262 Commercial Street, North Sydney, NS B2A 1B8

East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic

What We Treat

Psychotherapy can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing. Many people seek individual psychotherapy to gain insight and understanding into their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through therapy, they can learn to cope with difficult emotions, process past traumas and improve their relationships. It can also help individuals develop a sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance, leading to greater overall well-being.

Our therapy team provides compassionate, cutting-edge therapy that will change your life. We are trained to support you with various concerns. Browse the list below! Looking for something different? Send us a message!

Adjustment Disorders

Do you struggle to cope with stress or navigate change?

Adjustment disorders can leave you feeling anxious, sad, hopeless and irritable. You may experience these in response to a major life event, a career change, a new relationship or breakup, the death of someone close to you, moving and any other new or different experience. Struggling to adapt can strip you from experiencing the joy of engaging in activities you previously loved. Therapy can help you understand your emotions, process change, and develop coping strategies so you can start living a more fulfilled life. Get the support you need so you can adapt to changes in your life.

Anger Management & Mood Fluctuations

Do you experience intense anger or have difficulties controlling your temper?

Anger is a normal human emotion. However, uncontrollable and frequent anger can lead to conflicts in your relationships, problems at work, or even legal issues. Therapy offers a safe and supportive environment to understand the root causes of anger and to start developing healthy coping strategies. With support, you can learn to control and express anger in a healthy and constructive way. Regain control of your temper and life with anger management therapy.

Anxiety Therapy

Is anxiety keeping you from living the life you want?

Anxiety symptoms can feel like excessive worry, dread or fear. It can cause muscle tension, sweating, and trouble sleeping and is often associated with a sense of disconnection from things you once enjoyed. Therapy can help you manage your anxiety with the help of the right tools, strategies and support you need to better understand and cope with your feelings. We can help you gain control and feel relief so you can get back to living your life.

Bipolar Disorder Therapy

Do you experience extreme and unexplainable mood swings?

Bipolar disorders can result in very high highs and very low lows. These mood swings are sometimes described as opposite feelings of euphoria/mania (elevated mood, high energy, being impulsive) and depression (fatigue, losing interest, chronic sadness). Bipolar disorders may impact the quality of relationships you develop and maintain, your ability to perform at work or in school, your physical health,  and your day-to-day functioning. Therapy can help you manage your symptoms, identify triggers, and learn to cope with mood fluctuations. If you’re ready to regain control of your mood and your life, we can help.

Chronic Pain or Illness

Has your life been significantly impacted by chronic pain or illness?

Chronic pain or being diagnosed with a chronic illness can impact the way in which you live your day-to-day life. It may require you to create new habits, prevent you from doing activities you previously loved, or you may experience guilt as a result of needing additional support from people around you. Therapy can help you navigate the changes experienced as a result of pain or illness. We can help you navigate challenges so you can start feeling better and enjoying life again.

Communication & Boundary Setting

Do you find it difficult to identify and express your needs?

Difficulties with communication can cause you to push your boundaries. Communication challenges make it difficult to express your needs and desires and navigate conflicts with other people. As a result, you may feel resentment, frustration or a deep sense that you are being taken advantage of.  There are many reasons why people struggle with communication and boundary setting. With therapy, you can uncover why it is difficult to communicate effectively and set boundaries, develop strategies, and learn skills so you can improve your relationships, enhance your well-being and elevate your self-esteem. Our team is here to help!

Depression Therapy

Have you lost some or all of the joy you used to experience?

Depression symptoms can manifest as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy or interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Physical symptoms can include changes in appetite, fatigue, and trouble sleeping. Emotionally, depression can leave you feeling isolated and alone. Therapy can be helpful in treating depression by providing support, understanding, and coping strategies. Therapy can help you experience improved mood, increased motivation and a greater sense of hope and wellbeing.

Dissociative Disorder Therapy

Do you often feel disconnected from reality?

Dissociative disorders can cause you to feel detached from yourself/your body, lead to a feeling that what is around you is unreal or distorted, can lead to confusion around your identity, or result in memory loss or gaps in memory. You may feel emotionally numb and have challenges expressing your emotions. Although there are various causes of dissociation, it is commonly experienced in response to stressful situations, abuse, and trauma. Therapy can help you process traumatic experiences, provide you with the tools and skills to manage dissociation, and learn to identify your sense of self. Find your way back to reality with the East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic.

Grief & Loss Therapy

Are you struggling to move forward after a loss or is your grief too much to handle on your own?

Grief and loss can be overwhelming. Significant events can bring up a range of emotions including sadness, anger, guilt and confusion. It’s common to feel isolated and disconnected from the people around you. Therapy can help you to manage those feelings and work through them in a safe environment. You can explore why you feel the way you do, develop healthier coping mechanisms and ultimately take the steps to move forward at a pace that works for you. You don’t have to face your pain alone. East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic can help you take steps forwards.

