Journey in Balance offers both in-person (with Covid protocols) and virtual sessions. We are currently full and are accepting potential clients on our waiting list.
Our team at Journey in Balance offers counselling services to children, adolescents and adults in Peterborough, Ontario. We bring a caring non-judgemental approach, witness, and guide you on your journey to wellness.
We are Registered Social Workers who bring both an anti-oppressive lens and a commitment to the process of change.
We work with children and youth and use therapeutic and play-based techniques to address anxiety, worry, fear, and the impact of stress and depression.
We believe all people have a right to grow, develop and love in a caring and supportive environment. We feel grateful to support LGBTQ+ individuals from childhood to adult life.
Loss, grief and trauma are individual and unique experiences. We recognize that your journey is your own at your pace. We also have extensive experience and training in loss, bereavement and trauma.
Debra has worked as a social worker and counsellor with adults and children for over 25 years.
Debra is passionate about the importance of compassion, human connection, relationships and strength-based approaches to promote healing and personal growth. Her approach is attachment and trauma-informed, and uses evidence-based concepts drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing & more.
She has supported people with mental health and addiction, foster parents, adopters and adult survivors of childhood abuse and domestic abuse. She specializes in Anxiety in Children. She is experienced in helping adults and children to understand and manage anxiety, chronic stress, process guilt and shame arising from trauma, and work through grief and loss.
Suzanne has been journeying with Children, Youth and Adults for over 30 years. Working with parents to understand and co-create solutions is important to a child's sense of self. She brings 'compassionate curiosity'; coupled with a calling to help people understand their experiences of anxiety, depression, grief, loss and trauma.
From working and teaching in Early Childhood Education, she became drawn to understand the layers and complexities of life that impact children and individuals. She completed a Bachelor in Social Work with Honors from Carleton University in 2008. Work experience includes Children’s Mental Health, Violence against Women sector, and Addiction.
Suzanne utilizes an eclectic person-centred skill set drawn from a creative arts background, talk therapy and play-based activities. Using an anti-oppressive and strengths-based approach informed by attachment theory, narrative therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. Suzanne has completed Clinical Traumatolgist coursework through the Traumatology Institute.
Great question. It is understandable that they might be unsure to meet someone new to share worries and concerns. That’s why we encourage families to visit our space with their child prior to the first session. This helps with building relationship, feelings of trust and safety. There is no cost for this visit.
Let's also talk about confidentiality. If your child is 12 or older, they are their own client. They can sign their own consents. We endeavour to involve family and ask permission about what can be shared with parents as a helpful part of therapy. We have limits to confidentiality: if a person is at risk of hurting themselves, someone else or someone is hurting them. Or if our records are subpoenaed.
Another great question. There really isn’t a set answer for this. We take the child’s lead on this. Some children want their parents with them and can do the counselling work readily with their parents in the room. Other children and youth may want time alone or a combination of being alone and time with parents. We work with the family as a system, and within the bounds of client confidentiality to move towards healthy change and understanding.
As Allies, we are committed to being open, sensitive and affirming. We have experience working with youth as well as individual work with parents of LGTBQ -2, or questioning youth.
We charge 130.00 an hour or 65.00 for 30 minutes.
Some benefit packages do cover us. We do not direct bill. Please check with your provider to see if a Registered Social Worker is covered in your benefits. It’s tough to begin the counselling work and have this become a barrier.
We specialize in working with children, youth and individual work with adults. Trauma, grief, loss. anxiety and depression are our areas of focus.
Yes… we love being part of a team with written consent.
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