Andrea Tirone is in the spotlight this week. Take a look at her particular gifts as a psychotherapist and what she finds most fulfilling about this type of healing work. Andrea also offers some great insights around self-talk, self-care during COVID, and how she finds that having the choice to create is key to creating balance and happiness in life.
"Exploring the nature of their self-talk - are they impeccable with their word when it comes to speaking to themselves? - can build a foundation for clients to expand their self-talk outward." (Andrea Tirone)
5. How does somebody find out if you are a good fit for psychotherapy with you, or not?
Finding a therapist that is a 'good fit' takes time, patience and discernment. In most of my therapeutic relationships, I would say that it takes an average of 3-5 sessions for a client to get a good sense of their trust in the therapist, first, and second, whether the style and methods used by the therapist are a good fit for what they want to do. This can be especially difficult if someone is new to therapy, because they may not know what therapeutic approach will work best for them, and on top of that, they have to feel comfortable with the person who is on the other side of that work. I offer potential clients a free 20 minute phone consultation where we can speak about their concerns, they can ask me about my approach and practice, and I can get a sense of the goals they would like to work towards through therapy. In these phone calls, I offer a suggested framework for how we might work together and if applicable, I provide insight on therapeutic modalities that may work best for their stated goals.
6. If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be, and why?
I would love to write a book called, "How to Communicate from my Adult Self". It would be based on transactional analysis, where the idea, simply, is that we have different ego states, the Parent, the Child and the Adult. In every interaction we have, there is a transaction between one of these ego states within us and within the other. Sometimes, we come up against resistance from another's ego state and feel trapped, as if there is no way out of a transaction that seemingly only goes back and forth. Helping people ground in the state of their Adult Ego can move transactions from frustrating to fruitful, or at least bring them to a less combative end.
7. Do you have a daily self-care practice or ritual that is helpful for you?
For me, movement has become a very important part of my day. Since COVID-19 shut-down in-person activities for a good portion of this year, I no longer have my daily commute, by foot. Instead, I have made time in my days to go for neighbourhood walks, to do some at-home yoga and am contemplating the purchase of an indoor stationary bicycle for some increased cardio. Most of my work is done seated, so making sure I have time in my day to be on the move is key.
Stay tuned for a follow-up article, showcasing our Community Engagement Coordinator's personal experience with Andrea!
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