Custom Counselling

Have you been struggling with the same issues for a period of time?
Have you tried different things but it just doesn’t seem to make a difference?
Have you been thinking maybe it’s time to get another perspective on some things in your life? 

Custom Counselling  can provide you that  perspective which can make a difference and help with those issues with which you have been struggling.
Custom Counselling  offers a number of diverse therapies which will be tailored to meet the specific requirements recommended for you.
Custom Counselling  may be the answer you have been wanting for improving your life circumstances.

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What is counselling?

Counselling assists individuals use their current problem-solving strategies more successfully or to develop new or better coping skills. This process provides an opportunity for the client and therapist to explore difficulties which may include the stressful, cognitive thought processes and/or emotional feelings about the difficulties they have sought help.  This process can also encourage individuals to reflect on their earlier experiences and explore how these experiences affect their current difficulties.

Counsellors have an ethical and legal duty to hold in confidence the information that is shared during therapy. There are limits to this confidentiality and these limitations will be discussed during the initial meeting.

Sessions are usually once weekly at the start. Some clients choose to decrease the frequency of visits as their functioning improves. Length of counselling depends on the nature of the problem and how much work an individual is interested in doing. Brief solution-focused counselling may meet the needs of clients who are interested in dealing with very specific issues.

What to expect

Through the counselling process you will…

  • Explore the things which are most important to you.
  • Be empowered to experience yourself differently in relation to your conflicts.
  • Gain understanding and develop strength to cope, to make difficult decisions, and to overcome challenges.
  • Become empowered to make informed choices about yourself and your life.
  • Solve specific problems, and develop effective strategies and techniques that will continue to support you for years to come.
  • Address your difficulties with integrity, confidence and peace.

Transformation, growth and healing are realistic, attainable goals for your life.

What is offered

As each individual is unique, so is the therapy. Your counselling sessions will consist of a collaborative process of developing mutually defined goals and identifying the process that best serves you.

Relationship issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Separation/divorce
  • Family crises
  • Parenting
  • Abuse: sexual/physical/emotional abuse, domestic abuse and violence
Personal growth
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness techniques
  • Boundary setting
  • Life transitions and loss: illness, separation/divorce, aging, retirement and death
  • Self-esteem and identity issues
  • Stress
  • Unresolved trauma
Trauma
  • Male and Female survivors of Abuse: sexual/ physical/emotional
  • Motor vehicle collision (MVC): Trauma and brain injury
Addiction
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Codependency
  • Substance abuse

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): is a form of psychotherapy and talk therapy that has shown to be particularly effective for mood and anxiety disorders. It works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behavior.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR): used to help individuals work through difficult emotions and beliefs, as well as develop and build a stronger repertoire of internal resources.
  • Feminist theory: is support of equality for women and men and focuses on supporting those in treatment as they work to overcome limitations and restriction within a cultural context.
  • Insight-oriented: is a form of psychotherapy which identifies self-defeating thought and life patterns through the process of promoting their self-awareness, developing and utilizing problem solving techniques and enhancing life skills.
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: The aim of mindfulness therapy is to help you learn to be aware of your thoughts and bodily sensations and in so doing be able to better cope with day to day emotions and problems.
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) (Goal –oriented): identifying a specific goal and developing steps to achieve this.

Meet the counsellor

Jennifer Carscadden graduated from the King’s University College obtaining an Honours Bachelor’s of Social Work degree as well as a Master’s of Social Work degree. She also has her Social Service Worker Diploma, Human Services Foundation Certification and General Arts and Science Certification from Fanshawe College.

She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Jennifer is an approved EMDR clinician.

Jennifer has worked with an assortment of agencies including hospitals, community organizations and in the criminal justice system. Jennifer has a wide spectrum of clinical experience pertaining to adolescents and adults. These include at risk or in crisis individuals in the areas of self-destructive behaviours, complex trauma, addictions, sexual abuse, mental health, anxiety and panic attacks, stress management, and bereavement.

Jennifer’s training and experience in working with diverse and disadvantaged populations include: criminal justice system (both male and female offenders), mental health, developmental disabilities, minorities, women’s issues and youth.

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519-860-7688

Both day and evening appointments are available. To book an appointment call or email directly from this site.

Initial appointments within 2 weeks of first contact.

#104-478 Waterloo Street, London On. (Between Queens Ave and Dufferin Street. Entrance is at the front of the building).

Meter parking during daytime hours on the street in front of the building and parking behind the building in the evenings.

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Payment options

My hourly rate is comparable to other London-area social workers and psychotherapists.

My fee is $ 110.00 per one hour session. A sliding fee scale is available for those who are motivated and seeking counselling services, but do not have the financial means to afford standard service rates. The sliding fee scale is based on the individual income of each client and will be determined at the initial consultation.

Payment is made at the end of each session via cash, cheque or e-mail money transfer. My cancellation policy is 24 hours advanced notice or half session fee will be charged.

As a Registered Social Worker, extended health care benefits may cover all or part of your counselling services. Please check with your place of employment and insurance provider to see if you have coverage for counselling services provided by an M.S.W. Social Worker. If you do not have benefits, my services are approved for medical expense tax credit and fees for therapy can be deducted on your income tax return.

If you are unable to afford counselling at this time, there are two counselling services in the community which provides subsidized counselling: Daya Counselling Centre and Family Services Thames Valley.