Individual Therapy

A respectful therapeutic relationship is established. The opportunity is presented to openly explore and confidentially resolve the feelings, thoughts and behaviours contributing to distress and helplessness. Through an interactive approach and being genuinely responsive to the needs of clients, the result will be to meet their goals and achieve greater control over their lives, gain relief from emotional distress and improve self-esteem. We all possess the inner strength to choose a path toward an empowering journey of self-discovery.

  • Self-esteem issues
  • Stress
  • Anxiety disorders/Panic Disorders
  • Mood disorders/depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Child / Adolescent Issues (Family)
  • Womenís Issues
  • Life Transition and Change
  • Assertiveness Communication
  • Dealing with aging parents and elder care

Couple/Marriage Therapy

Transforming the relationship from one of great distress and conflict to one that is motivated to achieve harmony, exchange pleasure and strive toward a common purpose. We can look at a relationship being of two minds and souls allowing for effective ways of communicating, resolving conflict and implementing new ways for achieving a deeper intimacy with your partner.

  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Achieving intimacy
  • Parenting techniques
  • Co-dependency
  • Infidelity

Family Therapy

Ensuring through a collaborative process where all members of the family in conflict can better resolve troubling issues in a mutually respective and constructive manner. Families are a unique system of interacting parts where everyone is affected by one memberís difficulties. New avenues of communication may be open as relationships are strengthened.

  • Blended family issues
  • Healing family relationships
  • Developing stronger communication skills
  • Managing teenage issues
  • Separation/divorce transition support

Specialization: Walking Therapy

"...once a week I get one great hour outside, completely focused on me and my growth. It's brilliant!"

"I look forward to it every week...Now, I make sure nothing gets in the way of my session."

"I feel like I'm taking back control of my life and finally making good choices. I feel better than I have in years!"

"We are ultimately responsible for who we are... Thank-you for "walking" with me through this journey. I feel lighter...happier...more complete."

These are just a few testimonials to the excitement and effectiveness of a relatively new trend in mental health treatment that combines "talk therapy" with physical exercise. According to some experts, antidepressants are taking business away from "talk therapy". While drugs are often to be used in conjunction with therapy, medication is serving as a substitute. We are a society looking for a "quick fix", but it most often does not work that way. Less than 15% of patients had the suggested follow-up care after starting medication.

Research has shown that combining talk therapy with exercise has increased the number of people considering therapy. "OUTDOOR PSYCHOTHERAPY" or "WALKING THERAPY" is a dynamic interaction between client and therapist, creating an environment of possibility, positivity and change. Taking therapy "off the couch" and into the outdoors is great for the body and the mind!

There are numerous documented "psycho-physiological" benefits of being physically active, including the "feel good phenomenon". Advocates of exercise therapy cite key benefits to combining exercise and therapy, hypothesizing that rhythmic exercise, such as walking, is conducive to the process of self-discovery. Walking in parallel (i.e. looking forward rather than looking directly at a therapist) in combination with visual distractions may allow for easier engagement and increased openness.

What are some of the BONUS BENEFITS of this unique blend of "Walk" and "Talk" Therapy?

  • Boosts serotonin and improves mood.
  • Diminishes depression and anxiety.
  • Helps relieve pain.
  • Allows for greater depth of focus and greater openness.
  • Changes thought patterns, increasing creativity, insight, clarity and problem-solving.
  • Increases comfort level in male clients.
  • Supports the "healing power of nature" and the relaxing "multi-sensory experience".
  • Increases self-esteem (eg. increases motivation and sense of mastery).
  • Increases energy and hopefulness.
  • Helps grief-stricken clients to "feel alive".
  • Allows those trapped (eg. in a relationship or job) to feel a "sense of freedom".
  • Benefits substance abusers.
  • Results in physical gains (eg. weight loss, lower blood pressure, improved heart health).

Join Margo Shabinsky Sherman in "moving forward" with "WALKING THERAPY", a unique blend of fitness, personal growth and "the great outdoors"!