Psychotherapy refers to a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems, emotional challenges, and some psychiatric disorders. It aims to enable clients to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed. This can equip them to cope with difficult situations in a more adaptive way.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps people to examine how they make sense of what is happening around them in the moment and how these perceptions affect the way they feel. Together we would work to identify any challenging or difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviours and use behavioural activation techniques to make meaningful changes to improve mood.
Mindfulness is the practice of enhancing awareness to the present moment. It allows us to recognize our present emotions and feelings both in our mind and body and work through any that are difficult, creating a more positive wellbeing.
Solution Focused Therapy aims to find solutions in the present time and explore methods of solving future problems. This method takes the approach that the client knows what they need to do to improve their own life, and with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. Together, we would work to identify specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time oriented goals that promote empowerment, and focus on one’s strengths and ability to cope with the presenting issue.
Free 15 Minute telephone consultations
80 Minute Initial Assessment – 150$
50 Minute Therapy Session – 125$
90 Minute Combined Therapy Session – 150$
Karissa graduated with a Master of Social Work including a specialization in Gerontology from the University of Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Karissa’s areas of focus and experience include; depression, anxiety, mood disorders, pain management, unhealthy coping behaviours, transitional life stages, work stress, meaning-making and existential concerns.
She strives to support individuals who are experiencing challenging times in their lives due to a myriad of circumstances. Her approach is to provide holistic, compassionate and person-centered therapy to people in need drawing from various therapeutic techniques. Depending on appropriate fit, some of these include; cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, mind-body connection, & solution-focused techniques.