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Hello! 
Most of us have to dig in deep, battle our resistance and our fears, in order to seek therapy. Since you’re here, you’ve already taken the first courageous step— doing your research to find a therapist that feels like a good fit. Often, this in itself can be a daunting experience as you keep searching for the right therapist, so here is a little bit about me to help you get to know me better. If you like what you see, I also offer a free 20 minute consultation to answer further questions.
 
PROFILE
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I studied psychotherapy at Transformational Arts College and the Gestalt Approach to Personal Growth with the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. I am also certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and trained in treating anxiety using Play Therapy with The Canadian Association for Play Therapy.  I also have experience with MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), mindfulness practices and meditation.
 
MY APPROACH

My training involves both traditional therapy as well as spiritual practices. I design my therapeutic approach to cater to the client’s needs at their comfort level. My goal for each client is to help them achieve self-empowerment through introspection and self-reflection, which provide insights that can be used to create positive changes. While the needs of the person determine my approach, I also incorporate a holistic, integrative approach that considers not only the present day individual but also their narrative, including the physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of their life story. With clients who are open to this integrative approach, I use the information derived through classic talk therapy with some alternative, more spiritually informed practices, (e.g., working with chakras, the inner child, mantras, affirmations, body work) which provide a different way to stimulate the brain and access information, with the goal being to explore, discover and heal.

Healing is an intricate process which involves a strong, collaborative therapeutic alliance; studies show that the most important factor in effective therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. We create this relationship through the work we do in a safe, confidential environment. The process of healing involves exploring the self, discovering subconscious, negative, limiting patterns and thoughts, and transforming these into positive, powerful energies which can help rekindle the spark within you.

It takes a lot of courage to seek therapy. Knowing what to expect helps alleviate some of the anxiety.
* Initial 20 minute conversation in person, via phone or video call, to discuss your needs and answer questions
* First session involves an intake to gather information as well as time to ‘make contact’ — to begin to relate to one another
* Subsequent sessions flow according to your needs and issues, using approaches which are comfortable for you

 
THERAPY FOR CHILDREN
With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, I am very comfortable working with children. Growing up in today’s world can be quite stressful for many children. Children can be faced with problems (anxiety, anger, grief, sadness, low self-esteem, excessive worry) that affect how they feel, behave or learn. Therapy can support children by allowing them to connect and understand their feelings, and learn techniques on how to cope with their feelings. Therapeutic approaches are individualized according to the children’s needs and the activities they enjoy (talking, dramatizing, reading, drawing, playing, yoga and meditation).
The goal of therapy is to help children understand their inner world better, communicate better, and feel better through engaging activities done in an environment that is not critical and judgemental, but one which fosters trust, safety and a feeling of acceptance.

Knowing what to expect helps alleviate some of the anxiety for both you and our child.
* Initial 20 minute conversation in person, via phone or video call to discuss the child’s needs and answer questions
* First session involves the parents/guardians and the child to gather more detailed information as well as time to get acquainted
* Subsequent sessions involve the therapist meeting with the child while the parent is in the waiting room 
* Ongoing consultation between the therapist and family members (essential to effective therapy)

Yoga therapy classes (private/small group)
As an experienced, certified yoga instructor, I often combine my lifelong passion for movement and dance in yoga classes. I also use my psychotherapy training to infuse my classes with the spiritual teachings of authentic yoga, guiding participants to integrate the physical asanas with their emotional and mental well being through mantras, chakra work, music, and affirmations.

Availability:
Individual therapy: Mondays 8-4 (other days and times may be available)
Yoga therapy: Dates and times for yoga therapy may be booked upon consultation.
Free 20 minute in-person, phone or video consultations are available.
Contact:

www.rekindleandbloom.com
email:  joannarekindleandbloomtherapy@gmail.com
Phone: 416 553 2209

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Name:Joanna Panayotopoulos

Phone: 416 335 9522

Speciality:Cognitive behaviour therapy, spiritual psychotherapy, yoga therapy

Degree Psychotherapy internship