Michelle specialized in trauma, specifically in domestic violence during the 5 years that she worked as a mental health therapist at Discovery House. It was there that she understood what it means to stand beside someone, witness their pain and loss, and instill hope for healing. Often, the trauma starts way back in childhood. Sometimes it's overt and recognizable. At other times, it's covert such as through emotional neglect. Michelle has been through her own share of both which is why she can identify with people who are hurting. She has also worked as a bereavement counsellor with AHS and helped to co-facilitate grief groups, where she was able to witness the transformation in grieving people simply through the connection with others who had a similar lived experience.
Trauma & PTSD
Understand, process, and work through the difficult emotions and memories that are causing you pain after the traumatic experience in a safe and non-judgmental environment to help you recover and heal.
Stress and Burnout
Learn to reduce your stress and prevent burn out by practicing mindfulness, implementing relaxation techniques, setting boundaries, doing things you enjoy and prioritizing self-care.
Reframe your thoughts and experiences to challenge the unhelpful beliefs that harm your self-image so that you can start to feel good about yourself and live your life with confidence and self-love.
Get a better understanding of your personality disorder and learn how to better cope with the feelings and behaviours that come with it, improve relationships, and build a greater self-worth.
Start identifying the triggers that lead to your unwanted and intrusive thoughts to regain control of your life by learning how to sit with those feelings, rather than compulsively acting on them.
Grief and Loss
Grieve your loss at your pace in a caring and supportive environment as you move through the different stages of grief and begin to take the steps to move on from your loss and heal.
Whether you are currently in an abusive relationship or have escaped one, we are here to help you receive the support and resources you need to ensure you feel confident and resilient in your new life.
Identify, understand, and work through the experiences, thoughts, and feelings that are making you feel depressed and learn effective coping strategies to help you overcome them to live a happier life.
Identify and change the patterns of behaviour that make it difficult for you to make decisions, ask for help, set boundaries, be alone, or stop yourself from feeling responsible for other people’s behaviours.
Understand why you are in pain, process difficult emotions associated with it, and accept what has happened to start to take control of your own recovery process and reduce your chronic pain. Please contact us if you require therapy for chronic pain.
If you have experienced trauma as a child, counselling can help you understand, process and heal from what has happened to you so that you can move on with confidence, strength and resilience.
Addiction can be a difficult thing to overcome, but it doesn't need to be a lifelong struggle. With the right support and guidance, you can begin making changes that will help you stay sober for good.
Regain control in your life and learn how to control your anger by improving communication skills, expressing yourself in healthy ways, learning to relax, reframing your thoughts, and practicing gratitude.
Identify the root cause of your anxiety, develop resilience and learn to cope with your generalized anxiety, social anxiety, performance anxiety, OCD, panic attacks or phobias so you can lead a fulfilling life.