Life Transitions Therapy

Is a change in your life creating feelings of overwhelm, stress or uncertainty?

Navigating life transitions can be a turbulent and complex experience. Whether it is dealing with the pain of a divorce, a move, a career change, marriage, the birth of a child, a loss, or retirement, the emotional rollercoaster of these transitions can be overwhelming. With support, you can navigate these experiences with more ease and understanding. Therapy can help you process your emotions, manage your stress levels and help you cope with the challenges associated with shifting roles. Our team can help you feel more confident in your ability to handle and navigate future life transitions with less overwhelm and provide greater clarity about the emotions you’re facing.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Therapy

Do you experience intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images or impulses?

Does this result in you engaging in repetitive behaviours or mental acts to curb anxiety? With OCD, people are compelled to perform behaviors despite knowing their thoughts are irrational. This can result in feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety.

Therapy can help you reduce the anxiety that results from obsessions and compulsions, explore and rework your thought patterns, and ultimately learn to accept yourself as you are. Book an appointment or request a free consultation to get started.

Relationship & Couples Therapy

Is your relationship different than it once was? Are you struggling to reconnect or grow stronger together?

Relationships can be complicated. Despite being in a partnership, you may find yourself feeling lost and alone. You may be struggling with communication difficulties, trust issues, conflicts, or feeling emotionally disconnected from your partner. These challenges can impact your daily life, causing feelings of sadness, frustration, and anxiety. Therapy can offer you a supportive and safe space to work through your challenges, develop healthy communication skills, build trust, and address conflicts in a constructive manner. Learn to set healthy boundaries and develop tools and support you need to create the connection you crave.

Sleep Disorder Therapy

Is it consistently difficult to fall or stay asleep?

Sleep disorders can affect the quality, timing and/or duration of your sleep. You may find yourself dreading bedtime because it’s going to be another long night of tossing and turning, waking up and not being able to fall back asleep, or waking up earlier than you want or need to be. Sleep challenges can impact all areas of life and ultimately your overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Therapy can help you understand what is causing sleep problems and help you develop better sleep hygiene. Learn to gain control of your sleep cycle so you feel more rested and live a better quality life!

Social Anxiety Therapy

Do you avoid, fear or feel self-conscious in social situations?

Social anxiety can cause you to worry excessively about being scrutinized by others and may lead to you avoiding social situations altogether. It can leave you feeling nervous, self-conscious, and embarrassed even in non-threatening situations. Therapy can help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs which contribute to social anxiety. We can help you develop a more positive self-image so you can show up confidently in social situations. Start enjoying time with friends, colleagues, and loved ones again. East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic is here to help!

Stress Management Therapy

Are you overwhelmed by endless to-do lists and competing priorities?

Stress is a normal human emotion and can be beneficial. However, chronic stress or the inability to manage stress can bring up a range of emotions including anxiousness, frustration and exhaustion. When you’re in a constant heightened state, you may start to shut down and feel disconnected from the people around you. Therapy can help you explore why you feel the way you do, develop healthier coping mechanisms and give you the tools you need to manage your current situation and start living with more ease. We can help you make changes – one step at a time.

Trauma & PTSD

Is a past event in your life keeping you from moving forward?

Trauma can cause symptoms such as intrusive memories, avoidance behaviors, hypervigilance, and feelings of anxiety, guilt or shame. Emotional and physical responses to trauma can impact your daily life and relationships that are important to you. Therapy can help individuals who have experienced trauma process their experiences and develop healthy coping mechanisms. With therapy, you may experience a greater sense of control, which leads to improved relationships, a stronger sense of self-worth, and a renewed sense of hope for the future.

Interested in learning more about Trauma therapy?

Workplace Issues & Career Challenges

Is your greatest source of stress coming from outside the home?

Workplace issues and career challenges can bring up a range of emotions including stress, fear, exhaustion, and overwhelm. Feeling stuck in your job, experiencing workplace harassment, not being fulfilled in your career or transitioning into a new role or career can impact your mental health. It’s not uncommon to feel like there is no one to turn to for help in addressing difficult bosses, finding purpose in your work or figuring out if a career move is the right one for you. Therapy can provide the support you need to navigate these challenges. Find greater balance in your life, recognize your personal strengths, and gain clarity on how to best address difficult situations you might be facing. Our team is ready to help!

Meet Our Team

Beth Toomey with her dogs. East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic is a dog-friendly clinic

We Are A Dog Friendly Clinic

Dogs are a human’s best friend. If you have a furry family member you’d like to accompany you during your in-person therapy appointment, let us know!

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