CBT * Mindfulness * EMDR * Hypnotherapy * Gestalt Nlp/Time Line therapy 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 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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT: Overcoming Depression, Anxiety and Unwanted Behaviours
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 identify and challenge these negative thought patterns and come up with alternative thoughts that lead to more positive feelings and behaviours. As thoughts are changed and new behaviours are practiced, mood and functioning improve and self-confidence increases.
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 phsysical and sexual abuse, early losses, neglect, birth trauma, medical trauma, parental drug and alcohol abuse, and caregiver misatunement. Children with traumatized parents can also take into their neuro networks the parents pain, distress and dysfunctional belief systems. Aditionally, chidren 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 deficitis 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 regualte distressful emotions, resolve the attachment wound, and establish deeper connections with others.
NLP/Time Line Therapy™ (TLT): Release Negative Emotions and Limiting Decisions
Time Line Therapy is a powerful therapeutic process that has evolved from hypnosis and NLP, developed by Tad James, Ph.D. in the 1980s. It was developed by applying a therapeutic process to the concept that we store our memories in a linear manner in an internal memory storage system. TLT provides one of the most powerful processes and techniques for personal change and growth by facilitating the elimination of the painful emotions attached to memories or events in the past. TLT also focuses on what we can learn from those events and use what we learn as a resource for the future. Time Line Therapy™ techniques and practical processes produce long lasting transformation much quicker than what is currently called “brief therapy”, with a minimum of discomfort to the client. Some examples of painful emotions are: anger, rage, sadness, hurt, regret, fear, guilt, remorse. TLT also enables you to clear limiting beliefs that can leave you stuck in the past and stops you from creating what you want in your life. Both unwanted negative emotions and limiting beliefs influence every area of our lives.
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.
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.
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.
FSAP: Feeling State Addiction Protocol: Release addictive behviour 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.
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 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) and Clinical Hypnosis . These cutting edge mind-body therapies work to release negative emotions/energies and to change behaviour more automatically.