Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Autism and Developmental Disorders
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Humanistic Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Online / Virtual
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.raersw.wordpress.com/
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker who provides private counseling/therapy services for individuals and families across the lifespan to address and explore challenges with mental health, well-being, confidence and relationships. Many of my clients are experiencing challenges with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, insecurities, and fear. Many of my clients are neurodiverse - on the autism spectrum 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 autistic individuals and their families and loved ones. I am an affiliate of The Redpath Centre, a private mental health organization specializing in autism and mental health. I have worked in hospitals, schools, community organizations, forensic psychiatry settings, and child welfare settings. I also contribute to and conduct research in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disability, mental health service provision, 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, support across the lifespan with individuals with autism and/or giftedness as well as parents and siblings of individuals with autism and/or giftedness, and females with autism and/or giftedness.
Individual counselling for youth and adults (and gifted children) to address challenges associated with anxiety and depression, autism, giftedness, relationship challenges, self-esteem and confidence, school and employment challenges.
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:$150/hour (GST exempt)
Client fee couples/families:$150/hour (GST exempt)