There comes a time in everyone’s life when we struggle: a depression, a loss, a challenging relationship. People often get caught up thinking how their life “should” be going, and/or what they “should” be doing. It may be looking like everyone else is getting ahead except them. Even having followed the path from education, to a career and perhaps starting a family, one can still get caught up in the grinding monotony of a daily life, feeling stuck or trapped. If only schools taught us how to be human, how actually cope with losses, grief, death. Life is full of ups and downs, and yet we are not taught how to get through these difficulties in school. We are not taught to listen to our emotions that often contain data- as to whether we are living a meaningful life.
As children we all create ways of being and behaviours that are vital to our survival. As we become adults, these behaviours become patterns that may no longer serve us. In therapy, you will uncover these patterns, bringing deeper understanding of who you are and how you got there. Through the therapeutic relationship, you will develop greater agency in your life to challenge these patterns and make new choices. Therapy can rebirth your sense of curiosity, creativity, and self- compassion, and help you discover the power of your own vulnerability.
For many, group therapy can be more powerful than individual therapy. While there are different types of group therapy, Being Human will be offering “hybrid” groups where members will be encouraged to talk about life outside the group, as well as talk about the dynamics of the group. Being Human will also provide psychoeducation groups for adolescents and young adults struggling with future oriented worries which can have real impact on day to day functioning. All types of group therapy have one thing in common: individuals come together under the leadership of a trained therapist to work on improving their lives, in one way or another. There are benefits to engaging in group therapy:
- it helps you realize you are not alone in your struggles
- it facilitates giving and receiving support amongst members
- it can help you find your voice, by learning how to self-connect while connecting with others
- it helps you relate to others and yourself in healthier ways
- you can practice being authentic and speaking up for yourself in a safe, non-judgemental setting
Our next group being offered is "Wounds to Wellness". Please contact for more information.
Online therapy can be a great option for individuals living in rural or remote areas. Those who live in these types of areas might want to look for someone online to avoid dual relationships, or to ensure confidentiality. It may also very well be that you do not have access to community-based counselling services.
Online therapy can also benefit individuals who are disabled or housebound. Mobility can be a big issue when it comes to accessing mental health care. Individuals who are unable to leave their home for various reasons, such as physical or mental illness, may find online therapy a useful alternative to traditional psychotherapy settings.
Being Human: Psychotherapy and Consulting Services uses a secure medium to ensure your confidentiality is protected. Please contact us for more information.
It can be very difficult for parents to watch their child struggle with difficult feelings, especially when they might also be unsure of how to help them. It can also stir up a range of complex feelings when parents decide to seek some help.
It can be a very generous act for a parent to allow their child to find their own voice and understanding of their emotional life. However, this can also lead parents to feeling that they have let their child down or that they are to blame for their child’s difficulties. This is usually not the case. Prior to beginning any individual work with a child a few appointments are set aside for parents to explore some of these concerns.
It is often found that children who begin to make some sense of their own emotional life in turn establish better relationships with those they are close to.
At this time, Being Human offers psychotherapy services to youth aged 10 and older.
Psychotherapy can be very useful in helping to understand and support the experiences of adolescence and early adulthood. During this developmental phase earlier difficulties and traumas can be unexpectedly stirred up.
Providing a framework for understanding these deeper levels of anxiety, can support the processes of individuation and personal growth.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is based on attachment and bonding theories that aim to help clients gain a greater awareness of their emotions and provide strategies to effectively cope with, regulate, and transform their emotions. It looks at patterns in the relationship and takes steps to create a more secure bond and develop more trust to move the relationship in a healthier, more positive direction.
EFT can help couples understand themselves and their partner better, which makes it easier to interact positively with one another. Beyond learning skills like deescalating conflicts and keeping arguments healthy and constructive (which are also great skills to learn!), EFT can help couples strengthen their very foundation through deeper and more resilient emotional bonds.