Talk Therapies | Lydia Charak Psychotherapy - Toronto, ON Canada
Due to the COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, only online or phone sessions are offered at this time. Let’s do our part to help flatten the curve.

Talk Therapy in Toronto

Could you use someone to talk to, who really gets you? Someone who understands and can offer you their ear and a perspective that might just make things easier to bear.

If you have thoughts, feelings, moods and actions that are adversely affecting your day-to-day life, relationships and the ability to enjoy life,
you could benefit from therapy.

While friends and family can offer support or give advice —
this is not therapy and you can be honest with your therapist without having to worry about what others think or offending anyone.

I am truly interested in how you are doing when I ask you. I am also trained to notice and understand what you say, how you say it and what you might omit — which helps me help you.

It is a common
misconception that something must be seriously ‘wrong’ with your mental health in order to benefit from therapy, and although those who do experience mental health challenges can certainly benefit, many people find it to be helpful to have therapy at some point in their lives.
Stacks Image 42
We can all use a safe place to talk openly and confidentially, receive support through our everyday challenges, discover and expand our sense of self and the ability to be in relationship with others.

We can all use a safe place to
talk openly and confidentially, receive support through our everyday challenges, discover and expand our sense of self and the ability to be in relationship with others.

Psychotherapy can be
short-term (a few sessions), dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months or years), dealing with longstanding and complex issues. Research has shown that people who receive psychotherapy experience symptom relief and are better able to function in their lives.

My main tools when working with clients are based in
Talk Therapy and the arts which include the Expressive Arts, Compassionate Inquiry and Dreamwork. I offer a blend of psychotherapeutic services that tap into the broad training I have received and are based on my clients’ presenting issues, their goals for therapy and their treatment preferences.

I enjoy working
collaboratively with each person in the exploration of their unique inner worlds and offer empathic undivided attention and care.

Talk therapy benefits

Therapy is well recognized as a tool for overcoming pain from your past which may show up as anxiety, depression or addictions. It can also help you define your goals by clarifying who you are and what you want from life. You don’t have to have had a major trauma or life event to benefit from therapy as it can support and help foster better emotional wellness in your daily life.

Talking with a professional can offer you
alternative perspectives to your thoughts and moods and how you relate to others and can offer feedback and insight on how your emotions and thinking are impacting you.

By being
proactive about your mental health, you can address issues as they arise so they don’t become bigger problems.

I can offer you relief from your symptoms, help you
feel like yourself again and restore your quality of life.

If this resonates with you please reach out to me to
schedule a free consult.
Stacks Image 158

Compassionate Inquiry in Toronto

Compassionate Inquiry (CI) is a sensitive approach to Talk Therapy that helps reveal what is underneath what we present to the world. It explores body states and physical sensations that are directly related to emotions, memories, hidden assumptions and beliefs we develop about ourselves.

You can learn to recognize
unconscious dynamics that run your life and learn to liberate yourself by putting you in touch with experiences that might have been confusing or traumatic and exploring possible meanings you attached to what happened. These beliefs follow you into adulthood and impact who you are today and the issues you carry with you.

This form of therapy is well suited to working with
anxiety, shame and self-esteem and all kinds of trauma — big or small and any resulting maladaptive behaviours that complicate your life. Behaviours like addictions are based in self protective, survival responses to trauma and can result from the loss of meaningful connections to others. They numb our pain and help us to survive even though the possible outcome can be, at worse, fatal.

Compassionate Inquiry helps you understand
why you do the things you do and say and puts them in context to the wounded person you are inside. It puts you, the client, in control by asking permission each step of the way to empower you and provide a sense of safety within the therapeutic space. You are given room to feel what you are feeling and process what has been going on in your life. It supports finding alternative perspectives and creates positive shifts in how you see and know yourself. As a Certified Compassionate Inquiry therapist I am here to support you through it.
Stacks Image 225
There’s a reason why this process is called Compassionate Inquiry as it is a patient, caring and deeply meaningful process. It works by bringing awareness and shedding light on your past and unlocking positive potential for your future. It works hand-in-hand with the Expressive Arts as a multi-fold approach to psychotherapy / counselling and clients find relief from their symptoms.

If this sounds like an approach to therapy that resonates with you please reach out and schedule a free consult.