I’m a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies, with a specialization in Individual Well-Being and Development, from the University of Waterloo. I also have a Master of Arts in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfred Laurer University.
I believe therapy should be a safe space to process, externalize, and connect without judgement. I have a client-centered approach, where I prioritize collaboration throughout the entire therapy process to ensure congruency for the client. Each person is the expert of their life and the arbiters for change: I enjoy empowering people to find their inner strengths and provide psychoeducation when needed.
In my four years as a Psychotherapist, I have worked with various presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-esteem issues, relationship struggles, intergenerational trauma, and suicidal ideation. For three of those years, I worked exclusively with the Indigenous Community in Six Nations in individual, family, and group settings. I helped to create and orchestrate children’s therapeutic camps to develop positive self-esteem, confidence, and emotional regulation.
I adopt an eclectic approach which includes drawing upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Informed Approach, Grief, Narrative Therapy, Spiritual Care, and Existentialism. I understand that talking can be difficult for some, so I also utilize art and play therapy when applicable. Finally, in order to promote a safe and open environment in my work, I apply an Anti-Oppressive framework that acknowledges the oppression and stigma that people face.
During my personal time, I can be found connecting with nature through hikes, yoga, and spending time with my cat. I enjoy playing video and board games with friends and family, going on drives, and painting.
Carl Jung stated that “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” We all encounter hardships; however, I believe we can choose what we make of those experiences. Every person has the capacity for growth and change, and I am honoured to be part of that process. I look forward to starting my own journey here at New Moon Counselling and supporting all those who walk through my door.
Client Populations Seen: Yound Adults, Adults, and Families.
Offering both in-person and virtual appointments.
Desintee is an NIHB Provider