Jason Koenigbaur Psychotherapy

PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR STRESS, ANXIETY & TRAUMA


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ABOUT JASON


ABOUT JASON
I will help you release your symptoms at the  the root cause and activate your innate healing potential thorough advanced methods in neuroscience and mind-body healing. 




ONLINE & IN-PERSON SESSIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

am a Registered Psychotherapist with twenty years experience in the mental health field, specializing treating anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, chronic pain and relationship 

As an integrative therapist I use both scientific, evidence based therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT),  Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Ego State Therapy, and EMDR. Holistic mind-body therapies such as Gestalt Psychotherapy, Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), and Clinical Hypnosis are used to access deeper rooted issues. 

I draw 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. I provide a safe, supportive and empathetic environment where you can share your thoughts and feelings openly.

ADDRESSING ISSUES AT THE ROOT CAUSE 

My commitment is to help you shift out of unhealthy patterns keeping you stuck in fear, guilt, blame, and shame. Living life stuck in "pain patterns," robs you of your peace, potential, and happiness. I will work with you to clear negative patterns based in subconscious programming at the root cause. Expect to resolve issues more rapidly as we go DEEPER. As you heal expect to move forward in life with greater enthusiasm, excitement and aliveness.

ACTIVATING YOUR INNATE HEALING POTENTIAL

I believe healing is possible when we open ourselves to accepting fundamentally who we are as persons at a deeper level. When this occurs there is no longer a need to search compulsively for acceptance outside of oneself. I support my clients to embrace their authenticity, to resolve inner conflicts, and to rise above obstacles with courage. The primary guiding principle in my work with clients is from Gestalt Therapy and “The Paradoxical Theory of Change,” which teaches, “the more a person accepts themselves the healthier they become.”



WHAT TO EXPECT: 

After an  assessment of your issues, I can help you with the following...

•resolve root cause issues that have been running the subconscious mind 
•move out of the  tyranny of guilt, blame and shame and reclaim your Authentic Self
•reduce distressful feelings and live more mindfully in the present
•accept emotions with compassion and establish firm boundaries 
•change underlying negative core beliefs that no longer serve you
•resolve traumatic memories and integrate parts of Self 
•change the inner voice of anxiety and negative inner dialogues
•improve communication and establish more authentic contact with others
•experiment with new behaviours that will bring success and self-esteem


CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING 

  • Certifed Gestalt Psychotherapist ( 5 year post-Master’s training)
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • EMDR Level 1 & 2 Training
  • Advanced Training in Complex Trauma, Dissociation & Ego State Therapy 
  • Trained  in EMDR Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP)
  • Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Trauma Focused CBT 
  • Trained in Emotion Focused  Couples Therapy 
  • Trained in Time Line Therapy 
  • Training  in Image Transformtion Therapy (ImTT)
  • Master Trained in Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT)

INSURANCE COVERAGE

I am a Registered Psychotherapist, and I am also supervised both by a Registered Psychologist and Social Worker.  You can claim my services under your  insurance plans under a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Psychologist (supervised practice), and MSW Social Worker (supervised practice).   Please consult with your insurance company regarding the supervised practice model. 

FEES
My fee is $190/hour for in office meeting. $200/ hour for couples and family therapy.  $150 for online therapy. 

About Jason Koenigbaur  

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 defence 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 Newmarket and  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 him to understand the unique needs of individuals. 

 In his search to help people from traumas and deeper issues, Jason  studied various methods to activate the healing power of the subconscious.   This pursuit involved certifying in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), Clinical Hypnotherapy, Image Transformation Therapy (ImTT), and Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT).   These cutting edge mind-body therapies work to release negative emotions/energies and to change behaviour more automatically.   






