katiedunnigantherapy@gmail.com

Cambridge, Ontario

416-543-5115

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Specialties

I have extensive experience working with complex mental health concerns, including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, and chronic stress. Many people who seek support feel overwhelmed, lost, or lacking purpose and meaning. Others come to therapy intuitively and are searching for something they may not be able to identify. While the symptoms or problems that people present with impact them in different ways, the inner work can look similar. Below are some of the areas that I specialize in:

Eating Disorders

 

If you struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or orthorexia, you likely know the shame and anxiety that comes with being unable to eat with ease. We are not meant to spend our lives controlling our food or using it to cope with emotions. Eating should be simple and pleasurable, not secretive or painful. Our work together will focus on connecting to who you are on a deeper level so that you can let go of unhealthy patterns.

Depression

Living with depression can feel like being stuck in a dark hole with no way out. It affects self-esteem, relationships, and the ability to live a meaningful life. By learning to quiet the mind, you can develop the capacity to experience joy, peace, and inner freedom. You can also learn to trust your intuition, use your emotions as signs of a need, and begin to care for yourself in new ways.

Anxiety

Constant worry or fear can make everyday tasks feel overwhelming. Anxiety influences how we feel about ourselves, other people, situations, and the world. When we spend too much time in our heads, we get caught up in our thinking and lose objectivity. We can even end up coping in unhealthy ways or sabotaging our best efforts. Learning to quiet the mind can allow you to slow down inside, separate your sense of self from destructive thought patterns, and experience relaxation and peace.

Addictions

Alcohol, drugs, technology, food, gambling, shopping, and sex can initially start out as coping strategies. While at first they allow us to avoid or numb our emotions, they later cause damage to our self-esteem, relationships, and life goals. It is possible to step out of the debilitating cycle of addiction by becoming sensitive to our real needs, facing issues that we previously turned away from, and cultivating a desire to deeply care for ourselves.

Chronic Stress

Stress is our body’s reaction to change. When we struggle to adapt to transitions, our health and sense of well-being can be severely impacted. Insomnia, physical pain, depression, anxiety, and anger are just some of the symptoms that can be linked to stress. Remaining present in our lives helps us to stay true to who we are and what we need. Together we will work on building your inner strength and resiliency so that you can remain steady in the face of stress.