Ruth Kazdan RP, CTP Dip., Member CAPT
Psychotherapy can be helpful when you are feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with your life. Talking to a trained professional who holds your best interests as a primary focus, a therapist who engages you openly, compassionately and without prejudice or judgment, can be transforming. This has been my own experience as a client, and what, as a therapist, I strive to bring to my clients.
We come to therapy for many reasons. Issues that I can help you with include:
- loneliness and isolation
- relationship difficulties
- LGBT issues
- low self-esteem
- grief and bereavement
- chronic illness and weight issues
- a sense that your life is not what you hoped for
Psychotherapy is a process which focuses on you, the client, in a safe and caring environment. You direct the flow to your own particular concerns and at your own pace. Every therapy is different, and we don't know at the outset what the path will look like, or whether it will be brief or long. I am committed to be with you for as long as it takes.
Positive outcomes from therapy include:
- more self-awareness of personal strengths and harmful patterns
- a sense of direction in your life
- less anxiety and stress
- more satisfaction in relationships and at work
- less inhibition
- more appropriate expectations of self and others
- a stronger capacity for insight and joy
- a shift from impulsive reactions to more thoughtful responses
- a stronger sense of self-worth
How I work
There is no "one size fits all" technique in therapy. Who you are in the world has been molded by your experiences, relationships and your history. Sometimes we cannot clearly see the links between our past and our present, or how to deal with difficulties we have experienced that have become obstacles to forward momentum.
We will work together to explore what is the best path for your particular situation.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy assumes that we have an unconscious aspect of our minds that we cannot easily access on our own, but which shapes the patterns and repetitions in our lives. We will take time to examine the underlying and often unconscious reasons for unhelpful behaviours and beliefs that are getting in the way of you having a happier and more fulfilled life. As a qualified therapist, I will help you to recognize these patterns and to experience change in safe increments and subtle but significant shifts.
Usually we meet regularly, at least once a week, for 55 minutes, to develop the relationship which enables these changes to take place.
I have been working as a psychotherapist since 2000. My practice includes clients from a wide diversity of backgrounds, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations and paths in life.
My main training took place over nine years at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto, and I continue to attend workshops, conferences, courses and seminars to upgrade my education.
I participate in two peer supervision groups, and volunteer with the Psychotherapy Referral Service and the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy Alumni Association. I am a clinical member of both the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapists, and the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.
Before training to be a therapist, I worked as a musician, teacher, and examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
I have practiced yoga and meditation for over 20 years, and, if useful, I incorporate mindfulness as a therapeutic technique.
I have an honours BA in English from the University of Toronto.
Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation, or if you have any questions. My office is centrally located near Dupont and Spadina, close to public transit.
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