It is personally important to me to treat everyone I support with integrity, respect, and compassion. Working collaboratively together and taking the time to establish a sense of safety and trust are key steps to creating a solid foundation for meaningful and productive change. It can be difficult to discuss your concerns and it is important to honour this simple fact. My approach is welcoming and invitational: to explore what you want to explore while also suggesting skills, ideas, and an air of curiosity to bring about the changes you are seeking.
I hold a master's degree in social work and am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I am also registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) as a telepractice practitioner. I have ten years of experience working in the social services field, including sexual and gender-based violence, complex trauma, mental health, addictions, and support for refugee and newcomer populations. I have continued many trainings post-degree in various forms of counselling approaches.
In my time away from work, I seek out the simple pleasures in life - a walk or bike ride through the park, trying out a new cross stitch pattern, or checking out the local thrift stores for a great deal. Originally from the prairie provinces, I have considered Ontario home for the last decade, even while living two years abroad in Europe. I am currently settled in Kingston, Ontario where in-person appointments are available. Virtual appointments are open to anyone residing in Ontario or Nova Scotia.
If you have any questions before starting out, I am more than happy to discuss them with you.
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Kaitlin Lindquist Counselling is an inclusive practice. I work from an intersectional, anti-oppressive, social justice framework and welcome folks from all backgrounds and communities. I strive to make my practice an allied space, including all body shapes and abilities, 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and the Global Majority, a term used to acknowledge the majority population in the world who have felt the most harm and pressure under colonization. I use the pronouns she/her/hers.
I work with individuals, age 16+
Although not an exhaustive list, I specialize in assisting individuals struggling with recent or past trauma, sexual violence, caregiver support, vicarious trauma, anxiety, depression, burn out, relationships, grief, and general emotional and mental health.
No matter the reason for pursuing counselling, in the end it is a journey of curiosity, self-exploration, and healing. It is always an honour to support another on that journey.
I do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to counselling. I am a Somatic Experiencing™ practitioner (SEP), which means I have received extensive training to support healing by working with the body's nervous system. I have additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Theory, parts/IFS work, self-compassion approaches, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and various other therapeutic approaches.