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Psychotherapy

The goal of therapy, as I see it, is to safely and empathically explore the layers that obscure or obstruct our self-awareness. I work with adult individuals from a relational, client-centred, sensorimotor approach. This means that together we aim to understand the impact of the past on your present situations and relationships, and to increase your capacity for living a full, healthy life. In our attempt to better understand the events and relationships that have influenced you, we will be curious about your current patterns and experiences at not only a mental, emotional and spiritual level, but at a body level as well. The body plays an important role in responding to, storing, and repairing Heather McFadyen Psychotherapyharm. My approach is collaborative and curious. Our therapeutic context provides a unique experience of relating and an opportunity to further your self-understanding. I work with people experiencing a variety of challenges including stress, anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationships, and addictions.

I also work with survivors of trauma – sexual, physical, emotional, mental – and/or neglect. The sensorimotor approach can be helpful if you are struggling with traumatic injuries (post- traumatic stress symptoms), which can include depression, anxiety, addictions, flashbacks, triggers, or a sense of persistent anger, unease, hyper-vigilance or disinterest in the world. Over time, trauma survivors often feel that they are at a loss to control or manage the ways in which they respond to daily situations.

Traumatic injuries (sometimes referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms) are experienced at all levels, including the body. While attending to the emotional and mental impacts of trauma is vital, attending to the legacy of trauma in the body can often hold the key to regaining mastery over unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. We will work slowly and safely to bring your attention to the habits and sensations of your body in an attempt to slowly undo the legacy of the past on the present.