Caroline Veldhuis MA, RP
Psychotherapy + Counselling
Blog: Learning to Like Winter
Many clients tell me they are overwhelmed and stressed out with the rapid pace of life, or feel lost or unhappy with themselves, their relationships, or their work lives. A cornerstone of my work is providing you a supportive space where you can find your voice within the chaos and get clarity on your particular needs, wants, and the roots of your distress. Insight and emotional processing may be combined with action and change techniques to help you meet your therapeutic goals. My approach is grounded in an overall humanistic orientation that aims to enhance and expand your self-knowledge and self-acceptance, while illuminating and utilizing your strengths. My end goal is to help you experience and navigate your life with a greater sense of connection, peace and fulfillment.
I have worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds experiencing anxiety, destructive anger, burnout, depression, grief, stressful life transitions, loss of identity/meaning, work-related issues (conflict or distress in the workplace, dissatisfaction with job/career, job loss, corporate restructuring), relationship issues, the impacts of traumatic life events, and challenges such as feeling overwhelmed, stuck, lost, disconnected, or ‘different’. Among my particular interests are the reciprocal relationships between work, identity, and well-being; adults who were identified as ‘gifted’ children; growth and healing from trauma; and a holistic approach to mental health.
Recognizing that the quality of your relationship with your therapist is the main contributor to successful therapy, I’m happy to provide a 30-minute consultation so we can see if we are a good fit. Single-session coaching and counselling is available if you have an acute (non-crisis) concern; need a professional to talk to about a particular issue, or do not currently have the financial means for a regular programme of counselling, coaching, or therapy.
Caroline’s education includes a BA (English and History) and BSc (Psychology, with High Distinction), from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University). Strongly motivated to broaden her knowledge, she has pursued further study in constructivist counselling, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), existential therapy, internal family systems, narrative therapy, positive psychology, schema therapy, solution-focused therapy, Buddhist psychology, social and transcultural psychiatry (McGill University), trauma, and global and refugee mental health.
She has contributed to books including Happy: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World and Calm: Secrets to Serenity from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet Publishing). Caroline is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).