Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Michael joins our wellness team with an extensive background in psychotherapy having worked with adults, teens, families and couples for the past 14 years.
He brings a unique mix of modalities to help you find peace and clarity, whatever you're dealing with, and through these videos, you can get a sense of what working with Michael would be like and how he works.
"Vibe" is so important when choosing a psychotherapist and although it's clear in these videos, I want to add that spending time with Michael getting to know him, his background and his commitment to helping and healing, I was instantly at ease and felt a sense of trust and understanding.
"Ultimately what I want to do is reflect back to you your own gifts and potentials, your own strengths and powers. I believe we all came here with gifts... with something to offer. I believe we are happiest and most fulfilled when offering those to one another." - Michael McCarthy
Michael has a calm and caring energy about him and a strong sense of the power of communication, human energy and the natural healing powers within us, nature and the earth.
He shared with me how he came to practice psychotherapy combined with other modalities such as mindfulness, breathwork, walking meditation and being in nature with his clients.
Like so many wellness practitioners, it started with self-healing. He struggled with anxiety and depression like so many of us do. And finding solutions for himself lit a passion for helping others and supporting them on their own journeys.
Here Michael talks about how mindfulness can be incorporated into therapy sessions to suit the clients needs and personality, He's very much into finding a strategy that will work for you, combining all his tools and philosophies into just the right plan for you.
Many parents are dealing with a feeling of powerlessness in watching their teens navigate this world.
With all the new challenges we didn't experience ourselves - cyber bullying, social media pressures, addictions, self-harm and other problems, parents can feel like they just don't know how to connect with their teens as they struggle with anxiety and depression.
Michael can work with families to help open lines of communication and understanding.
Individually with teens, he can help them master tools to self soothe in ways that help heal.
With parents he can work individually to help them manage the stress of parenting- to be that parent who empowers and allows their teen to develop in their own way to adulthood with support and guidance along the journey.
Of course, couples of any kind can use some help from time to time as well. Every couple consists of two individuals who are each growing and evolving, and that can result in communication breakdowns and a general feeling of "do we stay or do we go?"
Sometimes a compassionate third party can help open up the communication, love and understanding again, and help a couple find a new way forward.
Check out Michael here as he briefly discusses his outlook on couples counseling.
Some people might find an office therapy session too stifling. For them, sitting in a chair too long might induce more anxiety than its worth.
Movement, trees and an open sky may be part of what opens up certain clients to their own healing journey.
See this video below to see how Michael can adapt your therapy to suit you. A walk in High Park and the healing powers of nature might be more your style than an office visit.
In his psychotherapy "toolbox" Michael offers breathwork.
For a bit of background on this modality, I did a little research.
In their 2012 book, The Healing Power of the Breath, doctors Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg write: “Studies are revealing that, by changing the patterns of breathing, it is possible to restore balance to the stress response systems, calm an agitated mind, relieve symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), improve physical health and endurance, elevate performance, and enhance relationships.”
In this super scientific article about breath, the brain and the central nervous system, it states, "...we can conclude with this reflection: Breath has patterns. Schemes create behavior. Breath is a behavior. Behavior represents the person. Breath reveals the person." (Pretty cool, right?)
Here Michael talks about what to expect in a 90 minute breathwork session.
To book with Michael, visit our online booking and look under Psychotherapy and Counseling.
You call also call the center to book at 416 516 9555 or for more information.