You long for a better life. You want to find the meaningful answers. Is a major relationship in your life causing great concern? Maybe you are in great pain and need some relief. So many things can hold us back: sadness, anger, resentment, worry, depression, lack of assertiveness, lack of healthy boundaries and more.
Please know that I respect your pain. Whatever brings you to seek therapy, you deserve a compassionate and non-judgmental ear. I will respect your suffering. You will set the pace and participate in therapy decisions.
I like to joke with people that I have always preferred to learn things the hard way. It's true and learning from my mistakes has been a powerful way to grow.
I am a Registered Social Worker as well as a Registered Sex Therapist (BESTCO) I have my Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University. I also have a certificate in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family. I am a registered member of the Ontario Sex Therapists group called BESTCO. You do not need to be registered in Ontario to practice Sex Therapy but I decided the ongoing education and accountability in this group keeps me up to date and professional to better help people with their sexual issues. For the past 5 years I have studied with my mentor Esther Perel. Watch her TED talks for fascinating discussions of the dilemmas of modern love.
For over 25 years, I have worked with women, men and children in a wide range of clinical settings: family counselling centres, hospitals, health centres, women's shelters, adult and children's mental health programs and in the community. Of course I see people for a wide range of issues. There never seems to be only one issue, does there?
It is important that I become familiar with some of your history. However most of work will be in the here and now. We can design some experiments for you to explore in your life. Your personal style will determine how I design my guidance in therapy. Together we have the combined wisdom and experience to make that happen. I will likely ask you to check out some resources to enhance our broader discussion of relevant issues.
I aim to hear your unique story and how you may be suffering. Within our creative collaboration I want to inspire your hope, support your coping with new skills and encourage you to explore options that were previously unseen. Often that means helping you to discover and even to remember your own strengths. When we are stressed we forget our capabilities. I'm very good at reminding you of these. We all have them.
Contact me to book a 15 minute complimentary session so that we can consider whether there is a good fit.
I wish you well on your journey.
Leah Valian ReachesWaterloo ONKitchener ONCambridge ONGuelph ONStratford ON