Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Autism and Developmental Disorders
- Family Issues
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Adolescent Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Skype/Video Counselling
- Solution Focused Therapy
Counselling practice website:www.raersw.wordpress.com/
I am an Individual and Family Therapist and Registered Clinical Social Worker. I provide private counseling/therapy services for individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan to address and explore challenges with mental health, well-being, confidence and relationships. Many of my clients are experiencing complex mental health challenges, anxiety, depression, insecurities, and fear. Many of my clients have autism spectrum diagnoses including Asperger Syndrome*, and/or are considered gifted.
My approach incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, and narrative theories; tailored to meet each individual client’s needs. I work from a strengths-focused and client-centered approach to assist individuals and families in achieving their own therapeutic goals.
I have several years of experience in mental health and behaviour support with individuals and families living with autism and mental health concerns and am an affiliate of The Redpath Centre, a private mental health organization specializing in autism. I have worked in hospitals, schools, community organizations, forensic psychiatry settings, and child welfare settings. I am also involved in several research projects exploring health care service provision and autism, and co-parenting and family relationships with individuals with autism.
Practice Focus: Anxiety, panic, depression, self-esteem and confidence, navigating giftedness, facing fears, complex mental health, behaviour support, family therapy, individual practice across the lifespan with individuals with autism as well as parents and siblings of individuals with autism, and females with autism.
Individual counselling for children, youth, and adults to address challenges associated with anxiety and depression, autism, giftedness, relationship challenges, self-esteem and confidence, school and employment challenges.
Couples counselling to address parenting a child/adult with autism and/or giftedness, adjusting to an autism diagnosis in your child, supporting your child's mental health.
Family counselling for relationship challenges, anxiety and behavioural challenges, sibling relationships, preparing for crisis, mental health in the family, autism in the family.
Community supports including workshops on parenting and mental health, resilience in the workplace, autism and mental health, autism across the lifespan, social work in the healthcare system, professional consultation supports.
*Please note that if you have a child/youth (6-18 years) with autism, the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development may provide you with financial supports for family counseling/therapy via Autism Funding Program
Client fee individuals:$130/hour (GST exempt)
Client fee couples/families:$130/hour (GST exempt)