About Psychotherapy with Cindy

How You Can Benefit From Psychotherapy and Mindfulness?

Become aware of the working of your mind:

Learn to recognize patterns

Learn to stay steady, but also to stand back a little

Recognize that you have choices rather than slipping back to old patterns

Take a kinder, gentler attitude toward self

Recognize warning signals and take helpful action

Learn to put less effort into ‘fixing’ things

Learn to focus on the here and now

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is talk therapy.  It means talking to an impartial person about those things that scare you and are holding you in sadness, anger, or resentment.  It allows you work through the confusion of swirling thoughts to find a place of peace and understanding

“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”

— Nathaniel Branden

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Psychotherapy allows the individual to look at what is affecting their life now.  It allows the individual to wake from ‘automatic pilot’ and to truly start to experience life.  Therapy uses compassion and understanding.  It teaches us how to have compassion for ourselves and stop judging so harshly.

How could you benefit from psychotherapy?

Recognize your destructive patterns

Gain self-awareness and self-acceptance

Recognize and gain empathy and compassion towards your suffering

Let go of self-judgment and expectations to be perfect

Free yourself from guilt and shame

Enjoy others for who they are rather than who you think they should

When you should seek a therapist:

You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.

Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.

You find it difficult to concentrate or to carry out everyday activities.

You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.

Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, are harming you or others.

You have a sense that something is just off – there should be more to experiencing life.

Your relationships are turbulent and often filled with drama, or you walk on eggshells trying to please everyone.

Therapy is hard work.  I have a huge admiration for anyone who can open themselves up to a stranger in order to heal the wounds that have been holding them back.  It is a vulnerable place to be.  Do your homework.  Find a therapist who is right for you.  There are lot of great teachers and guides out there.  Check credentials and personal practices.  The benefits of mindfulness can truly change your life.  It is not a quick fix and an experienced practitioner can make the work both liberating and rewarding.

Therapy services can be provided in a 1:1 setting via Zoom or Telephone sessions.

Fee: $125 per 55-minute session (+HST)

Cancellation requires 24-hour notice to avoid automatic billing.

Psychotherapy is now covered under most workplace insurance providers.  Please check with your company.

Contact Cindy Owen to book a complimentary 15-minute phone session to see if therapy is right for you.