I am so happy you have made your way to my biography. If we have not yet met, you will certainly get some idea about who I am; what is important to me; how I live my life; and how I approach my work by reading the following biography or going to www.giseleharrison.com
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. I am a registered social worker and yoga teacher; a certified EMDR practitioner (www.emdria.org), a trained meditation teacher, a level 2 certified Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, and a regular guest columnist for the Windsor Star on various social justice issues.
My goal in life and in work is to embody the journey that I passionately encourage people to take with me as their therapist, their meditation or yoga teacher, their workshop leader or as social justice advocate. Finding and connecting to inner peace is a journey I undertake everyday. I have an almost daily meditation practice, as well as a very regular yoga practice and self-care routine.
Every approach I use in my work has come to me through a combination of education, training; mentorship; life and work experience, spiritual practice, and my own therapy as a client. I believe as psychologist/author Irvin Yalom does - that training is one thing - but learning something from the inside out - through personal experience is where therapists can begin to embody the work we do with others.
That said...I am as much a student, a client, a yogi, a friend, a survivor, and a partner, as I am a social work therapist. It is and has been the inequalities in my own life that have blessed me with a passion to work towards peace and equality for all beings (see publications and/or sign up for my blog).
My goal as a therapist and teacher is to help each person clear up the way they perceive and relate to themselves and the world around them. This means helping people to: process difficult memories and experiences; heal relationships; reduce stress and anxiety; improve health, well-being, self-esteem and self-confidence; and develop and enhance self-nuturing practices.
I have a passion for reading and watching films and can often suggest the right book or the right film to meet the needs of people who seek my services. I am very well connected in the community and can assist people in making connections with others outside of the work we engage in together in therapy.
I love to travel and have worked and/or travelled across Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, to Cameroun, Uganda, England, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and much of the United States.
I am passionate about my work and believe that something magical happens when people begin to share their truths and develop empowered connections with themselves and others. Being part of someone's therapy journey is a humbling and exhilarating act that gives me energy and also enriches my life.
The relationship between therapist and client(s) is one of the most critical elements to successful therapy. that said, if what you have read has provided you with a sense that we would work well together please contact me by phone, email or through the contact form on my website and I will be happy to set up an appointment with you.
If you are on a limited budget for counselling, please note I regularly offer a daytime or evening 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program that is modeled on the world famous Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusett's Medical School (UMASS). I have also, on top of other mindfulness programsm, completed a 7-Day professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (founder of the MBSR program at UMASS) and Dr. Saki Santorelli (current director of the MBSR program at UMASS). The dates for upcomning programs can be found at www.giseleharrison.com
Hope to hear from you soon!
Gisèle Harrison MSW, RSW, RYT