THERAPIES


THERAPIES
Gestalt Therapy: Positive Personality Change through Dialogue with Parts of Self 

Gestalt therapy works to resolve the inner conflicts blocking individuals from growing and moving forward in their potential. I help clients 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, emphasizing the mind-body connection, and focusing on issues as they arise in the present-moment. Gestalt methods and intervention work towards reduction of distressful symptoms, creative ways to approach life’s problems, and fosters personality integration.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Overcoming Depression, Anxiety and Unwanted Behaviours  

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term, structured form of psychotherapy that focuses on the client's present. In this model of therapy, the clinician and the client work as a team to identify the client's dysfunctional and distorted thoughts and beliefs, and both challenge and modify those thoughts and attitudes. Using this model, the client is educated on the relationship between his or her thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Current research supports the use of CBT for the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders, just to name a few.

During CBT, the  therapist will identify and challenge a client's negative thought patterns. The therapist  will also help the client understand the impact those thoughts have on his or behaviour and feelings. By doing this, the therapist  and the client will be able to come up with alternative thoughts that lead to more positive feelings and behaviours.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Clinical Hypnotherapy:   Change  strong, rigid thinking patterns 

Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Clinical Hypnosis offers a powerful combination of these treatment strategies. Studies have shown Clinical Hypnosis can enhance Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment and treat trauma. (Hammond, 1994; Lynn, Kirsch, Barabasz, Cardena, & Patterson, 2000). Research is also demonstrating that hypnosis is a useful tool for the treatment of anxiety, depression and fears. Clients whose issues may fall into the areas of psychological problems, habit change, or performance enhancement, may benefit significantly with hypnosis.  Clinical Hypnosis enhances cognitive and behavioural therapies.  It can be thought of as the glue that holds together the different aspects of treatment. 

It is important to note for clinical treatment of depression, anxieties and fears that a light hypnotic trance will suffice. The majority of the population drifts in and out of a light trance throughout the day; for example, when driving to a familiar location or becoming absorbed in a movie or a book. 

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 unprocessed and consequently 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.

Attachment Focused  EMDR: Heal attachment wounds and regulate distressful emotions

Clients who have experienced childhood traumas that have impacted their sense of safety and capacity to form close relational bonds in adulthood need a modification to the standard EMDR protocol. These injuries can include physical and sexual abuse, early losses, neglect, birth trauma, medical trauma, parental drug and alcohol abuse, and caregiver neglect. Children with traumatized parents can also take into their neuro networks the parents pain, distress and dysfunctional belief systems. Additionally, children who need to adopt a "false self," in order to repress feelings and emotions, or who needed to adapt to the needs of their caregivers for attachment, can also benefit from AF-EMDR. Attachment wounds and developmental deficit are healed through the installation of attachment based emotions in the neural networks of the brain. As the healing process progresses, clients will have the ability to regulate distressful emotions, resolve the attachment wound, and establish deeper connections. 

Emotional Transformation Therapy:  Methods Using Colour and Light To Improve Mood and Eliminate Distressful Emotions 

Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), a therapeutic method incorporating the use of light, color wavelengths, and eye movements which aims to rapidly transform emotional distress and related physical pain into a positive emotional state. In  ETT, neural impulses are used in conjunction with specific forms of eye movement and stimulation to target these uncomfortable emotional and physical states in the corresponding areas of the brain.

In the ETT method, the brain is stimulated with lights and colours (used by a specialized machine)  in order to reshape the neural impulses affecting the brain and the nervous system. The therapist observes the emotional responses of the person in therapy and helps facilitate productive regulation through verbal cues meant to induce rapid emotional and behavioral changes.Discoveries in light therapy show particular wavelengths of light to be able to help transform a person’s emotional state when administered properly. 

***I am master trained in Emotional Transformation Therapy and have participated in more than one hundred hours of training and supervision under the founder of ETT, Dr. Steven Vazquez.  


Image Transformation Therapy:  Releasing Pain & Fear Somatically From The Body 

Image Transformation Therapy (ImTT) is a break-through treatment used to treat trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, and relationship dynamics.  A gentle therapy, it can help to to release pain, fear, guilt, shame,  of trauma and other experiences without the need to intensely experience the feelings.   Based on a visualization and breathing protocol, pain, fear and other distressing emotions can be released directly from the body and disturbing images and memories neutralized. People who have undergone ImTT therapy speak about the profound changes that have occured in their lives. 

