Areas of practice
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Child Stress and Trauma
- Compassion Fatigue
- Covid-19 Loneliness
- Grief and Loss - General
- Personal Growth
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stepfamily Adjustment
- Stress Management
- Trauma Counselling
- Body Centred Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapies
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Shame Counselling & Therapy
- Somatic Experiencing
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.lisavoth.ca
Three common things I hear:
you have some understanding of why something happens intellectually but don't know why it feels so painful/ stuck/ confusing/ frustrating/ awful and how to change that.
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 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.
As a result of emerging neuroscience we know that yes, we have a brain in our head, but that our brains extends into the body.
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 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 can bring these brains into relationship. We can change the deeper blueprints in the body.
These blueprints determine the following:
How you see yourself (e.g. positively/negatively, capable/incapable, worthy/unworthy of love).
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 programing down deep.
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 or movement)
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.
I currently am available by video call until September 2023.
(Some people find it useful to know I have a background in theatre and that I have lived experience with fertility challenges and blended families.)
Just a note about how I work.
1-3 sessions can bring clarity to a particular issue, if that is what you need.
Another way to approach this work is as a deep investment that will have long term benefits. In this approach you may commit to 6 weeks - 6 months of working regularly and that leads to gut/heart/brain level changes that can support you for the rest of your life. As we're working with old pathways in the body, it's good to note that it generally takes repetition if we're wanting lasting shifts.
And obviously there is significant variation on these 2 possibilities and every client comes with varying financial capacity and needs/desires. We can speak more about what you're needing as we go along.
Client fee individuals:120/55 minutes + GST
Client fee couples/families:190/80 minutes + GST