Testimonials

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR Helped Me Get Over My Divorce

I was going through a separation and divorce and thought that I would be able to handle things on my own. However, I was having an extremely difficult time and was having trouble just coping with day-to-day life. I had never heard of EMDR Therapy before seeing Gina, so I wasn't sure how it would help.  After the first session with EMDR I noticed an improvement. I had a few more therapy sessions and I can't believe how much it helped me. With Gina's help and the EMDR treatment my life has undergone an incredible change for the better. I don't know where I would have been without it.

EMDR Provides Relief for Migraine Headaches

I had suffered from migraines for years. My kids and I had learned to live with it. I could not call-in sick to work every time I had one because they would last from 5 days to over a week. I thought this was going to be a fact of life for me. I went to see Gina for counselling for another issue & the migraines came up in our conversation. She suggested using EMDR therapy, I did not want to waste my time on the migraine issue because I did not believe it was emotional - it was physical. My doctor had explained it to me! But we tried it, and after two sessions the frequency went down to two or three days every three or four weeks!  And the intensity of the pain is also less. I could not believe it!

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Anxiety / Trauma

From Self-Hate to Self-Love

I started seeing Gina a year ago. I was struggling with past traumas that were leaving me emotionally drained. The shame, anxiety and self hate that I felt was overwhelming and crippling. It was torturous to be questioning everything I did and automatically blaming myself for the result of my interactions with people. My life was made up of shame and responsibility that left me with very little energy for myself.

Along with this was a nagging feeling that this life was not me, but I was losing the fight and realized that I needed some help if I was going to live the life that I wanted.

In counselling with Gina, I learned to look at my past experiences with the eyes of an innocent child that had no support and no compassion in her life. Therapy assisted me in breaking down the walls of self-hate that I had built up and in creating assertive and flexible boundaries. The self-confidence I gained was often surprising. 

In many instances my reactions were natural responses to situations that before would have brought about shame and unrealistic responsibilities. EMDR assisted me in getting to the pain that I was carrying and in building positive feelings about myself. In addition, the exercises that I was asked to do were beneficial in showing me how irrational my thinking, my behavior and feelings about myself were.

From Skepticism to Results

I came to see Gina for therapy as I was experiencing anxiety and fear due to my past experiences with trauma. I had reached a point with my own healing where I could not process nor understand why I had made some choices in my life and it was beginning to overwhelm me. Of the few attempts I had made in accessing counselling previously, I often left the sessions feeling more alone and misunderstood. 

I was not only skeptical of trying therapy again but my fear and anxiety were paramount given the pain I had experienced. I felt safe during my counselling sessions with Gina. I also felt non-judgment, clarity, and the ability to understand my pain in a way I never had before. Gina specifically used EMDR therapy, walked me through breathing exercises, and supported me in having more insight into my issues. I will definitely access her counselling services again.

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From Feeling Worthless to Self-Confident

I have benefited greatly from the counselling services Gina provided. When I first went to see her, I felt that my life was not worth anything. I had been in an abusive relationship which left me feeling so belittled that I could not ever think of discussing my situation with anyone. I could not sleep or eat, and only negative thoughts came to my head.

Going to Gina for therapy gave me back a new person that I never knew existed. She gave me confidence to walk with my head up and to move on. My self esteem has improved significantly. Talking to Gina gave me so much courage and motivation.

Gina not only talked about my problems, but throughout therapy sessions she gave me hope and a reason to live the life I want. She also taught me so say “NO” when I feel that things are not right, something that I had never done. I love Gina and she is a great therapist....!!!!!

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A Relationship Crisis Leads Client to Re-Discover Herself

A few days after I had a frightening crisis of faith in my relationship and tried to run away from home, I called our employee care line and was referred to Gina for counselling. Panicking, and stricken with guilt and fear about my attempt to break up my marriage, I was on the verge of losing hope. I asked for help, and from Gina's counselling I received specific, measurable actions and behaviours that I could begin immediately. They helped me to calm down, think clearly, assert my needs, find my voice, and regain my path. I can't thank Gina enough for being the stable influence I needed to find a way back to a better sense of myself.

Turmoil at the Ending of a Relationship Leads to the Fulfillment of a Dream

I contacted Gina to help me with the emotional turmoil I was in after recently separating from my husband. She helped me to see the baggage that I was carrying, and showed me how to let go of it so that I felt lighter and freer. I found Gina to be very practical and down-to-earth during our therapy sessions. I found my self esteem benefited greatly from the counselling. Gina had a very helpful way of giving practical analogies for the situations I would describe so I could see my situation in a new, clearer perspective. I dreamt of spending a year traveling but never before had the courage or self-worth to believe I could really go…and with Gina’s help I was able to make that dream a reality.

I have found Gina to be a great counsellor who is helping me find the strength and skills to clear up some past issues, the ability to deal with my present dilemmas, and the confidence to be better prepared for what lies ahead.