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“I was initially quite reluctant to seek therapy but it turned into something very positive for me. I had a lot of family and relationship issues and Roberta was able to help me really examine and understand myself. It didn’t come without some anxious moments, but I have to say my relationships and my life in general have really improved because of it. Roberta creates a very safe place for people to express themselves. She’s open and kind – and very insightful. ”

– Rose, a client since 1995
 
 

My clients, aged 16 and up, arrive at my practice via different routes. Many are self-referred; others come through Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), while some are directed to me by insurance companies. (Unfortunately, my services are not covered by OHIP.)
The therapies I offer are among the most effective, well-researched and supported in the field. They’re provided in the privacy of my office, where I promise you a safe, comforting, supportive and confidential experience.

NOTE: As of September 26, 2012, counselling services provided by Registered Social Workers (RSWs) can be claimed as a medical expense tax deduction when you file your income tax return. In other words, Registered Social Workers are now authorized "medical Practitioners" for the purpose of claiming medical expenses." For other information a person can go to the following site www.cra.gc.ca/medical.

 

My services include:

 

Psychotherapy, which is a valuable tool for identifying, understanding and changing self-defeating behaviour. It focuses on encouraging and guiding individuals so they’re able to gain insight into themselves and make choices that will foster growth and produce healthy, lasting changes. I accept each of my clients as unique individuals with their own personal needs for healing.This kind of therapy engages the entire person. (Note:There’s a difference between psychotherapy and counselling. Counselling involves offering constructive advice to clients about specific actions that could be taken to improve a specific situation. In contrast, psychotherapy examines and supports the entire person – the internal thoughts and feelings that help form an overall sense of self. By examining and understanding these thoughts and feelings, motivations and attitudes, choices then become an individual’s own personal decision.)

“The hardest part is helping clients learn to trust themselves. Trust in self, belief in self, respect of self, self-acceptance – these are the four pillars of self.”
– Roberta Teahen, MSW, RSW

Solution-Focused Therapy, is a short-term intervention for problems that require a solution, focus and direction. Identifying the problem invites options for resolution, which then allows clients to focus and make choices that are in their best interest.

EMDR/Trauma Therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.This therapy was discovered in 1987 by award-winning American psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro and has become the recognized front-line treatment for trauma; something that’s supported by the impressive results among many of my own clients.When I apply EMDR, I ask the client to bring to mind the incident that caused the trauma, the negative thinking caused by the incident, and the new thoughts he/she would like to have instead.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),which is another form of psychotherapy, but here the therapist focuses on the connected processes of ‘thought’ and ‘behavior’. While it’s designed to be a relatively short-term therapy, the effects are expected to be long lasting. It can be helpful in bringing positive change to such areas as beliefs, activity scheduling, lifestyle management, social skills, and problem solving.

Schema Focused Therapy,which is a proven cognitive behavioural technique that addresses long-term, deep-seated issues.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy emphasizes the fact we’re social beings and that most of the significant events in our lives involve other people.Once a trusting relationship is established with the therapist, this type of treatment is very effective for dealing with depression, loss of a loved one, conflicts, role changes, and difficulties starting or maintaining relationships.