What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy is a confidential, supportive and understanding relationship between you and your therapist. A session allows a space to express feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Together you and your therapist explore ways of making change and enhancing your quality of life.
Psychotherapy is not an advice giving session. Nobody is more qualified than you to give advice about your life. The aim of counselling and psychotherapy is to help sort out the details of your life and empower you to make choices that are best for you.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can help with:
Abuse recovery, Help for male victims of childhood abuse, Life-transition, Coping with loss, Self-esteem, Assertiveness, Sad, Self-Acceptance, Feelings of being Empty, Unfulfilled, Shyness, Phobias, Relationship problems, Stress, Anxiety, Anger, Feeling Lost.
Everyone is unique and every persons experience unfolds in a unique way. My underlying philosophy is to provide my clients a confidential, understanding and safe relationship that they can use to further their personal goals and potential. To help clients achieve their goals, I combine the techniques of psychotherapy, counselling and coaching. The combination of these techniques helps people go beyond symptom relief and achieve long lasting change.
The first thing we do is sit down and talk about what is going on in your life and what you would like to change. Then it is usually helpful for me to get a bit of background information. From that point, things usually unfold organically and we begin to look at things from the combined perspectives of psychotherapy, counselling and coaching. The different perspectives are designed to address different levels or stages of the problem.
Psychotherapy primarily addresses your inner world it provides clarity, insight and healing. This exploration of you inner world looks at the origins of the problem and how the problem is effecting you. It provides an opportunity to look at the root or core of the issue.
Counselling primarily looks at creating direction. Building on the insight and clarity you have gained, we begin to work on a plan. Together we explore and create ways of putting your insights into action.
Coaching is about fulfilling and reaching your goals, and putting your plan into action. Insight alone seldom leads to change. It is important to put those insights into tangible actions. In a supportive and encouraging way, we build on your momentum and motivation and integrate the changes you have made into your life as a whole.
Rates for Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy: $140.00 per 50-minute session
Extended health insurance: Fees for counselling services can be covered by most extended health insurance plans. Please call for details prior to your first session.
Daytime and Evening appointments are available. To book an appointment please call or e-mail Bernie. Include in your message a few dates and times that you are available. Please keep in mind that e-mail messages are not encrypted and are not considered a secure means of communication.
* If financial reasons are a barrier to seeing a therapist in Toronto or seeking marriage counselling in Toronto, Bernie offers a limited number of spaces that are geared to income. Please call for details on these discounted rates. *