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Talk Therapy & Individual Counselling in Calgary

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” “counselling” or “Talk Therapy”) is a process where people work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. We explore feelings, beliefs, behaviours, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of your life that you would like to change, help you better understand yourself and others, set personal goals, and work towards desired change.I am a clinical psychologist who believes the process of individual counselling can help people create change in many areas of their lives. I help clients achieve these changes by providing a perspective that is non-biased, non-judgmental and transparent. I provide two forms of individual therapy – talk therapy and EMDR therapy.

What is Talk Therapy & how does it Help

Talk therapy: This is a process whereby through therapeutic conversations we can explore alternative thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and achieve the change you desire in your life. My approach to counselling is calm, sensitive and goal oriented. I practise short -term solution focused systemic therapy and evaluate change in every session. This ensures that the counselling process is helpful to you. I hold two designations – one as a Registered Clinical Psychologist and the second as a Registered Marriage and Family therapist.

My Role as Psychotherapist in Calgary

The following are issues that I regularly treat through psychotherapy:

Relationship Issues: No matter the person it is difficult to not have some relationship in your life that you would like to see improvement in. Perhaps you want to feel closer to your husband or wife, maybe you want to know what’s going on in your teenager’s head, or you have a boss that is driving you crazy. Counselling can help to connect people and offer coping tools for feeling closer and more comfortable with that person.

Depression: Depression is often talked about as the common cold of mental illness but if you have ever been sneezing or hacking from a cold you know how debilitating this is. The same is true for depression. If left untreated it can often make life problems intolerable.

Divorce recovery: After the death of a loved one, divorce is the second most stressful life event one can go through. People get a lot of understanding and care when someone dies but the hurt of a divorce can bring similar pain but without all the comforts. Individual counselling can help you to grieve the loss, and find a new sense of yourself after a divorce.

Divorce prevention: Research by Dr. John Gottman indicates that couples go for counselling 5 years past the date they should have gone. That does not mean your situation is hopeless but it does make it more challenging. I encourage couples to go for a yearly check in to make sure all is well in their marriage.

Abuse Recovery: Body therapy is often more effective than talk therapy to treat this issue. I recommend EMDR as it is one of the most effective forms of therapy for trauma. Learn more on my EMDR page.

Anger management: This is a complex but important issue to men, women and children. Anger is a largely misunderstood emotion and I highly recommend Carol Travis’s book: Anger the Misunderstood Emotion.

Health Issues: Issues with health can change your world forever and counselling can be very useful in assisting a person dealing with a health issue, as sometimes it is difficult to talk to a loved one, friend or co-worker. You need someone who is more neutral.

Eating disorders: These are best treated with family therapy. Call me today to book a family therapy appointment.

Anxiety: In its most basic form anxiety is about fear. Unfortunately, when you’re in a cycle of anxiety just thinking you may get anxious can cause anxiety, but it is treatable. Counselling can help you to learn about the physiological, cognitive, and emotional aspects of anxiety. The good news is it is very treatable and you do not have to suffer.

Grief & loss and bereavement: Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft, or the loss of independence through disability. They might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss. Grief is, however, a very natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. No two individuals grieve the same way. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. It is very difficult to grieve for a loved one and counselling can help to provide guidance, understanding, and education on what the grief process is all about.

Self-Esteem: Have you ever been dissatisfied or unhappy with yourself on the whole? Do you ever think that you are weak, stupid, not good enough, flawed in some way, inferior to other people, useless, worthless, attractive, ugly, unlovable, a loser, or a failure? Everyone uses these words on themselves at times, usually when they experience a challenging or stressful situation, but if you think about yourself in these terms on a more regular basis, then you might have a problem with low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is having a generally negative overall opinion of oneself, judging or evaluating oneself negatively, and placing a general negative value on oneself as a person.

These are some examples of what people with low self-esteem might say about themselves: “I get nervous talking to people I don’t know at parties. I’m socially inept and I hate it!” “I couldn’t understand a lot of what the instructor was saying today. I must be really stupid.”• “I’m overweight. I am so fat and ugly.” “I’m unimportant.” “I’m a loser.” “I’m unlovable.” “I’m not good enough.”

Contact Melody about Talk Therapy and Individual Counselling

Melody loves to help people and she tries to understand how you’re really feeling. If you call her on (403)808 9124 she will guide you in the right direction.

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