"Feel the feeling but don't become the emotion.
Witness it. Allow it. Release it."
- Crystal Andrus
Individual Counselling Sessions
I provide one hour, individual sessions for adults in a comfortable, private space. I offer appointments during the daytime, some evenings, and from November to May on Saturday mornings.
I use a combination of approaches to explore one's own emotions and triggers
including mindfulness, some cognitive behaviour techniques, and self-compassion as a
means to learning how to live in the moment, understanding what has been challenging you and how the issue is affecting you and your daily life, and then start to make the positive changes you are looking for.
If you are in crisis please either attend the Emergency Department of Oshawa Lakeridge Health or call 911.
Are you struggling with:
Anxiety and/or Depression
Abuse/Intimate Partner Violence
Blended Family Issues
Collaborative Law Family Professional
A family professional is a neutral person who helps families identify and settle issues that can be emotionally and financially draining. The focus of this role is to support parents in creating and implementing effective parenting plans, when needed get the views and preferences of the children, foster effective co-parenting relationships, and support you to be your best self through the process. Though new to the role of Collaborative Law Family Professional, I bring several years of family law experience from my role as a family court support worker at a local non-profit agency supporting abused women involved in the family law process. I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work - Children and Families degree, have completed Level 1 & 2 of the Collaborative Law training program along with a Masters level course in Family Mediation, and have also completed several trainings related to Intimate Partner Violence and Family Law. My experience also includes facilitating groups with teen survivors of childhood sexual abuse, women survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and adults struggling with mental health issues. I am a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, Chi Delta, the University of Toronto’s chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honour Society and Collaborative Practice Durham Region. Along with being a private practice counsellor and therapist in Whitby, I also work at the Durham Court House Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) facilitating mediation intakes and Mandatory Information Program (MIP) sessions, and teach part time for the Continuing Education Social Service Worker program at Durham College. I approach clients from a compassionate, non-judgemental, open-minded, and ethical perspective, while I support clients to make positive changes in their lives.
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (November - April)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (May - October)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (November - April)