Maggie Fraser

RP, CTP Dipl, Member CAPT

maggie_fraser

Do you feel overwhelmed? Unconnected? Stuck?

Talking to a therapist can really help.

Each therapy is as unique as the person who comes to see me. The changes you want to make in your life, the subjects we talk about are entirely up to you. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can speak about your feelings and concerns, some of which you may not be able to share with the people in your daily life. Whether you have specific issues you would like to address or just a general sense that you are not living life as fully as you would like to be, having a confidential space to reflect on your life, with the help of a therapist, can provide you with new and valuable insights into your world

Telling your story:

For many people therapy is their first experience of feeling like the central figure in their life story. All too often we can feel like peripheral characters in our own lives. When we tell our life story to a therapist it often feels as if  hearing it for the first time ourselves. This alone is a powerful experience. To enhance this a therapist is trained to listen to the subtle nuances of your story and ask questions that may provide new insights into the way you look at your self and your life.

Early Experience:

The way you first experience the world can be a blueprint for what you expect in later life. For this reason we often explore your early life to gain a deeper insight into your present concerns. Once you begin to make connections between your past and your present you open a place for new expectations to emerge.

Therapeutic Trance Work:

All of us have experienced trauma in our lives. A trauma is any experience that overwhelms us beyond our capacity to process. With time and the right kind of help some of these traumas can be worked through in the course of every day life. Others, especially those we had to deal with alone, become buried in our psyches and surrounded by protection mechanisms that we unconsciously use to protect ourselves from levels of pain we felt unable to cope with at the time of the initial experience. These buried traumas are activated when we find ourselves triggered by situations in our present day lives. We feel intense emotions, deep fears or just numbness that we somehow sense is not just about the present situation. These buried traumas often cause us to avoid certain experiences thus limiting our capacity to live fully.

Therapeutic trance work is an interactive, rather playful process. My approach is similar to Jennifer Mclean’s “Spontaneous Transformation Technique”. It allows us to access and unwind buried trauma in a gentle and self-directed manner, providing insight into aspects of ourselves that were previously unavailable to us. People generally report feeling calm and refreshed after a session.

What to Expect:

Anxiety and Depression are the most frequent symptoms people bring to therapy. These symptoms are usually either a result of past traumas, a response to the demands and changes in present day life or a combination of the two. During the time we work together clients usually find that they feel more at peace with themselves and increasingly empowered in their lives.

People are mysterious beings. Although there are many very helpful theories about why we feel and act as we do no one truly has the answers about you except you. I am here to assist you on your path but the path is of your own choosing.

Therapy can:

  • enable us to understand how we sometimes work at cross purposes to ourselves and to learn to integrate the disparate aspects of our psyches. When we do this we are able to live more effective and satisfying lives.
  • allow us to explore sensitive aspects of ourselves in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
  • give us the opportunity to make choices we might not have otherwise had the insight or courage to make
  • help us to utilize and value our creativity and imagination.
  • help you to find creative ways to discover and express your uniqueness and live a life that reflects who you truly find yourself to be.

About me:

I am a graduate of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. The program at CTP includes both academic and experiential elements. Besides the study of psychoanalytic theory students are required to engage in years of both individual and group therapy in order to understand the process of therapy from  inside and out.
I am continually reminded what a privilege it is to listen to the confidences my clients share with me and to talk to them about what is most meaningful to them. The people I work with all have at least some hope that life can get better. I am both humbled and inspired by our conversations.

I am delighted to work with people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, ages, gender and sexual orientations.

As well as being a psychotherapist I am a mother, a musician and a creative person. I practice yoga and am a certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga. I have a comfortable accessible office near the Dupont subway station.

 

People see me for:

Anxiety
Depression
Self Esteem
Relationships
Trauma/Crisis
Sexual Abuse
Parenting
Creativity
Dreams
Finding Meaning

Specialties:

One-to-One Therapy

Relational Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Trance/Hypnosis

 

Articles :

Why Choose Psychodynamic Therapy

The Expectation of Help

How does Therapy Work? Eco-Systems of Mental Health

 

Contact me:

(647) 567-3631
www.mypsychotherapist.ca

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Location:

511 Davenport Road
Toronto, ON