We understand you may feel alone and misunderstood with your problems and anxieties. These negative thoughts and feelings may affect or alter the way you live and relate to other people. You may feel overwhelmed with worry and tension; at Sojourn Psychology we will provide you with strategies and solutions to aid you to live a more full and productive life.
Our dedicated staff is ready to answer your confidential questions.
We understand the pain and suffering that is caused by addiction and that both the afflicted person and their family suffer when an addiction is present. If you have concerns that you or someone you love may be battling an addiction, please seek support.
There is a lot to Understand about addiction and dependency. You may want to reach out to a Psychologist to gain additional understanding and support through the recovery process.
One of our psychologists is here to support you.
We all feel angry sometimes. Most of the time, we are able to deal with feelings of anger or irritability on our own. We may resolve the situation or look at the problem from a different perspective; other times, anger may cause problems in our life and the lives of those around us.
There are many reasons we may experience anger:
Anger is a problem when:
Anger is a very common topic and it is good to ask for help
with anger management. One of our psychologists will work on strategies with you to understand your behaviour and how to overcome your anger.
Most of the time anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and helps you stay alert, it helps you cope. But other times anxiety can be disabling if it interferes with daily life.
People with anxiety disorders experience a combination of anxious thoughts or beliefs, physical symptoms, and changes in behavior, including avoiding everyday activities they used to do. Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms. They all involve a fear and dread about things that may happen now or in the future.
The hope of adult attachments is to earn security. We naturally desire to have someone come alongside of us in our adult years who will build a secure attachment with us.
When we feel insecure in our love relationship communication suffers, intimacy suffers, and enjoying time together begins to disappear. Sometimes we feel we cannot explore the difficulties we face with the people we love. It is common to feel alone during these times.
It is important to feel safe to understand ourselves and to feel confident to express ourselves to others, as well as to start to understand how to be with others.
Relationships are difficult to understand.
Our psychologists are great supporters in this process.
Setting boundaries is an important part of any relationship. To have the healthiest relationship, both partners should know each other’s wants, goals, fears and limits. You should feel comfortable communicating your honest needs to your partner without being afraid of what they might do in response.
Boundaries are rooted in respect for ourselves and others and allow everyone to feel safe.
Do you have questions about setting boundaries in your own relationships? One of our psychologists will be a great resource for you.
Communication and Conflict are common stressors for people. We may feel very powerless when conversations go wrong, however it feels very affirming when we learn new skills and apply them in our communication with others.
Some communication themes you may face:
It is possible to gain psychological support to overcome difficulties with communication and conflict.
Are you tired and irritable all the time? Have you lost interest in your work, family, or hobbies? Are you having trouble sleeping and feeling angry or aggressive, sad, or worthless? Have you been feeling like this for weeks or months?
Both men and women get depression. Common markers of depression for men are:
Women typically notice:
But most individuals will notice a variety of any of the above symptoms.
No matter what you may be facing it is important to consider finding psychological support if any of the above concerns are showing up. One of our therapists is here to support you.
Families experience separation and divorce.These changes impact family members in different ways. Psychological counselling is beneficial for families to help each family member to understand the changes that are happening.
Counselling will help with processing through individual thoughts and feelings. It is so important that children feel supported to love both their mom and their dad.
There are many issues that could arise with parental separation or divorce:
Sojourn Psychology does not offer high conflict mediation or custody and access services.
It is common to struggle with emotional management. It’s good to reach out to a psychologist to help you make sense of your emotions. You may not fit the criteria for a mental health issue,, but your feelings and emotional well-being matter.
Emotional concerns you may face:
Many people seek out support for normal day to day emotional struggles. Our psychologists are a great resource to help you sort out your emotions, no matter what you may be facing.
Our early relationships with our parents, caregivers and siblings are at the core of who we are and how we attach to the people around us. These early relationships also influence our ability to bond with our children.
Understanding our family of origin is not about blaming ourselves or other family members. It is useful to have a psychologist can come along side of you and help you see your experiences for what they are and help you balance any reactions of shame, guilt or embarrassment over your past.
Understanding and balancing multiple relationships is difficult. It is hard to balance our own role in relationships and it is also hard to watch as others try to balance their relationships.
Whether you are interested in understanding a current relationship or a past one understanding forgiveness, reconciliation and attachment systems is very healing.
Topics may include:
We have Registered Psychologists on our team that have experience in supporting people like you on your journey to understand these things.
When we go through difficulties we often feel utterly alone. It is good to reach out and ask for support if you feel you are unable to explain your pain, grief and loss, to a friend or loved one, you should consider psychological therapy.
Difficulties you may face:
Counselling will help you explore your situation and also support you as you gain understanding and how to reach out to loved ones. Feel free to call our office for personal support to help you through your time of loss and adjustment to a new normal.
We all go through life transitions. These times can be marked by: anxiety, stress, fear, powerlessness, guilt, shame, or possibly other emotions.
Psychological counselling will benefit you to understand the changes that are happening and to process through your thoughts and feelings.
Types of transitions you may be experiencing:
Our team of counselling psychologists are here to support you.
At times it is important to consider: Do I have a mental health concern? Some concerns that you may face:
No matter what you are facing it is important to consider psychological support. PSychologist has the professional training necessary to help you evaluate your mental health.
Midlife crisis can occur in both men and women, and may be marked by:
No matter what you may be facing it is important to consider finding psychological support. If you are struggling, it is good to find a qualified psychologist who will be able to help you make sense of this season of life.
There are many versions of “family” today, and without a doubt you have some version of “modern family” yourself. It is important that parenting issues are considered case by case for this very reason.
Many parents may choose to touch base with a psychologist to explain the complicated dynamics of your family system and to evaluate what parenting strategies and supports your specific family needs.
Our psychologists approve of parents. We want parents to feel encouraged to ask for help and to feel safe to let their guard down. It is difficult parenting, especially as family roles continue to grow and change. We believe parents are people like everybody else and parents deserve grace, empathy and encouragement like everybody else. As well, we understand that parents want their children to trust that they are cared for and understood.
We do not do high conflict mediation or custody and access. If you are unsure what this means feel free to call our office and ask.
The Benefits of Couples Therapy:
If you looking for couples or marriage therapy we have psychologists that are specialized to meet this need.
We all struggle with emotions from time to time. It can be very confusing to struggle with sadness, fears, or even embarrassment. Emotional Pain is a common human experience and yet it is a struggle to understand and to overcome.
Emotional concerns you may face:
Our Registered Psychologists can support you as you seek resolution.
Self Esteem is a common concern and varies in each individual: It is very evident in our daily life. Many of us would benefit by working with a psychologist on improving our self esteem which will improve our life and entire wellbeing.
Common self esteem concerns:
Give our office a call to enquire about seeing one of our psychologists to discuss your concerns.
Sex and intimacy are definately an important part of your life. It is common for clients to want to discuss their unique and personal concerns regarding intimacy and sexuality.
Examples of sexual concerns:
We are available to talk through your concerns about sexuality in a safe, non judgement , confidential way.
Having gone through a traumatic experience may result in a variety of struggles:
Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you should consider therapy for healing and support to move on.
A Traumatic event will most likely lead to emotional or psychological trauma if:
Recovering from a traumatic event takes time. One of our psychologists will come along side of you on your healing journey and support you at your own pace.
There are so many pressures each of us face as adults. Each individual juggles multiple roles and jobs on a continued basis. As our lives become imbalanced our stress can pile up.
Stress is normal. A moderate amount of stress improves our efficiency and our mental sharpness.
Here are some signs motivation has turned from helpful to stressful:
It is good to consult a psychologist if these signs are showing up for you.