Counselling Support & Registered Social Work
Counselling Support involves the skilled and principled use of a therapeutic relationship to facilitate self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth, and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim of the counselling process is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfactorily and resourcefully. The counsellor respects the client’s values, personal resources, and capacity for self-determination.
- Mental Health
- Life Transitions
- Traumatic Stress
- Relationship Issues
- Psychosocial Stressors
- Perinatal Mental Health
- Chronic Health Challenges
The primary presenting issues Sheri works with include support for traumatic experiences, women’s issues, and resiliency building.
Trauma support includes working together to contain, process, and bring resolution to challenging emotional responses and symptoms associated with experiencing distressing and/or disturbing life events. These might include some of the following:
- Adverse Childhood Experiences within the Family of origin
- Historic or recently experienced domestic violence, intimate partner violence, or sexual assault
- Loss of a loved one
- Traumatic medical procedures
- Witnessing or experiencing a natural disaster
- Witnessing or experiencing community violence
- The impacts of working in a helping profession
- Historic or recent experiences of bullying and/or discrimination
- Motor vehicle accidents
Support with Women’s Issues might include identifying and exploring perspectives and strategies to navigate and manage some of the following:
- Life stages and transitions
- Parenting challenges
- Work-life balance
- Maternal health
- Perinatal mental health
- Chronic illness
- Relationship challenges
Support with Resiliency Building includes exploring perspectives and practices to manage stress and the impact it has on our well-being. Building resilience helps us to adapt to difficult situations and manage the associated stress, adversity, trauma, anger, grief, and pain associated with some of the following:
- Workplace Stressors
- Family and relationship stressors
- Challenging life events
- Financial stress
- Caregiver stress
- Distressing community and world events
- Empathic Strain associated within work as a health care provider or helping professional
Trauma-informed treatment provides an acknowledgement of trauma, strength-based skill building, safety and trustworthiness, and offers opportunities for choice, control, and collaboration within the therapeutic process. Trauma-Informed services address the need for healing of traumatic life experiences and facilitate trauma recovery through counselling and other interventions, such as EMDR, CBT, Exposure Therapy, CPT, and more.
A Solution-Focused approach offers a short-term, future-oriented, goal-directed, and solution-building approach to resolving personal presenting issues.
A Strengths-Based approach builds on an individual’s strengths and recognizes an individual’s capacity for resourcefulness and resilience in the face of adverse experiences.
A Narrative approach in Counselling seeks to support an individual to adjust and tell alternative stories about their lives in order to bring about positive change and improved mental health. Narrative Therapy views an individual as an expert in their own life and as separate from their problems as they strive to shift from seeing the problem as an unchangeable part of self to an external issue that can be changed.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a non-traditional type of psychotherapy which uses rhythmic/rapid eye movements to process and shift the emotional charge held by an individual which is related to past events and contributing to current patterns of distressing thoughts, feelings and actions. The goal of EMDR sessions is to neutralize the emotional charge and shift negative thoughts and beliefs, moving an individual toward new insights and well-being associated with the person presenting issues and challenges the individual would like to change.
Classical and Advanced Hypnosis guides an individual through a process that allows them to use their natural ability to change the way they think, feel, or behave. Hypnotherapy allows an individual to review significant events and emotional root causes contributing to the distressing belief, feeling, or behaviour they would like to change and encourages a shift toward an enhanced sense of well-being.
Mindful Self-Compassion Coaching brings together a practice of the skills for mindfulness and self-compassion as a means to enhance an individual’s coping capacity and emotional resilience. Mindfulness is an approach to observing one’s difficult thoughts and feelings from a place of openness and curiosity while self-compassion offers an approach to responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, understanding, and compassion to promote enhanced emotional well-being.
Nurse Psychotherapy Support
Psychotherapy refers to a variety of treatment modalities that can help individuals to identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, or behaviours. In Ontario, treatment using psychotherapy is regulated for use by six colleges, including The College of Nurses of Ontario.
When faced with mental health challenges that are so closely related to physical health (such as pregnancy and postpartum), Lindsay as a nurse has the education, knowledge, and understanding of both the mental AND physical challenges, and how they interact with each other. Lindsay can provide a safe, supportive, and compassionate space to address mind and body in relation to pregnancy and postpartum concerns.
- Prenatal classes
- Maternal or infant health (pregnancy, delivery, or postpartum)
- Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding/Infant feeding
- Baby blues
- Perinatal anxiety and depression (PPA/PPD)
- Perinatal mood and adjustment disorders
- Scary thoughts
- Women’s Issues
- Therapeutic abortions and miscarriages
- Managing expectations
- Stress and coping skills
- Body image or self-esteem
- Anger and resentment
- Guilt and shame
Lindsay’s passion in her career is perinatal care. Being a mother herself, she acknowledges the many challenges that can arise and the support that women need during this time. Her goal is to meet clients where they are at, so they can journey together to where they want to be. Lindsay is grateful to be able to use her skills and knowledge to support the families in her community.
Lindsay works collaboratively with clients in psychotherapy sessions by focusing on their values and goals using integrative psychotherapy (supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness), while also incorporating education and health promotion. Her goal is to provide clients with support, resources, and skills to use as they journey to and through parenthood.
Registered Social Worker
Sheri holds a Master’s of Social Work Degree and is a Registered Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Sheri has over 30 years of experience working within community organizations, mental health programs, and clinical counselling services. Sheri works from a client-centered lens encompassing trauma-informed, solution-focused, strengths-based, and Narrative approaches while supporting individuals in finding meaning, alternative outcomes, and solutions to the challenges they face in relation to their personal stories and experiences. In addition to traditional talk therapy and psychotherapy, Sheri offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Classical, Advanced, and Trauma-Informed Hypnosis, and Mindful Self-Compassion Coaching as a means to support individuals toward gaining insight into, working through, and shifting the contributing factors affecting physical, emotional, and/or mental health challenges that are keeping them in a pattern limiting their opportunity for optimal wellness.
Lindsay is licensed with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Psychology. Lindsay is in the final year of her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and has also met the eligibility of the IBCLC Commision to write the International Board of Lactation Consultant Exam in the fall. Lindsay has spent her nursing career working in various areas of perinatal and women’s health including a postpartum inpatient unit, mother-baby outpatient unit, obstetrical offices, colposcopy clinics, and a perinatal residence for women in need. Lindsay has completed specialized training through The Postpartum Stress Centre in postpartum mood and adjustment disorders, as well as having completed many certifications in lactation and infant feeding.