Alexandra Elias, Experienced Registered Psychotherapist
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and have been working with children, adolescents, adults, and families for over 13 years. I have an MA in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. I am a member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists) and the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario). I have been described by colleagues and clients as a passionate, empathic, and caring therapist and I can truly say that I love what I do. I have been working in children’s mental health for over 13 years and have extensive experience working with children and youth individually as well as with parents and families. I also have extensive experience working with adults struggling with mental health issues as well as the daily life stressors.
My areas of expertise include:
If you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness that impact day to day functioning, you may be suffering from depression. Beyond feelings of sadness, other symptoms might include being in an irritable mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt, low self-esteem, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, loss of energy, and/or difficulties concentrating.
These symptoms impair a person, preventing them from living their lives at school, work, or at home.
At its worst, depression leads to thoughts about ending one’s life. Depression is a highly common, serious condition that affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians every year. The first step towards getting your life back and regaining control is seeking help. Therapy for
depression provides help in managing the condition, using advanced techniques and methods to improve quality of life.
The last thing you want to do is go through something like this alone. When a sufferer of depression has the support they need to start feeling like themselves again, it is possible to overcome those feelings of sadness.
Therapy for depression addresses the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are affecting you negatively. Through therapy strategies, we address them at the root. When it’s out of control, depression can break down and affect relationships, result in job loss, and disrupt your sense of well-being. It’s never too late to make a change. Don’t feel embarrassed about asking.
Depression can happen to anyone.
If it happens to you, it is important to address it head-on with a mental health professional trained in depression therapy.
Anxiety is crippling. Persistent worries that easily get in the way of day to day functioning can prevent a person from going to work, from going out in public, and can result in having to live largely in agony. If you have ever felt nervousness or jittery, seek constant re-assurance, are having difficulty sleeping being kept up by worrying, find yourself to be more self-critical than average, or are hypersensitive, there is a good chance you might be struggling from anxiety.
Professional anxiety therapy and counseling goes a long way in resolving anxiety. There are multiple therapies that can be used to heal someone suffering from anxiety, sometimes completely, and in other cases, teaching anxiety management strategies to cope with the condition. It is possible to overcome unpleasant feelings of worry, unease, or apprehension. The most important thing in treating anxiety is to seek help from a licensed mental health professional now and not later. The faster you begin anxiety therapy treatment, the sooner you begin your recovery.
Therapy for anxiety breaks down the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that make up the condition. In the worst of cases, when anxiety is left unaddressed, it can rear its head in the form of physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, trembling, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea.Thankfully, with the right anxiety therapy plan, the condition does not have to progress to that point. More than 4 million
Thankfully, with the right anxiety therapy plan, the condition does not have to progress to that point. More than 4 million Canadians every year are struck with some form of anxiety. Sadly, not everyone seeks help to treat their anxiety.
Don’t be one of them. Reach out today and get back to enjoying life, living it the way you want to live it.
simply as having feelings of anger and/or resentment get in the way of your personal happiness.
Every day, people struggle to process and manage anger. Those individuals who are not afraid to put the effort in to manage their anger oftentimes find that therapy is among the most effective ways to regain control of their emotions. Some of us have to work harder than others to control our anger but if you are willing to put in the work, you can be provided with the skills and techniques to overcome the limitations of anger.
Therapy for anger management involves addressing the root cause. Many people consider anger to be secondary, from an emotional standpoint, meaning that it originates or arises from another emotion.
When a person is prepared to dig into their anger, there tends to be information and emotions lying underneath that are at the helm of their frustration. Processing the situations, emotions, people, and/or information that instigates the angr is a part of accomplishing anger management.
Don’t consider addressing anger as the enemy. Not addressing it can be dangerous, both for you and others. Anger is something that can eat away at a person’s life, driving them to commit acts uncharacteristic to them and having a negative effect on their personal and professional ambitions. Yes,
change is difficult but when one is provided with the anger management strategies to control their anger, it is amazing what a human being can accomplish when they are driving their own emotions.
