My name is Carly Crawford and I created Find Your Voice Counselling because I am passionate about helping individuals battling mental illness.
When it comes time to seek help and support for life’s many challenges, there are often several barriers in our way. Shame, guilt, confusion, time, and money can all stand in the way of getting the help you need.
My goal is to try and make Psychotherapy available to anyone who feels they are in need and ready to do the work to heal their mind and find their voice.
Imagine living with a voice inside you that is constantly bringing you down, constantly pushing you further, and making you live your life on edge. Imagine that voice is making you do things others don't understand, and making you hurt yourself in ways you don't understand either – that is what it is like living with Mental Illness. The best way I can describe getting to a better place with your Mental health is Finding Your Voice again, hearing your own thoughts again and using your voice to make healthier and happier decisions.
Carly's dedication to her patients is immeasurable, and in my opinion, only with that strong devotion and support can one conquer this horrendous disease.
You alone can do it, but you can't do it alone.
WHO I AM
Carly is dedicated to helping individuals develop a strong a sense of self and a powerful voice. She provides a safe, non-judgmental, and therapeutic space where you can begin to heal. Carly will help you to recognize and work through negative thoughts and behaviours that are preventing you from living the life you want to lead and the life you are deserving of. Carly has been working as a clinician since 2009 and has treated individuals with anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Carly has extensive experience in the treatment of Eating Disorders and supporting families touched by this illness. Carly seeks to disempower mental illness by continuing to help individuals increase their self-esteem and confidence, self-worth, body image, and ultimately giving them a voice.
Carly is adamant about providing care that is based on humility, equity and empowerment. Carly has decided to disclose her personal history with Mental Illness and feels that having a personal experience with an Eating Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety gives her the added insight to the battles her clients face.
WHY I'M HERE
Member of the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO)
Membership with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
Member of the Academy for Eating Disorders
Completion of specialized Eating Disorder training from University of Chicago
Member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
Clinical Advisory for NIED (National Initiative for Eating Disorders)
Clinical Advisor for Body Brave
Addition training in DBT for Complex Disorders
McMaster University's Clinical Behavioural Sciences Graduate
Honours Degree in Health Studies from McMaster University
Addictions Education at McMaster University
Student of the Marriage and Couples Counselling Certificate at Guelph University
There are many reasons why I decided that I wanted to go into Private Practice. Going through the mental health system and subsequently working in a not-for-profit environment helped me to narrow my interests and pursue more training. My work as the Executive Director of Danielle’s Place Eating Disorder Support and Resource Centre helped me to see the need that individuals had to feel supported, heard, and helped.
I have sat on various boards and worked in Mental Health Advocacy for almost ten years and I see the need that people have to receive timely and appropriate care. Although I work in a for profit industry, my heart lies in helping every individual who needs it. Given this I pride myself on offering Psychotherapy at a cost that is more accessible than most Psychotherapists providing this level of care.
I am passionate about bringing changes to our healthcare system and will forever be the voice for those that fall under the radar.
"Carly not only made me feel safe, understood, and hopeful, but she truly saved my life."
I will continue to work to help as many people as I can to fight this disease until, somehow, that magical pill we all wish for is created.- carly
include but are not limited to treatment of the following:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Increasing and developing self esteem
Body Image and Body Acceptance work
Boderline Personality Disorder
Marriage and Couples Counselling
"Mental illnesses require a specific and careful approach to treatment. Due to feelings of shame, confusion, and guilt, individuals often do not see their illness until it has completely taken over. My goal is to help individuals recognize their illness and help them make steps to change. Through a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, I want to help individuals recognize those thoughts are not their own, silence those thoughts, and help them find their own voice."
PRIVATE THERAPY SESSION DETAILS
Sessions are held in a comfortable, safe, and non-clinical setting
Sessions are charged by the hour / sliding scale available
Sessions are offered in-person, by phone, or through secure video conference Vsee.
Confidentiality and Safety are a priority
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.
There are many types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that's right for you depends on your individual situation. During the initial phone consultation Carly will guide you through a series of questions to help determine what services and therapeutic interventions would best fit your needs. After the initial phone consultation an initial in-person session will be booked. This session is made to be a bit longer then a regular session, as it gives us an opportunity to talk a bit more in-depth about the therapeutic process and understand what exactly your needs are.
WHO MAY PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY IN ONTARIO?
Psychotherapy has at last become a regulated and licensed profession in Ontario, with the passage of the Psychotherapy Act 2007, which received Royal Assent on June 4 2007 and proclamation on April 1, 2015.
One of the most common questions and concerns is what is the difference between a Psychotherapist and a Psychologist. Below is an outline to help identify the major differences and similarities.
Psychotherapy: A psychotherapist engages in a therapeutic relationship with you to talk about your challenges and reframe your thought patterns and life experiences to create meaningful change in your life. Psychotherapists see opportunity for growth in emotional health challenges. OSP members are also required to experience therapy to create empathy and understanding of the therapeutic process.
Psychology: Psychology is the study of the human mind and our behaviours, as individuals and as couples or groups, such as family groups. A psychologist has a Ph.D. in psychology and is trained to perform psychological research, testing, and therapy.
Psychiatry: Psychiatry is the study of mental disorders with the goal of finding ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent them. This area of research assesses not only a person’s history and surroundings, but also physical factors that may contribute to mental health. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the assessment and treatment of such mental behavioural disorders. This is the person who prescribes and monitors medication.
Information taken from http://www.psychotherapyontario.org/different-disciplines
PSYCHOTHERAPY MAY BE USEFUL IF:
You’re facing situations causing you stress, anxiety and upset.
You are experiencing intense or uncomfortable feelings such as anger, sadness, fear, frustration and depression.
You are behaving in ways that don’t fit your normal pattern, don’t serve your needs, or are problematic to you or others.
You are thinking thoughts that are peculiar, hard to understand, out-of-control or disturbing.
You’ve experienced a traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, a serious accident or a criminal injury.
You are dealing with a relationship issue or family conflict.
You’re going through a difficult life transition, such as the death of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, divorce, separation, or a mid-life crisis.
You are challenged by family issues, such as parenting, child-rearing, adolescence, and aging parents.
You need help with an addiction such as smoking, alcohol, drugs, sex or gambling.
You have an eating disorder.
You are facing difficulties with matters of gender identity, sexual orientation, racism and oppression.
You wish to explore spiritual issues, questions of meaning or matters of faith