Laurie Blaikie, MA

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  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • 737 Belmont Ave. West (Belmont Village--near the corner of Union Blvd. and Belmont Ave.), Waterloo, Ontario, N2M 1P3
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Kitchener, N2L 1E7
      Uptown Waterloo
      Kitchener, N2L 1E7
      5194046632
  • Phone: 519-404-6632
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  • www.laurieblaikie.com

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While psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements, choosing to take part in therapy is the beginning of an adventure.  You are showing great courage!  Sometimes the trip is pleasant and enlightening; at other times it is challenging, emotional and lonely.  It is never boring!  While therapy is not often straight-forward (two steps forward, one step back), psychotherapy has been shown to have benefits for individuals, families and couples.  Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
 
There are many wonderful therapists, and it's important that you find one that you feel you can work with. In order to help you find a "good fit", I offer a free phone consultation before you book your first session.  During this call, we'll talk about what you are looking for and how I may be able to help.  If you think that I'm someone you would like to explore working with, we set up a our first meeting.  At that first session, we will talk more about what is bringing you to see a therapist.  Throughout this process we are starting to build a therapeutic relationship--one that involves safety, non-judgement and trust. 
 
As a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO #002501), I have experience working with individuals, couples and families as they cope with challenges around grief, chronic or terminal illness, relationships, parenting, anxiety, depression, anger management, life transitions and stress.
 
My therapeutic approach is stengths-based and multi-faceted--drawing on techniques from Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Attachment Theory, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  I believe that there is 'more going right with a person, couple or family, than wrong' and that the work we do together is to find and explore strengths and supports that you already have, as you work on the issues that brought you to therapy.
 
I use a variety of techniques in therapy, as we work together to discover what will work best for you.  These techniques often include dialogue, cognitive re-framing, awareness/mindfulness exercises, art, journal writing, role plays and recommended reading.  I may ask you to consult with your health practitioner regarding any treatments that could help with your your challenges.  You have the right to refuse anything that I suggest, and can leave therapy at any time. 
 
In graduate school, my specific are of research was working with individuals undergoing palliative care or who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness, along with their partners and families.  I continue to help in this area by volunteering at HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre in Waterloo, Ontario.
 
I believe that mental health is important. One way that I strive to encourage wellness is by writing a weekly blog, containing tips, helpful information, links and stories.  My blog can be found at www.laurieblaikie.com  Please share it with anyone you think may benefit from its content.
 
If you would like more information, or to book an initial telephone consultation; please contact me.
 
 


Laurie Blaikie Reaches

Waterloo ON
Kitchener ON