Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Jane and I have been helping people for the past 17 years as a Social Worker. The majority of my experience comes from a hospital setting - I have worked with kids and teenagers who are facing a cancer diagnosis and treatments. I also help parents who are supporting the children affected by this terrible disease. By helping hundreds of people go through the childhood cancer journey, I have learned a lot about stress, anxiety, depression, grief, coping mechanisms, addictions and marital issues, just to name a few! The kids and parents have taught me a lot and this was the main reason for branching out into private practice a few years ago. I learned some unique skills and I wanted to help people out-side of health care who are facing life stressors and situations that cause a lot of sadness, worry, unhappiness and a feeling of ‘not enough’. I also became an accredited Family Mediator in 2015 and I learned skills to assist with conflict, separation and co-parenting.
My therapeutic approach depends on the issues clients bring forward. Sometimes, I start by simply helping people figure out what they actually want to change. I have studied and do a lot of on-going reading and research about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, stress reduction and habit forming. Counselling is not for everyone. But people have said that it can be very helpful to talk with someone who is objective and who can share their expertise to provide a different perspective on a problem. I have personally engaged in counselling many times over the years and the safe space it offers is what appeals to me most. The office is a place where you can safely bring your issues and we can work through them with the best approach for you and without judgement.
My other passion is working with health care professionals in the city who do the difficult work of caring for the sick and dying. I have helped professionals deal with the mental and physical impact of the work, burn out and compassion fatigue. Please feel free to call me anytime if you want to simply talk over the phone to hear more about what counselling is like and what your first appointment would involve. If you have never done this before, I commend you for reading this and contemplating such a big step. It will bring change - you have already done something different then you were doing before by searching the internet and seeking more information about counselling. That truly is the first step and I am willing to help you figure out the next ones.
Expect to come in and to talk about the things you want help with. There are some forms to complete during the first session and those take up to 10 minutes to complete. Most appointments are about an hour, the first one might be a little longer. There may be times when I ask you to think about the work we are doing in between sessions. I can certainly guide you through the process if you don’t know exactly what you are coming for. There is a fee, OHIP doesn’t cover the service but sometimes private insurers cover the cost.
Just call me or email me for more information. My contact info is:
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