(She/her) MC, RP
Do you ever feel like you are your own worst critic? Do you have trouble ‘turning off’ the negative thoughts in your head? Or do you spend too much time worrying about the future or dwelling in the past? I work with adults who are experiencing low self-esteem, self-criticism, and anxiety. Putting the brakes on your busy life and slowing down to look inwards can help you from seeking distractions or unhealthy habits when feeling unwell. It takes courage to ask for help, explore meaningful questions, and demonstrate self-love. The way to self-love can have different meanings for each of us, depending on our life experience.
Setting boundaries, stress management, assertiveness and forgiveness are some of the ways you can begin to demonstrate more self-love. In the comfort and privacy of my therapy practice you can expect to explore and challenge unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours and build resilience by seeing your experiences through a different lens.
My personal approach to counselling is anti-oppressive and client-centered. In particular, I draw on my experiences with loved ones who are immigrants or second generation immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. I implement techniques from cognitive-behavioural, narrative, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-meditation based therapies. I strive to create a non-judgmental space where you can feel at ease to open up, to be seen and heard, with warmth and curiosity.
Stephanie holds Master's of Counselling from University of Calgary, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of Wales Trinity St. David, and a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from McGill University. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Apart from her counselling experience, she has worked as an educator for over 10 years applying an anti-oppressive stance, empowering all individual learners to succeed and holds Specialist Additional Qualifications in Special Education.