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Laura Emmerson

Through Our Stumbling, We Grow

My Mission

To support, equip, and empower clients as they navigate the challenges along their journey.

My Approach

I create a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental space for clients to share their story and be heard. It is my belief that therapy is best conducted as a collaborative process whereby we create a therapeutic plan using evidence-based approaches in conjunction with clients’ goals, cultural/spiritual lens, personality and experiences. I support clients by helping them to draw from their strengths and develop self-compassion as they engage in the therapeutic process.
I help clients navigate their challenges by drawing upon various therapeutic models such as mindfulness, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). I work from the belief that every person has the capacity for change, and that I can be a supportive resource to help facilitate that change. 
I look forward to the opportunity to come along side you wherever you are at on your journey.

Three Important Processes

Observe

Before change can occur, we must first become aware of the challenges we face. We can do this by approaching our thoughts, emotions and behaviours curiously instead of critically. As part of this process, we become more self-aware and acknowledge our readiness for change.

Accept

We must come to terms with the things we cannot change – our past and the things that lie outside of our control in the present.

Adjust

We can then take small realistic steps towards our goal.

About Laura

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). I earned my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. I have had the privilege of working with clients of all ages with a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, anger, insomnia, abuse, relationship issues and clients with borderline personality disorder. My experience also includes work with female survivors of domestic violence as well as with inmates in a correctional facility. I am a licensed teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and I worked as an educator in the school system before entering the counselling field.

I truly love what I do and feel incredibly privileged to be invited into others’ journeys. I really enjoy the 1-on-1 relationships that my work involves. I am a counsellor and I am also a client, I understand what it is like to step into a counselling office for the first time. I recognize the self-awareness, courage and strength needed for clients to reach out.

 

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