FSAP: Feeling State Addiction Protocol

Release addictive behaviour and compulsions. A new short-term therapy that breaks behavioral addictions and eliminates the urges and cravings of substance addictions. The FSAP breaks the fixation between feeling and behavior. This fixation is the cause of addictions. By identifying the exact feeling and behavior, the fixation can be processed using a modified form of the 'EMDR protocol' Once the fixation is broken, there are no further cravings or urges that have to be controlled or behavior that has to be managed. In fact the person is able to perform the behavior as appropriate.




ONLINE BOOKING


ONLINE BOOKING

Welcome to the Online Booking System

The online booking system is only for CURRENT CLIENTS ONLY.  If you are interested in becoming a client, please contact me first. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT.    All other ongoing appointments may be booked in person after the session or conveniently online.  CLICK  HERE TO BOOK ONLINE. There is a section on the online booking app that allows you to add questions and comments which I will see and respond to. 

When you click the online booking link, you will see a list of therapists from Newmarket Therapy Centre.     These therapists are my associates.  Please find my name, JASON KOENIGBAUR in the list. 

My current office hours are as follows: 

TUESDAY: 1:00 p.m - 8:00 pm 
WEDNESDAY: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm
THURSDAY: 1:00 pm -8:00 pm 
FRIDAY:  9:00 am- 5:00pm 

Information Regarding Benefits Plans: 

If you are going to be using benefits for therapy, please check your policy.   It is the responsibility of the client to understand their  policy before starting therapy.

I am covered under  the title of Registered Psychotherapist.  As I am supervised by a  Registered Social Worker.

Payment: 

Payment is to be received after each session.     Mastercard, Visa, cash, cheque and debit accepted.

The cost of therapy is $150/hour. Couples & Family Therapy $160/hr
 
Please note the following: 

•Online booking available only to existing/approved clients. 
•You may book up to three appointments at one time. 
•Cancellation is 48 hours in advance for online bookings. The system will not allow you to cancel if you are not in the 48 hr window
•If you need to cancel or reschedule, please go into your confirmation email. There is a link in the email to cancel. 
•Please be responsible for your appointments and notify me in advance if you cannot attend. 

CONTACT JASON


  • 436 Queen St, Newmarket, ON, Canada

EMDR THERAPY


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 unprocessed and consequently 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.

EMOTIONAL TRANSFORMATION THERAPY


Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), a therapeutic method incorporating the use of light, color wavelengths, and eye movements which aims to rapidly transform emotional distress and related physical pain into a positive emotional state. In  ETT, neural impulses are used in conjunction with specific forms of eye movement and stimulation to target these uncomfortable emotional and physical states in the corresponding areas of the brain.

In the ETT method, the brain is stimulated with lights and colours (used by a specialized machine) in order to reshape the neural impulses affecting the brain and the nervous system. The therapist observes the emotional responses of the person in therapy and helps facilitate productive regulation through verbal cues meant to induce rapid emotional and behavioral changes.Discoveries in light therapy show particular wavelengths of light to be able to help transform a person’s emotional state when administered properly.

IMAGE TRANSFORMATION THERAPY


Image Transformation Therapy (ImTT) is a break-through treatment used to treat trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, and relationship dynamics.  A gentle therapy, it can help to to release pain, fear, guilt, shame,  of trauma and other experiences without the need to intenselyexperience the feelings.   Based on a visualization and breathing protocol, pain, fear and other distressing emotions can be released directly from the body and disturbing images and memories neutralized. People who have undergone ImTT therapy speak about the profound changes that have occured in their lives.

GESTALT BODY WORK


Movement, touch and sensory awareness to help incorporate sensations and feelings with the intellect into a more integrated whole. Unlike some bodywork approaches, Gestalt bodywork does not strive to break through muscular and bodily blockages, but simply to raise awareness about where these are in the body and the feelings associated with them. Bodywork also involves the therapist in identifying how the body language of the client carries obvious inconsistencies between verbal and bodily expressions. This provides information for the therapist to assess the unspoken communication between therapist and client, the therapist’s part in that communication and out of this to create experiments that lead to bodies and minds “speaking” with a united voice.