KIH Registered Psychotherapist
Carla Bertolin-Siegmund, RP
Registered Psychotherapist and Counselor
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Pscyhotherapists of Ontario and a Registered Professional Counselor (RPC) practicing a form of integrative or Holistic therapy, drawing on a wide range of therapeutic methods based on humanistic insights to help individuals recognize their strengths, creativity, choice and growth. My orientation is mostly client-centered and practice within the psychodynamic modality of therapy. I am a graduate of Transformational Arts College of Holistic and Spiritual Training (TAC) from the Spiritual Psychotherapy program in 2010. I am a member of the Canadian Professional Counselor's Association (CPCA) and the Canadian Humanistic and Transpersonal Association (CHATA).
I have a deep passion for the work I do with my clients and feel that my journey to becoming a psychotherapist has been in process my whole life! I started my career training as a Registered Massage Therapist knowing at a fairly young age I really wanted to work with people in a healing and therapeutic environment. In my work as a RMT I started to become aware of the correlation of physical pain and health to mental and emotional issues and well-being. I learned a lot about myself and the human experience through my interactions and relationships with my massage clients. It was through these interactions that my path lead me to learn about the human energy system and so I found myself taking courses in the holistic field of chakras, vibrational healing and energetic therapies. I studied and practiced meditation, mindfulness, and spiritual studies for a few years and my path organically lead me to the Spiritual Psychotherapy program at TAC. My thirst to understand myself and others on all levels mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I began my own personal psychotherapy while I was involved in my energy studies as my inner world and consciousness were changing and transforming. My therapy and self-exploration shifted as I began the psychotherapy program and have been a true life changing experience. I continue to partake in my own personal journey through therapy and through clinical supervision as my life and career continue to progress and grow!
I have a profound understanding and compassion for the work it takes to go on a journey to healing and Self-Awareness, and have been witness to the shift and growth it can have. I believe true health is not just about the physical body, but about wellness of our mind, spirit and emotions. Because our deepest humanity resides in our Spirit!
Carla is also a certified Reiki level 2 practitioner. Through her experience in working with clients Carla’s intuitive nature is able to help her client understand possible psycho spiritual influences behind their illness. Carla uses a wide range of treatment approaches to make each clients appointment as individual as they are.
A: Depending on what particular issues that you are dealing with, will determine the length of the treatment. Since we generally see people once or twice a week, the treatment will take as long as you the client feels it is needed to address your concerns and goals for therapy. For some it can take a year, sometimes it can take several years, and sometimes it can be “interminable.” Discussing a treatment plan with your therapist is an important part of addressing this question. Some people find therapy, therapeutic and continue to come to therapy as a personal support in their lives.
A: Most often, a therapy session is a therapeutic conversation between you and the therapist. The therapist is there to listen with empathy and compassion. To be a witness and support for your thoughts, emotions and questions. At times offering you insights or knowledge that you may otherwise not have seen. Sometimes a modality may be introduced to help you deepen the awareness and experience. These modalities are only introduced if you decide you are comfortable to do so. Drawing, guided visualization, meditation or a focusing exercise are just a few examples.
The therapeutic process, or how you share your feelings and experiences, is considered to be just as important as the specific issues or concerns you share in therapy. On the whole, you can expect that your therapist will be someone who supports you, listens attentively, models a healthy and positive relationship experience, gives you appropriate feedback, and follows ethical guidelines.
Your therapist treats you as a “whole person,” an equal who is not defined by your issues, and does not make negative judgments about you. You feel genuine care and concern from your therapist. One of the hallmarks of good therapy is known as unconditional positive regard. This is an idea that maintains that the therapist should see clients in a positive light regardless of any behavior, lifestyle, or other issues.
A: Therapy Promotes Self-Actualization Therapy is also a very effective method of self-growth and self-actualization. In addition to overcoming barriers and helping people to release extreme beliefs and feelings, therapy can help people to increase many positive qualities of Self, such as joy, compassion, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection, and love. Many people enjoy therapy and relish the journey of becoming more conscious about themselves, their inner world, and their relationships with others.
Other Benefits include
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
A: Emotional pain takes many forms: the grief of loss, overwhelming stress and anxiety, chronic depression, job burnout, feeling stuck or trapped, heart break, guilt, regret, fear of trusting again, pent-up anger, worry about the future, and shame from the past.
A trained therapist can work with you to discover the ways you are stuck, provide support through difficult times and help you become aware of your barriers to a happy life.
You may have some ideas as to what the source of the problem is, yet you find yourself repeating the same patterns or are overwhelmed with emotions. Quite often this is because the patterns and beliefs are not working for you have been there since you were very young. They may be such a part of you now that they can be hard to see in any objective way. That’s why it can help to have someone assist you with this process.
A: People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
A: Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
A: Psychotherapy is not only for those of us who are already aware that they have experienced traumas. If you find yourself having difficulty in dealing with your present life, your past is very likely exerting its influence on you in ways that you are not yet able to recognize. Psychotherapy enables us to see the hidden psychological dynamics of our past and present life. Once we are able to see our dynamics, we can alter the grip they have on our life, and make better choices for a future that is no longer just a repeat of the past.
A: Finding the right therapist for you can take some trial and error. Sitting down for a free consultation with your therapist will give you an opportunity to ask some questions about their training, approach, mindset, education, and credentials. Making sure you feel comfortable and that you feel some sort of connection with your therapist is important as you will be trusting this person to share your ideas, memories and emotions with.
Carla offers free 30 minute consults to see if it is a right fit for you and to ask any questions before making the commitment to therapy.