Click here to view my video.Does your partner argue rather than understand? Do your children seem determined to head in the wrong direction? Do you worry yourself into an ineffective spiral? Or retreat to silence and isolation?Do you speak or act before you think, and live to regret it?
We all experience stress within ourselves and with other people in our various walks of life, both personal and vocational. Sometimes this is exhilerating. Sometimes we are overwhelmed and exhausted and defeated. Everyone is an individual. Each person has different values, goals, and history. Often we do not understand ourselves. "Why did I do that?" we may say, or "Why do I feel this way? Together we can work on figuring you out. Knowing yourself is the key to making choices that work for you. I am professionally trained at the Master's Degree level and ON government registered. I began my career in the seventies in Chicago working for Family Services. In the years since I have built an extensive repertoire of counselling knowledge and skills.
My offices are across from Niagara Falls hospital and in downtown St Catharines. My Niagara Falls office is handicapped assessible.
How I Work: New clients meet with me for about an hour so that we can make a joint assessment. We decide together whether my style is a good fit for you. All discussion is confidential unless I become aware of danger to you or to another person. If that happens, we will discuss the next steps. Face-to-face counselling works best with me, so I do not provide telephone or Internet sessions.
At the end of each session, you may use either cash or cheque for payment. (Credit card use entails a small additional fee.) You may submit my written receipt for insurance reimbursement by most companies. Government services and some insurance companies authorize me to bill directly.
Call me at 905-937-9706 for a brief consultation and to arrange an appointment, usually within the next business week. You may need to wait longer for an evening appointment. Please notify me about changes or cancellations at least a day in advance to make the time available for others. They will appreciate it, and so will I. Specialized Training and Experience:
Bereavement and Grief
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders
Couple's Therapy - Emotionally Focused
Couple's Therapy - Relational Life
Critical Incident Stress Management
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Domestic Violence Intervention Protocols
Mental Status and Risk Assessment
Solution Focused Therapy
Trauma and Recovery
Mental Health Past Employers and Current Contractors:
City of Chicago, Community Mental Health Division
Ceridian Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program
Chedoke Hospital Child and Family Centre, Hamilton, ON
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Ontario
Design for a New Tomorrow, Niagara Region, ON
Family Service Bureau, Chicago
Great West Life Insurance
Green Shield Insurance
Homewood Human Solutions Employee Assistance Program
Illinois Dept. of Mental Health
Manulife Insurance (Client submits receipt)
Network Advantage Employee Assistance Program
Worplace Options Employee Assistance Program
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Ontario Association of Social Workers
Joan Worthington ReachesNiagara Falls ON