My name is Tanya de Jong and I have lived in Essex County for most of my life, with the exception of the two years I studied at the University of Guelph. I have been married for 30 years and we have a 16 year old son. Our dog Eli rounds out our family life very nicely. I deeply enjoy the time we spend together as a family whether it is at home, playing board games or watching a good movie, or out and about walking/biking/canoeing/camping in nature, learning to golf together and traveling when we get the chance.
And, we are also like many busy families. Although most of the time life unfolds in a relatively smooth manner, we have also hit bumps and challenges along the way. I understand as a therapist how life and relationships can end up so far away from where you wanted them to be - and I also know this as a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. However, because of my continuous professional and personal learning and growth I also know it is possible to get back on track - even when the original track is no longer within your view.
I live with my family in a very old and wonderful red brick farm house - a quiet, private and peaceful place. It is a perfect location for my office. Even though I work in the county I am central to many communities in the area. My office is located 10 to 20 minutes from Leamington, Wheatley, Comber, Woodslee, Belle River, Essex, Cottam, and Kingsville. And, although the drive is a bit farther, I regularly meet with clients from Windsor, Harrow, Amherstburg and Chatham. However you arrive here - no matter where you come from, it is important to me that I provide a relaxing and safe environment for the work we will do together.
In 1991 I returned to school at the University of Windsor to pursue a career in counseling. As I continued in my education, I gained greater clarity for the type of counseling that I wanted to provide. What I found most exciting were the opportunities I had to help people navigate their way through the past and current challenges that were keeping them from living the life they wanted for themselves and their families. This awareness led to my application to the University of Guelph for the Master of Science program in Marriage and Family Therapy - a full 2 year graduate program with a high degree of accountability, ethical foundation and teaching, extensive direct clinical work and supervision. A program that fit with the way I wanted to learn and work. Today I blend the education I received in psychology, social work and marriage and family therapy with my ongoing learning and experiences, in both work and in my life, to provide the therapy that is best suited to you and your needs at this time.
Over the 16+ years I have been fortunate enough to be doing this work, I continue to be amazed by the power of the therapy process - including the therapeutic relationship - to enhance the lives of the people I work with as well as my own life. I am grateful for the many rich experiences I have already had, and the ones yet to come - it is a privilege to connect with people in such a meaningful way.
I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you in person. When you do contact me, we'll have the chance to talk about where you are right now and where you would like to be. And, if it is a good fit at that time - we can arrange for a time to meet.