Welcome2020-04-15T15:39:05+00:00

The wound is the place where the light enters you.
Rumi

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Welcome to the possibilities of healing that await you. Seeking support can be a difficult and courageous step, often reached by loss, pain, crisis or disappointment.  I commend you for exploring your choices and taking charge of your life.

Reclaim your Centre

I fundamentally believe in your innate capacity toward healing and becoming whole. I view my role as providing deep presence and support through inquiry and guidance towards the vitality and expression of your soul. Using experiential processes, dreamwork, creative expression and archetypal imagery you can reconnect to your inner Self and integrate conflicting, hidden and disowned parts into conscious awareness. I offer mindfulness tools to increase body awareness in order to contain and ground your experiences at a level that is manageable for you. Together, we can examine options and clarify goals and next steps to moving your life forward in the direction you choose. I look forward to the honour of exploring your unique gifts and challenges and discovering possibilities of change within your current situation.

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Therapy Services

I offer tools and techniques from Client Centred, Mindfulness Based, Solution Focused, Narrative and Emotionally Focused approaches to therapy with an emphasis on the Transpersonal and Spiritual. I provide support for those experiencing Anxiety, Depression, PMDD, Post-partum, Life Transition, Personal Growth and Relationship Challenges. Services are available for LGBTQ, parenting, couples and individuals. Due to the current COVID19 pandemic counselling sessions will be available online or by telephone only.

About Me

My personal interest in psychology began during my undergraduate studies when I experienced anxiety and panic attacks. I sought counselling, self help books and found many useful tools to cope. Yoga and mindfulness practice became my favourites. I completed my Yoga teacher training and have since taught classes to students of all ages and stages.

After having my first son I returned to complete graduate level counselling training at the University of Ottawa. My clinical experience includes working with international and post-secondary students, serving the military population and specializing in family, couples and individual counselling.

I took a break from full time work to spend time with my children and relocated to Salt Spring Island, BC. I have since undergone significant midlife changes including a profound spiritual emergence and ongoing individual transformation. I am humbled and captivated by the beauty and complexity of the human condition. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, singing, dancing, cooking, hiking and swimming.

Fees

Individual Session Couples Session
$110 for 50 minutes $150 for 75 minutes

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Final Words

My own experience of trying to go it alone has taught me that we humans are not designed for taking this journey on our own. As Ram Dass tells us, “We’re all just walking each other home” and we need connection to heal and grow. So, whether or not you contact me, do connect with someone and trust yourself to know who and what is right for you. Please check out my resources below for some of my favourite authors and links.

Love and Light,

Laura

FAQ

I have never talked to a counsellor before, what do I need to know?2020-02-26T22:45:32+00:00

Our first telephone conversation will help you determine whether you feel comfortable speaking with me.  You may want to consider what specialty and experience you are looking for in a counsellor and ask about their training and professional designation.  There are many styles of counselling and approaches to healing work.  Trust yourself to know if the experience is helpful to you and speak up about any concerns.

How long do sessions last?2020-02-26T22:48:30+00:00

Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length and couples sessions are 75 minutes.  We can discuss your goals and needs to decide on the right frequency for you.  Sometimes one session is enough, other times clients choose to continue weekly sessions for months.  Finances may be a factor since BC Medical does not cover counselling services.  If you have extended insurance coverage check with your provider to find out how many sessions they will reimburse.

What if I have to cancel?2020-02-26T22:49:16+00:00

If you cancel a scheduled session with 24 hours notice you will not be charged.  If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice I reserve the right to charge 50% of the fee.  If you do not cancel and do not show up for a scheduled session you will be charged the full fee.

What training and experience do you have?2020-04-15T15:43:24+00:00

Work Experience:

  • Sivananda Yoga and Meditation Instructor
  • Toronto Distress Centre Crisis Line Operator
  • University of Ottawa Student Support Centre Counsellor Intern
  • University of Ottawa International Student Support Worker
  • Military Family Resource Centre Family Counsellor & Group Facilitator

Education and Training:

  • York University, Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Cultural Studies and Psychology
  • University of Ottawa, Masters of Education, Counselling Specialization
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention and Safe Talk Training
  • Brief Solution Focused and Narrative Based Community Counselling Training
  • Emotionally Focused Couple’s Counselling Internship Training Level 1
  • Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma Training
  • Mental Health Acadamy Webinars on Spiritual Emergence, E-Counselling, Psychosynthesis, Shadow Work and others
  • Jungian and Post Jungian Clinical Concepts (in progress)
What designation and current registration do you have to provide counselling and psychotherapy?2020-02-26T22:52:15+00:00

I am a designated member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association or CCPA.  This ensures that I have met the required education, training and supervision hours to practice and that I abide by the ethical duties laid out by the CCPA.  I also am required to attend ongoing professional  training  to keep my knowledge and skills current.  This allows me to use the designation of Certified Canadian Counsellor or CCC.

How much do your services cost?2020-02-26T22:53:29+00:00

Individual sessions are $110 for 50 minutes. Couple sessions are $150 for 75 minutes.

How do I pay for services?2020-02-26T22:54:19+00:00

Each payment is required to be paid in full before the session begins.  I accept payment by e-transfer, cheque or money order.  I will issue receipts once payment is received.

What if I cannot afford your fees?2020-02-26T22:57:04+00:00

I offer a few sessions on a sliding scale for clients in need. Let me know about your situation and we can discuss options for payment or other low cost referrals.

Recommended Reading

Mindfulness Soul Work Relationships
Tara Brach Thomas Moore David Schnarch
Thich Naht Hanh James Hollis Ester Perel
Pema Chodron Toko-Pa Turner Harville Hendrix
Brene Brown Marion Woodman Sue Johnson
Kristen Neff Clarissa Pinkola Estes Shefali Tsabury
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