When searching for support, it can feel overwhelming, awkward, and uncomfortable. However, reaching out is the first step to ensure you receive the support you want and need. If you have had counselling before, you may be clear on the process, what worked for you last time, and what didn’t. However, if this is your first time, you may feel nervous about what to expect and I understand, it can be scary talking to a stranger.

Let me reassure you, that there is no pressure or expectation on my part. I am here to support you and encourage you to share what you feel comfortable with. Some people feel embarrassed or ashamed that they need some support and while I understand, reaching out for support takes strength and courage. It is not a sign of weakness, there is nothing wrong with you and you have nothing to feel embarrassed about. 

Each counsellor is different, we have a different approach, lived experiences, and expertise. Booking a consultation allows you to determine whether or not I would be a good fit for you. It also enables us to get to know each other a little better and if you share something that I am not able to support you with, I can let you know. You are also welcome to ask me questions and I will do my best to answer them. Book a free consultation today.

Clinical Supervision
Individual Counselling Service
Individual counselling

Counselling to build self-esteem

Counselling to build self-esteem sessions for youth and adults – $140 for 50 minutes

Are you a people pleaser who has a hard time saying no to people as you don’t want to let them down? Are you struggling to put boundaries in place? You struggle to put your needs first and building your self-esteem can help. Perhaps you have high expectations of yourself and believe that you are falling behind. You compare yourself to other people who are in a similar situation as yours, same age and similar background. In your mind, you see these people soaring ahead and doing better than you. As a result, you are hard on yourself and you have a harsh inner dialogue that reiterates that you are not good enough. 

In counselling, we focus on your relationship with yourself and work on increasing your self-kindness and self-acceptance. We can often be harsh, critical, and judgemental, with ourselves, when we make a mistake but we do not treat our good friend like this. We would be kind, compassionate, and understanding towards our friend. We work on shifting some of the kindness and patience that you express outwardly towards others inwards towards yourself. You deserve the same kindness and compassion. We work together on changing your self-talk, decreasing your self-doubt and negative beliefs. 

We build your self-esteem by focusing on your strengths and unique qualities. We identify affirmations that resonate with you. We focus on where you may get stuck, where your self-talk is harsh, what beliefs replay in your mind, and where they stem from, and together we change them. We also focus on your culture, identity and healing your inner child.

Individual counselling

Counselling to reduce stress

Counselling to reduce stress for youth and adults – $140 for 50 minutes sessions

Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to meet expectations and deadlines? Are you struggling to maintain a work-life balance? Your mind is racing with thoughts and worries which keeps you up at night. You are not able to relax even when you are not working and spending time with family or friends at a social gathering. You are adamant once this project or presentation is delivered things will calm down. Your supervisor informed you that they would hire someone new to help. You convince yourself, as a result, that if you can just keep going, things will get better.

But the reality is, even if things at work calmed down, you have social gatherings and other time-consuming responsibilities. You are left feeling drained and annoyed at yourself for not being able to achieve everything you thought you should have. In counselling, we focus on slowing down and what that would look like for you. It may not be possible for you to take a break so we explore coping mechanisms that will help you feel less overwhelmed and more in control. We also identify any barriers that may be preventing you from implementing change that could help you feel less stressed.

As a means to cope, you normalized, minimised, or denied how stressed you feel. Some of our work will focus on what is contributing to you feeling stressed, what you have control over, and what you would like to change. We also focus on how your life would look if you felt less stressed; how would you be spending your time, with whom and what would you be doing more/less of.

Group Counselling Service
Individual counselling

Counselling to reduce anxiety

Counselling to reduce anxiety for youth and adults – $140 for 50 minutes sessions

Does the thought of meeting new people leave you feeling stressed? Do you overwhelmed at work when you have to deliver a presentation to your team? You may experience a tightness in your chest or feel a knot in the pit of your stomach. You may have a hard time trying to breathe and experience a panic attack. These panic attacks may feel like a heart attack and you may worry that you are dying even though you are not. You may feel embarrassed that you experience anxiety and may not feel comfortable talking about it.

