Psychotherapy is “talk therapy”, a term for conversational methods and techniques employed by a trained professional to help people with difficulties thinking, feeling and/or behaving. Significant challenges and obstacles in our lives can be difficult to discuss – with even close friends or families – much less to work through and resolve. Many people with troubling, persistent or unhealthy thoughts, feelings and/or behaviours may benefit from Psychotherapy.
Psychologists are trained to ask thoughtful questions to facilitate meaningful discussions in order to help clients explore their experiences and options. When people seek help from a Psychologist, it is often because they want to make positive changes in their lives Psychologists work with their clients to help facilitate those changes. Finding the right “fit” between the Psychologist and the client is important to ensure that the client feels listened to and understood without judgement. Confidentiality plays an essential role in helping clients to feel comfortable and safe to disclose and discuss personal information.
It is common for some people to lose touch with their strengths when they are not feeling at their best. Typically, old strategies of coping are no longer effective at these times, and people need to acquire new skills to help move forward. Dr. Seidman works to help her clients to access and reconnect with their strengths as a way to work through their problems. Clients can then improve their coping skills, are better able to manage stress, and have better control over their thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
Dr. Seidman uses evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in combination with some adjuncts to therapy. These adjuncts can include mindfulness meditation, mindful gentle yoga, and Neurofeedback training.
Dr. Seidman works collaboratively with her clients while offering insight, guidance, and support. Individualized treatment plans are created collaboratively based on each client’s individual needs, preferences, and goals. The ultimate goal is to help clients live with improved mental, emotional, and physical health.