Registered Psychotherapist (Q)
Riley started with us in July 2022. She first approached Carly as a newer grad with a wealth of experience in working with clients in a University heath care setting. This valuable skill set will offer so much to our clients and along with her warmth and desire to learn we are excited to have her.
Riley has a passion for growth in this field and we are lucky to have her part of this team.
Riley is looking forward to working with us in-person and online on Mondays and Thursdays.
As a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying), I believe in the innate capacity we all possess to learn, change and grow. Life can bring challenges, and I consider it my privilege to accompany my clients as they navigate this. I enjoy journeying with others through the uncertainties of life and helping my clients utilize their unique strengths and their own resiliency to overcome the problems they face. In therapy, I foster a space that is welcoming, caring, safe and nonjudgmental, where my clients can be heard and supported.
I work collaboratively with my clients to develop meaningful and personalized goals, as well as strategies and skills that will work well for them. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and French as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Most recently, I have completed my Master’s of Divinity in Clinical Counselling from Tyndale University. I am a current qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I have interest and experience working with mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-esteem, perfectionism, ADHD, trauma, personality disorders, boundary setting, attachment issues and interpersonal challenges.
I work from an attachment-based approach and practice a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Family Systems Approaches, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Internal Family Systems. I seek to meet my clients with strategies and approaches that work best for them, and I tailor my approach to fit the needs of each client.
In working with clients experiencing disordered eating, I plan to integrate cognitive-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) coupled with somatic-based or mindfulness techniques. I believe that this approach integrates various strategies which recognize the whole person- both mind and body.
I am always learning and look forward to what the future brings! I am looking forward to learning more about somatic-based therapies, such as Somatic Experiencing (SE) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). These are some areas I am hoping to pursue training in!
What Made you want to work with CCP?
What drew me to CCP was the opportunity to work and learn within a community of professionals. I’m a huge proponent of lifelong learning and I could tell immediately that CCP would be the place that I could continue to learn and collaborate with other clinicians. I also welcomed the opportunity to be working in the office after many hours spent in my home office!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is when my clients discover and realize how their own innate resiliency and strength has been with them all along, even in the face of difficulty. It is incredibly rewarding to look back with my clients on the progress that they have made and celebrate these gains.
Most surprising thing about you?
I was an elementary teacher before pursuing a career as a therapist. I am passionate about the impact that education and learning brings- especially within the therapeutic space! I have taught and volunteered in various educational settings both in Halton region, as well as internationally in Honduras and St. Lucia. One last thing, I love home design! You can find me trying the latest DIY’s with the help of my somewhat reluctant husband.