Do you feel life is overwhelming some days? Does anxiety prevent you from doing the things you love or cause you difficulty in social situations? Do you experience sudden episodes of anger or sadness, sometimes leaving you to feel guilty following a reaction? All of us struggle with emotions from time to time and many people experience anxiety. If you feel you would like help navigating your emotions and/or managing your anxiety you have come to the right place. I offer counselling & psychotherapy for individuals, couples and group to help you feel empowered and confident to handle life and its challenges. I offer a safe, compassionate & non-judgmental environment where you can tell your story, receive gentle reflection and learn skills to help you navigate your situation and emotions. I can help you gain awareness and understanding of your difficulties to empower you for change.
- Emotion regulation (anger, sadness)
- Relationship struggles
- Personality disorders (specialty treating Borderline Personality Disorder)
I have been working as a therapist for over 15 years. After suffering an MVA I decided to return to school and attended post secondary education, studying Psychology. To my surprise my studies saved my life, teaching me that it was possible to overcome life adversities, meet with my chronic pain and depression and gain my life back. Early in my training I was introduced to dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness. I became passionate about helping individuals suffering from emotion dysregulation, anxiety, pain & traumatic past histories. More recently I became a Certified Yoga Instructor, further complimenting my passion for aiding individuals with their life struggles through increased knowledge and understanding of the mind-body connection.
My philosophy is that we all have the power to heal ourselves. Through greater understanding and recognizing mind-body connection we can empower ourselves to health.
My academic qualifications include a BSc. Hon. in Psychology from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and a Masters of Counselling Psychology from the Adler Professional School of Psychology (Toronto & Chicago). I have a certification in Trauma Therapy and am a Certified Yoga Instructor, graduating from Self Awakening Yoga in Costa Rica. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and member of the College of Psychotherapists. As a registered member of a professional college I am required to uphold a code of ethics that may be challenged by the regulatory body, The College of Psychotherapists. I am a Certified Clinical Counsellor with The Canadian Psychological & Psychotherapy Association. I am a member of the Canadian Yoga Alliance.
Karen Basciano-Ireland ReachesPeterborough ON