I am a fluently bilingual (English/French) Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker with 28 years of experience counselling youth (age 16+), adults, couples and families.
My passion is empowering people to improve aspects of themselves, their relationships and their lives.
I have extensive experience and qualifications to assist with the following challenges:
Abandonment by a parent (at any age)
Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)
Highly Sensitive Personality traits
Narcissistic partners or parents
Parent/teen or parent/adult child conflict-disconnection
Parenting Highly Sensitive Children/Teens
Toxic thoughts/beliefs & habits
PSYCHODYNAMIC (INSIGHT-ORIENTED) THERAPY
Psychodynamic theory states that events in our childhood shape our personality and have a great influence on our adult lives. Childhood experiences can remain in the unconscious and cause psychological and interpersonal problems in adulthood.
The goal of Psychodynamic Therapy is to help people:
gain valuable insight into their lives and present-day problems
identify unhealthy interpersonal relationship patterns they've developed over time
increase their self-awareness and self-understanding
understand the influence of their past/early life experiences on their present behaviour, reasoning, choices, decisions, struggles and relationships
uncover subconscious/repressed feelings, thoughts, needs, assumptions, beliefs and desires that maintain patterns of distress, unhealthy coping mechanisms and self-sabotage.
I practice in an integrative/eclectic way, selectively applying techniques from evidence-based psychotherapy approaches, in order to accurately address your unique needs and goals.
My therapeutic work is rooted in my steadfast belief in the worth of all people and their right to self-determination.
Below you will see a few of the counselling approaches that I draw from in therapy sessions.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
ACT is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with inner emotions
Accept issues and hardships, while committing to change behaviour
Learn not to overreact to unpleasant feelings
Listen to the way you talk to yourself about traumatic events, problematic relationships, physical limitations, and other issues
Accept your psychological experiences and change your attitude and emotional state in a positive way
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a well-established psychotherapy treatment based on the idea that our central/core beliefs, attitudes and thoughts about ourselves, others and the world around us determine our feelings and behaviour. We all begin to develop these beliefs/ideas in childhood as we interact with people and experience life.
Left unchecked, our negative/unrealistic/inaccurate thoughts can cause us significant emotional distress, low self-esteem, relationship problems and mental health challenges since we feel and react (behave) based on how we think.
The goal of CBT is to help people learn to identify, question and change the unhealthy, distorted patterns of thinking that underlie their difficulties.
CBT is structured, goal-oriented and practical. Its strategies and skills, when practiced during and between sessions, can yield satisfying results.
For more information about CBT:
EMOTION FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT)
EFT is a short-term therapy focusing on adult relationships and attachment or bonding. Interaction patterns in the couple or child-to-adult relationship are explored; taking steps to create a secure bond, develop trust, and move the relationship in a healthy, positive direction. EFT is effective for distressed couples and families who are dealing with anger, fear, loss of trust, intimacy issues, or a sense of betrayal in their relationship. In addition, EFT benefits those individuals suffering with depression or trauma.
Benefits of Counselling
According to clients, counselling with me has helped them:
feel less distressed and anxious
achieve resilience and stability
become less emotionally reactive
discover practical solutions to problems
improve their self-esteem and confidence
tap into their courage
take more (healthy) risks
create more satisfying relationships
change unwanted behaviours
challenge taken-for-granted beliefs
learn empowering coping skills
reach a deeper understanding of themselves and others
get "unstuck" from a long-standing struggle
view their problems from a more positive perspective
prevent mild problems from becoming severe
CONTACT VERONICA FABIAN COUNSELLING
Get in touch with Veronica Fabian Counselling for a free, initial 20 minute consult.
In-Person (after quarantine is lifted)
$ 125 (tax included) for 1 hour of counselling / psychotherapy
The services of a Registered Social Worker, like myself, are covered under many health insurance plans.