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Anxiety/Panic and Depression
All of us move through life with experiences that leave us feeling overwhelmed, stressed and in need of support. Sometimes as a result of these life challenges, we experience periods of time when we don’t feel like ourselves. Instead we experience symptoms of depression and feel deeply sad and lack motivation or, we experience symptoms of anxiety and feel distracted by fear and worry.
My role is to guide you to take steps toward positive life changes and learn tools and strategies to cope. Together we’ll work to better understand the situations and feelings that interfere with your health and happiness. I’m here to listen with compassion, and to support you to find the way forward that feels the best for you in your unique situation.
Depression is not simply a change in mood nor is it a sign of weakness. It is a real and common medical condition with a variety of symptoms that leave many people (1 in 10 Canadians) feeling ashamed, guilty and afraid to ask for help.
Symptoms can include:
Emotional: Feeling sad, overwhelmed, loss of interest in things you usually enjoy.
Physical: No energy, appetite or motivation, difficulty sleeping, weight loss/gain,
Cognitive: Forgetfulness, Indecision, difficulty concentrating.
Some people do their best to manage symptoms on their own and end up suffering in silence. Depression is a real health problem and one that can be treated to allow you to progress with your life.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. We all experience anxiety at times and some anxiety can actually help to provide us with a bit of a boost in order to accomplish goals. For example, feeling some anxiety before a test or an interview can help motivate you to prepare for it. In some cases, however, worry becomes excessive or chronic and can cause sufferers to fear everyday situations and find it hard to get to school and work.
Anxiety feels different to each person but common symptoms include: increased heart rate, rapid breathing, restlessness, trouble concentrating and difficulty falling asleep. Sometimes feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body. Other ways people experience anxiety include nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that you can’t control.
Like depression, anxiety is common. Many people feel they should be able to just get over it and move on but Anxiety is a real condition that can impact your well being. We can work together to help you learn new ways to overcome symptoms and lead a more manageable day-to-day life.
I truly look forward to the time I spend with her and with the helpful, kind, gentle and easy-going attitude and spirit she has. Margot continues to help me work thru deep-rooted issues, as well as the day-to-day things of life. I cannot thank her enough and words don’t do it justice.
Margot’s thoughtful approach to resolving issues has enabled me to dig deep and finally attempt to address unresolved issues that no other therapist has been able to help me with.
It is very seldom you find a therapist who is professional, empathetic, compassionate and yet also inspiring. Margot is all of this and so much more. She has allowed me to work through trauma, supported my need for self care but most of all, she has changed the way I see myself. Undoubtedly, she is one the most skilled individuals I have had the privilege of working with.
Workplace Stress and Conflict
It’s no secret that people are feeling stressed. We all have days where we feel irritated and pressured and struggle to shake it off. Sources of stress can be difficult to target because so many areas of life contribute to stress. But what if you can pinpoint that source of stress and it happens to be your workplace?
It could be your workload, issues with management and HR, struggles with colleagues or workplace bullying. In any case, the heavy weight of a toxic workplace can have a long-term impact on physical health and symptoms can mimic those of anxiety and depression. Add workplace stress to family life, commuting, financial stressors and the unpredictable job market and soon enough it all feels like it’s spinning out of control and is all too much to handle.
Together we will discuss what is happening in your situation. Learning how to deal with stress at work won’t always feel natural, it takes time to master and sometimes options aren’t clear. With the right techniques and a different mindset, you can definitely gain the clarity to consider options to choose the path that works best for you.
I am so grateful to Margot for her kind, thoughtful and insightful approach with me. In the toughest of times she was able to help me think about things in different ways, provide insight for me that I would not otherwise have attained and provided the gentle, kind hand that led me through my toughest times.
Relationships in Transition
The decision to end a marriage isn’t one that most people take lightly. Often times, moving forward and filing for divorce comes after months or years of trying to make it work and weighing options.
In this role I work closely with you to help identify and articulate your priorities, and to find new and effective ways of communicating with your spouse or partner. My goal is to help you focus and manage your emotions through the process and if you are a parent, to ensure that your child’s or your children’s needs and best interests are at the forefront of the process.
Grief: Dealing with a new reality and finding your way
Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. Often, the pain of loss feels overwhelming. Most people experience many kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think clearly. These are normal reactions to significant loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve; it takes time, happens gradually and is a unique experience for everyone.
In this role I support you to deal with your loss and to be patient with yourself while you grieve. We will move at your pace and when you are ready, we will work together to begin to find healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss, find new meaning, and move on with your life.
Margot has been someone who has helped me thru, what I feel are, the toughest years of my life.
Margot came into my life two years ago and has helped me through the grieving process of divorce. I don’t know what I’d do without her.
Making the shift to Post-Secondary Studies
Graduating from high school and heading into post-secondary education is a milestone that creates a myriad of emotions in young adults and parents alike: excitement, terror, happiness, uncertainty.
As a student, you might be feeling stressed and losing sleep and generally feeling unequipped to handle the number of changes coming your way.
As a parent you may also be experiencing the emotions as well as trying to figure out how best to support your son or daughter as they take this important step toward adulthood.
Whatever your role, parent or student, together we can prepare for the changes coming your way and put supports in place to help manage the inevitable stress that accompanies this life change and growth.
Concerns for Students may include
- Managing Expectations
- Stress and Procrastination
- Study and Social Skills
- Self Advocacy
- Accommodations and disability related supports
Concerns for Parents may include
- Moving from Advocate to Coach
- Managing fears
- Access to Information
Career indecision is common and anxiety provoking. The pressure to choose the “perfect” fit often leaves people feeling stuck and unclear on what practical steps to take forward. It could be that you are returning to school as a mature student, to pursue further education to enhance an existing career or move in a new direction.
You could be starting a second career as a result of restructuring or layoff and have no idea where to start or what direction to take. We can work together toward goal setting for career choices and determine what training and education is right for your future.
Life presents us with a variety of career challenges and changes, some expected and some not. Whether you are a student or mature student looking at options for your future, or someone facing an unexpected change in career, when these situations occur, it is important to ask yourself:
- What inspires me?
- What is important to me?
- What do I like to do?
- Will I be able to support my family?
We will discuss your ideas and concerns about your career or educational choices. Together we can work toward deepening your understanding of how your interests, skills, personal strengths and values combine to create your career options. With a non-directive approach, I will support you to reflect on your past experiences, your future goals and help you to make next-step life decisions. Our focus will be on your future goals and needs, not the goals that I think you should have. My role is not to tell you what to do, but to help you define your goals and design a path that will allow you to achieve them.
I first met Margot in my senior year of college as I was about to bridge into my third year of university studies. She helped me hone my self-confidence not only in my academic life but also in my personal life. She helped me realize that I am capable of making my own decisions and being confident in them. She also taught me that making mistakes are okay, as every step is a learning curve. Margot encouraged me to follow my passions that led me towards completing my Master of Arts degree.
Margot has been nothing short of amazing in helping me over the years. From being a young student in need of career advice to simply offering support and guidance when I have needed to talk to someone, Margot has always been open and easy to communicate with. I could never thank her enough!
To say that Margot helped me get through my program would be an understatement. She was tremendously supportive, caring, and insightful of my needs. Margot advocated for me constantly and believed in my ability to navigate life's challenges long before I believed it was possible.
My experience working with Margot was incredibly rewarding. She treated our sessions with care, respect, and insights. I was a student struggling with family issues and she made me feel validated and heard. Margot creates a non-judgmental environment and helps make sense of what seems like chaos. Margot empowered me when I struggled with choosing my future career path and she taught me that I am in control of my life and that every decision is my choice.
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