Stephanie Fournier MC, RP (Qualifying)
Psychotherapy + Counselling
Daytime Availability: No
Evening Availability: No
Weekend Availability: Waitlist
Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Slowing down is a prerequisite to the conscious act of looking inwards. It is easy to seek distractions or take part in unhealthy habits when we are feeling unwell. It certainly isn’t as easy to seek help, to ask ourselves important questions, and demonstrate self-love. The way to self-love can have different meanings for each of us, depending on our life experiences. Perhaps it means self compassion, forgiveness, relaxation, stress management, setting boundaries, or developing assertiveness. Putting the brakes on our busy lives and dedicating time to put ourselves first, can help. I welcome new clients at any stage in this process with a warm heart and an open and curious mind.
My personal approach to counselling is client-centered. I view each client as an expert in their own lives, integrating their goals into the counselling process. I implement techniques from a number of modalities; cognitive behavioural, narrative, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-meditation based therapies.
I am drawn towards working with clients on issues relating to relationships, life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, self-identity, and self-worth insecurities, among others.
A strong therapeutic alliance is important when seeking a therapist as it encourages self-disclosure and self-exploration. All new clients are offered a free half-hour consultation to explore if we will work well together.
Stephanie holds a Master of Counselling from University of Calgary, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of Wales Trinity St. David, and a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from McGill University. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Stephanie completed a year-long internship at Humber College’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre as a Counsellor, working with a diverse student population. She has volunteered with the Toronto Distress Centre and Stella’s Place, a mental health service for young adults (16-29), and has completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
Apart from her counselling experience, Stephanie has worked as an educator for over 10 years. As a teacher, she applies an anti-oppressive stance, empowering all individual learners to succeed and holds Specialist Additional Qualifications in Special Education.