Elizabeth

Elizabeth Lacey MSW RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Owner Oakridge Counselling

Welcome from Elizabeth

With over 20 years of experience as a Social Worker, I have enjoyed working with a diverse range of clients, each with unique challenges and goals. I believe that all people should be treated with respect, understanding and compassion and approach my work with the belief that we are all doing the best we can with the information and experiences we currently have.

I see myself as a guide, working collaboratively with you as the expert in your own life. As your guide, I bring a combination of education, experience, and empathy to our shared journey and am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental counselling space.

Who are my Clients?

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My clients – regular people – just like you, come to me to do “a piece of emotional work” then put what they’ve learned into action in their lives and relationships. They return to “check in” periodically for support and redirection.
There can be weeks, or only a week between visits, sometimes a month, months and in some cases years between visits.

My clients come back because I remember them and the details of their lives and because they are comfortable with me and know our time together will be safe, emotionally supportive and helpful. I’d like to do the same for you.
You can start feeling better today.

But will it help?

Counselling is helpful with anxiety, depression and trauma for example, but you don’t have to experience these things to benefit from counselling. Consistently research shows that mental health and emotion regulation and expression improve within a trusted, non-judgemental and emotionally supportive counselling relationship.

Within a counselling relationship, I am that “someone” that hears you and gets you; that you can trust; that won’t judge you, or tell you what to do. And I will hold you accountable to the goals you set for yourself while helping you clear the obstacles that get in your way and prevent you from doing what you planned to do.

This way of being with people, is what makes counselling with me helpful.
It will be helpful for you too. In fact, it is why people return to me throughout their lives and refer their friends and family to me for counselling too.

You don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. Let’s work together to get you back on track and feeling like yourself again. 

Couples Counselling

I specialized in Couples Counselling for 15 years. While I’m no longer working with couples, I still help people with their relationships in individual counselling. And I mentor and provide group supervision for new couples counsellors.

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happy mentoring program

Supervision & Mentoring
Coming Soon….

The supervision and mentoring program is coming together nicely.
I plan to offer individual, dyadic (2 counsellors) and group supervision online,
in-person and onsite for local group practices. The focus will be on Couples Counselling, but those doing individual counselling for relationship issues are welcome to participate.

The program is expected to launch in the spring of 2023.
Please contact me if you are interested.

Education

I graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work MSW in 2002 from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. My Bachelors Degree in Social Work BSW is from the University of Waterloo’s Renison College in 1999 as is my Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 with a major in Social Development Studies.

Social Work Regulatory Body

I have been a member in good standing in the
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers since 1999.

Elizabeth Lacey 2023