Joshua Ribalkin

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It is important to create a safe space where clients can explore there perspectives, feelings, experiences, as well as their hopes and dreams.  I strive to create an authentic and genuine experience with clients which creates an atmosphere that fosters growth and healing.   Therapists at times need to challenge clients to evolve and consider new ways of seeing and working through challenges. 
 
Sometimes clients are not aware of what they want out of life, which is where a therapist can gently probe and help clients to discover their values, goals, and how to create a deeper sense of meaning.  By exploring clients values,  they may feel empowered to take a more active role in their recovery while not becoming overly dependent on the therapist. 
 
As your therapist I am able to draw on a variety of modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, humanistic and existential models, and as psychodynamic approaches.  It is important to get to know you and to understand your unique experiences and perspectives before exploring an approach which best works for you.   I have worked with a variety of clients on issues such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, relationship challenges,  addictions,  depression, and  spiritual development and guidance.
 
I am also able to assist clients who wish to further develop or explore their own spirituality.   I recognize for many clients including a spiritual component in therapy is vital and can be life-altering.  One aspect of spirituality which some clients find to be very helpful is the practice of mindfulness, which I happen to practice in my own life.  Mindfulness can teach clients new ways of relating to difficult thoughts and emotions and can ease the anxiety which comes from constant mind chatter and worrying about future or past events.  Research is showing that mindfulness can help individuals deal with anxiety, trauma, depression, stress and addictions.  I hope to be able to share with clients who are interested how mindfulness might be of benefit to them.
 
I recognize that each client will enter therapy with individual challenges and that there is not a one size fits all approach to therapy. Clients cannot be reduced to one therapeutic model or understanding as individuals are too complex.  It is my hope and desire to meet you where you currently stand and to encourage and walk with you towards a greater sense of wholeness and peace.


Joshua Ribalkin Reaches

Kitchener ON