how to support them?

Loving someone who is in the deep pain of mental health challenges and/or substance misuse can feel exhausting and all consuming. Researching how to help, what to say, what not to say, it can feel like you’re walking on eggshells. You can see they are hurting, and feel lost and helpless.

You likely have seen that you don’t have control here – that your loved one will only get help when and if they feel ready, and for many, there are many “backward steps” along the path to recovery. What is in your control, is you. Therapy can help you to unpack what this brings up for you, to process the pain of watching your loved one suffer, and how that hurts you. In therapy, you can also learn what might be helpful for your loved one, how to untangle their wellness from your own, and how to continue living your life even if they change nothing. We know how painful this is – you don’t have to do it alone.

Is a past event in your life keeping you from moving forward? Was your birth, pregnancy or early postpartum deeply difficult, leaving you with emotional or physical pain?

Trauma can cause symptoms such as intrusive memories, avoidance behaviours, hypervigilance, and feelings of anxiety, guilt, or shame. Emotional and physical responses to trauma can impact daily life and relationships. With reproductive trauma, individuals may struggle to bond with their baby, and notice a sense of disconnection from their parenting role. Therapy can help individuals who have experienced trauma build a sense of safety in their body and environment and process their experiences, to reduce the intensity of their trauma symptoms. With therapy, you may experience a greater sense of control over your feelings, less reactivity to triggers, improved relationships, a stronger sense of self-worth, and a renewed sense of hope for the future.

Is the greatest source of your stress coming from outside the home?

Workplace issues and career challenges can bring up a range of emotions, including stress, fear, exhaustion, and overwhelm. Feeling stuck in your job, experiencing workplace harassment, a lack of fulfilment, or a transition to a new role or career can take a toll on your mental health. It’s not uncommon to feel like there is no one to turn to for help in addressing difficult bosses, finding purpose in your work, or figuring out if a career move is the right one for you. Therapy can provide the support you need to navigate these challenges. We can help you find greater balance in your life, recognize your personal strengths, and gain clarity on how to best address difficult situations you might be facing.

Have a few questions?

If you have questions about therapy, our services, or would like to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! If you prefer, we welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation directly with one of our team members.