Louise Hampson MBA, RP, Member CAPT
Maybe you want to feel more comfortable in your own skin, improve your relationships, or find meaning and purpose in your life. Or, perhaps you are going through a major transition, a crisis, or have reached a point where you just know, "things must change". Almost everyone, at some point in their life, feels alone, afraid, lost, maybe even depressed. These times demand support and a fresh perspective. You have come to the right place.
There are many days that just aren't so easy we feel stuck. What I mean by stuck are states like depression, anxiety, anger, or feeling empty, lonely, or not being able to relate. As a therapist, my goal is to help you become increasingly unstuck. I can show you how even your painful problems are information and potent opportunities for change and growth. I also want to empower you and help you see that you already have everything that it takes to feel better.
Over a lifetime, we all develop defenses, thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and fears that keep us from living the life we want. These are limitations. And while at one time they had purpose, they have lost their usefulness in the present day. My job is to help you identify these limitations and guide and support you to transform them. Perhaps we don't eliminate them altogether, we recognize the parts that have value, but change up the parts that are holding you back. Becoming aware of the unwanted fears, beliefs, and thoughts that control our lives is an important step in changing the way we do things and how we see our world. I will help you collect your patience with yourself and the process.
Of course, because life is the way it is, we can never eliminate fear altogether. In this case, developing courage can help. We all need to develop this muscle. Courage moves us away from living in a contractive zone of false comfort to an expansive place of unlimited possibilities. Ideally, the work will empower you to feel like you can create more of what you want in your life.
My approach is one of transformation through non-judgment, listening, support, empathy, and insight. Some of the techniques we may use are talk therapy, inquiry, mindfulness, guided meditation, and experiential techniques. Experiential techniques include focusing, role play, sub personality work, emotional release, and inner child exercises. The therapy is created to suit you. All of the work is intended to access the reality that lies below the regular conscious mind, increase self-awareness, strengthen the mind-heart-body connection, increase emotional fluency and intuition, and access the observer self. Regardless of the specific techniques used, the relationship between you and me, as well as your innate wisdom are keys to you feeling more content. Ultimately, the idea is to achieve the goals that you define and make it possible for you to meet your needs.
In a very general sense, some of the outcomes of psychotherapy are: increased self-esteem; living free of anxiety, fear, sadness and other limitations; respecting yourself; bringing clarity to relationships; a feeling of responsibility for your own life; the ability to make empowered decisions; a sense of purpose; living with intention; and finding answers to difficult questions. Many people say they feel a sense of empowerment and achievement.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am also a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy. As well as my formal training as a psychotherapist, I have undertaken extensive exploration in somatic and spiritual healing modalities. I also have a Master's degree in business and am a holistic nutritionist.
My life and practice are decidedly spiritual in nature. By this I mean that I am on my own long journey of discovery and strive daily to live my best possible self. Acceptance, belief, and intention are just some of the qualities I bring every day to my life. My life has also been one of constant change, searching and exploring. I have traveled to the far Pacific, the Norwegian arctic, northern Canada, and the Polar regions. While I have seen awesome beauty, I have come to realize that a focus inward is my most important journey. I believe that until our insides are more fully navigated, we can't enjoy that great world outside of us with relaxation and clarity. While I am a skilled problem solver and crisis manager, I tend to rely, more and more, on intuition and channeled guidance. These things take a lot of internal work to master and be open to. I will never be done with this work. I've also learned to stop telling "my story", I don't live in the past, and I focus more on the essence of what I have learned and am becoming.
As a therapist, my greatest desire is to help others discover how to live happily and align themselves with their true purpose. Every day, I learn new things from my clients. It's a true privilege to be part of someone else's journey.
My office is near Bloor and St. George in the Annex, located on the subway line and close to the University of Toronto campus. Here's a map. I offer a free 30 minute in-person consultation to discuss your needs and determine fit.
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