P. Anne Winter RP, RelPsych(Dip), Clinical Member OSP, ASCH Hypnosis (Basic)
Avenue Road-St. Clair
What ever your reason is for seeking assistance through psychotherapy this is a courageous and wise decision. We all have times in our life when difficulties may seem challenging to face alone. It may be that you have lost someone close, or realize that you wish to change directions in your personal or professional life. Perhaps you had some painful challenges recently and you hope to diminish the emotional impact.
Do you often feel uncertain of yourself? 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 hinder how you would like to be?
Perhaps you aren't sure why you feel overwhelmed with deep emotions that seem to come from out of the blue. Sadly they seem to dominate how you behave and you wonder if it is hindering people from being close to you. Perhaps you wonder if change is possible. Change can be possible, fortunately as Norman Doidge teaches us with commitment and helpful direction The Brain Does Change itself all through one's life.
When your feelings are causing you discomfort as your therapist it is my job to witness and assist you in exploring your wonderings. There are many avenues that can be taken to develop your personalized journey. You may wish to grapple with how to express feelings and ponder how they became so troublesome for you. At times you may feel that you need to focus on the present and learn how to reduce the impact of your intense feelings. We discuss your needs and dreams then how best you would like them to be facilitated. I strive to make your psychotherapy experience a collaborative involvement that can change as shifts occur in your explorations.
Why have I been a registered psychotherapist for over 15 years? I have always wondered how people become who they are. This started even before performing in ballet companies, teaching yoga, supervising in retail, or as a massage therapist.
While reducing the painful knots of my massage clients I witnessed the connection between physical and emotional challenges of my clients. This led me to research psychotherapy drawing me deeper into the fascinating and complex inner world of we humans.
Through my own psychotherapy 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 follow his or her internal quest. It is not unusual to find that insight brings relief and excitement often followed by laughter at previously what seemed so confusing.
My education was initiated initially studying analytic thought, self psychology, and intersubjective theory. I then expanded to Relational Studies such as Women's Psychology. Eventually I explored all forms of trauma from early childhood abuse to survivors having escaped from a war-ravaged country.
I find it stirring 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 behaviour are developed. If those feelings are repeated in unhelpful ways in the present it may indicate experiences that were unique to difficult situations in early childhood. Those experiences are in some ways presenting an opportunity to "work through" the pain to diminish the impact in the future.
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 an acutely 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.
These feelings may exhibit in mystifying ways that confuse both oneself and others. It may be expressed through physical gestures or words. When identified you can start grappling with that experience.
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? I value and attempt to 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. Everyone has their own time in learning how to trust someone with their intimate life. It is OK to not have full trust for some time. In fact it can be a wise decision. I use a variety of approaches dependent on the current focus and desired outcome. You may wish to explore a variety of Energy Psychology methods using movement breathing or tapping to reduce challenging emotions.
My knowledge of meaningful physical expressions comes through teaching Yoga and massage therapy. When you recognize the message your physical feelings are giving you it is helpful to learn when this is occurring and what the body may be attempting to say. You may have a specific way of hoping to explore your deeper feelings and I welcome discussing this as it comes up.
Guided imagery can help you work out what is bothering you or what path may be more fruitful for you to explore.
I have listed under my photo the areas I have worked extensively with: depression, attachment, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, isolation, life transitions and shame. Some other concerns that clients have found help through therapy with me are:
- A sense of abandonment
- Self regulation
- Memory difficulties
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 northwest side of Avenue Road and is accessible by TTC with easy parking near by. Here's a map to my office. I also provide phone therapy and online therapy via Skype or VOIP.
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