HI, I'M
ELENA

Based in Sarnia, ON
Offers in-person, online, one-on-one counselling with adults and youth (14+)
Offers day-time and evening appointments

There are many excellent ways to be well and live well. Counselling is one possible resource to explore along the way through building a safe place for goals, values, and ideas, or discovering resources that might help us find relief from distress. My wish is that counselling is just one of many such spaces in our lives.

 

I may be a good fit if: you are looking for support with life transitions, anxiety, depression, career guidance, burnout, improving mood, living with grief,  exploring emotions, or Brainspotting to release difficult emotions. 

 

I pull from trauma-informed talk therapies in my approach, as well as Brainspotting—a brain-based therapy that benefits from the support of a counsellor but doesn’t require a person to talk through their experience if they don't wish to do so.

 

Unique relationships with counselling and mental health topics - even the terms may mean different things to different people - are pretty common. Values, language, culture, and our histories can all have a valid and major influence on how we feel about therapy. There was a time in my life I would never have imagined being a counsellor, and I recognize that having one foot in your personal life and the other in counselling might be a unique and complex experience. Please know that if we meet in the counselling space, I’ll do my best to walk by your side.

 

Counselling may provide us with some time and space that is sometimes hard to find in the outside world. In this environment we can give our challenges shape. Sharing and exploring experiences and resources with a person who is on our side can help us see with greater clarity what we already have within ourselves. 

 

Someone once explained counselling to me like this: I bring me, and you bring you. You are the expert of your life. I am at a distance from it, have some training, or can offer some resources that might be useful. Together we can see whether our alliance is helpful based on your values and needs.

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SPECIALTIES

 

  • Anxiety, rumination

  • Low mood/ depression

  • Overthinking, racing thoughts

  • Moving past feeling stuck

  • Panic and anxiety attacks

  • Career exploration and development

  • Understanding trauma

  • Brainspotting to release difficult emotions 

  • Recovering from burnout

  • Adapting to life changes 

  • Work/ school stress support 

  • Brainspotting for stress, anxiety and/or resourcing

  • Understanding and accepting emotions and emotional experiences

  • Mindfulness and self-compassion 

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I LIKE TO SEE COUNSELLING AS JUST ONE PART OF LIFE

I like to see counselling as just one part of our life experiences. Hear me out: if we want to learn how to make a teacup, we might get a lump of clay and decide whether we like the feel of clay between our fingers, then decide whether to take a pottery class.

 

We might know how to safely change the oil in a car and go to a mechanic for another service; we don’t have to know everything. If we struggle with emotional distress or need some support, maybe we already have some helpful resources on hand.

"Please know that if we meet in the counselling space, I will do my best to walk by your side."