Did you know...
- that approximately 20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime? And that 8% of adults will experience major depression? (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)).
- that 2 out of 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection? (Mental Health Commission of Canada).
- that mental illness is the #1 cause of workplace disability? (Government of Canada, 2006).
Chances are that you or someone you know is coping with a mental illness RIGHT NOW. If you’ve noticed a change in someone you care about, they might be dealing with a mental illness or other serious mental or emotional issue. Don’t let them suffer in silence. You can help by getting them to talk about it and by encouraging them to get help from a mental health practitioner (doctor, counsellor, psychologist or social worker).
Taking steps toward better mental health in 2017!
Have a look at my tips for improving your mental health here.
Brenda Nikkel’s Bipolar Blog
I recently met a wonderfully brave woman, Brenda Nikkel, who shared with me her experiences with Bipolar Disorder. She’s currently working to break down the stigma of mental illness by sharing her story, and she has graciously allowed me to share it with you here.
An introduction from Dimitra
There are many reasons why someone might want to talk to a counsellor or psychotherapist. It may be because they feel ‘stuck’ about a problem or because they are feeling unhappy about a situation and aren’t sure what to do about it. Some people have been struggling with their issue for a long time; other people may be facing a new situation, like the death of someone close to them or a change in their work situation, and they feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to cope.
One of the biggest misconceptions about therapy is that seeing a therapist is a sign of weakness. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Recognizing the need for help and seeking professional therapy is a sign of both strength and determination to overcome a particular problem in order to move forward with their lives. There’s more information on the Counselling Page.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, based on the belief that you, the client, are the expert on YOU. I as the therapist am an expert on the techniques and strategies that are helpful in uncovering underlying issues and creating new and effective coping strategies for dealing with particular situations. Working together, we will work through the problems that are causing you distress, discard coping mechanisms and behaviours that are no longer working for you and develop new and effective coping strategies and behaviours. I strongly believe that you have the power to make positive changes in your life and with support and encouragement, I am confident that you will believe it too!
Dimitra Lee MA, OACCPP.
Fill out my contact form or Telephone 416 993 6205 for more information or to arrange an appointment.