It is personally important to me to treat everyone I support with the utmost 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 a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). I have more than five years experience working in the social services field, including 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, playing rec league dodgeball, or checking out the local thrift stores for a great deal. Originally from "out west," I have called Kitchener home for five years and have continued to enjoy all that living and working in this community has to offer.
If you have any questions before starting out, I am more than happy to discuss them with you.
Who I Help
Kaitlin Lindquist Counselling is an inclusive practice. I work from an anti-oppressive framework and welcome folks from all backgrounds and communities. My practice is a safe space for those in the LGBTQ+ community. I use the pronouns she/her.
I work with individuals, adults and adolescents, as well as couples.
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, addictions, and 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.
How I Help
I do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to counselling. I have additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Theory, parts work, self-compassion approaches, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have also completed the advanced stages of Somatic Experiencing™ (SE) training, which supports healing from trauma by working with the body's nervous system.