Sometimes you don't know what's wrong ... you just know something is wrong. Behaviours and thoughts that were helpful may have become unhelpful and harmful. Maybe you are tired of feeling unlovable, disconnected, incompetent, alone, anxious or depressed. You may be living with a problem. But you are not the problem. I believe change is about building forward momentum, one step at a time, to tackle a challenge … much like climbing a mountain where you have gear and the unknown ahead of you. There is only so much planning you can do when facing the unknown. If you have help tackling that challenge in safety, like a guide or an anchor, even when you find yourself on shaky ground and are facing insecure footholds, deep crevasses and maybe difficulty breathing, you can find yourself on the other side of that challenge. That doesn’t mean it is easy to head into the valley with the memories of everything you learned on the upward journey. In fact, those memories may fade – your skills, knowledge, resources and capabilities may slip from your mind. In therapy, I will help you tackle your challenges in a safe, collaborative, empathetic and respectful environment. This helps give you the space you need to work towards exploring and deepening those skills, knowledge, resources and capabilities - so you can learn how to get on the other side of your challenges.
I am a registered psychotherapist in Toronto who practised law for many years in Toronto, London and New York before moving into mental health and wellness. I am an ASIST (Applied Suicide Skills Intervention Skills Training) Trainer and safeTALK (suicide awareness for everyone) Trainer. I edit horror fiction for fun. I have a young son who I adore.
I offer therapy and counselling at two locations: 80 Carlton Street, a few minutes east of College Subway Station at Yonge Street and Fallingbrook Wellness Clinic, 1204 Kingston Road at Victoria Park Avenue.
My Approach is Compassionate and Client Focussed
I take a compassionate and client-focussed approach in therapy. Exploring strengths, understanding challenges and collaborating are critical to working towards the changes you would like to see. This means that together we will consider how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours connect. We will look at what has worked and what has not worked. We will look at what might be different if the problem that brought you to therapy were gone. We will look at where you want to go and how you might get there.
Who I Work With
I help men and women who are feeling stuck and overwhelmed for different reasons. They might be dealing with anxiety, depression, life/career/school concerns, relationships, loss, trauma or other stresses and challenges. They are ready to be heard and validated with caring and compassion.
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Alana Hunt ReachesEast York ON