Amanda Oosterveer, MSc, RP

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Professional Summary:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  I have over 18 years of experience servicing diverse-client populations through individual, couple, family and group therapy.  I hold a Master of Science in Mental Health Counselling from Niagara University, New York (1999) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Brock University, St. Catharines (1996).  I incorporate best practices in mental health by utilizing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy, Family Systems Theory and Stages of Change Model.  I adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice by attending regular supervision meetings with a Registered Psychologist, on going clinical training and peer consultation groups.
My Philosophies:
Our lives are very complicated.  Our sense of self; our identity, is often defined by our various roles in life.  These roles come with a host of challenges, responsibilities and stressors.  Over the years, we learn to adopt various strategies to cope with our stress.  We are constantly looking into the future to find a time when it will all get better; a time where there is less stress; a time when all of hour hard work has paid off.  As we get older, we discover that the stressors remain.  We forget that what is most important, is not the stress or challenges that we are faced with, but how we deal with them.  Over time and throughout our ongoing hardships, we become discouraged and we lose sight of our true meaning and purpose in life.
Counselling is an opportunity to re-evaluate who we truly are; our values, our goals and the path that we have been travelling on.  Counselling is a journey.  It is a process of taking a bird's-eye-view to re-explore our experiences.  I invite you to take this journey through my therapy services at Ascension Counselling.  The counselling process will help you to discover valuable insights about yourself.  You will be empowered to rediscover who you are and redefine what happiness truly is.  Through Ascension Counselling, you will uncover your existing strengths.  You will learn effective tools to build upon those strengths.  You will use those tools to overcome the obstacles that stand in your way.  On your new path of enlightenment, you will discover the opportunities that await you, refresh your sense of purpose and rediscover how to enjoy the moments along the way.

Amanda Oosterveer Reaches

St Catharines ON