"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." A. Cohen
I hold degrees from the universities of McGill, Carleton and Ottawa having specialized in Psychology and Counselling. I did practicum placements in the educational system and in a hospital environment where I focused on child and family issues.
I have been working with individuals and couples for over 30 years, helping them work through their issues and problems with caring compassion and confidentiality. For the first 15 of those years I was a member of a multidisciplinary team in a hospital setting dealing with both in-patient and out-patient clients. Also during this period I practised psychotherapy at a residential treatment centre focused on the relationship between youth and their families in order to enhance their communication and behaviours. I then established my private practice working with individuals and couples as well as with addicted persons and their families. The people I work with present issues such as relationship problems, anxiety, depression, personal identity and growth, sexuality, aging, grief and bereavement.
My focus is always the "whole person": and when working with couples this means each person is dealt with as a “whole person”. Issues are interconnected. This “holistic” type of perspective leads to a greater understanding and therefore enhanced psychological, spiritual, and general well-being..
Conny Barry ReachesGatineau QCOttawa ON