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"Practical medicine is and has always been an art, and the same is true of practical analysis....learn your theories as well as you can, but put them aside when you touch the miracle of the living soul"
- Carl Jung CW 17

Impacting event, adjustment-related struggles, or major stressors?

Uncertainty, relationship breakdown, and workplace changes are examples and can lead to intense emotional experiences, racing thoughts, and anxiety. Your experience can depend on your personality traits, attachment style, mental health-related vulnerabilities, physical health, and the magnitude of the impact of what has occurred.

Short-term stress can assist with elevated functioning, though often the issue of concern is complex and involves variables outside of our control. This can prolong the experience of stress and associated impact. The health consequence of a lack of coping and therapeutic support can lead to risk of disruptions to daily functioning, unhealthy attempts to cope, and interpersonal communication struggles. Sometimes we feel disconnected and our sense of safety and security is compromised.

CA Psychointegration's counselling service can assist you with processing events and emotions, enable you to feel seen and heard, enable improvements in self-awareness, as well as developing a plan to help you recover your mental and physical health and relationships as you move through the adjustment process or challenging period in your life.

As you progress, your personal development can be supported in a manner that integrates relevant therapeutic frameworks with implementation of lifestyle medicine research for achievement of long-term wellbeing.

Substance use-related mental health concerns?

Attempting to cope with difficult states of mind or demands experienced during challenging periods in one’s life can sometimes lead to problematic or risky behaviours. These overwhelming embodied states may be experienced as a result of trauma (childhood and/or adult), grief and loss, relationship tension, disability, physical pain and other stresses.

Alcohol and other drug use is often associated with attempting to regulate one's central nervous system when feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or shut down during depressive phases, but tends to become problematic and unsustainable over time. It's quite common and something you can receive expert therapeutic support in relation to.
Left unchanged, many patterns of behaviour involving frequent or excessive intake of a substance can lead to impacted functioning, a lowered sense of coping without the substance, exacerbation of underlying conditions, difficulties in relationships, and risk of developing medical conditions.

Whether you feel stuck in a pattern of dependence, are struggling with a family member's substance use-related behaviour, or wish to learn how your gut-brain axis works and how you can make changes to improve your health and relationships, we can assess your situation and provide counselling that matches your treatment needs.

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Transpersonal/psychedelic Integration

Experienced an impacting or challenging psychedelic journey? This can result from set (the state of your body-mind complex) and setting (the environment) variables following from ingestion of particular mind-revealing agents, a breathwork session, or other shamanic processes.
CA psychointegration offers a specialist counselling service, grounded in harm reduction principles, for assisting with a diversity of possible experiential outcomes.
With a holistic health focus, sessions may include processing adverse reactions or imprinting-related challenges, confusion or curiosity, a focus on embodied awareness, and assisting with growth phases that can result from these unique and often challenging initiatory experiences.

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