Alysha Rajkumar – RPQ, CTP Dipl.
What brings us to therapy differs for each of us. You might be struggling with feelings of anxiety or depression, or caught in a cycle of harmful behavior. Maybe you’re at a crossroads, or a persistent sense of hopelessness or helplessness has left you feeling lost and alone. Whatever has prompted you to consider therapy—to consider the potential for a new way of being in your life—I welcome your inquiry.
The therapeutic process can be both scary and exciting! What helps with the fear are the rewards that come from developing different perspectives with the goal of transformation and growth. We become curious about ourselves: what motivates or troubles us, how past experiences and relationships have shaped who we are and how we navigate the world. Through this insight, we develop a newfound awareness, and we come to know ourselves more intimately. And, with this self-knowledge, a sense of balance and authenticity emerges, making it possible to change patterns, draw boundaries, and make different choices.
How I Work
I offer medium- to long-term therapy, which typically involves meeting once or twice a week for 50- or 75- minute sessions. My office is a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space that offers a pause from the busyness of your day-to-day, allowing you to take a moment to connect to yourself as you are. Together, through thoughtful conversation and quiet moments, we explore what feels most pressing for you at the moment. As I listen attentively, pose questions, and draw attention to patterns or behaviours that are seemingly insignificant, unexpected realizations can emerge, along with a depth of understanding about yourself.
I hold an honours degree in fine arts and am a graduate of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP). I am a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT).
As do many who practice psychotherapy, I came to the profession through my own therapeutic work, which had a profound impact on most aspects of my life. Deep-rooted anxiety, agitation, and struggle eventually gave way to an inner acceptance and ease—a spaciousness. Something in me began to slow down. And, from this place, I began to make different choices, which resulted in different outcomes. Through this experience, along with my training at the CTP—an academically demanding and experiential program—I came to understand the power and importance of therapy. How the caring presence of another can offer a soft place to land and begin the process of personal exploration and growth.
The First Step
If you’re interested in meeting, I offer a 30-minute, no-fee, initial consultation in my Toronto office, just steps from Spadina station. This allows us to get a feel for each other—for you to tell me about yourself and why you’re seeking therapy, and to also get a sense of me, how I work, and whether you feel comfortable speaking with me.
If you’re interested in a consultation, you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. From there, we can set up a time to meet. Ideally, sessions are held in-person; however, if circumstances make that temporarily difficult for you, I do offer phone and Skype sessions.