“Psychotherapy addresses personal difficulties. It allows an individual, a family, or couple, to talk openly and confidentially about their concerns and feelings with a trained professional. Almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviours.” (Ontario Society of Psychotherapists)
At Roots and Sprouts we honour the words of Dr. Brené Brown, that, "what we don't need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human." We appreciate that we are all living a human experience and that we are all imperfect beings who are worthy of love, connection and belonging. My approach to therapy is to allow a safe space for people to tell their story, share their thoughts and feelings, develop the skills to sit with their emotions, weather the storms of life, make courageous changes, practice self-compassion, and reconnect with their authentic selves in their healing journey.
Therapy takes courage. Successful therapy demands that you see what you do not want to see, or cannot see, within yourself. We all have parts that we don’t want to see, parts that scare us and that we have carefully hidden deep inside. By becoming aware of the parts of you that you didn’t know existed, you can begin to know yourself in a more intimate way. In turn, your satisfaction in life increases, because your actions, emotions, and thoughts come into greater alignment. Furthermore, by understanding your unconscious inner conflicts and relational patterning, you can begin to lessen their impact on your well-being, and your capacity to respond to life enriches and grows.
Vulnerability is a strength. In the words of Brené Brown, "vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences, and has the potential to transform into joy." Therapy offers the time and space to sort issues out, and tap into your potential. In the words of Dr. Gabor Maté, "vulnerability is essential to growth." Being vulnerable is brave. All this personal work can lead to a more fulfilling, purposeful, meaningful, and rewarding life.