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"Robert is the most knowledgeable, helpful, and professional therapist I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and also a sincerely nice guy. He has helped me immensely and I can't thank him enough. Life changing!
I've just started his book too, he is really passionate about therapy and helping others, really impressive.
Thank you Robert, I'm so grateful to have benefited from your therapy and I am glad to pass along this good mental health by being more relaxed, healthier, and more happy in my life and in my interactions. The world thanks you!"
~ H, Business Owner
"I first started to see Robert when I was having a hard time trying to balance my life and my new management position. I was given an opportunity by a friend to meet Robert. I was nervous at first. I didn’t know if I felt comfortable enough to even talk to someone about myself.
After my first visit I knew right away that this EMDR was exactly what I was looking for! I had a great connection with Robert. He is very polite, easy to talk to and work with. Robert helped me change from being someone who would get angry or triggered easily and would lash out at friends and co workers to a more calm and understanding type of person. I am way less stressed out with my anxiety in my life and at work!
The only advice I can give is, if you come across an opportunity like I did to meet Robert, Take It! It is the best thing I have done for myself.
Thank you Robert Grigore for allowing me to become In control of myself. Cheers!"
~ T, Executive Manager
"I was looking for the right therapist to work with, during my stay in Vancouver. I Googled EMDR therapists in the Vancouver area and a lot of profiles came up. I chose to contact Robert as his words on his profile resonated with me, he wrote about healing inner conflict and awakening one's potential.
I had several very intense EMDR sessions with Robert while I was in Vancouver. He is very focused and doesn't lose sight of why I went to him. Before we started the work, he asked me about specific issues that I wanted to bring to awareness and we focused on those. He has the ability to read in between the lines, pick up important elements that I myself may not have been aware of.
I would recommend Robert very highly for his professionalism, his focus and dedication and the open mindedness he brings to his work with his clients."
~ S, Hollywood Actress
"I have been struggling with self confidence and a compulsive coping behavior for almost my entire life since i was like 8 years old (possibly earlier, it feels like nearly my whole life!).
It was becoming progressively problematic and holding me back from realizing my full potential and enjoying life fully. I was struggling with my relationship with myself and with others, all stemming from limiting beliefs and destructive patterns that I knew where inhibiting me but didn't have the ability to deal with.
Although therapy, especially this intensive, is an enormous amount of effort, Robert made the experience so enjoyable, relaxing, and I just felt so understood and comfortable. I also had the feeling he was truely an expert in what he does and that gave me a lot of reassurance that I was doing the right thing and was in capable hands.
Now, I am more confident, I am enough and in control. I have been able to think more clearly and detach emotion from the decisions I need to make. I have made some immediate progress in my current relationships and behaviours, but I also am working on using the tools he taught me for future hurdles. The confidence to grow as a person, let go of childhood insecurities, and contribute positively to my business, family, relationships, and society at large is exciting.
I absolutely recommend Robert to you now, as I do regularly to others. I hope more people can experience this relief, the world will be a better place if they do. If you choose to undergo this transformation, it will be worth it in ways you cannot comprehend. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends, your business, your community. You will be happy you did. "
~ H, Entrepreneur
"I immediately felt comfortable with Robert and felt sincere compassion from him in our interactions. He provided valuable insight and understanding of the anxiety I was experiencing and he helped me shift my perspective on specific situations where anxiety was at its highest intensity.
After working through his EMDR techniques, I left feeling incredibly relaxed and at ease. I also noticed residual benefits in my daily life through a reduction in the intensity of my anxiety.
I highly recommend the work of Robert Grigore to anybody pursuing a life of health and well-being."
~ K. Professional Sports Player
"I was dealing with trauma from relocating and losing my job suddenly, and family trauma both past and present. Healing from these things is a problem for however long they plague you until you get help. My trauma manifested in depression, anxiety, lower self esteem, and isolation.
Robert makes you feel totally at ease sharing anything, because he explains the process so well and has such a kind and professional manner that sets you at ease. He is also very thoughtful and thorough. He helped me to let go of some deep seated limiting beliefs that I hadn’t realized were what was making it so hard to get through the current traumas in my life. And he provided me with some super helpful techniques to release immediate anxiety. I would definitely recommend Robert.
The EMDR technique he uses adds the physical energetic reset that makes the difference between continually going back to revisit a problem - because you can’t quite let go of the core of it - and moving on from it.
Don’t wait – try it – it can’t hurt – it truly helps!!!"
