Leah Ross, BA (Hons. Psych), MMFT, CCC

Leah Ross View Specialties

Hi, I'm Leah Ross
I help couples, families and individuals in distress to find a way through the difficulties that separate them, and back into connection. I provide a safe space to explore your inner, and relational, experience, and to create a more connected, caring and secure way of being, both within your self, and within your relationships. I believe that individual and relational wellbeing are closely tied together. Accordingly, I work from a relational perspective to help individuals, couples and families achieve their personal and interpersonal goals.
The change that you seek is possible, and the awareness that grows from time spent in therapy is an important part of that process of change. Much of the way we experience self and relationship involves automatic processes, and these automatic processes, when activated under stress, and repeatedly, can tend to drive us further and further apart.  For those who have found themselves increasingly frustrated, sad, anxious or lonely, therapy provides a unique opportunity to shift out of automatic mode and consciously make the change back into connection: connection with self, and connection with other. In therapy, we find the time and create the space to reflect upon, and get to know, these automatic processes. We build awareness of many patterns, including ways of behaving and thinking, beliefs, values, emotional and bodily responses which impact the way we live our lives. As these automatic patterns and tendencies come to the surface of awareness, you position yourself in a new way to create the changes that you want in your life and your relationships.
Hand in hand with increasing self and relational awareness, therapy can provide the opportunity to have a new experience of yourself, and new experiences within your relationship. I believe that new experiences are essential to creating change, and I work in creative ways to foster these new experiences both in and outside of the therapy room. Drawing from a variety of approaches I find ways to help you safely explore and connect with deeper aspects of your self, and your self in relationship. While I value, and utilize, more concrete, direct and cognitive approaches, I am particularly drawn to the deeper, experiential aspects of being and relating. I believe that the integration of these two aspects (cognitive and experiential) provides the most benefit in therapy.
I care for the people I work with. I want you to find connection and satisfaction in your most intimate relationships. I want you to find peace in your life and the support of enriching relationships. For those who want to get there but don't  know how, I can create the opportunity to have that experience. I also believe that we have to work to get there, that change is difficult, and that these tough times can be growth points where you can come out stronger. You will find that I work hard to uncover the blocks and heal the connections, be they within you or between you. As such, I find I work best with similarly motivated individuals, couples and families. You will draw from your work with me new perspectives regarding, increased awareness about, and new possibilities for: your self, your partner and your relationships.
Professional Background 
I have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
I have trained in multiple models of couples therapy including: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, and Developmental Model Couples Therapy. My experience with these models affords me a multi-perspective approach to best help the couples I work with. As a Certified Discernment Counsellor I help highly distressed couples on "the brink" of divorce or separation find clarity and confidence in a path moving forward. I am also a certified pre-marital counsellor with Prepare-Enrich and a Circle of Security Parent Facilitator.
I love helping people achieve the connections they long for. While much of my work is with couples, I also help individuals and families in need of support and change. I am an integrative therapist, which means I pull from a variety of therapeutic models to best help you achieve your goals.
I am committed to helping people live authentically, consciously and with deep connection to self and other.
Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Leah Ross Reaches

Winnipeg MB