Services at Oakridge Counselling
Individual Counselling sessions are offered by Elizabeth A. Lacey MSW RSW – Social Worker, Psychotherapist and the owner of the Centre.
Session are done in a small, private, supportive and comfortable “home like” office where the client is the expert on their life, feelings, behaviours, relationships, experiences and what is best for them.
While Elizabeth has her own expertise, as a helping professional, she considers herself is a guide in the process of helping others act from their own “expertise” as they determine and achieve their counselling goals.
It is common for people to become overwhelmed by the pressures of life especially when working, parenting, managing a household, the health and welfare of children, their marriage and their own health, not to mention extended family responsibilities. (not everyone has all of these responsibilities and some have different/additional ones)
Even if the list of responsibilities is shorter/longer than this one, it is still not uncommon to “lose sight” of what a person once knew “deep down” about themselves and/or their ability to know and act from what is best for them.
Elizabeth does not subscribe to the notion that “people are broken” and “need to be fixed” by professionals or experts.
She believes that people arrive in her office with everything they need to manage the situations that are troubling them, that as people we all get confused at times in our lives and things can seem unmanageable.
In this case, Elizabeth’s role is to help people locate, change and/or remove barriers so they can function as they normally would or as they would like to.
With assistance, support, accountability, validation and encouragement most people are able to recognize what is right or best for them; to develop a plan to improve and to take the steps necessary to achieve that plan over time.
Ideally session are once a week for one hour for the first few sessions. Once people start to feel more stable and secure within themselves and with their developing plan(s) the time between sessions is usually extended to one that feels right for the client.
Contact Elizabeth at 519.471.4540
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In most cases Elizabeth will get back to you within 48 hours