CBT * Mindfulness * EMDR * Hypnotherapy * Gestalt Solutions for Anxiety, Depression & PTSD
Jason is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), with fifteen years experience in the mental health field , specializing in treating anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship dynamics. As an integrative therapist he utilizes both scientific, evidence based therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) along with the holistic mind-body therapies of Gestalt Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis and Mindfulness. He draws upon the best aspects of these therapies in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that will allow you to resolve distressing symptoms and heal from root causes of issues. Jason provides a safe, supportive and empathetic environment where you can share your thoughts and feelings openly. Clinical services are covered by most insurance plans.
Heal root cause issues
Jason's approach to therapy is to help his clients shift out of their unhealthy thinking, feeling and behaving patterns into ones that are satisfying and will bring positive results. Repeating the same patterns can make us feel stuck, depressed, anxious and inevitably hopeless because of a belief that things cannot be changed. Key to changing patterns is to clear the subconscious programming originating in root cause memories perpetuating distressful feelings such as shame, guilt and blame.
What to Expect:
After a thorough and targeted assessment of your issue expect to...
- resolve root cause issues that have been running the subconscious mind
- a detailed plan to help you move out of shame, guilt and blame
- learn how to reduce distressful feelings and live more mindfully in the present
- change and balance negative thoughts patterns
- reduce and eliminate symptoms associated with PTSD
- change the inner voice of anxiety
- improve communication and establish more authentic contact with others
- experiment with new behaviours that will bring success and self-esteem
therapeutic methods & programs
Gestalt Therapy: Positive Personality Change
Gestalt therapy works to resolve the inner conflicts blocking individuals from growing and moving forward in their potential. The therapist and client work together to understand the inner blocks and their origin and resolve them through the completion of 'unfinished business.' In addition to becoming more aware, the client can expect to connect to their inner resources, expand their emotional range and creativity, and reclaim parts of self that have been disowned. Gestalt is an experiential psychotherapy. It places emphasis on a relationship of contact between the therapist and client, focusing on issues as they arise in the present-moment, and interventions that allow the authentic self to emerge to activate healing.
EMDR: Release Trauma Memories/Treat PTSD
EMDR is a scientifically validated therapeutic protocol for overcoming trauma. EMDR utilizes “bilateral stimulation”, i.e., sensory stimulation alternately on both sides of the spinal cord to release traumatic material from the brain in a way that makes it workable. Traumatic images locked in the brain are considered to be unprocessed and as a consequence turn on the “fight, flight or freeze” response. EMDR helps to release these traumatic images and transforms them into memories that no longer have a deleterious hold on the individual. EMDR is an evidence based therapy for the treatment of PTSD and has been shown to be effective for anxiety, phobias, depression and addictions when these issues originate in trauma.
CBT: Overcoming Depression and Anxiety
The focus of CBT, or Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, is to identify negative thought patterns creating unwanted feelings, body sensations and behaviours. Together the therapist and client dentify and challenge these negative thought patterns and come up with alternative thoughts that lead to more positive feelings and behaviours.
Clinical Hypnosis: Release negative feelings, beliefs and change behaviour
In hypnosis the subconscious part of the brain, which influences mental and physical functions, becomes receptive to therapy as the conscious and rational part is temporarily bypassed. During the trance state there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of releasing negative emotions and limiting beliefs in addition to changing unwanted behaviours. Only a light trance is required for change. Clients are always aware and in control at all times.
Mindfulness: Improve Mood and Reduce Stress
Mindfulness helps you to enter an alternative mode of mind that brings clarity. It teaches you to shift out of the critical mind, which is likely to accelerate a downward spiral, to another mode of mind in which you experience the world directly, without the need for concepts and judgement.
After Jason completed his Masters Degree from the University of Toronto, he sought out extensive training and certification from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto (an approved psychotherapy training institution by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) and graduated from the five year Post-Graduate program in Professional Psychotherapy. Gestalt is a psychodynamic psychotherapy that helps people come to understand how they interfere and block their own needs and support in favour for old defense mechanisms. The goal of Gestalt is to increase awareness , move towards greater authenticity of self, and to tap into the creative potential that is required to satisfy human needs.
In addition to private practice work, Jason has been employed with community based clinical counselling agencies in York Region providing Cognitive-Behavioural and Solution-Focused Therapies to individuals, couples and families and mentoring/supervising student therapists. His background working with people from diverse populations, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations has equipped me to understand the unique needs of individuals.
In his search to help people from traumas and deeper issues, Jason has studied various methods to activate the healing power of the subconscious. This pursuit involved certifying in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and Clinical Hypnosis . These cutting edge mind-body therapies work to release negative emotions/energies and to change behaviour more automatically.