Three Areas of Focus
Adolescents and Teens
Are you struggling with a child/teenager who is filled with anxiety?
Do you, as an adult, struggle with the demands of life?
Does your teenager no longer find joy in their everyday living?
Are you overwhelmed as a parent or young adult?
Are you worried about social media and the impact it is having on your teen?
Are you struggling with addiction, sadness or trauma?
Are you confused with how the school can provide help for your child?
Kate has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education degree. She is certified in Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She also has taken numerous courses dealing with mental health over the past 31 years. She is ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) trained and a safeTALK (Suicide Awareness) instructor as well. She is currently affiliated and a member in good standing with the OAMHP (Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals) and a member of the OCT (Ontario College of Teachers).
Kate has been an outdoor enthusiast for many years. In her spare time, she is fond of running, hiking, kayaking, cooking and playing the piano. She enjoys the beauty of nature and the health benefits that come with it. She is married with two grown children and understands the challenges that life brings with caring for a family and parents through the years. Kate believes in the power of therapy dogs to provide comfort, affection and psychological support for children, teens and adults struggling with mental health and the demands of life. With her canine companion, Milo, by her side she easily connects with clients of all ages to provide the support and therapy they need in a warm and caring environment. Milo is a pet therapy certified Poodle/Pomeranian mix who makes everyone’s day a little brighter.
Love many, trust a few and learn how to paddle your own canoe.
The National Tribune, Washington DC, January 1885
When you think about life, you realize that we all struggle at times to keep afloat. Actually, it’s very much like paddling a canoe. Although it looks easy, we know that it takes a lot of energy and hard work to move us in the direction that we want to go. At times, we encounter storms and go off course and often feel unprepared for what’s ahead. Being a young person or an adult today is sometimes comparable to being in a canoe without a paddle. People often feel hopeless and are filled with worries about all of the uncertainties they face.
With the rising number of adolescents and teens using smart phones today, research is now showing a link between frequent screen use (social media) and teenage depression and anxiety. It has created an addiction that society is just recognizing now.
For the past 30 years, I have worked in education in Peel and York District Boards of Education as a classroom teacher, a Special Education teacher and, for the past 14 years, as a middle school Guidance Counsellor, helping students navigate their own passage through all of the challenges of life. Being part of a school that included the International Baccalaureate (IB) program made me much more aware of the stress young people feel trying to achieve academic excellence or meet expectations while navigating the waters of regional programs and the anxiety associated with them.
Children with various abilities from all schools and all programs often struggle with their own storms in life. Whether they are grieving the death of a loved one, or experiencing peer challenges, bullying or trauma, they need someone to grab a paddle and come on board to give them the help they need. Many years of experience and a warm and caring environment allow me to steer them in the right direction. Throughout the years, I have also counselled parents and staff regarding their own storms in life.
If you are a child, teen, adult or parent who is struggling with choppy waters and needs some help, then I encourage you to contact me. You are not alone. Together, we can work on making your canoe ride smooth and strong and help you reach your final destination.
There is no charge for an initial consultation. At this “meet and greet” session, you can learn about Kate’s approach and make sure that her services are right for you. You should feel comfortable enough to ask questions and are encouraged to do so.
Counselling via Zoom or FaceTime is also an option for those who live farther away or who find it difficult to leave their home.
- Stress Management
- Social Skills
- Parenting Skills
- Time Management//Organization
- School Avoidance
- Navigating the School System for your Child’s Success
- Transitioning into Middle School and High School