Psychotherapy helps the patient understand what helps them feel positive or anxious, as well as accepting their strong and weak points.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a process in which a trained professional enters a relationship with a patient for the purpose of helping the patient with symptoms of mental illness, behavioral problems or personal growth. The process involves the patient and therapist sitting in a room talking, which is why it is often called "talk therapy".

Benefits Of Psychotherapy Treatment

Participating in psychotherapy offers a number of benefits for the client. It is usually helpful to have somebody who really does understand you. Therapy may give the client a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and direct the client towards a solution.
 • Being able to understand yourself and your personal goals and values better.
 • Developing skills for improving relationships.
 • Obtaining a solution to the problems or concerns that made the client seek therapy.
 • It helps the client overcome certain problems, such as an eating disorder, depression, or anxiety.

Psychotherapy is used for treating many different problems. Some alone, and some in combination with drugs. The most commons ones are listed below:
Depression, Anxiety, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Low self-esteem, Anxiety disorder, including phobias, Emotional crises, Marital problems, Family disputes, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Personality disorders, Alcoholism, Addiction, Problems stemming from child abuse, Behavioral problems, Bipolar disorder (in combination with drugs), Schizophrenia (in combination with drugs).

Marie Christine Brown

Psychotherapy and Gestalt Therapy is provided by Marie Christine Brown, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed eq.. Ms Brown has a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Education degree, extensive training at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and is a graduate of The Gestalt Institute of Toronto's 4 year psychotherapy training program. She has led her self-designed 'Talk Shops'(Gestalt therapy groups) for over twenty years with participants ranging from public school students through adolescents and adults to consumer/survivors of the Mental Health System (CMHA). She has completed facilitator training with the Canadian Cancer Society as well as the CMHA. She provides private therapy to teens, couples and individuals.

Gestalt Psychotherapy addresses our outdated patterns of behaviour by increasing awareness and offering completion and choice, where blocks or habits exist. The mind and body work together to reach a natural state of homeostasis. This is achieved when impediments are replaced with functionality, integration and responsibility. Psychotherapy assists in restoring one's overall physical and mental health.

Talk Shop Group Therapy provides a venue for teens or adults experiencing challenges, to gain self awareness and personal growth through an authentic communication process. During group and individual sessions, clients learn to become aware of what they are doing psychologically and how they can change it. By becoming aware of and transforming their process, they develop self acceptance and the ability to experience more in the "now" without so much interference from baggage of the past.

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