Krystina Patton, MEd, ND, RP

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What's Your 'Normal'? Has 'Just Getting By' Become a Way of Life?

 
We all have a survivor within us; a part that holds us together when we feel like falling apart. 
 
It's a brilliant evolutionary strategy - and an unhappy way to live.
 
As "survivor" goes from being a part that protects us during times of stress to just who we are, it loses it's adaptive value.
 
From anxiety and depression, to PTSD and BPD, mental survival tactics can drain years from your lives, leaving us struggling just to get by while the pleasures and joys of life seem just beyond our grasp.
 
But it doesn't have to be that way.
 
With extensive training in trauma, attachment, and neurology, I go beyond psychoanalytics and talk therapy - because unfortunately for most of us, were we able to think our way through our emotional state, we would have done it long ago.
 
By combining cognitive, relational and somatic psychotherapy with attachment theory, structural dissociation, EMDR, and sensorimotor techniques, I help clients move past talking about their experience to processing through it. The goal is never "coping with" but "moving past" - thriving, not surviving.
 
Reclaim a New Normal.
Call 647.971.7079 today for a free consultation. 
 
* Eligible for coverage through extended health care benefits under Psychology, Psychotherapy and Naturopathic Medicine. Please inquire for details.
 

Areas of Expertise


Dr. Krystina specializes in trauma-informed, neurologically-based treatment of:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples, Marriage, and Intimacy Concerns
  • Relational, Developmental & Attachment Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction & Impulse Control Disorders

 

Approach


With a grounding in neurology, Dr. Krystina understands the pivotal importance of unconscious, implicit and emotional memory in psychological health - and the fact that talking isn't always enough to transform those places inside us. Building on a background of cognitive and psychodynamic approaches to therapy, Dr. Krystina has continued her education in relational, somatic and nervous system-based therapies in order to help clients move from talking about their past to processing through it.
 
Dr. Krystina employs a wide range of therapeutic interventions, including;
  • Relational Psychotherapy
Relational Gestalt psychotherapy is rooted in psychodynamics, attachment theory, object-relations theory and the principles of human development. Understanding that our behavioural patterns, personality, and identity are developed and shaped by early experiences, Gestalt psychotherapy brings to light the implicit memories and unconscious processes from the past that are influencing the present. 

Gestalt psychotherapy, being an insight-oriented approach, is of tremendous use in deepening self awareness, uncovering the unconscious roots of our mental and emotional distress, and alleviating self conscious emotions such as shame and self blame. But while insight is a key first step, true transformation comes not just from being aware of how the past has influenced the present, but from processing through the mental, emotional and neurological remnants of those past experiences. 
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
Somatic psychotherapy is a nervous-system based approach rooted in the understanding that the body stores information in many ways, including non-linguistic forms. Where as cognitive and analytical psychotherapy approaches often reveal the narrative that our analytical mind has created, somatic techniques engage and works with felt-experience, directly accessing raw, unadulterated emotion. 

Drawing on the work of Peter Levine, I utilize somatic and sensorimotor psychotherapy to help clients not just make sense of their experience on a cognitive level, but to reprocess it on an emotional and neurological level.
  • EMDR
When we are faced with overwhelming emotional distress or trauma, our brain's ability to properly make sense of our experience is greatly diminished. This leaves the experience unprocessed and emotionally loaded.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a technique that promotes information processing in the brain. When used during therapeutic reprocessing of a distressing experience, EMDR helps to integrate previously unprocessed information and resolve left-over emotional remnants. 
  • Dissociation Therapy
Dissociation is an extreme form of compartmentalization that often occurs as a result of intense emotional experiences and trauma. Such experiences can overwhelm our ability to process and integrate them, leaving us flooded with emotion. Dissociation helps us cope with the mental and emotional distress of unintegrated experiences by creating psychological distance between us and the overwhelming material. 

While dissociation helps us cope with difficult experiences, it also inhibits our ability to truly move past them. When the dissociative barriers that hinder treatment are dissolved, emotional processing is expedited and transformation is possible.


Dr. Krystina Patton Reaches

North York ON