Tamar Ishaky MA, RP, Member CAPT
"Relationships are living, breathing, creative entities with a consciousness of their own. You can neither own them nor drive them. You can only participate with them." - The Story Teller
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. One of the most delightful discoveries I've made within my thirty years as a psychotherapist is that healing occurs as a byproduct of the relationship between the client and psychotherapist. When this relationship is grounded in safety, trust and compassion, the relationship blossoms and healing occurs.
The search for healing arises for a variety of reasons. Clients may seek to:
- Regain a sense of identity and self-worth
- Resolve relationship disputes
- Develop compassion and kindness toward themselves and others
- Learn to be less judgmental of their thoughts and feelings
- Feel seen and heard
- Enhance their body image
- Feel empowered
- Learn communication and cooperation skills
The work invites self-inquiry—leading to a deeper understanding of issues and their root causes. The resulting "aha's" are the first step towards change.
The techniques I rely on to help facilitate this path are a combination of transformative mindful breath-work, mindful-visualizations and hypnosis, as well as supportive dialogue.
A few words about transformative mindful breath-work
Breathing techniques have been practiced for thousands of years in spiritual communities around the world to achieve a sense of emotional wellbeing and a connection with our mind and body. Over the last thirty years I have benefited greatly from various breathing techniques in my own healing process and have used them with my clients to great success.
Transformative mindful breath-work is used to:
- Help anchor oneself in the body in order to be more aware of one's emotional and physical state
- Release emotional stress through the use of simple but directed breathing exercises allowing the body to relax and let go of anxiety and tightness stored in the muscles
- Act as a bridge between the conscious and unconscious – allowing past (unconscious) feelings and thought patterns to surface and be released.
Releasing our judgments and destructive thought patterns can clear the way to creating a more balanced and life affirming relationship with ourselves. That relationship is the key to finding the 'alt, control, delete' button many of us search for when caught in our mind's recurring programs
The process of creating a more compassionate relationship with myself has brought great relief to my own life. The pain of early life traumas no longer controls my experiences. A sense of loss and pain is no longer the driving force in my emotional life. It is replaced instead with a feeling of gratitude and kindness towards others and myself.
The first step is always the hardest. It begins with your asserting that 'I deserve more . I am happy to create the space which will assist you in the next step.
Only in an open, nonjudgmental space can we acknowledge what we are feeling. Only in an open space where we're not all caught up in our own version of reality can we see and hear and feel who others really are, which allows us to be with them and communicate with them properly. - Pema Chodron.
Please feel free to ask for a free consultation. In Toronto I am located at Queen East and Jones in Leslieville. easily accessible by TTC from Donlands subway station or on the Queen streetcar eastbound. Here's a map.
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