Amanda Rocheleau, MSW, RSW
Counselling & Consulting

14 Bayswater Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario   K1Y 2E4

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I strive to provide compassionate and personalized care to each of my clients who may want to address issues such as:

 

  • Compassion Fatigue

  • Burnout

  • Caregiver Burden

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Emotion Dysregulation

  • Work Place Issues

  • Work-Life Balance 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety 

  • Traumatic Incidents

  • Stress Management

  • Self-Care Guilt

  • Resiliency Skills

  • Addiction Issues

  • Self-Critiscicm

  • Self-Sabotage

  • Anger Issues

  • Co-Dependency

My professional style is relaxed and down-to-earth. I have a deep respect for the integrative nature of well-being so I work with my clients to facilitate the kind of change that can be felt holistically. I work collaboratively with clients to develop realistic goals that fit their life while focusing on creating profound shifts through awareness, self-compassion and integration on their journey of self-discovery.

I use several different therapeutic modalities including Traumatic Incident Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, yet, at the root of my practice is a heart-centered approach. I believe that there is wisdom in our own personal experiences and I want to assist my clients in fostering personal insight in order to understand and honour their own personal needs. 

Caregiving takes many forms. Some people are providing unpaid care, like parenting children, taking care of aging parents or looking after a loved one with a health issue. Other caregivers are paid professionals like teachers, healthcare providers, therapists or first responders. Regardless of what kind of caregiver you are, it can be a very challenging role and can even lead to conditions such as burnout or compassion fatigue. 

I specialize in treating conditions related to prolonged stress exposure in a realistic and meaningful way. Telling a caregiver to just take some time to pamper themselves is just simply not helpful. Instead, I help caregivers find creative ways to alter their environments, attitudes and ways of coping with stress in order to transform their ongoing experiences as a care provider. 

Recovery from substance use disorder is a journey and requires ongoing support. Using a holistic (bio-psycho-social) model, I help individuals understand their needs in recovery, take accountability for them and start living their lives in a way that honours their own well-being. By understanding the roots of one's addiction, the healing can not only be meaningful but also lasting. As the ongoing self-discovery process continues, we can also couple that with practical strategies for relapse prevention, stress management and relationship building.

I am also certified in Ontario to conduct the GAINS-Q3 MI ON (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs) addiction and mental health assessment. This assessment is required from the Ontario Ministry of Health to access provincially funded addiction treatment programs.

Trauma can simply be defined as an experience that has not been fully psychologically and emotionally processed. Trauma is subjective and can impact people differently.

 

By using a systematic approach called Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), I help my clients fully examine specific traumatic memories or challenging aspects of their lives (such as unwanted and persistent feelings, emotions, pains,  sensations, and/or attitudes) in order to experience emotional unburdening and cognitive restructuring. 

TIR techniques provide a safe space and the means to fully examine that which has been blocked and in the process, clients feel their attention become un-stuck from it and often have an insight or realization. 

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* Counselling services are not covered by OHIP. However, certain health insurance plans may provide some coverage for counselling provided by social workers. Please contact your provider for details about mental health coverage.

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