Therapists in Guelph
Spacious Mind Counselling
Spacious Mind Counselling
We provide compassionate therapy online and in-person for people that are feeling overwhelmed and would like to explore their past and/or learn new skills to better cope with the present. We can help with: Anger Management, Anxiety Counselling, Bullying Counselling, Childhood Trauma Counselling, Counselling for Adults with Aging Parents, COVID Counselling, Depression Counselling, Family Counselling, Grief, Loss & Bereavement Counselling, Issues Impacting Women, Marriage Counselling, Men’s Issues Counselling, New and Young Mothers’ Counselling, Pain Counselling, Parenting Counselling / Support, Postpartum Depression Therapy, Relationship Counselling, Sexual Health Counseling / Sex Therapy, Therapy for Stressful Jobs / Work-Related Stress, Trauma Counselling, University Students’ Counselling, and more.
I believe in tailoring our therapeutic process to your unique needs and goals. My approach focuses on helping you become comfortable and confident in your own abilities, while introducing new strategies from evidence-based modalities to help you create a healthier and happier life. I use a variety of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural, dialectical, psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches. I work on an underlying foundation of trust, honesty and compassion, and provide a supportive environment that facilitates growth and healing. I practice through a lens of lived experience with trauma and mental illness. I understand how dark and frightening the difficult times can be, but I also know that it is possible to emerge a stronger, more resilient person.
Many challenges we face are inevitable, but often we can sway the outcomes in our favor, keep challenges from compounding each other, and avoid other problems altogether. That is the philosophy I carry into my work helping my clients – from small children to adults – with challenges like postpartum depression, race-based trauma, ADHD, OCD, learning disabilities, autism, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, and other concerns.
My basic belief is hopeful and positive: that ultimately people are “good” and are striving for wellness with the internal and external resources they have. I am committed to helping you unpack and leave behind stories and ways of coping that no longer serve your needs, while building resilience and moving towards new ways of relating to self and others, stepping authentically into life and relationships.
As a queer-identified woman, I am particularly interested but not exclusively focused on supporting clients within the LGBTQ2S+ community. I intentionally support overall mental wellness for all men, women and adolescents as we work to resolve, understand and reflect on barriers that exist in attaining psychological well-being.
For 5+ years I have worked as a registered Social Worker in the field of mental health. I have been fortunate enough to work with clients in various settings, including community mental health and private practice. It is a privilege to learn about and share in the journeys of others. I am passionate about providing hope and helping clients to reexamine limiting beliefs in a way that helps them achieve their goals. I have extensive experience in supporting individuals with a wide range of mental wellness concerns using a client-centred and recovery-oriented approach, both in-person in Guelph and virtually (online). I use the Gottman Method, attachment theory, and emotion-focused therapy as my guiding framework for couples counselling.
I believe we all have the ability to work through our own struggles when provided with a safe nonjudgemental space to process thoughts, emotions and memories. I aim to provide that space to people as I have benefited from that process myself over the years. I don’t believe I’m an expert in anyone else’s life but I have expertise in listening, asking questions and helping people tolerate and regulate difficult emotions and thoughts. I have struggled in the past myself and know that a good therapist can make a huge difference, so I strive to be that therapist for others.
For the past 9 years I have been helping people achieve their therapeutic goals and live rich and meaningful lives that line up with their true values. As a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, I work with individuals of all ages, couples, and families in-person here in Guelph, online or over the phone. Creating a safe, calm and non-judgmental relationship with clients, I help people work through difficult events, emotions, and thoughts. My style is approachable and caring. In a good therapeutic relationship people can flourish and effectively address their issues, experience greater well-being and live towards their true potential.
I focus on anxiety, issues impacting men, depression, addiction, life changes, relationship issues and grief and bereavement counselling. I am also part of a consultation group on gender, identity and sexuality. I believe we all have many stories to tell. Each story being unique, meaningful and worth telling. Through this process of telling these story-telling, we begin to heal wounds and find ourselves again. The many stories of my life led me through loss, grief, stress and pain but also joy, connection, meaning and love. I aim to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for people to discuss their emotions, thoughts and behaviours, and engage in a plan to create a rich and meaningful life.
In my experience, and according to research, the biggest factor in how well therapy works is the client-therapist relationship. That’s one reason you can expect me to be genuine, empathetic, positive, and affirming. Also, I don’t have a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Instead, I will work with you to custom-fit a therapy experience based on your unique needs and expressed concerns.
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