Papillon Psychotherapy Services

  Cindy Elkerton, Registered Psychotherapist

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! When you come to us for therapy, we'll assist you in working through the issues that plague you.

As a registered psychotherapist, I utilize an integrated therapeutic approach and provide a quick response to appointment requests.

 

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 has 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 such as hurricanes and earthquakes may trigger anxiety.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

We all desire closeness and intimacy. There are few things as nourishing as a loving relationship and few things as painful as a relationship wrought with conflict and animosity. Satisfying relationships require effective communication, respect, mutuality, and consideration.

Relationship skills are learned. Some people are fortunate enough to learn some of these skills in their families of origin, the rest learn later in life. A psychotherapist can be a real asset in helping to acquire important skills in communication, authentic and secure connection and emotional intelligence.


Couples with a wide range of problems and who are at different relationship stages and phases benefit from therapy.  I respect all cultures, sexual orientations, faiths, arrangements and traditions.

 

Are these areas of concern for you;

  • Problems in communication?
  • Conflict resolution?
  • Expressing emotions openly?
  • Closeness, intimacy and commitment?
  • Infidelity?
  • Trust issues?
  • Decisions about whether to marry or divorce?
  • Financial issues?
  • Blended family issues?


Couples therapy has helped many relationships come back from the brink. And even if you and your partner do decide to split, couples therapy can help you have a "healthier" breakup. 

  • Have you been spending more and more time apart?
  • Have your beliefs become vastly different?
  • Do you feel more relaxed and "yourself" when your partner is not around?
  • Have you and your partner have stopped talking, except for everyday things, like "Pass the butter?"
  • Are you rarely intimate anymore, if ever?
  • Did you used to have "discussions" and now you only have arguments?
  • Do you have open contempt for each other?


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, eg. 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.  

 

THERAPY BENEFITS

If you're experiencing these difficulties in your relationship, seek the help of a therapist. If you feel that things are beyond repair, therapy can still help you address your feelings. 


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


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.