P. Anne Winter RP, RelPsych(Dip), Clinical Member OSP, ASCH Hypnosis (Basic)
Avenue Road-St. Clair
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
Greetings. Do you often feel unsure of yourself? Do you feel like you are hiding and not sure why you are doing that? Do you notice that you behave differently from how you feel? Are there times when you feel stuck not sure how to manage painful feelings that seem to well up? Perhaps you arenít sure why you feel anger, sadness, confused, or anxiety.
I could go on. However it is your experience that is causing you to seek help through psychotherapy. It is my job to help you to recognize what your emotions are in an attempt to initiate understanding with how it got to be this way for you. These are some of the initial steps in reducing these upsetting feelings.
Why am I a registered psychotherapist? I have always been drawn to people whether as a ballet dancer, a yoga instructress, working in retail, or a massage therapist. While reducing the painful knots and stiff muscles of my massage clients I realized there seemed to be a connection between physical and emotional challenges of my clients. This led me to studies in psychotherapy drawing me deeper into the fascinating and complex inner world of we humans.
Coincidentally having been adopted I had initiated a search for my birth family at the same time. My studies and therapy were deeply appreciated while stumbling through the mysterious world of undocumented birth origins. This experience has led me to appreciate the intricate relationships of blended families.
Through my own work I have experienced how inspiring and demanding it can be to face one's emotional interior. My respect increases as I witness each person's unique way they require to follow his or her personal quest. Discussing how clients hope to proceed is encouraged throughout treatment. It is not unusual to find that insight brings relief and excitement often followed by laughter at what seemed so confusing.
I have been practicing for over 18 years and never looked back. It is both inspiring and rewarding to be witness to others deepening connection to themself.
My education was initiated with analytic thought, self psychology, and intersubjective theory, then it expanded to Women's Psychology. This led to research in trauma from early childhood abuse to the outcome of being born in a war ravaged country. The focus for me was with attachment issues such as early rejection, loss of a parent in childhood, abandonment neglect and betrayal.
It is moving for me to hear clients with newly recognized insights remark 'Whew I hadn't thought about it that way', or 'I never understood that this was a protective activity, I am so glad that I was able to look after myself' to 'You helped me see that I could do that', or 'It has changed my life in so many ways'.
I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, which briefly is a therapist who focuses on feelings thoughts and life-experiences in a client's foundational years. Early emotional experiences are understood to initiate how predictable patterns of behavior are developed. Being repeated in unhelpful ways in the present may indicate experiences that were unique to difficult situations in early childhood.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy acknowledges that we are conscious of some of our activities. However we are not as conscious of early felt experience especially if it has involved a deeply painful feeling. The memory of that incident may be hidden.
Learning how to recognize these deeper parts of one's self can be facilitated through a trusting relationship with your therapist.
Early unrecognized painful feelings may be projected on to another person such as their expression or words. When identified this is seen as a possible indication of unremembered disturbing experiences from the past. Then you can start grappling with your experience.
These patterns then can be acknowledged as a coping mechanism to avoid a feared repeat of a painful previous occurrence. Through attentive work with your therapist you can reduce the repeat of the past coming back to haunt you.
My goal is to be attentive to your needs while checking in with you about how you feel your therapy is working for you. We may want to address questions to see if we are on the same page such as; are we focusing on the goals that you wish to be talking about or is the timing comfortable for you? At the same time I respect and create a confidential and nonjudgmental environment for you to find the new parts of yourself.
I am told that folks feel comfortable and free to express new feelings with me. This can include gently creating gestures of specific feelings, writing or drawing.
I use a variety of approaches dependent on your needs and what is being explored. There are a variety of Energy Psychology methods using movement or breathing or tapping to reduce challenging emotions that have several uses depended on your needs.
My knowledge of somatic expression through Yoga and massage therapy is helpful in recognizing what the body may be attempting to say. Creative initiation by you can open new avenues of insight.
When feeling highly anxious you may find that guided imagery can help you to relax.
Some of the concerns that clients have found help through therapy with me are:
- Grief and bereavement
- Pain: emotional and physical
- Life Transitions
- Self regulation
I look forward to meeting you to discuss your concerns in person. Do feel free to book an appointment for a free half hour consultation to see if we are a good fit.
My office is located at St Clair Avenue on the west side of Avenue Road and is accessible by TTC with easy parking near by. Here's a map to my office.
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