S Lorraine McAteer
Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anger Management Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Family Issues
- Intimacy Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Personal Growth
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Trauma Counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Communication Skills Training
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Telephone Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.BestLifeCounselling.com
Lorraine McAteer has dual accreditations as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has 12 years Post-Secondary Education in Medical and Psychological Sciences, was awarded an MA in Counselling Psychology from SFU in 2002, and has built a successful private practice in liaison with Medical Clinics and Wellness Centres. She has given lectures on: Fostering Emotional Intelligence, Parenting, Building Resilience and Mastering Stress. Her thesis examined the Effects of Personal Control and Social Supports on Stress and the Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety. Her current practice is diverse; She has successfully worked with Individuals, Groups and Couples, from multiple backgrounds and ‘all walks of life’, from ages 10 to 82.
Lorraine is a genuine, caring and insightful professional who creates a safe therapeutic space in which to foster self-awareness, mindfulness, personal growth and transformation. She takes a holistic and humanistic approach to Counselling, in which she honors both the mind-body connection and each client’s unique individuality and aspirations; This approach aims to better facilitate the attainment of total Health, (in relationships, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically and physically), and improved sense of overall Wellness and Life-Satisfaction.
Lorraine facilitates client change, empowerment and goal-attainment utilizing several theoretical and research-based methodologies, such as EMDR, CBT, Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems (CIMBS) and Gottmans' Relationship Therapy. Her aim is to facilitate and guide clients to more optimally live their lives, so that each may attain new meaningfulness, enthusiasm and personal Life-Satisfaction . . . In essence, so that they may Live their Best Life . . .
HOW DO I DO WHAT I DO?
People often ask me, how do you Counsel people who are sad or anxious, who have faced tragedy or who are unhappy and stressed in their lives and relationships? To me, life happens, and we all share the human experience of its ups and downs. No one goes through life, for too long, untouched by pain. It is how we respond to those down times, the challenges, that makes all the difference to our ability to be happy in our lives and in our relationships with others.
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE ( and I am honored to be a part of it )
So, I answer them plainly. I have found through my years of experience of being a Counsellor, that people are remarkably resilient and CAN change. I have witnessed it, time and time again. It is that capacity to learn and to grow, to thrive, despite our obstacles, that inspires and deeply motivates me, to help others to do so. In the face of adversity, regardless of cause, I have been honoured to have seen peoples’ ability to change their selves, their lives, and their relationships. I have helped people find better ways of being, within themselves and with others, motivated through their own desire and will to get out of whatever situation they may find themselves in. They reconnect with what is most meaningful to themselves as individuals and find strength they may have forgotten they have. Often their motivation is love; Love for themselves and the people they care about; and their will to live their lives better, to live their best life.
THOSE THAT TRULY KNOW THE LOWS OF LIFE, MAY BETTER APPRECIATE ITS HEIGHTS
It was Kahlil Gibran who wisely said, the more that sorrow carves into our beings, the more joy we can contain. After all, how can we truly know what it is to be satisfied by food, if we have never been hungry? So too, those that have experienced the valleys and hardships of life, are better able to experience, and to fully appreciate, life’s high points and all the good things it has to offer us.
THE CHOICE AND ABILITY TO REACH OUT FOR HELP
Counselling is an accepted and effective method for people, of all walks of life, to get help. Every one of us gets stuck sometimes. None of us are perfect and none of us have ALL the answers. Recognizing our own limitations, and opening ourselves to new ways of finding solutions and answers, is the beginning to discovering how to live your own best life. It all starts with a single step . . . reaching out for the help you seek.
Wishing You All the Best,
BA, MA (Couns Psych), CCC, RCC
. . . for those aspiring to live their best life . . .
Client fee individuals:130 (inclusive of taxes)
Client fee couples/families:145 (inclusive of taxes)