Sometimes life throws us a curve and we find ourselves overwhelmed with intense emotions, feeling lost and helpless. During such times we need an objective, non-judgmental perspective, and strategies to overcome our distress, in a safe and understanding environment. I have a strong interest in people’s well-being and work with clients, side-by-side, on their journey to regaining control, to personal healing and fulfillment. I offer compassion, warmth, sincerity and authenticity, and encouragement to help clients find their inner strength and to achieve their individual goals. I am a strong believer that change comes from within, and practice a strength-based approach to counselling. Above all, it is very important that my clients know that I am listening!!
I offer experience with a broad range psychological issues, including trauma, addiction, anxiety, stress, relationships, depression, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, and other life-related obstacles. I am formally trained and experienced in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. However, regardless of the problem(s) the client is faced with, and the treatment modalities I provide, I truly believe that the basis for a successful therapy lies in the mutual trust and respect, openness and honesty between client and counsellor.
Alicia Gillett MSW, RSW
I am a registered clinical social worker who has been practicing as a therapist for over seven years. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families of all ages and take a collaborative and strengths based approach. In my work as a therapist with both adults and children, I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with people to build on their internal strengths and skills while also developing new skills and perspectives to live a more balanced and fulfilling life. If you are finding that you are feeling stuck, not satisfied in your relationships, family life is difficult or you have had experiences that have left you not feeling like yourself, I would be more than happy to meet with you.
I have experience with a number of therapeutic modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy. We can determine what modalities would be most beneficial for you. Also, given the importance of the therapeutic relationship for success, I strive for openness, mutual respect and honesty.
It can take a lot of courage to take the first step towards getting help. If you are interested in learning more and taking that first step, you can set up a complimentary 30 minute session to discuss how we can best work together.
Do you find that you and your partner are stuck in an ongoing negative cycle and neither of you are happy in your relationship? Are you and your partner repeating patterns and you are unsure of why? Maybe you are contemplating whether you want to end your relationship? Please consider what can be gained from couple’s therapy where you and your partner can work through the issues that you are facing. Counselling can help you to gain a better understanding of yourselves and your relationship as well as the steps that each of you can take to have a more connected and loving relationship.
Child, Youth & Family Counselling
Are you finding that your child or teen is withdrawn or acting out at home, school or in the community? Do you find that you are frustrated and wondering what is going on with your child/teen? Do you want a better relationship with your child/children but are unsure of how to get there? Have you been considering whether your child might be struggling with anxiety, sadness or ADHD? Please consider the value of collaborating in therapy with your child/children or giving your child/teen a chance to meet a therapist alone to gain a better understanding of what is going on and what steps can be taken to make improvements.
Brenda Mak MSW, RSW
If you come across obstacles on life’s path, I will walk alongside you – offering a listening stride and collaborative conversation to help navigate the course. I appreciate what the very young to the very experienced with life bring to their understanding of the journey. I look for strengths in each individual person and assist in moving toward goals.
My background in teaching, being a parent, interacting with newer Canadians and people who live with various challenges helps me appreciate diversity and each person’s uniqueness at the same time. Therapeutic approaches used (attachment, solution-focused, motivational, play/theraplay techniques are some) is guided by the best match to a person’s goals.
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, I am a registered social worker with a Master’s Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. My professional development includes training in New Pathways for Families, Theraplay, trauma, hospice, restorative practices, poverty and resiliency. My volunteer time includes co-facilitating an ESL conversation group and spending time with a person who has recently arrived to Canada.
I currently serve on the local board of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. I am always looking for opportunities to increase my knowledge and skills, especially in child development and parent-child relationships.