Adult therapy near Yorkville is one type of Toronto therapy that I offer in my counselling practice; the age range starts from 21 and extends beyond adults in their sixties. People seek out adult therapy for a variety of reasons: some have been seeing other therapists and the therapy was not helping; some have been suffering with symptoms for years and finally feel ready for professional help; others have suffered a recent trauma or loss and need to resolve this before being able to move forward; some have solely used medication for their symptoms and feel they need something more, or wish to understand the meaning of their symptoms; others are simply curious about what makes them tick and what to explore themselves with the help of a professional guide or facilitator. Whatever reason you have for seeking adult therapy in Toronto, therapy can and does help my patients address, explore and, in many cases, heal their painful issues and live relatively free of the symptoms that brought them to therapy.
The Toronto Therapy Approach: Adult Therapy
Toronto therapy comes in many forms, or theoretical orientations that dictate the guiding principles and practices of the therapist. The three most popular approaches are, drug therapy, the psychodynamic approach, and the cognitive-behavioural (CBT) perspective. Psychodynamic can be simply defined as the interplay of forces or influences within the mind, or brain. In contrast to CBT, which connects behaviour with observable antecedents and consequences, psychodynamic adult therapy finds the reasons for behaviour to be much more complex than what we can view on the surface. This perspective considers the individual to be more than how he or she behaves on the outside; the person also has an inside, or a mind which holds feelings that can becomes disharmonious and conflicted. So, in the simplest terms, the psychodynamic approach examines how people’s feelings lead them to behave in certain ways.
Similar to behavioural therapy, drug therapy also examines behaviour as a surface phenomenon to be taken more or less at face value, with the added component of the brain and its chemistry which, we are told, cause the behaviour in question. Again, the psychodynamic perspective considers the individual to be more than its brain, just as the individual is more than its behaviour. Lying beneath brain chemistry and behaviour are feelings – sadness, hurt, fear, anger, shame, envy, love, hate – which can fall into conflict with each other and cause difficult behaviour. The psychodynamic therapist seeks to understand how difficult feelings can make us behave in ways which are not necessarily in our best interest. Once the feelings and conflicts that underlie behaviour start to make more sense to the person, the behaviour often decreases over time, eventually becoming extinct.
If you interested in making an appointment or finding out more about best adult therapy in Toronto, the first step is a telephone consultation where we briefly speak about your concerns before finding a time to meet to discuss the issues in more depth. This is also a good time to answer any questions, doubts or concerns you may have about adult therapy before deciding if it is the right treatment for you.