"We're all just walking

each other home."

-Ram Dass

MY 

APPROACH

TO THERAPY

Being human means knowing confusion, loss, and uncertainty, but what feels overwhelming or unbearable need not be held alone. It takes great courage to seek help and to trust another with your pain or burden. The relationship between therapist and client can offer the safety and space needed to make sense of your thoughts and feelings and to notice patterns that are occurring in your life. Together we will explore new ways of connecting that may bring greater clarity, comfort, and vitality, and strengthen your capacity to manage life's difficulties. Our work together will be collaborative, as we figure out what gets talked about and how quickly or slowly we move.  We may unpack significant relationships and experiences that have shaped how you understand yourself and what you believe is possible for your future. Empowerment and growth through interpersonal connection, mindful reflection, and body awareness, are both the process and the goal of my work with clients. 

As a relational therapist I take seriously the interpersonal impact of power differentials and social issues such as race, class, culture, mobility, gendering, and sexuality and I work with these experiences as they exist in my clients' lives and in our therapeutic relationship. My approach to the process of therapy is holistic, taking into consideration the interconnection between mind and body, and between the personal and systemic. I strive to work in the spirit of cultural humility and to practice anti-oppressive, harm reductive, and sex positive approaches to healing and personal growth. 

Our work together might help you to identify and attend to:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief

  • Chronic pain

  • Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Trauma / PTSD

  • Life transitions

  • Spirituality

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Eating disorders

  • Family conflict

  • Self-esteem

  • Self-harming

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Womxn's issues

  • Sexuality

  • Gendering & Identity

"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
 you touch everything.
"

- Lao Tzu 

 
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

One on one sessions (18+ years) that are carefully attuned to your needs. Therapy is a collaborative process that we will navigate together and sessions may include talk therapy, somatic processing (body awareness), or mindfulness skills depending on what is most useful for you each step of the way. 

SOMATIC THERAPY

Somatic therapy /somatic processing focuses on promoting sensory awareness that may help address physical symptoms that remain in the body in the aftermath of traumas of all degrees. Tracking and identifying sensations and physical responses, clients learn to gradually re-inhabit their bodies in the present moment and to rebuild a sense of internal safety and trust. 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
COUPLES THERAPY

Mindfulness is the process of bringing attention to our experience of the present moment. Mindfulness is an effective tool for self-regulation and can reduce symptoms as well as alter our relationship to physical and emotional suffering of all kinds.  Mindfulness practices also support a maturation of self-awareness and self-compassion and can increase our resilience and capacity for joy. 

Coming in 2021

 
 

GET IN TOUCH

2356 Bloor St. West

Toronto, ON 

Tel: 416.795.9351

raeya@raeyaluisetherapy.com

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