Chris Polito, MSW, RSW

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Welcome

Something in your life has prompted you to seek support. The decision to ask for help when life becomes overwhelming is brave; it is a decision rooted in hope and strength.

Chris Polito understands that the desire to change can bring fear, self-doubt and discomfort. With the right support in place, change is possible at any age. Chris has helped people from all walks of life, and she believes that each of us wants and deserves to be happy. She is passionate about providing effective support to individuals working through a wide range of life issues.

ABOUT CHRIS

  • A registered psychotherapist and social worker
  • More than 30 years of experience helping individuals, couples and families
  • Committed to providing practical guidance and counselling to help you navigate life’s challenges and work toward greater happiness, life satisfaction and success

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Substance use and abuse
  • Co-dependency issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parenting (including struggles related to adult children with mental health and addiction issues)
  • Mental health and addiction problems in older adults
  • Life transitions

Chris also has extensive experience helping people with the following life issues:
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Separation or divorce
  • Relationships (with parents, friends, family or a partner)
  • Caregiving
  • Grief
  • Communication Skills
  • Boundaries

HOW EFFECTIVE COUNSELLING CAN BENEFIT YOU

  • Increase confidence and hope
  • Turn fear or uncertainty into progress and a positive learning experience
  • Improve your mood, relationships and outlook on life
  • Learn how to navigate a changing world with greater ease
  • Gain new perspectives and skills to smooth your path toward happiness and success
  • Learn how to respond to life’s challenges productively, rather than react to them without making progress

THERAPY APPROACH

Chris offers compassionate and expert guidance in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Her client-centred approach includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, tailored to your individual needs. Chris is passionate about providing practical support and guidance through your healing process to help you regain a sense of peace and balance in your life.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 30+ years helping individuals, couples and families
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Registered with the Ontario College of Social Work and the Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • Extensive experience in a hospital setting, developing and facilitating programs and treatment services for people impacted by mental illness and addiction

COST

  • Chris’s services are covered under most extended healthcare plans
  • Price ranges from $100-120 per hour
  • Receipts are provided for insurance or income tax healthcare claims
  • Sliding scale rates are available, if you are struggling financially


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Chris Polito Reaches

Paris ON
New Hamburg ON
Dundas ON
Cambridge ON
Guelph ON