(photo credit: Daniel Bell)

(photo credit: Daniel Bell)

About Liz 

I am originally from Alberta, but have lived in Guelph for almost 20 years and am grateful to call it my home.  I am married and the proud mother of our daughter.

In addition to being a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), I am also a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and have worked as a counsellor at Kitchener Waterloo Counselling Services.  I work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, configurations, and backgrounds.  My therapeutic approach is client-centered and tends to focus on client strengths and connection.  My approach to therapy is primarily rooted in person-centered therapy, and I tend to incorporate elements of mindfulness based work, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy as well.  I occasionally draw from other models, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, as needed. 

My goals in a session are to make the client feel safe and understood.  From there, we can work together to find ways to move forward.  I do this by listening closely to where the client wants to go and offering observations, questions and guidance along the way.  I continue to grow and work on my own personal and professional growth so as to bring my most honest self to my clients.  

I have a bit of a unique background in that, prior to becoming a therapist, I was a clinical veterinarian for almost 10 years.  As an emergency room veterinarian, in addition to helping animals, I  helped people deal with decision making, grief, couple/family disagreements, and a myriad of other challenges.  Also, for several years at the University of Guelph, I taught communication skills and boundaries/assertiveness, before becoming a qualified therapist.  

 Some of the values I hold dearly include open-mindedness, honesty, community, and connection.  By working together, we can achieve more than by working in isolation - I have learned this the hard way in my own life many times, and it is the cornerstone of any talk therapy.  I work from an anti-oppressive framework and am inclusive of all people/families regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and so forth.  I am also a vegetarian/vegan friendly counsellor.