“Empowerment through Connection”
Magdalena Karakehayova MSc, RP (Qualifying)
Currently Accepting New Clients
Insurance Information: Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Therapeutic Modalities: Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT/EFFT), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Dialogic Therapy
Areas of Focus: Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Confidence & Self-Esteem, Anger, Body Image, Intimacy and Sexuality, Cultural and Racial Identity, LGBTQ2IA+, Parenting, Trauma, Pregnancy & Postpartum, Grief
Therapy is a unique space wherein we can express our internal voice and begin exploring opportunities to cultivate compassionate relationships with ourselves and those around us. My goal as a therapist is to be your companion in your search and exploration. I aim to help you make meaningful connections, unveil new understandings and elicit a sense of hope and trust in yourself. I am committed to fostering a safe therapeutic space, free of judgement where you can express your feelings, attitudes, opinions and experiences while feeling heard and validated. I aim to create this space through consent, transparency, genuineness and at times - humour.
My path to becoming a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) began with an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Toronto. Through courses like neuroscience and psychology, I became fascinated with the human mind and psyche and I was particularly drawn to the incredible resilience of the human brain and its ability to recover and form new connections. This led me to pursue another major in psychology, where I learned about the efficacy of talk therapy. This knowledge coupled with my interest in helping others led me to studying psychotherapy in the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Guelph.
Within this work, I position myself as a family therapist. When supporting individuals, couples, and families, I place importance on interpersonal relationships. I view many presenting concerns through a systemic perspective, which means that I consider how they may be connected to relationships with others and to broader systems. However, I also see immense importance in examining our relationships with ourselves and finding ways to accept and love ourselves for who we are, while working towards who we want to become.
As a family therapist who occupies a systemic lens, I attune to injustices and aim to advocate for and empower clients who may feel otherwise disempowered or unheard. I prefer to draw on inherent strengths and resiliencies of clients and facilitate a collaborative reinterpretation of their lives and experiences while validating emotions along the way. This is something I hold true, as my family and I are immigrants from Bulgaria who navigated and continue to navigate several challenges associated with acclimating to a Western country.
I believe self-care is an important contributing factor to our overall well-being. In my personal life, self-care ranges to encompass various practices and activities, including walking and playing with my dogs, spending time with family and meditation.
Although struggles and challenges are unpleasant, I believe that ultimately, they make us stronger. Through my work, I want to shed light on this and help clients use their innate strengths to gain confidence in tackling their future life challenges.
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