"Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever."
My interest in counselling began in 2001 when I saw a 9 year old boy, on the streets of Nicaragua, sniffing a bag of glue. I asked myself, "What can I do?"
Back in Kitchener, I began volunteering overnights at a crisis line, listening to stories of loneliness, depression, and suicide in hopes of offering some relief. I wondered, "I listen but does it really change anything?" In 2002, I began working with some very skilled professionals to offer treatment to children and youth struggling with serious mental health issues. Many of these children had such tragic stories of neglect and abuse that it made me question, "Is positive change even possible?"
In 2006, after completing a graduate education in counselling, I started fully grasping treatment techniques and using them with a wide range of people and issues.
A youth, who damaged property in anger, wrote "It's good to know why I feel like s**t." A wife forgave her husband for hurt she had been holding for years. A woman bed-ridden with depression started to volunteer again. A man stayed clean and got his son back.
Counselling Service for the Kitchener-Waterloo Area
A Counselling Service with Years of Experience
After graduating from a Master of Social Work in 2006, I worked inpatient psychiatry at Grand River Hospital, court ordered family counselling at Kinark, EAP counselling at KW Counselling, and doctor referred counselling at Lutherwood.
A Counselling Service Covered by Insurance and Tax Deductible
As a Registered Social Worker (RSW), my counselling service fees are covered by many group insurance plans and my fees are tax-deductible. After each session you will receive a receipt for insurance and tax purposes.
Finding the Best Counselling Service for You
I want you to find the best counselling service for you. My website includes resources in order to help with that choice: How to Choose a Therapist and options for Counselling in Kitchener-Waterloo. Choosing the best counselling service involves finding a Therapist with the right expertise but also the right personality for you; as well, some counselling services are covered by group insurance plans but others are not. Please continue reading to learn more about my counselling service.
A Counselling Service with a Difference
Providing my own counselling service allows me to offer a better service then when I worked at the larger agencies. For instance, my counselling service is available with as little as a two week wait, whereas clients can often wait months to see an experienced and registered Therapist at a larger agency. Clients are usually first assigned to students or interns. My counselling service also allows me to see clients as long as is needed, without limits of program restrictions or department restructuring. My counselling service is also provided in the comfort and privacy of a large home-office with plenty of natural light, rather than a small room in a big office building. Providing my own counselling service allows me to offer better service to clients.