Andrea D'Onofrio MA, RP
Bloor West Village
I love these beautiful, inspiring words and I have learned, both in my personal healing and in my work with clients, about how our own resistance can challenge our ability to authentically believe our own worth, deserving and value.
In a warm, caring, supportive, accepting and non-judgmental environment, we can carefully create self-acceptance and improve our self-concept as we bravely learn to open our fragile hearts.
Many of us are hurting from experiences in our lives that we are having trouble reconciling. Understanding that we did the best we could at the time based on our skills, knowledge and experience helps us move through pain and heal. We tend to blame the situation, person and/or ourselves for our pain and magnify it to a level of discomfort that initiates our search for a therapist of good fit. We can learn to trust in a safe client-practitioner relationship, explore the past and develop an accurate self-concept to enhance ability to ease pain, reconcile the past and create the future that we want.
Compassion and empathy are essential to create a safe space to explore vulnerability, share and grow. Our experiences don’t have to define us- they can be used to understand our unique journeys and integrate our inner capacity of strength, resilience and courage. We can work together to transform old patterns and reactions from destructive to productive. We have the power to free ourselves from old attachments to shadows and pain in order to embrace joy, excitement and increase our energy.
Raising our consciousness in a largely unconscious world is not an easy task. I have tremendous respect and admiration for those who are willing to open their eyes to hard truths and disappointing circumstances. It is this powerful process of awakening to the real you that comprises the concept of personal growth and development. This is a focus of my practice.
I am here to walk with you on your enriching journey, to live with a focus on the present, to accept what can’t be changed and to change what can be changed. I am here to guide you towards self-exploration and provide the tools to create the change; however it is clients that work to achieve their goals.
I take a collaborative, client-centered approach, which constantly evolves with you and your unique experiences. Personal growth and development create skills, knowledge and experience that you will keep forever. It is that from which you can effectively manage through whatever challenges arise in the future and achieve personal freedom.
I take a holistic view of whole person health, which informs my approach to therapy. When we experience life, good and not so good, we feel it at the emotional, cognitive, physical and energetic levels. When one system is off, it affects all other systems in the body. As an experienced energy-based practitioner of Reiki, I can help you learn to build and integrate the skills necessary to create change on all levels. What we hold in our hearts can be manifested as physical pain and vice versa. It creates a stress response in the nervous system that affects heart, mind and body. When we learn these skills, we will have them forever. We can transform our lives and challenges though powerful inner growth and development. We can experience enriching emotional health and create happiness. This improves whole person health and wellbeing.
Areas of Interest
Areas of focus in my practice include:
- Personal growth and development
- Anxiety and depression
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Stress and overwhelm
- Career and work-life balance
- Health and wellness
My own experience in psychotherapy for personal growth and development inspired me to leave my former career in retail buying to help others create the meaningful change that has transformed my personal and professional lives. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), hold a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and am a professional member in good standing of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I am also a Registered Reiki Practitioner with the Canadian Reiki Association (CRA) and a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.
My office is located in Bloor West Village with good public transit connections.
If working together feels like a good fit for you, please contact me for a free consultation or visit my personal website to learn more.
All the best,
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