Yordanka Garmenova M.Ed., RP, CCC
Psychotherapy + Counselling
Daytime Availability: Yes
Evening Availability: Limited
Weekend Availability: Limited
Wednesday 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Languages: English, Bulgarian
Therapy can be an intimidating experience because it requires us to open up to our internal world. Given that most of us have learned to fear vulnerability, I understand the courage it takes to begin and commit to therapy, and that is why my first goal is to provide you with a safe and validating environment to share your experiences.
The chatter our minds sometimes create can feel very overwhelming and it may seem like we have no control over how we behave. Many of us resort to avoiding painful private experiences, and this usually makes it difficult for us to live the life we want for ourselves and be the person we would like to be. Often we reach out for help with the goal of eliminating discomfort, however, I have found that the most significant gains in therapy come from facilitating a more open and compassionate relationship with our internal world. Being curious about our thoughts and emotions, and how they influence us, can be the first step in gaining control over our experience. This can provide us with the choice to respond rather than react to internal as well as external triggers. Life will consistently throw curveballs our way, and cultivating a more compassionate relationship with internal discomfort, along with engaging in actions guided by our values will fill our life with more meaning and content.
Change can be a long and frustrating process with tiny victories along the way. As your therapist, I will aim to guide you through it by shining a light on your personal values and goals in order to bring more meaning when challenges arise. If you would like to explore whether we’d be a good fit, I encourage you to book a free 30-minute consultation with me. I look forward to hearing your story.
Yordanka is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, where she completed her internship working with vulnerable populations. This experience along with training in multicultural counselling lead to Yordanka’s dedication to providing culturally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatment when working with clients. Yordanka has experience working with youths, adults, and couples experiencing a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, relationship problems, trauma, adjustment, body image and self-esteem, disordered eating, and grief. She mainly utilizes a client-centred and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach, and is informed by the following modalities: compassion focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, cognitive behavioural therapy, and neuropsychology.