Reduced-Cost & Sliding-Scale Options:
Oftentimes, people who struggle against the barriers of trauma, racism, sexism, ableism, poverty, and other forms of oppression struggle afford to pay for a private therapist. As a person who experiences various forms of privilege, it is an important goal of mine to provide service to people facing these barriers. If you are needing support and finances are a barrier, please still reach out. I offer sliding-scale options, low-cost counselling referrals, and clinically valid self-help resources.
Low-Cost Counselling with Marina Vaysman:
Beginning October 2022, I am pleased to announce a low-cost option for clients through my partnership with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology student, Marina Vaysman. Marina is currently in the last stretch of her Master’s Degree (completing her practicum) and has completed all of her coursework. More importantly, Marina has worked in the field of mental health for over a decade. Marina and I share a lot of values when it comes to therapy and, in many ways, have similar counselling styles. I will be personally supervising and overseeing her work with each client that is referred to her through my practice in order to ensure high quality care.
Marina will be offering individual counselling at a reduced rate of $50 (+GST).
Please read her bio below to learn more about her and determine whether this may be a good option for you:
“My name is Marina (she/her) and I am passionate about empowering people to become their most authentic selves as well as to find their unique place in this world. I believe each individual has unique traits and abilities and through uncovering these, we can each contribute positively to our communities and build meaning into our lives.
I am currently in my final months of a M.A. in Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University. I also hold a diploma in Social Service Work as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Douglas College. In addition to this education, I have over a decade of experience working and volunteering in the mental health field. In my career, I have held positions as a dual diagnosis support worker, a mental health advocate on the DTES, a harm reduction facilitator, a behaviour interventionist with children on the Autism spectrum, a crisis line call taker, and a youth support worker. It is an honour to add “counsellor-in-training” to this list.
I believe that real change occurs when a client is able to tap into their true values. I also believe that people can feel free to explore and change in the context of a secure relationship, thus I strive to create an environment where my clients feel respected, safe and accepted. My desire to prioritize a strong bond and a good working relationship with each client is supported by the Person-Centered Approach that I utilize.
While I am still exploring various counselling modalities, I tend to borrow techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness-based therapies. Most importantly, my work is guided by research as well as feminist and anti-oppression values. I have experience working with a variety of populations and issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, immigration, 2SLGBTQ+, polyamory, neurodiversity, and communication styles.”
To book your session with Marina, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org