Toronto, ON

©2019 BY CHOOSE GRATITUDE

GUIDING YOU ON A PATH TOWARDS SELF-HEALING

Registered Psychotherapist, M.A.C.P., Lifo® Accredited Trainer

There are times in our lives that we just can not seem to get a handle on how to handle the challenges in our life. Sometimes our genetics play a role. Other times, life, and all its challenges, gets overwhelming and we forget our strengths and resources. 


It happens, it is normal.


During these times, it can be helpful to work with a trained therapist to support you, illuminate the light within you, and provide acceptance, perspective, and therapeutic support as you find your way back to your healing, your own happiness and inner peace. ​

 

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again."

Buddha

 

COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. In my individual therapy sessions, I promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a changed outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and feelings. 

In our first session, we will explore your goals for therapy, and collaboratively discuss your treatment plan, based on evidence-based practices for your issue/challenge. 

BEHAVIOURAL ASSESSMENTS

A behavioural-style assessment to improve communication, enhance trust, and increase productivity in your relationships. 

LIFO® sessions consist of an in-depth assessment into your communication style(s), and training to understand your strengths, any areas for growth, and address blind spots in your communication patterns. 

GROUP THERAPY & WORKSHOPS

If you are interested in group therapy, please contact Diviya for an initial assessment to see if you are well-suited and would benefit from group therapy. 

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DIVIYA LEWIS

Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, Hon. BA, Lifo® Accredited Trainer

Diviya is derived from the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, and I like to see myself as a helper who can illuminate both your problems in a new light, and your strengths to heal during this time in your life. At the same time, it can be just as important to sit in the dark with someone you trust. That can be healing as well. It is precisely this empathy, compassion, and love that allows me to share an authentic connection with you, and hold the space that you need to heal. 

Educational Background & Training

I have completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, am a Registered Psychotherapist, and am a member in good standing with the OACCPP (read why these are important here). I have been trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and obtained supervision with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; however, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, motivational-interviewing, positive psychology, and humanistic approaches all inform my work with clients.

 

What does that even mean?

 

I believe that our thoughts and perceptions can heavily impact our lives. I work with clients to help them understand their thoughts, behaviours, emotions, and how these shape their experience in life, while training them to create distance with their experience, so they can develop tools to be their own therapist. Sometimes, we have to unlearn lessons. Other times I will work with you to accept and embrace your journey in its entirety. I believe you have the power within you to heal, and find inner peace. ​I can provide you with a compassionate and attentive support during your difficult time, providing you with individualized care for your unique situation. With a passion for helping people thrive, I will work with you to uncover your own internal resources to heal wounds, and find inner peace. 

I’ve been privileged to work with a wide range of individuals that are living with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, stress/burnout, addictions, abuse/trauma, and relationship issues. I have also worked with clients who are feeling suicidal, and have helped them develop safety plans that are useful for them. I will provide a safe space for you to unpack what is happening, and use evidence-based therapeutic interventions that will address your needs. We tend to have similar patterns of functioning, and interacting, and sometimes all it takes is a small ripple of insight to create lasting change - if you are ready to cast that pebble to create that ripple, connect with me. 

The light in me acknowledges the light in you.

I look forward to connecting and if there is a good fit, I humbly serve you as a counsellor.

 

GRATITUDE & MENTAL HEALTH

There are numerous ways a practice of gratitude can positively impact your mental health and happiness. Research indicated physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and professional benefits to a consistent gratitude practice. 

 

In my therapy practice, I never force a gratitude practice (in face I recognize that sometimes gratitude can be associated with feelings of shame or guilt, and try to unpack this with clients). I prefer to work with clients to authentically reach a stage of healing in which their own genuine sense of gratitude organically emerges. 

SELF-IMPROVEMENT & SELF-CARE

Do you constantly strive to take steps to improve your life? Maybe you already have a gratitude practice, or consider yourself religious/spiritual and have witnessed the healing power of gratitude in your life? Me too. We attract what we give our energy to, but it isn't easy to sustain your gratitude and wellness practice. Life gets in the way. Host a self-care workshop with your friends/colleagues to learn the intricacies of our habits, and successfully implement a self-care plan that works with your life and schedule.

SADNESS & DEPRESSION

Are you prone to sadness, or the feeling that you are never enough? This is common, and many people tend to ruminate about the past, or worry about the future. Many times, our lows can be all encompassing, taking over. If this sounds like you, adopting a gratitude mindset through practice, mindfulness, and counselling can help you live in the present moment and combat your sadness/worry. It is not a cure-all, but one tool that will positively benefit your mental wellness, and life happiness.

STRESS, ANXIETY & BURNOUT

Are you feeling stressed/ burnt out or perhaps unappreciated at work? Perhaps you feel stuck, or frustrated because things are not where you thought they would be in your life? Maybe you have been feeling robotic with your daily monotony of work/life routines, and you want some sort of change. I've been there. Adopting a gratitude practice can help bridge the gap between feeling unsatisfied and recognizing the abundance in your life, and opening up to a trained professional about potential life decisions can provide an unbiased, and informed approach.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

Do you find yourself in the same argument or fight with your partner, triggered by the same stuff, and unable to break these patterns? Does it feel like you are sometimes speaking different languages? Many times, we unintentionally hurt, take advantage of, and damage our closest relationships when we forget to cherish what we are grateful for. I do it too. A gratitude practice can strengthen, enhance, and rejuvenate your relationships, whether familial, collegial or intimate. It must not be forced, but when genuine, can break habitual patterns - try it.

 
  1. to brighten with light;

  2. to make understandable; clarify;

  3. to enlighten intellectually or spiritually; 

My name, Diviya, is derived from diya, the lamps lit during the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali - and the symbolic meaning encompasses being a light in the darkness, or to illuminate.

ILLUMINATE
(iˈlo͞oməˌnāt)