Specializations: individual, self esteem, life transitions, women’s issues and empowerment.
From the time that I was a young child I was always interested in the why of things. Whenever I encountered an issue and was told that, “things could be worse” or, that there were others worse off than me, I was never satisfied and always remember thinking that there must be a better or different way of handling things. In my life, I have encountered many challenging times and tried to handle things the best I could. However it wasn’t until I was introduced to therapy and did my own work that I was able to find the reasons behind why I repeated certain patterns and was able to work through and correct them. As I result, I was so inspired by this work that I decided to let others in on my little secret. Today I am fortunate enough to do the work I do and am passionate about helping others to make changes in their life. After all, we are all more alike than different and our need to be heard and valued is universal. I feel fortunate to bear witness to my clients’ stories and am dedicated to assisting them in achieving their goals. If there is one message I like to give my clients, it is to normalize their experience. I often use the analogy that life is like a heartbeat, with many ups and downs, which reminds us that we are alive. Therefore, I look forward to being there for my clients on their journey and in helping them to see that they are truly the experts in their lives. Sometimes all that is needed is a little perspective and a whole lot of listening.
Gabriella is a former high school teacher with a B.A. in English and French studies from McMaster University, and a B.Ed. with Intermediate-Senior designation from The University of Western Ontario. She also has a certificate in coaching from the Canadian Coaching Federation (CCF) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Registered Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals (OACCPP). She completed her Masters in Counseling and Psychology from Yorkville University and specializes in women’s issues.