Common Challenges

Do any of these sound familiar?


Depression
“Sometimes I just go off – I don’t know where it comes from, but I just feel so mad. Afterwards I feel guilty but I don’t know how to explain myself, so I just say nothing.” “I have all of the things I worked so hard for, but sometimes I just feel lost and empty. I’m not sure what my purpose is, and it’s really starting to get me down.”


“I feel stuck in a job I don’t enjoy. Every day I go to work and count down the hours until I can come home again. I want to make a change, but I just don’t know where to start.” “I’ve known I’ve been gay for as long as I can remember, but I’m terrified to come out to my family. What if they reject me, or kick me out of the house? I love my family and I don’t want to lose them, but I can’t keep living this lie.”


“I want to spend time with my friends, but when the time comes to go out I always find an excuse. It feels good at first to not have to go, but then I feel lonely after. I feel like I let my friends down, and that soon they’ll stop inviting me places and I’ll always be alone.” “I find myself dreading bedtime, because it’s so hard for me to get to sleep. When I get into bed it’s like my mind goes into over-drive – thinking of all the things that I need to do, replaying conversations in my head, and worrying about what tomorrow will bring. I wish I could just turn my mind off.”

In therapy, we work with you to determine your unique needs and create a concrete plan of action to assist you in living the life you want.  We use a kind, compassionate approach to therapy, while holding you accountable so that you are creating your own change with our help along the way. We also know that it can be challenging to fit appointments into your schedule, which is why we offer both in-person appointments in our Hamilton, Ontario office or e-counselling appointments through a video conferencing service. Appointments are available five days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening for your convenience.

We work with individuals who would like to improve their sense of well being and vitality. Some of the common difficulties we work with include:

Anger

We all experience anger from time to time. But at times, it can sometimes feel like we’re out of control when we can’t help but lash out, yell, storm off, break things, etc. Sometimes it can feel like a fire burning inside of us and we feel irritated at the smallest things, leading us to sometimes lash out at loved ones in the process.

Difficulties controlling anger can stem from a number of different underlying issues, but we’re confident that we can help. Through therapy, we can help you get to the root of your anger, frustration, or irritability, and provide you with practical and effective strategies to better manage your emotions.

For more information on how we can help you with anger management, contact us today!

Depression

As psychotherapists, we have been trained to recognize the signs and help treat some of the symptoms of extreme sadness and, at times, depression. Extreme sadness doesn’t always have a clear cause, and that’s okay! What matters is that you’re not happy, and you want to make a change – and we are here to help.

Some common symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Increased irritability
  • Difficulty with focus, concentration, and memory
  • Extreme feelings of sadness
  • Difficulty or excessive sleeping
  • Increased or lack of appetite

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, there is hope! Depression or bouts of extreme sadness do not have to be forever, and there are steps we can take in therapy to help you overcome your symptoms and get back to living your life. To learn more about how our therapy program can help, contact us today to book a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of our therapists.

Workplace Issues

We spend a large portion of our lives at work, and there are times when we don’t enjoy our jobs, are looking but can’t find a job, or just feel like we need a change. .

Whether you’re in school and looking for direction, just entering the workforce, looking for a change, or dealing with some workplace issues, we can help! We have expertise in job search, resume building, dealing with interpersonal issues, setting boundaries, and assertiveness training. Give us a call today to get started on your journey towards a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Anxiety

Worry, stress, fear, uneasiness, angst, nervousness – all synonyms for anxiety. Anxiety is a necessary emotional response to danger. Back in the hunting and gathering days, anxiety served as a helpful response when we encountered predators that told us to flee so we didn’t get eaten. In modern times, our anxiety levels can get a little out of whack, and lead to a significant amount of distress.

If your anxiety is getting in the way of you living your life, we can help. We know that social anxiety, phobias, agoraphobia, PTSD, and other forms of anxiety can be extremely debilitating, and how it may feel like your anxiety is taking over.

We provide useful skills to help people manage  their anxiety. We utilize elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET), and other mindfulness-based approaches to help people reclaim control of their lives. We provide tools, coping strategies, and support to help you overcome whatever is stopping you from living your best life. Call today to book your free 15-minute consultation with one of our counselors.

LGBTQ2S+ – Sexuality and Gender Issues

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender, two-spirited – however you identify, we understand that there can be struggles in your life that it seems no one else understand. While we don’t claim to know how you feel, or be able to put ourselves in your shoes, we can provide you a with a solid support system and validation for what you are experiencing.

Feeling alone, judged, scared, and unable to be your true self can be unbelievably distressing. Grappling with the decision to come out, navigating your new life, or just exploring some of your curiosities – whatever it is that you’re going through, we can support you on this journey. We provide a safe, comfortable and confidential environment for you to explore, discuss, and problem-solve. We can provide tools for talking to others, and for coping with the complex emotions related to whatever it is that you may be dealing with. Call us today for a free 15-minute consultation to find out how counselling with us can help.

Grief

Losing a loved one can be life-changing. Sometimes, we simply don’t know how to cope with the death of a loved one. Grief can come in waves, with life feeling relatively “normal” in one moment and torn apart the next, whenever you are reminded of the person you lost. It can alter our identities and leave us wondering where to go from here. At Roots in Wellness, we strive to help you cope with anything that life throws at you.

Even though moving through grief is difficult and can at times feel never-ending, we can provide you with the support, compassion, and strategies to help you through this difficult time. Whether it’s simply allowing you to discuss your time with a loved one, exploring some of the complex emotions surrounding their passing, or helping you move forward into this “new normal”, we can help. Call us today for a free 15-minute counseling consultation, and take the first step towards moving forward.

Stress

Work, family, friends, hobbies, bills, household responsibilities – sometimes life can simply be overwhelming! We can get into a pattern of doing too much all at once, and at times we simply don’t feel that we can keep up any longer. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, like you’re drowning and don’t know how to cope, give us a call. We can provide you with tools to help bring a better sense of balance and peace to your life.