Growing up, Robin experienced and witnessed injustices in the world, and early on began to advocate on behalf of those who needed support and the benefit of a stronger voice. She continues to believe in fairness and equality, often feels compelled to take action, and seeks to assist others to step into their own power. Robin enjoys many things, including laughter, good friends, good food, gardening, animals, and sports. She is loyal, persistent, compassionate, expressive and open-minded, and she values her connection with her family and friends, nature and her own spirituality.
Robin earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with distinction, from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She has also received training in a variety of approaches, including Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
In 2006, Robin received training from the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), which offers coaching programs accredited by the International Coach Federation. Robin continues to access training annually in an effort to enhance her learning and her ability to meet the needs of her clients. She is currently continuing her professional development by building on previous training in dance/movement, creative arts and mindfulness.
Her practice is influenced by psychodynamic, feminist and anti-oppression theories. She has been in private practice since 2003, and provides high quality, culturally sensitive and insightful service.
The terms counselling, psychotherapy and therapy are all labels used to describe a similar process in which talking is the primary method of intervention. Often the specific education or training of the individual practitioner will influence the label chosen to describe her services. Robin prefers to use the term counselling.
Life can be hard. Sometimes we don’t know how to cope. Change can be thrust upon us and other times we want to make a change and feel stuck. We may experience difficult feelings such as hopelessness, fear, anger or grief. We can feel lost, alone and confused. During counselling, Robin meets with people (youth, adults, men and women, from diverse ethnicities and sexual orientations), to help them as they work through whatever social, emotional, psychological, spiritual or physical concerns they have. Her counselling is holistic, collaborative and client-centred. She draws from several different models in order to meet the unique needs of each of her clients. She uses her intuition and creativity during sessions.
Some of the issues people have worked on with her assistance include addictions, grief and loss, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, work/life balance, trauma, self-esteem, body Image, and separation/divorce.
Do you want to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life? Are you lacking purpose or balance? Or, are you in the midst of a transition and want to make sure you thoughtfully and creatively plan your next life phase? Coaching could be just what you are looking for to help you get what you want in life. It is a positive and energizing process of learning, discovery and personal development. It assumes you are committed to taking action now to support your future life plans. Dr. Pat Williams, Master Certified Coach, describes Coaching as:
“A powerful, human relationship where trained coaches assist people to design their future rather than help them get over their past … Coaches recognize the brilliance of each client and their personal power to discover their own solutions when provided with support, accountability and unconditional positive regard”.
Coaching is proven to work when two factors are present: 1. You are willing to grow and committed to taking action now. 2. There is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
Coaching is a partnership. Just talking about your options with someone who knows how to listen is often enough to have it all become very clear. You will make commitments you really want and will work together with Robin to help you stay focused on your vision. Robin uses her intuition and creativity during sessions and you will always get her honest, constructive views.
What is Social Work?
In the early 19th century, social work had its roots in charities and settlement houses. From the beginning, social workers systematically investigated the causes of human suffering as well as provided relief. They also worked as change agents, influencing political decisions in significant areas such as poverty, labour laws, family allowance and benefits. Some of the early values of social work were ethical practices, professionalism and betterment of society.
Today, social workers continue the work of our pioneering ancestors, assisting individuals, families and communities to resolve problems that affect their day-to-day lives.
For more information about social work please visit the website of the Ontario Association of Social Workers or the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Tuesday: 2pm – 6pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 4pm
Thursday: 10am to 8pm
Friday: 1:30pm to 7pm
There is currently a wait list for evening appointments.
Initial consultation (30 mins) free
Follow up sessions (1 hour) $150.00
Initial consultation (30 mins) free
Follow up sessions (1 hour) $150.00
Wellness advice from Robin:
I have been working with mindfulness and somatic approaches for a while. In sessions I explain the concepts as well as provide experiential exercises. Yet I often have felt like I needed an easier way to help clients remember the concepts. So I came up with my own acronym: POWER. Probably many of us want […]
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