Rourke van Rossem (She/her)
RP (Qualifying), BA, MA Candidate
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Life throws us into situations that we are expected to know how to navigate, but we don’t typically get taught how to cope with the spectrum of life’s happenings. Insecurities, uncertainty, and doubt can lead us to avoid discomfort and difficult situations. Avoidance often leads us to shy away from opportunities for profound self-growth. I hope to be someone in your corner that helps you to grow comfortable to explore the vulnerable parts of your internal and external world, to make sense of it.
Your past experiences uniquely shape how you engage and interact with your current world. As a therapist, I am genuinely curious about your lived experiences, your relationships, your upbringing, and how it all impacts your current circumstances. I will work hard to develop a relationship based in compassion where you feel comfortable and safe to share intimate details. I believe the best work can be done through a relationship built on trust and balance. By encouraging and facilitating self-exploration, self-awareness, and insight we can uncover the tools for you to live feeling fulfilled and gratified.
My practice is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-based interventions, Attachment Theory, and Psychodynamic Theory.
Rourke has almost 10 years of education and experience in the psychology field. She is currently completing the practicum component of her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Rourke is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has a BA Honours in Psychology from Western University where she devoted her studies to social psychology with a particular focus on attitude formation and change. She has spent the past few years as a responder for Canada Suicide Prevention and Distress Centres of Greater Toronto providing emotional support counselling to all ages. She currently works with vulnerable adults (e.g., chronic homelessness) in downtown Toronto.