Papillon Psychotherapy Services

  Cindy Elkerton, Registered Psychotherapist

Therapy

Are you ready for a lasting change in your family, relationships, career, and life?

Are you ready to improve your mental and emotional health? 


You don't have to go it alone! As a registered psychotherapist, I utilize an integrated therapeutic approach and provide a quick response to appointment requests.

 

THERAPY BENEFITS

If you're experiencing depression, anxiety, difficulties in your relationship, or grief and loss, PPS is fully equipped to help you address your feelings and again find balance in your life.


Our goal is to give you the resources you'll need in order to live a more peaceful and productive life. Throughout your time with us, we'll treat you with care, compassion, and respect as we strive to help you find effective strategies for coping.


At PPS we have the experience needed to create a comfortable and safe environment, and our services are completely confidential. We care about your health, happiness, and overall well-being, and we want to help you work towards a happier future.


Don’t try to handle things on your own.  Those who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we’ll explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.


Psychotherapists have the training and experience to can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential.


Medication can be effective, but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with therapy. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

Since each person has different concerns and goals for therapy, we tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.


It is not possible to say how long therapy will take. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.

DEPRESSION

No one should have to live alone with sadness and despair. Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life's struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness.


Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. Others feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic.

Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.


Do you identify with the following signs and symptoms?

  • You feel hopeless and helpless
  • You've lost interest in friends, activities, and things you used to enjoy
  • You feel tired all the time
  • Your sleep and appetite have changed
  • You can't concentrate, or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  • You can't control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
  • You are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
  • You're consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behaviour

ANXIETY

If you're struggling to cope with overwhelming stress, you might benefit from seeking anxiety treatment. At PPS, we understand how difficult it can be to live with anxiety.


Anxiety can keep you from carrying on with your life normally. Worry and fear are constant and overwhelming and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.


Some symptoms of anxiety are:

  •  Panic, fear, and uneasiness
  •  Sleep problems
  •  Not being able to stay calm and still
  •  Cold, sweaty, numb, or tingling hands or feet
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Heart palpitations
  •  Dry mouth
  •  Nausea
  •  Tense muscles
  •  Dizziness


How we think and react to certain situations can affect anxiety. Some people may perceive certain situations to be more dangerous than they actually are (e.g., fear of flying). Others may have had a bad experience and they fear this will happen again (e.g., a dog bite). Traumatic life events such as the death of a family member, witnessing a death, war, and natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes and earthquakes) may trigger anxiety.

 



GRIEF AND LOSS


When you are grieving, you experience many different thoughts, behaviours, and feelings such as

  • Overwhelming tiredness and exhaustion
  • Restlessness ‒ feeling unable to sit still
  • Aches and pains, e.g., headaches, backache, neck pain, rib and chest pain
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Comfort eating
  • Finding it hard to sleep or fear of sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Overwhelming mood changes/swings


As strange as your emotions may seem, they are a true expression of where you are right now. Rather than deny or feel victimized by your feelings, you can learn to recognize them, learn from them, and transform them into a healthy new you.