Areas of Support

DISCLAIMER
It is important to note that everyone’s experience is unique and different, so some individuals may develop many of these symptoms, while others may not. As such, treatment may also vary and different modalities may be recommended to you based on your needs. It is also crucial to make sure that a diagnosis is only made by a qualified professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, physician).

Anxiety

WHAT IS ANXIETY?

What is anxiety? Anxiety is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about one or multiple things. For example, one may have an excessive amount of worry in several aspects of life (finances, career, health, responsibilities, parenting, family, household chores, etc). These worries can be major or minor concerns. Anxiety responses can be in the form of emotional or physical reactions. In small doses, anxiety can be helpful, especially when it helps protect us from danger. However, when anxiety becomes severe or happens frequently, it can become debilitating and can take over your life.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms include (but are not limited to): uncontrollable worry, poor concentration, excessive nervousness, increased heart rate, sleep disruptions, gut-related issues, muscle tension, engaging in avoidance behaviors, excessive fear, and difficulty making decisions.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Psychotherapy can learn to reduce stressors and improve coping skills. There is evidence to suggest that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be successful in helping with anxiety, as during CBT, unhealthy thinking patterns that create anxiety are identified and challenged. Two other form of therapeutic treatment that may be recommended for anxiety are Relaxation Skills and Exposure Therapy.

Book an appointment today! Anxiety can grow and enable avoidance behaviors that can create harmful behavioral cycles and worsen anxiety. It is important to seek help from a mental health professional in order to alleviate your symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is just one of the areas that LifeCycle Counselling specializes in.

Depression

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

Depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and individuals may begin toe experience a loss of interest in activities, preventing them from completing their normal activities. Depression can impact the way an individual feels, thinks, and behaves. 

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms include (but are not limited to): fatigue, weight changes, changes in eating habits, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of hopelessness, feelings of worthlessness, recurring thoughts of death, lack of concentration, engaging in avoidance behaviors, and difficulty making decisions.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Psychotherapy can learn to reduce stressors, change self-defeating thoughts and negative behaviors, help you to reframe thoughts and improve coping skills. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approaches have been successful in helping with depression. Two other form of therapeutic treatment that may be recommended for depression are Mindfulness-based interventions and Behavioral Activation.

Book an appointment today! Depression can grow and enable avoidance behaviors that can create harmful behavioral cycles and worsen depression. It is important to seek help from a mental health professional in order to alleviate your symptoms of depression. Depression is just one of the areas that LifeCycle Counselling specializes in. 

Grief & Loss

WHAT IS GRIEF?

Grief is the process of reacting to a loss. This loss could be physical (death of a loved one), social (such as a divorce), or occupational (such as work-related). An individual experiencing grief may have conflicted feelings and may experience fluctuations in symptoms throughout their process. Often times, individuals might feel as though they have accepted the loss and have gotten closure. However, later on they may begin to experience grief again and that is okay. Closure is not a one-time thing, it can happen over the course of weeks, months, or even years. Sometimes we are able to gain closure on certain aspects of the loss, and other parts may take a bit longer. Individuals may find that their emotional reaction changes and fluctuates, and can entail different emotions and behaviors. Feelings of sadness can also begin to intensify as the individual begins to yearn to be with the loved one again.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms include (but are not limited to): anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair, intense sorrow, pain and rumination over loss, difficulty focusing on other aspects of life, extreme focus on reminders of loved one, excessive avoidance, and intense and persistent longing.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Psychotherapy can be effective in helping an individual overcome grief by allowing the individual to come to terms with the loss, to help work through pain and grief, and help to learn how to move forward and adapt to a life without the loved one. Psychotherapy can also help you to find ways to maintain a connection with the loss. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approaches have been successful in helping to treat grief and loss. Additionally, Relaxation Techniques and Mindfulness-based interventions, may also be helpful. 

Book an appointment today! Overcoming grief and loss can feel overwhelming. It can impact various aspects of your overall well-being. It is important to seek help from a mental health professional in order to overcome grief. Grief and loss is just one of the areas that LifeCycle Counselling specializes in. 

Trauma

WHAT IS TRAUMA?

Understanding trauma can be complicated. It can be obvious with apparent symptoms or sometimes it may be buried beneath depression, anxiety, and anger. Trauma is an emotional response to a traumatic or distressing event (war, accident, abuse, unexpected loss, etc). It can cause emotional and physical symptoms and last for years after the event has concluded. Individuals who have experiences traumatic events may have difficulty coping, and symptoms can worsen over time as well as impact your day to day functioning, if you do not receive effective treatment. It can increase your risk for other mental health challenges, and disrupt your job, your relationships, your health, and enjoyment of everyday activities. That’s why it is so important to seek the right help.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms include (but are not limited to): intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, changes in physical and emotional reactions, nightmares, difficulty focusing, anger, irritability, mood swings, anxiety and fear, guilt, shame, self-blame, withdrawal, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, dissociation, disconnection, shock, denial, disbelief, and difficulty concentrating. 

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Psychotherapy approaches that use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have consistently been found to be the most effective treatment of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) both in the short term and the long term. Psychodynamic, Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can also be effective in treating trauma and PTSD. 

Book an appointment today! Trauma can grow and enable avoidance behaviors that can create harmful behavioral cycles and worsen your emotional and mental health. It is important to seek help from a mental health professional in order to process and alleviate your symptoms of trauma. Trauma is just one of the areas that LifeCycle Counselling specializes in. Work with one our trauma-informed and trauma-trained therapists today!