~ L, Actor & Entrepreneur
"I had a number of experiences as a child and young adult that led me to be unable to trust others. I was quick to think people were lying or manipulating me, and often felt deeply hurt, betrayed and would go into “flight” mode. I pushed people away, ended relationships and almost quit my jobs. I suffered deeply and wasn’t able to manage my reactivity. This problem followed me from childhood in to my fifties.
The people who love and care for me came to anticipate conflict, rejection and accusation. They hurt when I cut them out of my life. For a long time, I protected myself by avoiding relationships where I felt vulnerable, and didn’t give people access to my true self. I was lonely and unfulfilled. When I finally chose to be vulnerable with someone, my relationship cycled through misunderstanding, hurt, break ups, reconciliation and regret. Even though I could see how my reactions hurt me and my partner, I couldn’t seem to stop the emotional cascade that would happen so quickly.
Working with Robert was remarkable. I achieved all the goals I set for myself. I felt safe, supported and genuinely connected. Since working with him, I have faced some extremely stressful situations that would have led to emotional flooding, reactivity and sabotaging my relationships just a few months ago.
After working with Robert, I was able to prevent myself from sliding into “trauma mode”. I didn’t jump to conclusions and was even able to communicate with my partner about what happened and how I was feeling. This meant that when the next stressful event occurred, I was able to face it with my new skills and a sense of connection with the people who support me. The stress didn’t compound the way it used to.
I would recommend Robert to everyone. The sessions were tailored to my goals and needs, and were structured in way that was safe, effective and even efficient! The evidence supports this modality of treatment for trauma, and Robert is an expert. I am grateful I chose to work with Robert- the benefits of my sessions with him exceeded what I imagined was possible for me."
~ D, Physician
~ L, Entrepreneur
"I was worrying about things, not feeling happy, feeling overwhelmed. I was also feeling distracted and not able to focus and was lacking motivation. I have been feeling it most strongly the last 3-4 years.
I was feling overwhelmed, worried and depressed at times. I found it difficult to get my head ‘clear’ about things and would get overwhelmed about making decisions. I was struggling to get motivated to get things done.
Robert was very professional at all times; also was very clear in his explanations of the process and what to expect; gave lots of time and space for individual pacing when dealing/processing something. He was a patient and understanding guide, as I worked through these issues.
I would recommend Robert to anyone."
"I had been struggling with severe anxiety (for 22 years) which was rooted in a strong fear of rejection and negative belief that I was inferior. My depression and anxiety were crippling me. I was unable to leave my house some days.
Robert was warm, empathetic, and compassionate. I felt at ease with him right away. He listened to all of my thoughts in an empathetic and helpful way but also shared some small things about himself which helped me to feel validated and feel like he was “a person” not just a therapist.
Everything has changed — my situation hasn’t changed at all but I am much more capable of dealing with it. I spend less time “recharging” at home and for that reason I have more time to LIVE MY LIFE. My friends and loved ones have noticed a shift in me and have told me that I am: more authentic, lighter, my energy is less heavy, happier, more energetic, and I was even told that my posture is better! I have already recommended Robert to others.
It is an investment in yourself and your health and it’s the most important investment!"
~ A, Graduate
The words that kept going through my head almost every day were “pathetic and loser”. I was starting to have very dark thoughts about not wanting to be alive any longer. I didn’t want to feel the loneliness and emotional pain that I woke up with every day.
Caring for my mom was a very big part of my life for over 30 years. Due to a major illness, her health was declining and she chose to have an assisted death, I was her advocate as she was not capable of making all the calls and arrangements. After she passed away, I felt no one needed me so what was my value, did it matter if I was alive. I was having a hard time releasing my grief, an assisted death although very dignified, is still difficult to process.
I was also tired of being emotionally abused in relationships, I was always making concessions for the other persons behaviour and never standing up for myself.
~ C, Entrepreneur
My worthiness has been an issue for me most of my life. I was bullied from the first day I started school until the last. I’ve always put myself last and have never been great at boundaries.
I had no motivation to do anything. When I woke up in the morning I would spend hours laying in bed staring at the ceiling or scrolling through social media. I was comforting myself with food, especially sweets. Being an entrepreneur, I feared for my financial future, especially because I’m 59 years old and single, I support myself.
I was also tired of talking to therapists, I felt like I was going in circles. Each week dive into a topic that brought ah ha moments, yet patterns continued, especially in romantic relationships.
