You long for a better life. You want to find the meaningful answers. Is a major relationship in your life causing great concern? Maybe you are in great pain and need some relief. So many things can hold us back: sadness, anger, resentment, worry, depression, lack of assertiveness, lack of healthy boundaries and more.
Please know that I respect your pain. Whatever brings you to seek therapy, you deserve a compassionate and non-judgmental ear. I will respect your suffering. You will set the pace and participate in therapy decisions.
I like to joke with people that I have always preferred to learn things the hard way. It's true and learning from my mistakes has been a powerful way to grow.
I am a Registered Social Worker as well as a Registered Sex Therapist (BESTCO) I have my Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University. I also have a certificate in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family. I am a registered member of the Ontario Sex Therapists group called BESTCO. You do not need to be registered in Ontario to practice Sex Therapy but I decided the ongoing education and accountability in this group keeps me up to date and professional to better help people with their sexual issues. Esther Perel has mentored me for the past decade. Watch her TED talks for fascinating discussions of the dilemmas of modern love.
My work experience includes family counselling centres, hospitals, health centres, women's shelters, adult and children's mental health programs. Of course I see people for a wide range of issues. There never seems to be only one issue, does there?
Your history informs our work but our focus will be in the here and now. We can design some experiments for you to explore in your life. Your personal style will determine how I design my guidance in therapy. Together we have the combined wisdom and experience to make that happen.
Within our creative collaboration I want to inspire your hope, support your coping with new skills and encourage you to explore options that were previously unseen. Often that means helping you to discover and even to remember your own strengths. When we are stressed we forget our capabilities. I'm very good at reminding you of these. We all have them.
The decisions are in your control.
Contact me to book a 15 minute complimentary session so that we can consider whether there is a good fit.
I wish you well on your journey.
Leah Valian ReachesAncaster ONLondon ONWaterloo ONKitchener ONCambridge ONGuelph ONStratford ON