About Me 

Courtney Smyth, M.Ed., C.C.C., RP

 

I have my Master degree in Educational Counselling and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I have been providing psychotherapeutic support to clients for eight years.  For three years I worked with an Employee Assistance Program providing counselling support to individuals in crisis, from a Short-Term Solution-Focused approach to counselling. I also have worked with a youth mental health promotion organization supporting young people with diverse mental health needs in group settings and providing education in schools as well as two community-based counselling centres in the city.

 

As a counsellor and psychotherapist I take a very client centered approach to our work together; you are the expert in your own life, and I would be honoured to be a guide for you in your process of change. What this means is that your personal experience is our starting point and together we can build awareness about what has been happening to lead you to where you are now. I do not have all of the answers or a quick fix to your situation, but together we can begin to make meaning out of your experience and take on new perspectives or understanding in order to move forward.

 

I help individual adults who are experiencing distress due to anxiety, depression, stress, work-related issues, family issues, grief, relationships, among other concerns. I work from an integrative or eclectic approach to counselling (primarily using Client Centered approach or drawing from an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), with a focus on one’s emotional experience. I will adapt my own style to fit your personal needs and goals for counselling. Together, we can collaborate to gain insight about your situation and make meaningful change towards reducing your distress. Currently, I work from an office in Nepean. I consult with and am mentored by a psychologist (Dr. Virginia Simonds).

Education:

Masters of Education, Educational Counselling - 2013

University of Ottawa, ON

 

Combined Honours, Human Rights/Women’s & Gender Studies - 2010

Carleton University, Ottawa, ON 

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