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10 Relationship Issues That Can Benefit From Professional Counselling

toronto-couples-relationship-counselling.jpgHave you been having relationship problems with your partner, family, friends or someone important in your life lately? In life, complications between the people we love arise and there are ways to solve those complications through many different ways. There are healthy and appropriate ways to solve those complications and two of the options are through counselling or psychotherapy.

Sometimes we ask ourselves, “Am I the only one having problems with the people around me?” Everyone has different circumstances throughout life, and its common for most people to go through rough patches as well as periods of joy throughout their life. It is important for us to recognize that no healthy relationship can avoid conflicts! Issues are created while having interaction with people but that shouldn’t stop us from having relationships with others.

There are many different reasons to why we may not be getting along with the people around us. Have you gone through any of the following lately?

1. Trust Issues
2. Difficulty Communicating
3. Personality Differences
4. Money Problems
5. Life Transitions (Minor or Major)
6. Overcoming Grief and Loss
7. Dating/Lack of Intimacy/Ending of a Relationship
8. Parenting/Controlling or Needy Partners
9. Coping with Each Other’s Extended Family/Blended Family
10. Household Responsibilities/Toxic or Judgemental Household Climate

Sometimes, all we need is to chat things over with a friend or family member, or even have some time to think on our own about the issue. Other times, therapy is a great option to explore why we’re having relationship issues and work out skills and coping strategies so we don’t end up in the situation again.

In Counselling and Therapy, we learn to:
1. Recognize the problem, treat it and become stable (emotionally and mentally)
2. Develop skills to work out obstacles in a lively and appropriate way
3. Learn to listen, process, and understand others
4. Establish skills to say what you want in a assertive way without being disoriented by emotions such as anger or resentment
5. Develop full capability to realize how the other person feels and what they want

At KMA Therapy we offer different types of services for Relationship Issues, such as:

– Counselling for Relationships
– Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
– Relationship Therapy
– Relationship Management Counselling

If you’re interested in any of these services, please contact us and we’ll be thrilled to help. Have a great day!

By: Kimberly Moffit

Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Mental Health Professional

Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Mental Health Professional


What Types of Issues Are Treated By Cognitive-Behavourial Therapy Techniques?

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in Toronto

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in Toronto

In today’s world of psychotherapy and psychology techniques, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a popular and sometimes “overused” term. Since CBT is one of our specialties here at KMA Therapy, and we sure love evidence-based treatment modalities, we wanted to share some information on conditions that can be treated with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.

First of all, you might be wondering what is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is a form of therapy that is proven to increase happiness, contentment overall, motivation, and decrease a person’s amount of stress and anxiety. It’s based on the assertion that we have control over your feelings, actions that are driven by the thoughts that occur on a daily basis. Most of us function on ‘dysfunctional’ understandings (you’ll find out what yours are in your sessions!) which holds us back from what we really want and want to achieve. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is really quite different from psychotherapy or counselling because the sessions are action-based, ie: we work together, sometimes side-by-side, to complete activities, challenges, and work. It is challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun and very collaborative. During many of the sessions for CBT with your therapist, you will be doing engaging in eye-opening exercises and you will complete assigned homework until your next session. In order to have a successful CBT session, you have to be able to do your homework, show your commitment and you will be able to make significant changes in your life.

What are the benefits of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and what are the types of issues that are treated by Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Techniques?

CBT offers a wide range of treatments for a wide variety of symptoms/issues (which is backed up by a LOT of research!) By the end of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, we aim to have you to understand the negative mechanical thoughts that form our belief systems. You will be able to identity peoples, situations and events in your life that has enabled the negative beliefs that you possess. Lastly, you will be able to challenge these negative beliefs that hold you back and to develop new, functional understandings and provide awareness and tools to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is proven to be effective for the following:

– More healthy relationships
– More fulfilling relationships
– confidence in your career
– anxiety
– depression
– Hself-esteem in dating
– Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Exposure and Response Prevention and Cognitive Therapy)
– Marriage Issues
– Addiction Problems
– Bereavement Issues
– Stress Issues
– Anger Issues
– Eating-Disorders
– Divorce
– Weight Issues

Other important things you should know before starting Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy are:
1. Time and effort will make CBT successful, it is not a fast fix. Your therapist(s) will guide and encourage you but they can’t do it for you!
2. Anxiety is an issue that needs to be confronted head on. It might make you feel more anxious for a short period that you may feel overwhelmed however, that is part of the process of getting better.
3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is most successful and effective when you are willing to be hard-working, committed and wholehearted during the whole duration of your sessions. Regularly sessions are key to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.

