Individual, couple and family counselling, to address stress management, anxiety and depression, conflict, relationship breakdown, life transitions and support for caregivers. Models used include Cognitive Behavioural and Narrative Therapies, Solution Focussed Therapy.
Play-based therapy for children addressing anxiety, depression, and adjustment to separation/divorce. Effective strategies are provided for those dealing with chronic pain. I can direct people to find solutions via useful resources online or in the community.
I often work with people who’s underlying issues are related to anxiety, low self-worth, addiction, and depression. These experiences often can be the result of major life changes, trauma, grief, relationship issues, work stress, or a myriad of other stressors.
I draw from therapeutic tools such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR (for trauma), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and DBT (for overwhelming emotions), as well as the simple tool of listening and working together to unravel the complexity that is each individual’s life story.
With 19 years of post Master of Social Work (MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998) experience, Connie brings a well informed perspective to clinical practice. She offers a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing that is evidence based, creative and spiritual.
Experienced in working with women, children, men, couples, families and agencies, Connie has a certificate from U of T in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy as well as training in CBT, concurrent disorders, mindfulness/meditation, solution focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, emotion focused interventions, narrative therapy, experiential therapies and addiction treatment. Connie is also an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine teaching Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences.
Dr. Gilleta provides both brief therapy and long-term depth psychotherapy, integrating evidenced-based techniques in a sensitive manner that fits with where clients are in the change process. Her primary therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic. Dr. Gilleta works with adult clients on an individual basis.
I have particular skill to work with multihome and blended families. I am trained in Family Mediation related to separation/divorce, parenting plans, custody/access, estrangement, and family reconciliation. I conduct professional assessments and make recommendations for custody/access, as well as children’s views. Assessments are thorough and professional.
Conveniently located near downtown Guelph. Free parking. Daytime and evening appointments.
I have a B.Ed. degree from McGill University, and an M.Ed., Counselling degree from the University of New Brunswick. I am currently a practising Canadian certified counselling therapist in Hampton as well as a counsellor and teacher at a French school in Saint John, NB.
Please verify with your health insurance company to see if counselling services are covered.
I am a registered psychologist who specializes in narrative therapy, existential/humanistic therapy, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Gottman-informed couples therapy, positive psychology techniques, conflict resolution and stress management. I create the conditions whereby the everyday lives of my clients become more pleasurable, engaging and meaningful.
My therapeutic philosophy is to “meet them where they are and take them where they are going”. I believe to “affect the quality of the day is the highest of the arts”. Together we will bridge differences, solve dilemmas and create discoveries.
Theoretical influences include Person-Centered with an emphasis on acceptance, empathy, and client empowerment as well as Family Systems involving ‘inner self psychology’, the tenets of which assert that a core component of being human is the continual striving for growth, transformation, and connection with self and others.
While not an exhaustive list, my primary client base consists of work with individuals who suffer with anxiety and panic, depression, chronic pain, marital and family, relationships, grief/loss, addictions, spirituality, life-transition, and death and dying.
I supervise several ACT therapists around the Ottawa area (central and south). In the event you wish to meet with another ACT therapist (including a woman or Francophone therapist), I would be happy to provide you with a referral.
My clients worldwide learn to manage expectations, change thinking and behaviour, live a congruent lifestyle and create a sustainable self-care plan. I address a wide range of problems including: stress & anxiety; depression; unresolved anger; forgiveness; grief; bitterness; low self-esteem; identity crisis; conflict; family issues; marriage conflicts; crisis intervention.