Imagine being in a place where you feel safe, supported and accepted, in a way that moves you to tell your story to someone who listens to you fully and really hears what you are saying. Most of us rarely experience this. However, this is the experience Gladys strives to create for each of her clients: a space of understanding, curiosity and hope, one that naturally leads to the uncovering of answers to life’s difficulties, to the resolving of the anxieties that surround you.
Gladys counsels with a wholistic and whole-person perspective of the individual within family, friendship and community circles. Her counselling approach integrates the practice of Somatic Experiencing, relational psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, social justice and feminism. She practices with joy and the belief in each person’s capacity to heal and change.
Gladys provides counselling to individuals and couples who are 16 and older, who may be struggling with a variety of issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, couple/marriage difficulties, parenting challenges and self-esteem, to name a few.
Education and Experience
Gladys graduated with a Masters of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013, with a specialization in Clinical Work with Individuals, Couples and Families. Gladys has achieved an Intermediate level of training in Somatic Experiencing, a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and stress disorders, and is presently working toward full accreditation as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).
Gladys’ work experience includes doing counselling/social work in a variety of settings, including Daya Counselling (London), Patricia Berendsen & Associates Trauma Healing Centre (London), Elgin Counselling & Mediation (St. Thomas) and London Health Science Centre - Victoria Hospital (London). She opened her private practice, Trees Can Dance Counselling, in 2017.
Gladys is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), a regulatory body administered by the provincial government to regulate the practice of social work in Ontario. For more information about OCSWSSW, visit their website at www.ocswssw.org or contact them at 1 877 828 9380. Gladys is registered with the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Gladys is an adventurer, a lover of good food and great music, a pianist, gardener and photographer. She loves being a mom to her 2 kids and partner to her life-mate/best friend.
Please do not hesitate to call or email Gladys to discuss any questions you may have about therapy or about arranging an appointment.