I am told that people find me compassionate, gentle, and friendly. I regularly receive feedback that clients are very comfortable in sessions and that they feel more comfortable talking with me than they have with others.
I currently work with children beginning at age 6 and with adolescents both individually and with their families. One to one, I focus on strategies for expressing feelings in a healthy manner and challenging negative thoughts. With parents, I focus on parenting strategies and skills to improve communication.
With couples, I focus on concrete ways to improve active listening skills, contain conflict and rebuild feelings of love and trust.
With survivors of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, it is very important that the person knows that the abuse was not their fault.
I incorporate various theoretical perspectives and focus on what works best for each individual.
EMDR is particularly helpful for clients who are experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress as a result of abuse. The symptoms may take the form of audio, visual or emotional flashbacks or nightmares.
CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy explores negative self-talk and ways to consciously change behaviour. When you change your behaviour eventually your thoughts and feelings also change.
Visualization and solution focused techniques also work well to contain flashbacks and help you feel more in control of your thoughts and feelings.
I have a master’s degree in clinical social work that I received in 1991. I wrote my master's thesis on male survivors of sexual abuse. I initially worked with families in child welfare, where I was on the Sexual Abuse Treatment Team and was a manager of both Family Services and Children's Services.
Susan Lovelady ReachesKitchener ON