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SWITZER counselling & Psychotherapy-Georgetown & oakville

Shauna Switzer, MCP, MA, Registered Psychotherapist #006934, Child, Adolescent & Adult Therapist, Family & Couple TherapisT, EMDR THERAPIST, Clinical Supervisor

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Welcome to Switzer Counselling. We are happy to provide a warm, safe, and secure ground for individuals, families, children, and couples to grow and transform. My years of experience in optimizing client change enable our team to offer competent, effective individualized, psychotherapeutic, and psychological care. Through listening to your concerns, we customize a treatment plan to help heal, build resilience, and increase awareness of your inner strengths. We achieve your goals by providing evidence based cognitive, behavioural, emotional, somatic, and spiritual therapeutic approaches.  


 By providing external and internal supervision and internships to student counsellors & psychotherapists, I contribute to the profession and  help ensure that competent support is increasingly available to the public. 


Please take advantage of a no obligation FREE 1/2 hour consultation with one of our psychotherapists. These consultations provide  an opportunity for you to make an informed decision before committing to treatment. We want to empower you!


REACH OUT, its the first step to feeling better!               https://www.psychologytoday.com/profile/4075

Our Treatment Focus

child counselling, family therapy, play therapy, anxiety, depression, attachment, ADHD, Autism

Our focus is to help individuals and families heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing cognitive, mindfulness, behavioural, emotional, somatic, and spiritually therapeutic approaches, while  listening to your or your children's concerns, customizing an evidence based treatment plan right for you.

Our Promise

psychotherapy, counselling in oakville and georgetown, psychotherapy treatment, psychological services, mental health counselling, EMDR, trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders

We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 

Areas of Expertise

Depression, Mood Disorders & Anxiety Disorders

CBT, bipolar, anxiety, panic, OCD, stress, fear, recovery, depression, trauma, EMDR, borderline

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable physical, mental and emotional states that people may experience at some point in their lives. We use Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, emotional, sensorimotor, mindfulness, and cognitive therapies to help you recover motivation, perspective, and the joy that you once had in your life.  

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)

EMDR, trauma, sensorimotor Psychotherapy, stress, CPTSD, PTSD, depression, ADHD, personality

Shauna Switzer provides treatment for childhood and adult trauma.  Many children and adults experience destabilizing symptoms associated with the aftermath of  painful and adverse circumstances. Difficulties with relationships and connection, dissociation, avoidance, anxiety, fear, depression, anger, and hopelessness are a few emotions and physical and mental states that can linger for a lifetime. Trauma therapy supports the individual’s ability to cope with everyday life, leave the past behind, and embrace their future. T  Shauna Switzer’s approach combines Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),  a successful and acclaimed evidence-based trauma therapy, interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and interventions informed by Theraplay® (see below for more information). 

Relationships, Families & Parenting

Family, couple counselling, learning disabilities, parenting, divorce, ADHD, autism, Theraplay®

Relationship, parenting, family counseling and play therapy,  based on the  prinicples of   

Theraplay®,  can be beneficial to couples & families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connections in all stages of their relationships. Step-families and blended families often struggle with  loss and grief for their previous family structure, while adjusting to new bonds and relationships. Families experiencing divorce and those coping with children managing learning disabilities, depression, ADHD/ADD, or social phobia, often benefit from counselling. Parents gain new parenting strategies and learn how to support their children‘s mental health during a significant and difficult life event or time in their life. Counselling is a supportive and safe place to discuss these issues and find solutions.


men, women & teen issues

eating disorders, menopause, divorce, marriage, post-natal depression, sexual abuse, trauma, PPD

Women's Issues

Women need support and care during  different life stages and transitions: marriage, bearing children, fertility concerns, coping with menopause, aging, death of a partner, or recovery from abuse, trauma, disordered eating and divorce. Some of the most common and uncomfortable experiences for women occur during particular points in their lives, such as post-natal depression after giving birth and the confusing depression and anxiety that often occur during menopause. Through counselling and treatment, we are able to help you heal and thrive as you move forward in your life once again. 

 

men’s counselling, stress, anxiety, divorce, depression, fatherhood
marital distress, separation

Men's Issues

Men face unique issues throughout their lives, often struggling with career problems and stressful work environments,  fatherhood, marital distress, aging, illness, and hidden depression and anxiety. The male gender role often prohibits men from developing the emotional engagement and connectedness they deserve and desire. We can help you overcome and solve these problems and guide you through the counselling process.