At KMA Therapy, we provide Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with almost all of our clients. You will begin with a 30 minute intake session with Kimberly, the owner of KMA Therapy, or one of the other consultation counsellors.

If you feel C.B.T. is for you or you’re dealing with any of the issues listed above, go to a professional for help. We provide Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy at KMA Therapy so if you would like to come in for an appointment call 416-487-6288 or register online at www.kmatherapy.com.

Improve Your Self-Esteem With Counselling Services From KMA Therapy

Improve Your Self-Esteem with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Improve Your Self-Esteem with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem represents the overall beliefs we have about ourselves. Low self-esteem affects all aspects of our lives including our relationships, career, and family situations. Having low self-esteem can make us feel unworthy to want or ask or demand for change in your current position in life and yourself.

Self-esteem issues arise from many different areas such as:
– Our upbringing and family situation
– Past family dynamics
– Negative self-talk
– Negative talk about our bodies
– Career
– Past Abuse

Self-esteem counselling will help you a lot in the area of self-esteem, particularly with CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy). At KMA Therapy you will find out what the root problem is of your issue and your KMA Therapist will develop treatment plans so that you can take back control into your life and how you see yourself. You will get the control back through:

1. Developing resources and tools to change your current environment
2. Change your negative thought patterns and negative self-talk to positive thought patterns and positive self-talk
3. Promoting psychologically healthier patterns of living

At KMA Therapy, we have specific treatment methods specifically for self-esteem, which involve mostly CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy).

The first step is taking the 30 Minute Intake Session with the founder of KMA Therapy, psychotherapist Kimberly Moffit or another intake counsellor. You will be asked your issue(s) and we will see which counsellor will fit your personality and your need the best. Within the 30 minutes you would have set goals, and how the approach to your issue will work, as well as, the treatment and the duration of regularly sessions.

Self-esteem therapy requires a lot of work, devotion, and homework from both the therapist and you, the client. In therapy, we dig to the root of the issue – which usually involves identifying where your core beliefs came from (whether family, personal, or history, etc) and then focus on lowering your generalized anxiety as well. We work to improve your positive self-talk and eliminate your fear of making decisions. We want you to feel confident with all the decisions you make – and hold your head high without having to worry that things will go wrong, people won’t like you, etc.

The second step of self-esteem therapy is having regular weekly sessions for your assigned duration time with your therapist. You will work through your treatment plan, achieve your goals and objectives that you discussed in the consultation session.

The last step is finishing and evaluating. You will be in for a last consultation appointment to see how you have developed throughout the program and see if you’re struggling with your problems or not. If you aren’t you will stop your sessions, but if you are still struggling you will continue your sessions until you feel you have reached all your goals and objectives. Once all your sessions are completed you will be given reading materials to help you and if you wish to come back for a check-in session, you can just call and book an appointment. A check-in session is if you wish to talk about how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished after having therapy sessions.

How to get The Most Out of Your Relationship Counselling Experience

Relationship Counselling Toronto

Relationship Counselling Toronto

Having problems with your partner? Thinking of Relationship Counselling? Do you know another couple who has shared their experience with you?

Couples counselling can be quite pricy, with some therapists here in Toronto charging up to $300 per hour. Our fee at KMA is more reasonable, but it’s still important to understand how to get the most out of your experience.

First of all, if you are seeking for relationship counselling, you should start with finding someone that is specialized in the problems of your relationship with your partner. At KMA, we’ve got this covered: in the intake session, we will know exactly which of our 15 experts is the most well suited to you and your partner.

Next you should understand the process of how counselling will work. You and your partner will have the time to understand what type of treatment you will receive and how long the sessions will go and how regularly you will have to come for the sessions. Usually, at KMA, we recommend the duration of therapy in your initial intake session (based on your issues) so you know exactly what to expect.

One of the most challenging things we notice about couples counselling, is that many people encourage their partners to attend hoping that they will change. It’s important to realize that in order for relationship counselling to be successful, that both parties have to be willing and able to change. Although it may be hard and painful you have to be able to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to share your feelings and thoughts even if it is negative.

Relationship counselling will help you to create tools for you to solve issues when they arise in a constructive way. It will help you to develop a better understanding of who you are and who your partner is. It will create an environment where you can take the time to understand what you and your partner wants and what your expectations are. There are many benefits through relationship counselling, relationship counselling can help out the most compatible couples as well.
If you would like to find out more about how relationship counselling works at KMA Therapy go to: http://www.kmatherapy.com/relationship-counselling-toronto.html

Thank you for reading KMA Therapy Blog! If you would like to have relationship counselling call: 416-487-6288 or register on kmatherapy.com.