Psychotherapy

Samantha Sherer  

(416) 459-1907  


Talk Therapy
for youth and adults in one-on-one, couples and groups

         Benefits of Psychotherapy

·  Psychotherapy is a process of finding new perspective on old belief systems and patterns in order to make changes in behaviour.

· Psychotherapy can help a person to develop insight into core beliefs, so that they can develop new skills and change their way of relating to themselves or others.

· Psychotherapy can help a person to gain new understanding about his or her problems and to learn new ways of coping with and solving those problems, such as self-esteem, anxiety, anger, depression, boundaries, interpersonal and intrapersonal concerns. 

· Psychotherapy can contribute to improved ability to cope with stress and difficult situations and can increase understanding of self and others.



I work holistically as a psychotherapist; by discovering possible underlying issues rather than dealing directly with symptoms presented. I prefer not to pathologize or label behaviours. Confronting and managing these underlying issues frequently results in the symptoms dissipating on their own. This is particularly true of symptoms related to eating disorders, depression and trauma. 


Psychotherapy is a process of identifying behaviours that you see as problematic and the underlying issues that drive those behaviours.  For example, perhaps you are aware that you feel panicky when you have to speak to someone in authority in your life.  You notice that every time you have to speak with your boss, you forget everything you want to say and have trouble concentrating.  Maybe you even blurt out things you don't mean.  You bring this to your therapy session as a question.  "How can I change this behaviour?"


As a psychotherapist, I see this behaviour as a symptom of an underlying issue.  We can work on skills to help change this behaviour, as part of the solution.  However, I believe that finding the underlying cause for this behaviour is essential to make real and lasting change.  


If we just address the symptom, we can change one pattern of behaviour, but it will often just manifest in some new behaviour that doesn't serve you well.  Instead, I prefer to find root causes and core beliefs that create these behaviours.  This will involve discovering messages you took in as a child, things you learned about relationships from your family of origin and examining what "truths" you hold about yourself and the world.  


Going back to our example of feeling anxious when talking with your boss, perhaps you had a difficult relationship with your father and felt frightened and defensive when he addressed you? Perhaps you had a coach or a teacher who embarrassed you in some memorable way and from this experience you "learned" that it was dangerous to talk to people in authority and that you would likely be embarrassed by your ineptitude.  This, of course, is unlikely to be a real truth, but instead is something that you've come to believe about yourself.


Usually, once we uncover these core beliefs you have a new awareness about your way of relating to yourself and others.  Awareness brings choice, and so you can make different choices about your behaviour and begin to make real, tangible and sustainable change in your life.


I believe that therapy is most effective when it is engaging and client directed. We will work together to help you find the solutions that work best for you. While I can serve as a guide on this journey; ultimately, you are the expert of your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. New awareness is processed in discussion and I can help you connect the dots of your experience, develop new insight and give you some direction on how to proceed.  You get a copy of session notes so that you can take home your discoveries and integrate new ideas into your real, every day life.




Often clients seek my help in exploring problems that may be poking through in their day to day lives and relationships.  Maybe they have identified some symptoms or maybe they just feel sad, angry or hopeless and are unsure why.  In one-on-one work as an art therapist or psychotherapist I address these underlying issues that can damage existing Family or Marital Relationships and make forming new relationships very difficult.

   low self-esteem

   depression

   anger 

   anxiety

   perfectionism and 

   eating disorders

  

I work with clients to develop more holistic Life Skills in order to feel better prepared for future crisis or difficulties and to prepare them to create the relationships they want.

   Boundaries

   Emotion Regulation

   Mindfulness

   Identifying Cognitive Distortions


My work with Emotional Mindfulness; blending Mindfulness techniques with Art Therapy and DBT is particularly helpful for those diagnosed with Personality Disorders ("Borderlines" welcome!) , PTSD, Trauma and Eating Disorders. I work with clients first to develop Emotional Life Skills to feel better prepared for future crisis or difficulties. LBGQT friendly.

 I help people feel better 

so that they can 

live the life they want  

Samantha Sherer  

(416) 459-1907  

expressive.arts.therapy@gmail.com 

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