Robert was easy to work with. He listened, he wasn’t quick to answer, he qualified what I said. I felt a lot of comfort in how he initially analyzed the challenges I felt were the biggest roadblocks and saw how they all connected back to feeling unworthy. During the One and Done sessions, we kept working through the issues until I felt a sense of internal peace.
Robert helped me change my life, in some regards, he helped me save my life. I’m finally living life, I wake up feeling rested and ready to start my day. The days that present challenges are much easier to navigate using the tools and mantras Robert helped me create.
I no longer feel a victim of my past. My passion has returned for the things that I love, I am living each day and feel present. I’m also more confident in setting boundaries and knowing that the other persons reaction, is their responsibility not mine. I do not feel guilty for putting myself first.
I feel a deep love for myself which shows up in my blue eyes, they are sparkling again, something I haven’t seen for a very long time. I giggle and laugh more and feel joy. When I look in the mirror, I see a beautiful glow that radiates from my heart, I love the body that I’m in.
It also feels good to allow my emotions to come and not be worried that I’m headed into dark spaces. I can feel sad and know that it’s not the beginning of a depressive period for me.
I have already recommended Robert to others.
What is living life worth to you? Investing in myself and my life with the One and Done session is the best investment I have ever made. I have never felt this good about myself and my life, to me, that is worth more than any possession I might ever purchase.
"I was skeptical of EMDR before I started working with Robert. However, because my partner had tried it and had positive results I had decided to give it a try. I suffered from on-going anxiety that was not unbearable but certainly degraded the quality of my life.
Over the course of treatment with Rob I noticed a reduction in my anxiety; I especially noticed it in certain situations that used to trigger me, such as being stuck in traffic, being tail-gated on the road, and through navigating difficult conversations. Rob is a very caring and professional therapist.
Thank you for the amazing work that you do."
~ R, Performance Coach
“Before I started my sessions with Robert, I was in a depression that had followed me on and off for years. My mental health issues were preventing me from being able to pursue my ambitions and think clearly. I was also experiencing symptoms of depersonalization and blurred vision due to my depression that made it hard for me to relate to my surroundings.
After frequent EMDR sessions, I was back to a place of stability which eventually lead to complete mental and visual clarity. I have been depression-free for one year now, despite many traumatic events taking place involving death and sickness of family members, which typically would have triggered a depressive episode.
Robert is kind, patient and understanding, and I would highly recommend his service for anyone dealing with symptoms of depression."
~ B, Professional Artist
~ C, Executive
"I was experiencing trauma from the loss of my mother who suffered from a devastating illness, as well as other difficult life events. It had been going on for over ten years! I was experiencing frequent nightmares which left me waking up feeling distraught and almost reliving the grief.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of working with Robert. After failed attempts at traditional talk therapy, I felt a little apprehensive about trying EMDR. However, one hour into treatment and I knew it was the right decision. Robert made me feel at ease and comfortable throughout the entire process of going through difficult life events, and reprocessing the memories.
When I left Robert’s office, I instantly felt as though progress had been made. Since then, I have not experienced any nightmares, and I genuinely believe that I have gained a greater insight and understanding into my inner self.
Robert is an expert in his field. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others. Facing our problems is never easy, but Robert simplifies the process of working through trauma. Working with Robert is an investment in your mental health, and that, in my opinion, is 100% worthwhile."
"After decades of self-help, meditation and 1.5 years of talk therapy to work through abandonment issues that started when I was 4 years old, I was still suffering from anxiety and self-doubt. I had yet to resolve the “heart of the matter.” Fortunately, I discovered Robert Grigore...working with Robert helped me progress so much that I was able to navigate through sticky family situations with assertive calmness at last. And that's just the beginning. I can only say I wish I had discovered Robert sooner."
~ A, Best-Selling Author
"I wanted to understand better the dynamics between my parents and their relationship to me, as I always knew they were at the root of my self-destructive behaviour and unrealistically high expectations - from myself and others. All my life, I was promiscuous, short-tempered, demanding and easily bored, while always longing to be in a relationship; jealous of other people's professional success, insecure about my own accomplishments; picking at my skin since early teenage years. I'm almost 40 now.
I was having to work with the public on a daily basis and having to cover up scars and pretend everything is fine was at best exhausting, mostly really hard, the hardest being able to forgive and love myself despite all the horrible things I was doing to myself. More than once I thought I would lose my mind and the pain and self-judgement were almost unbearable.
