Engineering Counsellor

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Location: E2 1774D

Since completing graduate school, I have worked in various counselling roles, including addiction counselling, private practice, and counselling troubled youth. I have been working as a counsellor in the Faculty of Engineering since 2011, and continue to thoroughly enjoy my role here. As a former student of the University of Waterloo, I can appreciate the challenges and unique experiences faced by the students here on campus. I have particular experience and interest in addressing issues such as stress, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, anger, poor motivation, life transitions, and relationship concerns.

In my therapeutic approach I am eclectic and incorporate principles of various theories of change, including cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, narrative, mindfulness, client-centred and motivational interviewing. I put a strong emphasis on the nature of the client-counsellor relationship and strive to provide a warm, supportive environment for my clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. I view my role as being that of the facilitator, supporting clients to be directive in developing, accessing, and utilizing their own resources, with the ultimate goal being the acquisition of a healthier lifestyle through enhanced personal awareness.

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