It can be difficult trying to cope with distressing times on your own. Sometimes friends and family can only help so much. My role is to give you caring, non-judgmental support so that you can make sense of your emotions and gain a clearer picture of how your past plays a role in your current relationships.
If you come in for individual counselling, you will begin by telling me about yourself and the reasons why you've come to therapy and then we will spend time together looking at how we can make life better for you
What we talk about is up to you and everything we discuss is confidential.
If you are looking for couples counselling, my role is to help you and your partner find a way of connecting with each other so that you both feel supported and understood.
My background includes a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto and a Diploma from the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. I've also experienced life with all its ups and downs and have gone to therapy myself so I know, first hand, that a supportive therapist can change the course of your life!
For more information about my work and fees, please check out my website at valeriekates.com.
Valerie Kates ReachesNewmarket ON