Hello! My name is Alexandra and I am a Clinical Fellow at Shoreline Counselling.
I have been passionate about mental health support for many years. Throughout my undergraduate degree in psychology, I volunteered as a peer supporter and also worked running mental wellness groups for fellow students. These experiences led me to seek a job as a Client Care Representative (CCR) at Morneau Shepell where I assisted people in accessing counselling services and managing crisis call situations. In all of these experiences I always felt honoured to hear about and witness the strength and resilience of others and be able to support them in their life’s journey, no matter how small. This passion eventually led me to do my Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.
During my degree I completed an internship at York University in North York, Ontario, counselling students in the Glendon Campus counselling centre. This experience gave me the experience of supporting individuals through a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, chronic stress, sexual assault, gender identity, family conflict, interpersonal relationships and more. I aim to enter into relationships with new clients with empathy and compassion and I am dedicated to finding ways to support you that work for you and your situation. My approach is trauma-informed, holistic and person-centered. I liked to pull from the training I have in a variety of therapeutic approaches such as Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). I like to be creative and create a therapeutic experience that makes sense for each unique person.
My hope is to encourage you to see and understand your strengths and to be a guide as you discover a path for healing. I believe that a trusting and supportive relationship combined with a better understanding of ourselves and our emotions as well as self- compassion can help create impactful change. My goal is to help you to bolster your strengths and build upon them while exploring new or long term challenges together in a space and relationship that is safe, supportive and dedicated to your well-being.
As you make the decision to try therapy, know that this is a brave step that isn’t always easy to make. You do not have to walk the whole way alone, and I’d be honoured to support you through part of your journey. I look forward to welcoming you to a non-judgmental and compassionate place at Shoreline Counselling.
Alexandra, M.Ed, CCC Candidate