Individual counselling offers the opportunity to receive one-on-one support from a registered psychologist. There are many reasons for seeking individual counselling services, such as for support, when faced with life stressors and challeneges; for treatment, when struggling with a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression; or for personal growth and development, if you are looking to improve some aspect of yourself or your life. Please explore the information below to learn more about the individual counselling services offered at Stillar Psychological.
It is common for individuals to seek counselling when they are experiencing life stressors and challenges. These can include stress at home or work; recent break-ups, separation, or divorce; loss of a loved one; loss of ones job or career. At Stillar Psychological, we aim to provide compassionate support, a safe place to talk about your experiences and struggles, and tools that may help improve coping and reduce stress and distress.
When struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or eating disorders (just to name a few) there are specific psychological services that have been shown to be effective treatment for these illnesses. At Stillar Psychological, we are guided by evidence-based practice. If you are struggling with a mental health concern and would like to discuss treatment options, please contact us for a brief discussion about what you are hoping for.
Counselling services can also be sought for the purposes of personal growth. This can include increasing your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, which may lead to a better understanding of yourself. Personal growth can also include working on a specific aspect of yourself or an area of your life. For instance, improving your ability to set boundaries or increasing your self-esteem; working on communication skills or how to manage your emotions better; working on opening up to and trusting others. These are just a few examples of concerns related to personal growth and development.
Some signs that you may be struggling with disordered eating include: struggling to control or regulate food intake, engaging in over-eating or binge eating, purging, dieting, or over-exercising. Through counselling and treatment, we aim to help you develop a healthier relationship with food.
Our team has a special interest in eating disorders. Dr. Stillar has specialized training and experience working with individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Depression, sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. Through counseling and treatment, we aim to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health struggles people face. Anxiety can negatively impact your life in a variety of ways. There are effective, evidence-based treatments for anxiety. Contact us to learn more about anxiety treatment options.
Experiencing, tolerating, and regulating emotions can be very hard. If you feel like your emotions are out of control or that they control you, you may struggle with emotional regulation difficulties.
Often times we described these as anger outbursts, emotional breakdowns, or feeling overwhelmed. Through counselling and treatment, we aim to help you develop skills to regulate and tolerate your emotions so that you can feel confident in your ability to face life challenges.
Individuals with borderline personality disorder often struggle with emotional regulation, tolerating distress, impusivity, and interpersonal relationships. Through counselling and treatment, we aim to help you develop the skills to be able to regulate your emotions and develop and maintain healthy relationships.
Traumatic experiences come in many shapes and sizes. A common myth about trauma is that is has to be a huge and horrific incident. This can be the case, however, individuals can also experience symptoms of trauma from any experience that felt overwhelming, painful, and distressing to them.
Trauma-informed treatments are aimed to help individuals process the traumatic event(s) and move through the process of grief and healing.
Visit our EMDR to learn more about trauma-informed treatment.
Saying no, it sounds simple, but for many it is very difficult to do. Boundaries are important for self-protection and identity development. Learning how to assertively set boundaries is a skill. Through counselling and treatment we aim to help you develop this skill while also working through any roadblocks or obstacles that may be in your way.
Struggling to manage your anger? Feeling out of control when things upset you? Finding yourself on edge or easily irritated?
Anger is an important emotion to have, but can become problematic when it is explosive or feels outside of our control. Through counselling and treatment, we aim to help you develop a sense of control over your anger and healthy ways to express adaptive anger.
Looking to improve your self-awareness? On a journey of personal growth and development? There are many aspects of our self that we can be happy and proud of and many that we may want to work on changing or improving. Through counselling we aim to help you reach your mental wellness goals by developing a counselling plan that feels like the right fit for you.
Couples counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, throughout all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both partners and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to strengthen or improve certain aspects of your relationship. To learn more about couples counselling please visit our Couples Counselling page.
Communication is an important life skill. Struggling with communication can negatively impact relationships in different areas of your life. Through counselling we aim to help you learn how to effectively communicate with partners, co-workers, bosses, friends, or family members. We can also work on improving your ability to listen to others.
Self-esteem refers to how we think and feel about ourselves. It includes how we view ourselves and the value we place on ourselves as a person. It is common to struggle with low self-esteem. This may show up in your life as feeling uncertain, doubting yourself, lacking confidence, thinking or talking negatively about yourself, feeling not good enough, or inferior. Through counselling, we aim to help you develop a more positive and accepting view of yourself. This can include learning strategies to stop comparisons, negative self-talk, and self-criticism, as well as strategies to improve self-acceptance and self-compassion.
It is normal and healthy for family members to disagree, argue, and sometimes fight. However, sometimes fighting, arguments, tension, and conflict can become too frequent and/or out of control. At Stillar Psychological we work with individuals and families to help repair relationship ruptures and resolve areas of tension and conflict. It may be helpful to call for a free consultation to discus what services would be a good fit for you based on your family issues and concerns.
Body image relates to the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and perceptions you have about your physical appearance. Signs of a struggle with body image can include feeling anxious, ashamed, or sad about the way you look, feeling or believing that you are less or inferior to others based on how you look, or feeling uncomfortable and dissatisfied with your body and/or appearance. Body dissatisfaction is very common, 90% of women and 50% of men feel dissatisfied with their body image. Through counselling, we aim to help you improve your body image so that you can feel happier and more confident in yourself.
Stress is often a common experience in our daily lives. Our stress level can fluctuate depending on a variety of factors such as work demands, family issues, financial concerns, health problems, or life events. It is important to learn how to manage and cope with stress effectively as stress can become overwhelming or disruptive. Chronic stress can also increase the risk of developing both psychological and physical illnesses.
Perfectionism usually involves having high expectations, avoiding mistakes at all costs, being highly organized, neat, or focused on details and structure. Trusting others to do some of the work can be difficult. Inwardly, confidence is often low. Perfection is rarely, if ever, achieved, and as such perfectionists are often left feeling as though they have failed or rarely experience a sense of achievement and success. Perfectionism can bleed into low self-esteem, test anxiety, procrastination, eating disorders, and obsessiveness. Through counselling, we aim to help you develop a healthier sense of achievement drive, improve self-confidence, and reduce unreasonable expectations and fear of failure.
Self-harm involves harming oneself, often through cutting, burning, or scratching the body (commonly arms, wrists, and legs). Self-harm is typically not meant as a suicide attempt but rather a means of coping. This can include coping with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, or other mental health concerns. It can also serve as a means to cope with significant emotional pain or to escape from feeling numb, empty, or nothing. Through counselling, we aim to help you develop alternative ways of coping so that self-injury doesn't feel like the only option.
Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) is one of the most common sleep concerns. Sleep is a vital component of human functioning. Individuals struggling with sleep issues may feel fatigued, have low energy, have difficulty concentrating or sustaining focus. They may also experience irritability and/or anxiety. These symptoms can negatively impact school, work, and social life. Through treatment we aim to help you regain a sense of satisfaction and restfulness from your sleep.