WHO AM I?
My job is not just what I do – it’s who I am and how I make sense of the world. I have been a social worker since 1995, supporting a variety of populations: children and youth, parents, caregivers, older adults, and more. I belong to the BC Association of Social Workers and am registered with the BC College of Social Workers (#11610).
I’ve been where you are, and my clients have too. For seven years I was part of a wonderful interdisciplinary health team at a child development centre. My role was to support and educate families who were raising children and youth with neurobehavioural delays and challenges. I spent another three years visiting aging adults in their homes, helping them connect with much needed community supports. I’ve experienced my own share of worry, loss and change, with the sudden loss of loved ones, family members with their own mental health issues, and parenting teenagers through some tough times.
WHO ARE YOU?
You might be confronting a sense of loss, confusion and worry that comes with CHANGE. Maybe you’ve figured out that you don’t fit into the mainstream. Maybe your life isn’t turning out like you thought it would. Maybe you are trying to figure out how to care for a loved one going through difficulty.
I have helped parents who were scared about the implications that a diagnosis might have on their child’s future. I have helped older adults confronting failing health issues, and having to make some tough adjustments. Or a middle-aged woman experiencing burnout in a career she thought she was well suited for. Change (and the loss that sometimes goes with it) is scary and hard!
Sudden or difficult changes, whether real or anticipated, can touch on a number of areas in our life. You may identify with one, two, or all my following specialties:
1. Loss: “I can’t let go of what was.” Or “I can’t let go of who I was.”
2. Anxiety: “I’m scared of what this means for my/our future, and what it means for who I am. I’m scared that others will judge me or my family.” Or “I’m judging myself.”
3. Health Challenges: “This new diagnosis/situation/identity is going to totally uproot my life.”
4. Family Conflict: “Who will support me?” Or “I have no idea how to support my loved one.”
5. Depression & Burnout: “What’s the point of keeping going?”
6. Personal Growth: “I need to figure this out. Doing it on my own isn’t working.”
HOW I CAN HELP YOU:
If you live in Greater Victoria, BC I can meet with you in my office. However, my passion is helping to make counselling support more accessible to the housebound/disabled, rural, and busy folks. I do this by:
- Visiting you in your home,
- Telephone counselling
- Video counselling, and
- especially through the use of therapeutic conversations via email counselling. (I hold a certificate in cybercounselling.)
In the safe space that counselling creates, lays the capacity to learn about what scares us and thereby promote change and growth in our life. My style is reflective and relational, as experience has taught me that it is the only way to build trust. Having that trusting relationship allows you the courage to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, paving the way to a better life. I believe that counselling teaches self-compassion (to honour your own truth), and empathy (to understand what is true for others in your life). I invite you to get in touch today!
Kirsten Mueller ReachesSaanich BC