Strong Counselling offers low cost counselling online via video conference. These sessions are available with our counselling interns who are in the process of completing their Masters in Counselling. Our interns are highly skilled and have all the training needed to support you through whatever challenges you bring to therapy.
The interns who complete their practicums at Strong Counselling are generally with us for 9-12 months and will be available for weekly or bi-weekly sessions throughout their time at Strong Counselling.
During their time at Strong Counselling they will receive supervision from a seasoned counsellor who is trained to supervise counselling interns.
If you are interested in low cost counselling please have a look at their bios below and fill out our contact form, once completed they will reach out to you to set up a free 15 minute video consultation.
All interns are student members and insured through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. At this time counselling sessions with our interns cost $65+gst for a 50 minute session and $95+gst for an 80 minute session.
Olena is no longer accepting internship clients. However, she will begin accepting new clients as an Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) starting January 2024
With over 15 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation counselling and case management, I have worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have helped clients address mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, caregiver fatigue, and work-related stress, as well as, navigate life transitions such as career changes, parenting, and retirement. In my counselling internship practice, I also have experience working with individuals with neurodivergence including ADD, ADHD, and ASD.
My approach to counselling is centered around providing confidential, non-judgmental services that foster self-growth, reflection, and acceptance. I believe in client-directed therapy, which encourages accountability, and strengthens the client-counsellor relationship. My ultimate goal is to create a safe and supportive space where clients can explore their inner selves, gain new insights, and develop effective strategies to improve their overall well-being.
The clients I’m most passionate about working with are those in the LGBTQIA2S+ community, parents, caregivers, individuals experiencing work-related stress, and those going through life transitions."
Life is a journey, filled with challenges and opportunities for growth. As an intern therapist, I understand that the journey towards healing can be both daunting and rewarding. During sessions, I like to encourage self-reflection which can allow clients to gain a deeper understanding of themselves. After moving from Ireland in 2011, I found that talking to a qualified professional helped me feel validated and supported while settling into a new country, building new relationships and navigating cultural differences.
I am open to any topics you want to talk about including anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship challenges, life transitions, and stress management. I look forward to working with people from diverse backgrounds and supporting clients to be the best version of themselves.
My aim is to meet each client where they are and tailor sessions to their unique needs, fostering a collaborative and empowering experience. I believe it is key that the client feels like they are in control of their therapy journey. I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their emotions, overcome challenges, and embrace positive change.
I think Leonard Cohen said it best, “There’s a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets it”. But often when you’re in the middle of a crisis, transition, generally just feeling stuck…it’s hard to see that. It’s hard to imagine that things will get better…that light might make its way in.. and it’s even harder to imagine how that might happen. But it can. With the right support, a space where you can truly be yourself, and a little work, you can start to see the light again and even find your way to a more peaceful, joyful life.
Brilliant 1990s song lyrics aside, I believe that showing up to our time together as my authentic self - sarcasm, laughter, (and even a little swearing) - is the only way to create a real connection with my clients, and that it’s only through a real connection that any progress can happen. I also believe that helping you tap into your authentic self - and then love the heck out of that person - is the most important part of my job.
Mostly because of my own experiences in life, I am passionate about helping people challenged by major transitions, especially at midlife. As the single mother to two (now grown) boys and someone who is risking some later-in-life changes, I honestly believe that it is never too late to figure out who you are meant to be, and I’d be honoured to help. I am also experienced in working with neurodiverse people - specifically ADHD - and people challenged by anxiety and depression.