AREAS OF EXPERTISE

DEPRESSION, MOOD DISORDERS & ANXIETY DISORDERS

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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.  


Counselling is a supportive and safe place to discuss these issues and find solutions.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) & COMPLEX POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (CPTSD)

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Trauma therapy supports the individual’s ability to cope with everyday life, leave the past behind, and embrace their future.  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. 


Shauna Switzer provides treatment for childhood and adult trauma. Her 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, CHILDREN & PARENTING

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Relationship, parenting, family counselling and play therapy,  based on the  principles 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

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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. 

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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.

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CHILD & ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING: SELF-ESTEEM, SOCIAL ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & 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.