Areas of practice
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Somatic Experiencing
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:http://www.lisavoth.ca
Three common things I hear:
- you have some understanding of why something is happening intellectually but can't figure out why it still feels so painful/ stuck/ limiting/ confusing/ annoying/ frustrating/ awful.
- you can't figure out why you keep on doing the same thing despite knowing that it makes your life less satisfying.
- you are sick of hearing things like "just love yourself" and not knowing how that actually feels or how to get there.
We can't always change things simply by talking about them. If we could, we would have changed by now.
One of the things I often hear is, "I know what I need to do, I just can't seem to do it."
As a result of emerging neuroscience we know that we have 3 brains. One in our head. One in our heart. One in our gut.
The one in our head, our frontal lobe, is logical and tells us we need to change or do something different.
The one in our body, our brainstem, is slower to change. It carries old and entrenched patterns. It doesn't necessarily change by talking about something and doesn't always follow instructions ("move on!" or "feel better!") from the head brain. It is very powerful.
Working together we get these brains congruent. We change the mental models, or the blueprints.
These blueprints determine the following:
- How you see yourself (e.g. positively/negatively, capable/incapable).
- How you see others (especially your most intimate relationships).
- How you see the world (e.g. is it friendly and are you safe to take risks and be close to people).
Changing these "blueprints" has a significant impact on thoughts, relationships, and our capacity to move towards what we want in our lives.
Working together you will gain tools and new ways of being that shift your neural pathways. We change the deep programing.
I support you to move out of the spinning and analyzing mind making room for creativity, relationships, clear-thinking, and the ability to play with who you are and what you do rather than get played by it.
These are a few things these sessions are useful for:
depression (trouble finding energy)
confusion when people say "just love yourself"
anxiety or tensing up
familiar uncomfortable sensations that won’t leave you alone
a sense of in-congruence (between what you believe/feel and what you rationally tell yourself)
questions or even massive doubt about your self-worth
trauma (PTSD-things that continue to live on in the body even once they’re finished)
trouble accomplishing your goals
finding you push people away
feeling you need to hold tightly to the people around you
the feeling of wanting to run away from others when things get too emotionally intimate
Areas I draw on are mindfulness, neuroscience, and a knowledge of the culture/society we are embedded in.
Send me an email to book an initial session. I'd love to hear from you. (I also lead workshops on creativity, theatre and building the mind-body connection. Find out more at lisavoth.ca/events.)
*update* I work in Vancouver and on the Sunshine Coast. Currently, due to covid-19, I am only doing zoom sessions with the plan to go on maternity leave at the end of July. I will return to work gradually sometime in the next year, however, exactly when is not certain. If you wish to be put on a waitlist for the future, please let me know. Otherwise, all the best in your search for a counsellor and in navigating these curious times.
Client fee individuals:$110 for 55 minutes
Client fee couples/families:$165 for 80 minutes