Apart from spiritual work, working with Robert has been the best thing I could have done for myself, by far: Robert helped me understand and overcome my deeply rooted traumas; he also helped 'organize' chaotic visions and emotional experiences I had from using hallucinogenic plants. Not only did he help me deal with my pre-existing problems, he also gave me imporant tools to use on my own in the future. I am much more at peace, I feel I released the last bits of trauma and self-doubt/hate in session with Robert.
I feel light and in the best place I've been my whole life. I was already moving in the right direction but Robert helped me 'cement' it. I've been happily single (not necessarily sexless) for a while now and feel better than ever in my own company. I also feel I have lots to share with the world, but I'm finally becoming the most important person in my life. Just the way I am. :)
I absolutely recommend Robert by all means. He is a kind, respectful, deeply caring human being, and also very knowledeable. I fully trust his professionalism and am touched by the genuine interest and love of his work. If you're already on the fence (about working with Robert)-it means you're ready. You wouldn't be considering working with Robert if you didn't feel deep down you are ready to know yourself better."
~ M, Professional Musician
"The root of our (my partner and I) problem was processing, awareness and communication of our emotions. The symptoms of our problems were miscommunication, misunderstanding each other and jumping into conclusions. This kept piling up and resulted into trust and intimacy issues.
The problems have been ongoing for almost two years prior to seeing Robert.
My partner and I had been impacted by lack of trust nd intimacy issues. I had started feeling hopeless in our relationship. I was carrying a huge weight that did not allow me to live a healthy mental, emotional and physical life.
Mental- I noticed making more mistakes during work. Needing significantly more time alone to relax. Emotional- I started yelling in an attempt to be heard. I felt hopeless. Physical- I had 20% of my usual energy to eat healthy and exercise. I had trouble getting quality sleep. I had nightmares.
Robert made me feel welcomed, understood and supported. Robert worked on both our relationship and our individual selves. He was very knowledgeable.
My partner and I are significantly more aware of our emotions. We are more equipped to process them and communicate them to one another. We are able to use these emotions to grow a stronger bond between one another. Before meeting Robert, our emotions were building a barrier between us; pushing us apart. Now, our emotions are a means of connecting and strengthening our bond.
On the individual spectrum, after EMDR, I feel more emotionally intelligent. I can process my emotions significantly better. I am more aware of my emotions. I can communicate them better. Moreover, I can continue improving myself on my own. Robert taught us how to fish as opposed to giving us a dinner.
I would recommend Robert for individuals and/ or couples. I would recommend Robert for anyone who suffered a strong trauma. EMDR is a great method for processing your own emotions.
Robert is a professional, knowledgeable and supportive person. EMDR is an excellent tool to process your emotions. It worked very well with me."
~ M, Executive
"I was having great difficulty dealing with extremely passive aggressive people at work. This went for several months and was happening in meetings that I could not avoid and over email. I was having fight or flight responses. I couldn’t focus on my job. I brought home all my worries, rage and frustration.
Working with Robert was great – he is very empathic and professional. He helped me articulate the concerns and zero in on them. I appreciated that it was not necessary to drill down into every detail of my past, but rather, localize the issue and treat it directly. Robert also does not work with a big ego – he was very receptive to my feedback and changed course if something wasn’t working. He is very client centred and does not bring his own ego needs into sessions.
My life has improved hugely. While these same people are still difficult to work with, I do not have the same emotional reactions to them and have reclaimed my own power in situations with them. I feel much tougher and more resilient than before seeing Robert.
I would highly recommend working with Robert. If you are in a tough emotional/psychological situation that is impacting your functioning, it *can* be resolved. You don’t have to live with personal dysfunction due to past experiences. Robert can be part of the journey to making yourself whole."
~ K, Global Activist
“I have seen Robert due to an addiction that was rooted in childhood trauma. The memory of the trauma came up in a session with another counsellor about one year prior to the treatment with Robert. That means, my trauma was hidden for more than 20 years deep down before it surfaced. Unfortunately, I was not able to heal through talking therapy for more than a year. A different counsellor mentioned to me that EMDR might be helpful and this is how I found Robert.
EMDR was able to solve something within a few sessions that talking therapy could not for more than a year.
Before the EMDR treatment, I felt like my life was surrounded by a bubble filled with painful memories and emotions. It was almost impossible to let myself feel the pain of physical abuse and neglect that occurred to me in my childhood. EMDR helped me to process the painful memories and stabilize my emotional response. I would say the painful memories have lost their intensity, which was simply liberating and lead to a new life.
Robert was very professional and helpful throughout the entire treatment. At times, when the memories were so painful (I even contemplated walking out of the session), Robert was able to guide me through the session with kindness and understanding. For that reason, I can only recommend Robert as a counsellor and EMDR as a therapy approach."
