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Develop insight into your experiences and begin healing

**Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, I am currently only offering virtual sessions**

 

Trauma-Informed Therapy

Sometimes we have experiences in life that entirely overwhelm our ability to cope, that leave us feeling powerless, dejected and alone. It can be frustrating, isolating and even unsafe trying to work through these experiences on your own. If you are struggling to understand and cope with the trauma you’ve lived through, I can help.

I provide a safe and warm environment to support you to uncover and address the symptoms of your trauma, such as emotional distress, intrusive memories or flashbacks, harmful behaviours and unhealthy relationship patterns. I will help you to establish safety and stabilization in your body, environment and emotions and, in time, come to terms with your experience. 


I take an empathetic, person-centred and non-judgmental approach and I hope to help you find peace and resolution.

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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Psycho-Education and Counselling

Violence and abuse in intimate relationships (also referred to as domestic violence), although very common, is seldom talked about until it is too late. IPV is not always physical and can take the form of aggressive behaviour or directed expressions of anger, among other ways. Use of violence and abuse towards others is often learned and reinforced in early age as a reflex strategy, at times feeling uncontrollable when an outburst occurs in the present. I believe it is of utmost importance to recognize the personal responsibility in this behaviour and to acknowledge that help is needed. 

Psycho-education and counselling on IPV as related to an individual's own experience can aid in development of insight, accountability and behavioural change. Psycho-educational topics that I examine in session include the different forms of abuse as related to power and control, power dynamics in intimate relationships, gender socialization and strategies for nonviolent behaviour. 

We are all capable of change and I hope to support you in making meaningful growth. 

 

©2020 by Alicia Lue Philippe, MSW, RSW.

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