talk Therapy & Individual Counselling in Calgary
Individual therapy, sometimes called psychotherapy, counselling or talk therapy, is a process where a client works one-on one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. We explore feelings, beliefs, behaviours and work through challenging or influential memories. Part of individual therapy is helping you better understand yourself and others. Identifying aspects of your life that you would like to change and setting personal goals to work towards are fundamental in achieving these desired changes.
Melody is a clinical psychologist who believes in the change that individual counselling can help people create. Melody and her team provide a non-biased, non-judgmental, and transparent, therapeutic process that utilizes individual-talk and EMDR therapy. Calm, sensitive, and goal-oriented sessions ensures that the counselling process is working for you.
Our Role as Psychotherapists
We have experience treating a wide variety of issues through psychotherapy. How can We help you?
Relationship issues: It’s difficult to find a relationship in your life that couldn’t benefit from some type of improvement. 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 perhaps your boss is simply driving you crazy. Counselling can help to connect people and offer tools for feeling closer and more comfortable with that person.
Depression: Depression is a common catalyst for mental illness. If you’ve ever been sneezing or hacking from a cold, you know how debilitating this can make daily challenges. The same is true for depression. If left untreated, it can often make life problems intolerable.
Divorce recovery: Divorce is the one of the most stressful life events one can go through. The hurt of a divorce brings about a pain similar to the death of a loved one, without prompting the same comfort from peers. Individual counselling can help you to grieve the loss and find a new sense of self after a divorce.
Divorce prevention: Couples tend to enter counselling 5 years later than they should have. While this doesn’t mean your situation is hopeless, 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 useful 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 for men, women, and children alike. Anger can be a largely misunderstood emotion, as anger can often disguise the root of the problem. Assistance is often needed to find a long term solution.
Health issues: Health issues can turn your world upside-down, and it can be difficult to talk to a loved one, friend, or co-worker. Counselling offers a neutral party to talk things through with and can assist you in handling your concerns.
Eating disorders: Eating disorders stem from an array of self esteem, body image and stress issues. Eating disorders are best treated with family therapy. If an eating disorder is affecting you or your loved one, a family therapy appointment can be the most effective tool for treatment.
Anxiety: In its most basic form, anxiety is about fear. It’s easy to get lost in the cycle of anxiety, and even thinking about getting anxious can be a trigger. This is treatable, and counselling can help you to learn about the physiological, cognitive, and emotional aspects of anxiety.
Grief & loss: Grief is a strong and sometimes overwhelming emotion for people. It can stem from a variety of things, including the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft, or the loss of independence through disability. You may feel numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with this sense of loss. But grief is a natural reaction to loss. It’s both a universal and a personal experience, and no two individuals grieve the same way. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. It’s challenging to grieve for a loved one, and counselling can help 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? It’s not uncommon for us to be hard on ourselves at times, particularly when experiencing a challenging or stressful situation, but if you think about yourself in these terms on a more regular basis you may have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem refers to having a generally negative overall opinion of oneself. While everyone has faults, it is important not to let them dictate one’s self image.
Melody and her team are here to help with the necessary tools, experience and compassion. To talk to someone about any of the conditions you may be suffering from, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment. The sooner the issue can be approached, the easier the solution may be. Don’t put a healthy life on hold.