In counselling, we talk about how your anxiety feels inside of you and how it appears externally on the surface. You know your triggers and have some coping mechanisms but these don’t always work. Together we explore new coping mechanisms and we identify where your anxiety stems from. For some people, their anxiety stems from their childhood for others it stems from their adolescence. Uncertainty, lack of control, and the unknown can feel scary and provoke anxiety. In counselling, we focus on this, what makes you feel safe and what you have control over.

Our focus is not to eliminate your anxiety but rather for you to feel like you are in control of what is going on inside. Your worries and thoughts also impact your anxiety. We explore this and your self-talk and work together to change it. Your goal may be to worry less and to have a more positive inner dialogue. This is something we can work towards in counselling.

Individual counselling

Counselling to reduce shame

Counselling to reduce anxiety for youth and adults – $140 for 50 minutes sessions

Do you feel like hiding to avoid what other people will say once they know your marital status? Do you feel embarrassed when you attend social gatherings and extended family members ask you why you aren’t pregnant yet? You may feel exhausted trying to answer these and other questions. You may feel drained having to justify and explain why you work in your chosen profession, live in your neighbourhood and drive the car that you do. You may struggle to live your life as you wish due to cultural norms, societal pressure and expectations of others.

In counselling, we focus on what triggers your shame and where it stems from. For example, one of your parents may comment on your physical appearance each time you go home. As a result, you may feel embarrassed and uncomfortable each time you go home. You may also dread having to deal with comments about your physical appearance. We also explore who you are and how you would like to live your life versus what other people think and how they want you to live your life. Part of our work may also include self-acceptance and being kind to yourself.

You may feel like you are alone and you may feel scared to talk about your shame. However, you are not alone and talking about it can help you feel less alone and more in control. Understanding and talking about your shame also helps you reclaim your voice and power. Connecting with people like a counsellor will help you feel heard and empowered.

Couples Counselling

Couples counselling sessions- $160 for 50 minutes and $240 for 80 minutes

Do you feel drained and frustrated with your partner as you both bicker over little things? Do you withdraw when you feel criticised by your partner? You have a loving, kind, sweet, caring partner but you snap at them in the moment. You feel no matter how hard you try, you will never be good enough in the eyes of your partner. It can be heartbreaking when your partner is not able to be there for you in the way that you want and need. You long and starve for connection but you are both left feeling disconnected and tired instead. 

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) can help you feel connected with your partner. In counselling, we focus on where you both get stuck. For example, your partner may say or do something that triggers you and you then react. We focus on these behaviours and reactions but also on what goes on underneath. For example, one of you may criticise your partner but underneath this criticism, you are longing for a connection. Sometimes we are not able to communicate what we need and want. We focus on identifying this in counselling. 

EFT also focuses on your attachment style, needs, and fears. For example, you may feel anxious when your partner is not around and you want to seek more reassurance from them. Your partner does the best they can to provide this reassurance however, they may feel overwhelmed thus the more one of you pursues, the more the other one withdraws.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical supervision sessions – $150 for 50 minutes 

Are you a counsellor seeking support with your therapeutic work? Are you interested in increasing your skills and knowledge in this field? You may have graduated recently and thus are new to private practice or working in an agency. Clinical supervision allows you to discuss your caseload and identify where you may need support. It also enables you to share any ethical dilemmas or areas where you may feel stuck. As counsellors, we all need support and clinical supervision can help facilitate your professional growth and development. 

There are several different theories and models for clinical supervision. You may not be familiar with all of these and I invite you to read, research, and ask questions about these theories and models. As you support different clients, your supervision needs and goals may change. For example, the more you support women, the more you may be interested in having a feminist approach to supervision which would focus on the oppression women experience. It would embrace intersectionality and consider the impact of race, culture, religion, and class, to name but a few, on women.

We would focus on Harry Aponte’s work “Person of the Therapist” (POTT) which would enable us to consider how your personal lived experiences, struggles, values, and culture may be present during a counselling session with a client. When I work with women who also identify as South Asian, we often connect on cultural values and norms for example.

Clinical Supervision Service

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