Karen Wilson, Registered Psychotherapist, MACP
Your Therapy Journey is About You and Your Growth
My role is to help you discover and explore unique strengths you already possess, empowering you to navigate through life’s challenges, stresses, and storms, as I help you recognize and build upon your strengths.
Whether you are seeking assistance in making a life-changing decision, coping with intolerable anxiety, managing a difficult relationship, or resolving lifelong or chronic struggles, my integrated approach will help provide you with a compass to navigate uneven terrain.
The Way Forward
I have found a pathway to a deep and lasting peace that I believe is fully achievable by anyone who truly wants a way out of uncertainty, turmoil, fear, or any other place that restricts a sense of freedom, growth, and fulfilment.
We will work together, weaving in hope-filled strategies that build self-esteem and security within you.
My approach is client-centred, strengths-based, collaborative, and transformational, within an environment that is safe, accepting, compassionate, empathic, and encouraging.
Enhancing awareness of the mind-body connection, you will better recognize and respond to your own needs.
Tailored to Your Needs
I also offer the option of incorporating spiritual and/or faith-specific components, such as Christianity.
As each life stage comes with its own points of struggle, I will walk alongside you, customizing therapy to meet your specific needs and style, working at your desired pace.
If your goal is to achieve greater peace, grounding, and a sense of direction and empowerment, we will set the therapy compass to head in that direction.
Therapy can be brief or enduring, according to your needs and preferences.
My Integrated Approach
Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based, and Transformational
My work has a foundation of solution-focused brief therapy, into which may be cobbled healing components from various modalities and orientations that are trauma-informed, strengths-based, and transformational.
IFS (Internal Family Systems)
One transformational component I offer is IFS (internal family systems therapy), which helps individuals to know their own Self and the parts within themselves, in a more compassionate and connected way.
IFS is a healing component of therapy designed to remove stigma and pathology from a person’s identity. It fosters a sense of clarity, compassion, calmness, curiosity, connectedness, courage, confidence, creativity, choice, contentment, and enhances functional ability.
Just as in an external family all the individual family members are valid and important, so with IFS the internal parts of an individual are valued, affirmed, and nurtured. The outcome is often a deep sense of unburdening, overall peace and wellbeing, and self-empowerment.
Somatic (bodily) awareness and healing are highlights of this therapy that integrates/connects mind, body, soul, and spirit in a holistic experience.
Healing From C-19 / Pandemic Challenges
Many individuals are reeling from their experiences throughout recent years that are known as the C0vid-19 pandemic.
Many families have been fractured, with members feeling disenfranchised, throughout the ordeal.
Your experience is valid, and in this space you are free to bring to session any and all emotions you now hold, as we work to restore a sense of personal wellbeing amidst a shift in the world today.
My Psychology Today Profile
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I invite you to call me for a free 15-minute consultation or email me to arrange an appointment:
I am a registered psychotherapist who spent many years prior to professional accreditation helping out as a lay counsellor with individuals navigating some rough terrain in life.
Additionally, I have run a corporation for over 35 years, raised a family with my husband, and am now enjoying being a grandmother.
I have been part of the “sandwich” generation for years, navigating simultaneous assistance of aging parents and of adult children and grandchildren.
In other words, I have observed, from first-hand experience, what many individuals work through as they traverse the various stages of life.
My Formal Education
I began my undergrad work in psychology in 1980 at McMaster University, and then while raising a family transferred to University of Windsor, and after years of running a business I returned to complete my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Laurentian University in 2017. Following that, I received a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from a private, Canadian University, Yorkville University.
Professional development programs and courses include:
Solution Focused advanced trainings for individuals and couples, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Gottman Method, IFS (via the IFS Institute Online Circle, IFSCA Stepping Stone, and specific trainings for Trauma, DID, OCD, Grief, Spiritual Unburdenings, Individual and Couples’ work), Enneagram trainings, Mindfulness Meditation, and more.
My Spare Time
I adore being in Nature whenever I can be, where I feel really connected to my Maker. I love spending time with my husband and my wee Biewer (Yorkie) Terrier on a daily basis, and my adult children and grandchildren when I can. I deal with the same work-leisure challenges that many of you deal with, as we muddle through this life alongside one another.
My Collaboration With You
I do not have all the answers for you and your life. In fact, I strongly believe that your own Self’s system knows what you best need, which I help facilitate by providing a safe, non-judgmental space filled with curiosity and potential.
Please Reach Out
I do hope you will reach out for a free, 15-minute consultation, to get a sense of who I am and whether our therapeutic connection would be a good fit for you. Please call me for a free 15-minute consultation:
What to Expect
Initial intake appointments are generally 1.5 hours in length, to allow us to really connect and to permit you to share with me the details you believe would be helpful for me to know, to capture a snapshot of you and your needs. We will set a foundation for our relationship.
Your MindsetMatters Account
Once you become a client, you will receive an email from MindsetMatters Psychotherapy, prompting you to validate your email account which activates your client account linked to “Jane app.”
You will also receive two intake forms: a General Intake form and an Informed Consent form. Please complete these prior to your initial session.
Your MindsetMatters Psychotherapy account is located in the Client Portal, where you can find upcoming appointments, payment receipts, and payment information.
Prior to each appointment, you will be sent email and/or text reminders from MindsetMatters Psychotherapy (via Jane app), which can be customized by you, so that you do not miss appointments.
An email will be sent from MindsetMatters Psychotherapy (via Jane app) with a link to click for your online session.
If your session is in-person, please arrive at the time of your appointment (and not earlier), as there is no waiting room at the location.
I Am Here For You
Should you have any questions, concerns, technology issues, etc., prior to your session, please reach out to me.
Thank you! I look forward to connecting with you.