Vanessa’s friendly personality and knowledge of various treatment modalities has allowed her to connect with persons of all ages. Vanessa’s treatment style is flexible and she will work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your needs.
Vanessa is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Vanessa holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Laurentian University.
Managing anger is the process of learning to recognize when you’re becoming angry, and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a productive way.
Managing anger doesn’t try to keep you from feeling anger or encourage you to hold it in as it is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately — anger management is about learning how to do this.
There are many resources to learn skills on your own, such as books or online resources. But for many people, speaking with a social worker in a safe environment is an effective approach.
Grief and Loss Counselling
Big changes in our life happen and it can feel chaotic. Loss can include changes in relationships, deaths of loved ones (including pets), the end of a dream, or other forms of loss.
Sadness does not have mental and emotional symptoms only. Physical symptoms can be difficulty sleeping, brain fog, and loss of appetite.
Grief can be difficult to figure out when you don’t know if there is a normal way to cope. Truthfully, everyone deals with loss and grief in different ways.
Healing is important and asking for help when you need it. When you are blaming yourself, isolate yourself from others, are unable to perform your normal daily activities, or are thinking of hurting yourself.
A social worker can help find ways that work for you, set goals, and heal and feel more like yourself.
Stress is experienced as thoughts and feelings as well as in the body. When we feel external pressure, we may have an internal and conditioned response.
Therapists often help people reduce and manage their stress. They can also help people work through other mental health issues that have developed while coping with high levels of stress over a period of time.
If you are worried about how symptoms of stress are affecting you, it is okay to reach out for help. Talking with our social worker about your stress can help you learn how to manage it and create healthy coping mechanisms.
Symptoms of stress can be physical, mental, and emotional; affecting people on different levels. This is why it is helpful to identify which parts of ourselves are being affected by stress.
Some physical symptoms can include headaches, insomnia, fatigue, body pain and stomach aches, acne, or digestive issues.
Some mental symptoms may include feelings of anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, addictions or compulsions, and substance abuse.
Some emotional symptoms may include irritability, sadness, anger, apathy and an sense of overwhelming.
Stress is not always caused by a negative event. Some positive, common life experiences can be just as stress-inducing as negative ones. Losing or starting a new job, a divorce or breakup, getting married, being discriminated against, having a child, moving, beginning or ending school, or being diagnosed with a serious illness are just a few examples.
Issues are inherent in the relationships we nurture and therapeutic counselling with a social worker can be a safe space to explore communication problems, conflict, parenting, reconnection and healing among other reasons.
It may feel overwhelming if you normally go to your partner with problems but no matter the reason, you can ask for help from our social work team. Skilled therapeutic counsellors, our social work team is able to make partners feel safe, without taking sides.
Our team can help work towards hearing the other person’s point of view, and finding common ground without feeling triggered. The team wants to put you in a stronger position to move forward in your relationship.
Depression is common and characterized by a relentless sense of despair and sadness. With depression, these feelings persist. There are as many effective treatments as there are reasons why people do not seek treatment or ask for help. While public perception of depression is slowly changing, there is still a stigma associated with the disorder. Another reason may be that people don’t recognize the symptoms.
If you are interested in therapeutic counselling, please connect with us by phone or conveniently book online below.