“Stress is the silent killer,” is not just a catchphrase. To anyone whose life has been overtaken by stress,
they know that there’s some real meaning behind that. Like many other mental health conditions, it can
Like many other mental health conditions, it can be difficult for a person to know that they are in fact suffering from stress. Among the symptoms of tress, these might include low energy, headaches, upset stomach and the associated conditions with that, aches and pains, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and loss of sexual desire and/or ability. If are suffering from one or more of these symptoms and you believe stress to be the cause, it’s important to
If are suffering from one or more of these symptoms and you believe stress to be the cause, it’s important to seek help. Being aware of what’s causing stress and learning different strategies to overcome stress is key to living life. Sometimes, a person can lose track of what’s important and stress can rear its head, destroying relationships, spiralling them into a depression, lowering self-esteem, and debilitating them to their bed. If stress is dominating your life, get help. If it’s beginning to affect your physical health, get help. If you find yourself turning to unhealthy coping methods or if you are having angry outbursts towards the people around you, these are all signs that you need help.
Therapy for stress seeks to address the negative effects that stress is having on your life by identifying the root cause. The first step in this journey is acknowledging that it is not OK to have stress be in control of your life. Speaking with a mental health professional to discuss the difficulties you are experiencing in relation to stress can help identify the underlying issues that may be causing your stress.
By beginning therapy for stress, recognize your personal stress triggers and discover ways of coping with them.
Parenting can be very difficult, time-consuming, and challenging, no matter who you are. Different people react differently to the responsibilities of parenting and sometimes, we all need a little help and support. It
It is easy for a parent of any background to become overwhelmed and if you are feeling like speaking with a mental health professional might be helpful, seek help.
Among the areas of parent support that I specialize in, these include anger management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, being a parent of a sexually abused child, the impact of a divorce or separation, general parenting difficulties, seeking happiness, parenting skills training, and verbal abuse
within a parent-child relationship.
According to studies, 1 in 6 parents experience some sort of mental health issue. Also, single parents are twice as likely to experience mental health trouble. At times, being apparent can feel isolating, helpless, and hopeless. It does not always occur to a parent to seek out mental health assistance because parent therapy is not something that is oftentimes discussed when we talk about mental health. That said, it can’t be emphasized enough to never be afraid of seeking help. There’s no need to feel ashamed, embarrassed, or worried.
If you believe that the relationship with your child is making it difficult for you to work, to leave the house, or to provide your children with the necessities, guidance, and affection, it is likely time to seek help.
Therapy for parents can help address and resolve many mental health concerns and issues, rehabilitating the mind, and providing a number of strategies and methods to get through the most stressful of times as a parent.
It is very common for adolescents to experience mental health problems leading into adulthood. Though it is not often clear that there are mental health issues happening, adolescents with low motivation, poor grades, ADHD, parent-child conflicts, who are engaging in drug use and abuse, with video game addition, or hostility may be struggling. It is important in these situations to consider the idea that adolescent
therapy might be needed.
Sometimes, an adolescent may ask for a therapist themselves. It’s important not to trivialize this. If someone is asking for help, it is because they think they need help. For a teenager or someone in the pre-adult stage, there might be other difficulties that they’ve struggled with for years that have gone unaddressed. By leaving things such as low self-esteem, attention disorders, sleeping issues, or eating problems go unaddressed, it serves to compound them over time. They actually can worsen rather quickly and in the most unfortunate of cases, result in them trying to take their own life.
Among the reasons that some adolescents seek out therapy, these include for anger management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, attachment difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, behavioral problems, the impact of a parental divorce or separation, the seeking of happiness, sexual
abuse, verbal or physical abuse, adoption, family relationship issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
During the adolescent phase, there are considerable changes happening all around a person.
Therapy can be useful in navigating and understanding these changes while providing an adolescent with the tools to manage their own emotions in a constructive way.
Couples counselling is a type of therapy that helps couples recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships.
Family Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves all members of the immediate family and in some cases members of the extended family. One goal of family psychotherapy is to improve communication and resolve conflicts in the home.