Alex Belakovsky - Psychotherapist

      My approach to psychotherapy is “eclectic”. This approach recognizes that no single type of psychotherapy is comprehensive enough to address the complexities and predicaments of human existence. As a therapist, I strive to integrate different counselling theories and therapeutic interventions. I believe that different people, at different life stages, and facing various challenges, can be helped by different approaches to psychotherapy. At different times, with various clients, I might draw my approaches from any of the following schools of psychotherapy: Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioural (DBT), Emotion Focused (EFT), Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic-Relational.

      I have 16 years of experience in the mental health care field. I hold Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from University of Toronto and completed 1500 hours of supervised post-graduate training in psychotherapy. I also possess additional specialty training in CBT, DBT and EFT.

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    Are you an emotionally sensitive person? Do you often feel that your emotions are often intense and out of control? Do you think that your emotions don't mean anything except to remind you how different you are from everyone else? Do you think that you are fake and often vascilate between pretense and secretiveness? Do you often feel depressed and anxious at the same time and this combination heightens your feelings of shame and thoughts of worthlessness? If any of the above sounds familiar; then, this page is for you and welcome!

What to expect

  I am not a passive listener and my therapeutic style is active, transparent and interactional. In addition, I often give feedback to my clients and solicit their feedback at the end of the session. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client is an important aspect of psychotherapy. In order to facilitate change and healing, I engage in a warm, empathic and genuine dialogue. This dialogue might include several components.

      I will inquire about your goals, dreams, hopes and aspirations. I primarily work in the here and now and often promote action-oriented interventions. It does not mean that I am not interested in your past; I will inquire about your past in order to better understand your current difficulties and focus on the current events and ways of coping. Then, we will work together at achieving your goals and aspirations and finding ways to improve your quality of life.    

I am experienced at working with a range of issues such as

    • Anxiety including Anxiety Related Disorders
    • Depression including Major Depression
    • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
    • Loss and bereavement
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Psychological impacts of immigration and readjustment
    • Child-Parent conflict in the families of the first and second generation of immigrants and issues of acculturation
    • Workplace stress and burnout
    • Trauma counseling and the desire to come to terms with sexual, physical and emotional abuse
    • LGBTQ issues and explorations in sexuality
    • Aging with grace and dealing with frailty
    • Psychosocial oncology - cancer care and critical illness

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