Let Us Help You Feel More Grounded.
We all need extra help slowing down, being present, and coping more effectively in today’s fast-paced world. Most people I work with acknowledge that they spend too much time in the past (reliving negative things that have already happened) or the future (worrying, catastrophizing, and “what-iffing”).
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of the moment-to-moment experience. It means being open to the reality of the present moment, allowing all thoughts, emotions, and sensations to enter awareness without trying to resist, avoid, or change them. Increased awareness helps us to tune in to any emotions that might be present, providing a choice in how we respond rather than just blindly reacting. At Bay Psychology you can learn mindfulness techniques during individual therapy sessions or in group classes.
Self Compassion is the ability to turn acceptance, understanding, and love inward. Many of the people I work with can offer compassion toward others but find it difficult to extend the same compassion toward themselves. Self compassion is particularly important when we make a mistake or feel that we have failed in some way. There is a lot of emphasis in our society on succeeding.
So failing by definition is when something didn’t work out the way you wanted it to and during these vulnerable moments we can be incredibly harsh with ourselves. Research has shown that a lack of compassion for the self can play a major role in mental health conditions often marked by intense feelings of shame and guilt. By fostering self compassion, you can find the opportunity in failure, learn from it, and try again with loving kindness.
Common Therapy Goals:
Increasing awareness to thought and behavioural patterns
Reducing your inner critical voice
Fostering self acceptance
Creating a self care plan