 

Adolescent, child counselling self-esteem, bullying, confidence, self-worth, depression, resilience

Child & Adolescent Counselling: Self-Esteem, Social Fears, Depression, Anxiety & ADHD/ADD

Everyone needs to feel significant, valued, and important to their loved ones and friends. Yet, kids and teenagers often have experiences, such as school or cyber bullying, that undermine their confidence and shape a sense of low self-worth. Other socially generated threats to their sense of self-worth can lead to depression and anxiety in children and adolescents. Counselling, psychotherapy, and  family and play therapy builds and supports your child’s positive sense of self-worth and resilience, reduces depression and anxiety, and increases confidence and self-acceptance.

Our Treatment Toolbox

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Trauma PTSD, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, anxiety, sexual abuse, dissociation, BPD, Theraplay®

Shauna Switzer's  treatment for trauma, anxiety disorders, personality, mood, and depressive disorders and symptoms is a powerful integrative treatment. Shauna's method  uses evidence-based approaches, such as EMDR, with interventions from IFS, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and , for kids and families, Theraplay® .  Using step by step processes, this method transforms painful memories into growth and learning, turning the suffering into something from the past that one no longer feels the need to avoid, fear, or relive.  

Call us, healing is just around the corner.

Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) & Dialectical Behavioural (DBT) Therapies

spiritual, transpersonal, mindfulness, MBCT, CBT, DBT, meditation, coping, stress, creativity, compassion, hypnosis

The evidence is out! Increasing your capacity to accept and observe your inner and outer experience calmly and with neutrality leads to both mental and physical health and well-being. Mindfulness based therapy is a core treatment approach that we offer to support your peace of mind. In fact, we combine treatment approaches, such as emotion and compassion focused therapies, with CBT, EMDR, and mindfulness based therapies to help you cope with difficult emotions & transform the lens through which you view the world. See the world through new eyes today!

Emotion-Focused, Theraplay® & ATTACHMENT Therapies

Theraplay® , parenting, family counselling, step-family, child therapy, emotion focused counselling, EFT, EFFT

The powerful human needs inherent in our family & couple bonds often generate strong emotions and fears, leading to difficult relationship and parenting issues. Emotion-focused and experiential family, couple, and step-family therapy, often combined with play therapy based on the principles of Theraplay®, help families process their emotions, overcome their worries, and strengthen  bonds, healing  struggles between loved ones. We can help you establish peace and understanding in your home and relationships.

We keep putting MORE in Our Treatment Toolbox

develop the whole brain mental edge

NBI, career counselling, personality
executive coaching, team building,
relationships,

The Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI®) is a revolutionary battery of instruments that strives to develop whole-brain thinking and indicates your personal thinking preferences.


What will the NBI® tell me?

The NBI® gives an indication of how you:

• communicate, act towards other people or in certain situations

• do business, learn, teach

• would manage in a certain career

• solve problems, make decisions


The NBI® enables you to develop effective parenting strategies, and relationships, resolve conflicts in your personal and professional life, receive the best guidance in choosing a new career & best study practices

HYPNOtherapy & The POWER of YOUR CREATIVE IMAGINATION

Hypnotherapy, creativity, visualization, art therapy

You are still in control! We  use hypnotherapy and the power of mental imagery to help individuals  cope with negative emotional states, such as  stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue & mood disorders.  We also help them break bad habits or achieve  other positive changes, such as weight loss. Mental imagery and soothing verbal repetition ease the individual into a relaxed peaceful state of mind. Once relaxed, our minds are more open to transformative change. 

Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

SSP, autism, ADHD, ADD, trauma, social skills, CBT

We offer the researched and evidence-based Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) music therapy of Dr. Stephen Porges to help individuals initiate and access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning. The treatment, administered over five consecutive days, was originally designed to support those with autism, but is now used for a variety of mental health issues. We use it as a pre-treatment for ADD/ADHD, enabling individuals to more effectively engage in therapies aimed at developing social skills and awareness, and often prior to trauma therapy. The SSP often leads to dramatic changes in one’s ability to engage socially with more openness and feelings of safety in connection to others. The SSP is administered at our office over the course of five consecutive days (one hour per day). 

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