Individual EFT Therapy
Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy

“Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings, the horizon leans forward offering you space to place new steps of change.”

Maya Angelou


It can be hard to make significant change alone, so I am here to support and guide you every step of the way. Our sessions can help you face the challenges of life with more hope, more self-acceptance, and stronger relational bonds.

I have witnessed many times the transformation that can be fostered through psychotherapy. Hearing clients tell me that they feel more at ease with themselves and more connected in their relationships is why I am passionate about my work.

Psychotherapy is provided to individuals and couples in the Grey County area at my Clarksburg office, or remotely through video-conferencing sessions (E-Therapy).  All potential clients are offered a free initial consultation.  I look forward to connecting with you, and working together towards positive change.


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Professional Experience

I have been a mental-health professional in a variety of settings for over 18 years.   Since 2013 I  dedicated myself to supporting individuals and couples in my private psychotherapy practice which was located in Downtown Toronto.  In fall 2018 I made the move to the Blue Mountains and look forward to servicing the Grey Country community in my Clarksburg offices.

Please see the FAQ page for more information about me, why I chose to be a psychotherapist and what I love about this work.   

Professional Designations

  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Professional member of The International Centre for Excellence in EFT
  • Certified member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals

Education 

  • Masters Degree, Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto
  • Graduate Diploma, Art Therapy, Vancouver Art Therapy Institute
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association of Trauma Professionals

EFT Training

  • Individual EFT:  Level 1,2, and 3 completed with Dr. Leslie Greenberg at York University
  • EFT Couple Therapy: Externship and Core Skills completed through the International Centre for Excellence in EFT

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Individual Therapy


Individual therapy sessions focus on helping you express your emotions, tolerate and make sense of them, and ultimately to transform unhealthy emotion into healthy, adaptive emotion that facilitates growth and change.

I practice Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), a unique empirically-based approach which focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and the use of emotion to bring about personal change.  EFT has been demonstrated as an effective treatment for a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviour, relationship distress and in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood trauma (Reference).

Our sessions will provide you with a safe, supportive and confidential space in which to do this important work.

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Couple Therapy


Couple Therapy sessions focus on helping both you and your partner move out of repetitive negative interactions, so that you can reach for each other during times of need and share a deep and connected relational bond.

I practice Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy which is an evidence-based, structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the 1980’s and developed alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding.  A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists (Reference). 

In addition to offering weekly or bi-weekly couple therapy sessions I also offer Immersive Couple Therapy which follows the EFT Couple Therapy model in a more intensive format.  With this approach a full day is dedicated to working on your relationship in order to move through the EFT steps with less interruption.  This format is an option for local Grey County clients as well as clients from Toronto who would like a retreat-like therapeutic experience.  Please contact me for more information and to book a full-day immersive therapy.

Couple therapy sessions provide both partners with a safe, supportive and validating space in which to do this important work.

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PTSD – Trauma


Developmental trauma (childhood abuse and/or neglect) can impact us in a number of profound ways which can persist well in to adulthood if left untreated.  Trauma has been linked to the development of substance abuse, dysfunctional relationships with others, anger management issues, self-harming behaviour eating disorders and both anxiety and depression.

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Appointments


For first sessions please select First Appointment Individual Therapy.

If we have not had a consultation (by phone or face-to-face) prior to booking a First Appointment I will be in touch with you by e-mail to arrange a brief conversation prior to our first meeting.

If you are unable to find an appointment time that works for you, please contact me using the form below so that I can try to accommodate your schedule.


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Polly Sykes – Registered Psychotherapist
Individual EFT Therapy
Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy
 
416 202 6146

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Clarksburg Schoolhouse
103 Hillcrest Drive
Clarksburg, Grey County, Ontario, CA
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