Interpersonal Issues

WHAT ARE INTERPERSONAL ISSUES?

Interpersonal issues refer to problems that arise in the context of social interactions, affecting relationships between individuals. These issues can manifest in various forms, including communication problems, conflicts, emotional disconnection, trust issues, and difficulties in establishing or maintaining relationships. Common sources include family dynamics, friendships, romantic partnerships, and workplace relationships.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of interpersonal issues can vary widely but often include: persistent conflict or arguments, feelings of frustration or dissatisfaction in relationships, withdrawal or isolation from social interactions, difficulty expressing or processing emotions, a pattern of unstable or unsatisfying relationships, fear of intimacy or vulnerability, challenges in understanding or respecting boundaries, and a recurring sense of loneliness or being misunderstood.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Effective treatments for interpersonal issues often involve psychotherapeutic interventions such as: Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Couples or Family Therapy. These therapeutic approaches aim to improve communication skills, foster healthy relationship dynamics, address emotional wounds, and build social skills. Therapy can provide a safe space to explore and understand your patterns of interaction, learn new strategies for relating to others, and ultimately enhance the quality of your interpersonal relationships.

Seeking help is a crucial step toward improving your interpersonal dynamics and overall well-being. If you’re experiencing persistent interpersonal challenges that affect your happiness and ability to connect with others, it’s important to reach out to a mental health professional. At LifeCycle Counselling, we specialize in addressing and resolving interpersonal issues, offering you the support and guidance needed to navigate the complexities of relationships. Contact us today to book an appointment and begin your journey toward healthier, more fulfilling relationships. Please visit our Interpersonal Issues section for more details.”

ADHD

WHAT IS ADHD?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. ADHD affects both children and adults and can impact every aspect of life, including academic achievement, social interactions, and work performance. It’s important to recognize that ADHD has various presentations, with some individuals primarily showing symptoms of inattention, while others may exhibit predominantly hyperactive and impulsive behaviors, or a combination of both.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of ADHD can vary but typically include: difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities, frequent careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities, trouble organizing tasks and activities, a tendency to lose things necessary for tasks or activities, excessive talking, fidgeting or an inability to stay seated, acting without thinking, interrupting or intruding on others, and a persistent pattern of difficulty with follow-through on instructions and failure to finish schoolwork or chores. Symptoms must be present for at least six months to a degree that is inconsistent with developmental level and that negatively impacts social, academic, or occupational activities.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Treatment for ADHD often includes a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication. Psychotherapy approaches beneficial for ADHD include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help manage negative thinking patterns, Behavioral Therapy to teach strategies for organizing tasks and improving problem-solving skills, and Family Therapy to improve family interactions and understanding. These therapeutic approaches aim to enhance attention skills, reduce impulsivity, and support overall functioning.

If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms of ADHD, reaching out for professional help is a crucial step. Effective management of ADHD symptoms can significantly improve quality of life. At LifeCycle Counselling, we specialize in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, offering personalized care plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Contact us today to book an appointment and explore the options available for managing ADHD.

Eating Disorders

WHAT ARE EATING DISORDERS?

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that manifest through severe disturbances in eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. Common types include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). These disorders can have serious health consequences and impact physical, psychological, and social well-being.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Symptoms vary by disorder but often include extreme preoccupations with food, body weight, and shape, leading to dangerous eating habits and rituals. This can result in significant weight loss or gain, gastrointestinal problems, electrolyte imbalances, and in severe cases, life-threatening conditions. Emotional and behavioral signs include withdrawal from social situations involving food, frequent dieting, feelings of guilt or shame about eating, and an intense fear of gaining weight.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Treatment often involves a combination of nutritional counseling, psychotherapy, and, when necessary, medical intervention. Psychotherapy approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Family-Based Treatment (FBT) have proven effective. These treatments aim to address the underlying emotional issues, improve self-esteem, establish healthy eating habits, and restore a balanced relationship with food.

Addiction

WHAT ARE ADDICTIONS?

Addictions encompass a wide range of compulsive behaviors leading to significant harm and distress. Substance use disorders (involving drugs, alcohol, or medications) and behavioral addictions (such as gambling, internet, or sex) are common forms. Addiction disrupts various aspects of life, including health, relationships, and work.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Symptoms include a strong desire to use the substance or engage in the behavior, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to the addiction, increased tolerance, and sometimes, withdrawal symptoms.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Effective treatments may include Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and support groups like 12-step programs. Therapy aims to address the root causes of addiction, develop coping strategies for dealing with cravings, and repair the damage to relationships and occupational functioning.

Stress Management

WHAT IS STRESS MANAGEMENT?

Stress management encompasses techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress, especially chronic stress, to improve daily functioning. Recognizing the sources of stress, understanding how it affects the body and mind, and learning effective coping mechanisms are crucial steps in managing stress.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of poorly managed stress include irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, physical health complaints (such as headaches, stomach problems), and decreased productivity.

PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Approaches to managing stress effectively include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), relaxation techniques (such as deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation), and lifestyle changes (improving diet, increasing physical activity, managing time more effectively). The goal is to develop healthy ways to cope with stress, enhancing resilience and overall well-being.

additional Areas of Support

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Bipolar Disorder (BD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Phobias

Substance Abuse & Addictions

Body-Image

Self-Esteem

Anger Management

Life Transitions

Parenting

Effective Communication

Boundary Setting

Blended Family Issues

Intimacy and Sexual Health

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