~ P, President / Public Figure
"Anxiety and depression ailed me intermittently from an early age. The anxiety and depression was mild to start and I never thought to seek any treatment. I was frequently told that I was overly sensitive, needed to toughen up and that I should just stop worrying. Feeling self-conscious about what went on in my mind, I suffered silently.
I felt my symptoms were manageable since I was able to function on a day to day basis. Some unfortunate events then took place and I also experienced multiple losses of loved ones. With no tools to cope and feeling completely alone I developed panic attacks and fell deep into depression. At times I felt as though I couldn't breath and I was always exhausted.
It became difficult to concentrate at work and I isolated myself from all friends and family. I no longer felt that I could function in society and became fearful to leave my house. Whilst the anti-depressants helped, I knew that I did not want to be on medication for the rest of my life. My doctor referred me to Robert Grigore. At first I was reluctant to even work with Robert because I thought I would perhaps be more comfortable with a female counsellor. After speaking with Robert over the phone I completely changed my mind.
He was compassionate and easy to talk to. He was also the first person to introduce EMDR to me. I liked the idea of a different type of therapy that didn't just consist of talking about your problems. During my EMDR treatment with Robert I greatly appreciated his professionalism, patience and overall kind demeanor.
Robert helped me wean off the anti-depressants and now I am fully functioning and happy. It is a very satisfying feeling to be free of medication and truly healed in the mind.
I cannot thank Robert enough for the difference he made in my life."
~ A, Medical Scientist
"My major concern was dealing with rape PTSD and all the myriad negative things I had dealt with that was related to that. For four chaotic and dark years, it changed every single aspect of my life. Nothing went untouched by this. My whole world turned upside down. Everything blew up in my face. My reputation, sense of identity and understanding of the world shattered. My personality changed dramatically. My interests changed dramatically. It was like I became another person and I had no control over it. Everything was impacted by rape. From the way I wore my makeup, to the people I associated with, to how I viewed myself, my relationships in life, work, everything changed.
From the very beginning Robert was so attentive to every detail and very organized. He responded to emails very quickly, was sensitive to any need I brought up, and handled everything professionally with care, and without judgement. I was amazed at how much he paid attention to the little things. I was so ready to tackle this trauma and get some sense of worth and meaning back into my life. Being stuck in such a delicate state, and being a highly sensitive person, I needed the right therapist and Robert proved himself to be it from the very beginning.
After treatment, "nothing changed" on the outside. But inside, everything changed. Something like rape will forever change you. Coming to terms with that, finding a new sense of identity that feels right, as well as some sense of purpose again, is a very difficult thing to navigate. Through the EMDR process I was able to "come back down" to myself and find stability in my mind and heart, and come to peace with my past. I was able to find the good in the bad about the situations I faced, but moreso in myself. For the first time in my life I experienced the feeling of being worthy enough to be cared for, loved, heard, protected and to have time spent on me. A beautiful domino effect happened. I can say that now I live with greater confidence about my boundaries, my worth, my individuality, and my right to navigate my life for my needs and interests. It's a remarkably huge step in my life!
Without doubt I would recommend Robert! I already strongly suggested to a few friends that they should go! Learn about EMDR and if it seems remotely worth spending your time on, DO IT. Sign up with Robert and get started on making the changes you want in your life! Whatever is holding you back from going through this healing process, sacrifice it. If you are not whole and healed and healthy then nothing else in your life will be either. It all starts with you!"
"When confronted with a difficult or hostile situation, I would freeze and be unable to advocate for myself, present my point of view, or respectfully challenge or disagree with the other person.
I had been struggling with these issues for my entire life (and I am a senior citizen). It left me with feelings of inadequacy and anger. I felt I could be bullied.
Working with Robert, I felt heard, understood, and safe.
Since the treatment, I have astonished myself at my ability to speak up and express myself effectively when the stakes are high. I am not vulnerable to being verbally or psychologically bullied or shut down. I actively use my (Container) and have nicknamed it Pandora's Box. I have had several situations arise where, without even thinking about it, I no longer freeze. An unexpected outcome is that I have lost my shyness or reluctance to introduce myself to strangers who are influential.
I would recommend Robert’s services. If you are unsure of the method he uses, EMDR, do the research on the treatment to your satisfaction. If you are unsure if Robert is the right fit for you, meet with him as he will discuss any concerns you may have."
~ C, CEO