East End Therapy offers individuals and couples therapy for anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, stress and burnout, trauma, boundaries, grief and loss, low self-esteem, and other issues. Our relational approach explores present-day concerns and unhelpful interaction patterns. During therapy sessions we talk together to understand their roots and how they can shift. These conversations help you find language for things that may be hard to identify or express. Whatever you bring to the conversation, we are committed to working carefully and collaboratively with you as you discover things about yourself and your relationships. We provide care within an anti-oppressive, feminist, LGBTQ*-affirmative and sex-positive framework.
Clients work one-on-one with a therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment to explore their feelings, thoughts, desires, fears and behaviours. Through this process clients can better understand themselves and the deeper causes of current challenges, as well as the aspects of their lives they would like to improve. Often clients are not sure what the problem is but they experience an overall feeling of emptiness, sadness or loneliness.
We work with diverse and complex relationship dynamics, including adoption (adult adoptees, birth and adoptive family members), blended families, family mental illness and substance use problems, and relationship conflict and breakdown.
Our work together can extend for a few sessions or considerably longer depending on your unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Many couples seek therapy when they are struggling with connection, conflict, and communication. We help partners understand each other in deeper ways by interrupting unconscious interaction patterns and identifying underlying feelings and needs through an emotionally-focused relational approach. We offer tools to build trust and intimacy, discover attachment styles, and repair historical wounds, so that the relationship can become a source of safety instead of stress.
Some couples are trying to repair after a betrayal, or they simply want to maintain closeness and prevent drifting apart. Other couples are managing changes to their lives or relationship, or seeking to develop better communication strategies. Couples counselling may be short-term to manage a crisis, or longer term to work on complex issues and to maintain gains made in therapy.
As with individual therapy, we work with a range of relational dynamics in couples therapy, and can provide support to any two or more adults in relationship, including siblings, parent-child, friends, triads, and various intimate relationships.