Alison Powell Pereira

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Alison Powell Pereira

Alison Powell Pereira


Offices: Burlington

Focus: Individual, Young Adults, Teenagers, Family Therapy, Couples, Grief, Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Sexual Assault, Trauma and Abuse.

Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” Brené Brown, Author, The Gifts of Imperfection.

My goal as a psychotherapist is to create a relationship with my clients based on mutual honesty and respect, while also bearing the compassion and sensitivity that are fundamental to healing. I will strive to ensure you feel supported and heard, help you learn new coping skills, and begin letting go of behaviors that aren’t serving you in a positive fashion.

I have a passion working with young adults and parents. Teens see me as a confidant and mentor not as an authoritative adult. I still speak 18-year-old fluently living with two teens in my household. I’ve spent the last 20 years working with adolescents and creating a safe space where they can contemplate their thoughts, feelings and actions out loud, with no judgement or being told what to do. I support and help them in their efforts to change and grow towards their strengths and dreams. I also bring a unique background with over 15 years of professional experience, counselling adolescents in various settings including young adults at the high-school and university levels.

As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, CBT focuses on the way people think (“cognitive”) and act (“behavioural”). The concept behind CBT is that our thoughts about a situation affect how we feel (emotionally and physically) and how we behave in that situation. I treat a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, adjustment problems and life transitions, stress management, family conflict, and communication difficulties. I am well versed in several counseling techniques including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Transdiagnostic Behaviour Therapy (TBT). I am a Graduate Student at McMaster University, in the Cognitive Behavioural Sciences Program.

I am very passionate for improving the lives of others within my own community, where I have worked and volunteered with women’s shelters, teen parents, abused children, suicide prevention and families in crisis for the past 20 years. I take great pride in calling myself a Clinical Counselor and wholeheartedly love the work I do. Whatever is holding you back, now is the time to move beyond that limitation. You have the power to change your life, you just need to know how.

Education:
Alison Powell Pereira, Masters in Counselling (Candidate), Cognitive Behavioral Sciences Program, McMaster University; CBT, BA, Honors in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

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