My Approach to Helping
Hello and welcome! My name is Rebecca (sheher), and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a minor in Gender Studies prior to completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Throughout my education, I learned the importance of awareness of intersectionality, and how overlapping identities such as sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion, can be empowering and oppressing at the same time. I believe it is important to acknowledge and explore how these social identities and the roles that you hold play a part in your life experiences. My hope for working with you in individual therapy is to provide you with an anti-oppressive, non-judgemental, and empathic therapeutic space while working as a collaborative team. I often stress that you are the expert in your own life and experiences, and I am simply the one who helps guide you further along in your journey of self-discovery.
More Info About My Practice
I strive to cultivate a space where you feel safe and secure in exploring parts of yourself that maybe you have never been allowed to explore or have felt safe enough to acknowledge by yourself or with others. While everyone’s goals are unique, I welcome conversations surrounding what you hope for in therapy, whether that be guidance, validation, problem-solving, or coping skills, I hope to help you create the meaningful change that you are looking for in your daily life. The methodologies that I often turn to are Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative approaches. I also enjoy Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and teaching vagus nerve relaxation strategies (let's reset together!) Regardless of the approaches that I hold value in, I ultimately believe in supporting the needs of each individual client and creating a plan that is unique and suited to you and your goals.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The client-therapist alliance is an integral part of the work that we do together. A strong therapeutic alliance is essential for working collaboratively, achieving goals and building a comfortable and safe environment. I believe that the therapeutic alliance is the most important factor in influencing change, as it is essential to look for a therapist that you feel you can trust, be vulnerable with, and feel comfortable around. I recognize and admire the vulnerability and strength that it can take to reach out for support. I?m here with you and am privileged to witness and be a part of the meaningful change you can create along the journey. If you are interested in beginning services with me or have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email or by giving me a call.