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Elisabeth Pomes

Diploma in Analytical Psychology, Toronto, IAAP,OAJA
elisabethpomes@sympatico.ca
http://www.elisabethpomes.com

(416) 769-8511 (phone)

Please email me for more information on the location of my office.

I am a psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst in private practice in Toronto and the GTA, Canada. Since 1998, I have been counseling and helping people in various issues regarding their well-being.

I started my career as a psychotherapist by focusing on the demands made on artists. I developed workshops and classes untitled “Performance Without Fear” in which I used my knowledge as a yoga teacher and meditation practitioner to help artists who experienced creative blocks and, at times debilitating, stage fright.

In 2000, I became interested in the works of the Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung, and entered the training program offered in Toronto by the Jung Foundation. I graduated in January 2009 and became a certified Jungian Analyst.

I believe that there is a potential for wholeness in each human being: It is a vital as well as a spiritual force that longs for freedom and wholeness. This vital urge towards completeness and self-realization is akin to that of the blade of grass which manages to find its way to the sunlight even through rock and rubble. It is what gives life hope and meaning.

Yet, a person may be too busy doing to become aware of this force. Accomplishing the tasks at hand, and trying to succeed in the outside world does not always allow a person to pause, reflect on life and attend to the needs of the inner world - the space within. Frequent feelings of emptiness, anger, sadness, and grief may occur, leading to a loss of hope and meaning in one’s life.

This is the point at which one may choose to take advantage of psychotherapeutic care. Psychotherapy is the space in which these feelings will be explored and one’s unique journey honored in a safe, non-judgmental way. Choosing to direct the gaze inward allows one to find a stillness - the space within, which enhances one’s awareness of life. In the space within, caring for one’s spirit opens the way towards discovering one’s wholeness.

It is my conviction that the movement towards wholeness is more of a journey than a goal; it is an in-depth journey on the way towards self-acceptance, self-worth and self-realization. The psychotherapeutic journey takes awareness, patience and, above all, love and respect for the complexity and the uniqueness of one’s own humanity.

The uniqueness and complexity of each human being is like the uniqueness of a multi-faceted diamond. The multiple facets of the diamond change under the light, and the special brilliance that one witnesses depends on the light as well as that part of the diamond which is exposed to the light. We are all multi-faceted.

We contact different facets of ourselves upon different occasions, with different people, and at different stages of one’s life. At times, accepting these different facets of oneself may be quite difficult. Our upbringing, schooling and insertion in society may have led us to believe that some parts (facets) of ourselves were more acceptable than others.
We may have put aside or buried these unacceptable parts, sometimes very deeply, in our psyche and body.

It takes awareness, courage, resilience and fortitude to be willing to explore all these facets of one’s being and to accept oneself fully. Although this may be difficult at times, this movement towards self-acceptance is what leads one towards a conscious choice for one’s life; one becomes a full participant in one’s life rather than a victim of external events, and this leads one towards self-worth and self-realization. It is what ultimately provides hope and meaning for life in all its mystery, complexity, fullness and richness.

Website: www.elisabethpomes.com


  • Certification

    Diploma of Analytical Psychology, Member of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA), International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT)
  • Approaches and Techniques

    Analytical Psychology, Counselling, Dream Analysis, Individuation Process, Jungian Analysis, Jungian Dream Work, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Psychoanalysis
  • Focus

    Abuse in Childhood, Addiction Recovery, Anger Issues, Anxiety, Artistic Creative Expression, Authenticity, Bereavement, Body Awareness, Career and Work, Chronic Pain or Illness, Coping Skills, Creative Expression, Depression, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emotional Healing, Grief, Life Transitions, Loss and Grief, Relationships, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality, Stress, Women's Issues, and Yoga
  • Age Specialty

    Any
  • Religious Specialty

    Any
  • Spoken Language

    English and French
  • Session Format

    Private Sessions