Zoe Pepler RP, AOCAD, M.Ht, M.NLP
The focus of my work is on the issues of teen girls and women and the struggles they face in their daily lives.
I believe that small steps lead to big change. And that together we can make meaning of the confusing thoughts and the stuck place.
Think about something you'd like to change. Attached to that are limiting thought patterns or blocks - that like to stick around. These patterns can get in the way of getting what you want and sometimes push or bully you. Like eating when you aren't really hungry and not knowing why or finding your legs feel too tired to get to the gym even though you really want to workout. Old truths can be sneaky -- they can hang out together and gang up on you.
I know what that's like. I've challenged my own 'gangs'. I have learned to question the negative stuff that was holding me back, and learned to bridge the gap between what I knew and what became possible to know.
My role as a therapist is to support you as you build that bridge and move towards a preferred way of thinking. Together we can take a look at what you want and the gang of thoughts that holds you back.
One of the first things we will do together is to get to know each other. We will talk about whatever feels right for you. I will ask about the things in your life and you can ask me questions about me too. It's important for you to feel comfortable with me. As a therapist I seek to establish a respectful, non-blaming, safe environment.
Our conversations will be collaborative - we are going to work together and I will listen carefully and with curiosity to what is important to you. Conversations can make a difference. They can create a sense of hopefulness, change a blocked perspective and generate new thoughts.
I am a mother, a multi-media artist and a writer. I have trained in Brief and Narrative Therapy at The Hincks-Dellcrest Institute in collaboration with the University of Toronto. I also have Master's degree in Neurolinguistic Programming.
I'm fascinated by words and the words people choose to express their thoughts and feelings. I think of these words as puzzle pieces. We sort through the clutter to uncover the straight edges and fit them together. Later we can fill in the picture.
I received my certification as a Master Hypnotist from The Ontario Hypnosis Centre in Toronto, where I also worked for several years. I am a Member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and The International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association. When appropriate I may suggest hypnosis during our sessions. It is a gentle modality that helps you pay attention to your thoughts. Think about a time you were watching a movie and your attention was focused. At the same time you were aware of other sounds around and you let them stay in the background. That's a naturally occurring trance state.
Sometimes you know what you want to change. And sometimes what you want to change can seem far away and unclear. Life is multi-storied. I will always have time to listen to your story and support you as you fit the pieces together.
Let me know if you have any questions or would like to set up a complimentary consultation. My office is centrally located in the Annex at Bloor and Spadina and is easily accessible by subway and streetcar.
Please email me to set up a free consultation.
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