Olivia Armstrong – Intern Counsellor
Olivia will be taking on new clients starting in September 2023
Making the decision to seek counselling support is one of the most courageous steps you will ever take. I applaud you for making it this far.
I am honoured and humbled by the privilege of bearing witness to the vulnerability that leads to personal transformation within therapy. I strive to create an emotionally safe and attuned environment where you can regain your sense of value, autonomy, safety and respect.
Using a client-centered approach approach, my goal is to empower you to become your own therapist. Through embodied interventions, you will be guided to understand how to harness the power of your own neuroplasticity; The rewiring of old patterns in our brains to create new, more adaptive patterns. I also employ emotionally-focused therapies to examine how adverse childhood experiences and attachment relationships can create maladaptive patterns in how you relate to others and your environment. I am passionate about centring your agency at the forefront of treatment, and walking alongside you towards freeing yourself from the emotions and traumas that no longer serve you.
My approach is informed by the belief that individual challenges can be a reflection of our society’s failure to meet people’s needs. I strive to understand and validate your unique lived experience on any dimension of privilege and oppression. I am dedicated to approaching counselling with cultural humility and a queer affirming lens.
Education & Experience
I am a Master’s of Counselling student at Yorkville University, with a particular interest in helping people create deep and fulfilling personal growth that goes beyond symptom management, by exploring the root causes of emotions and symptoms. I hope to provide clients with the tools to reconnect with their authentic selves and create more meaningful lives.
I believe that every individual has innate resources to overcome traumas that we all inevitably encounter throughout our lives, and that it is a birthright to experience such freedom. Since healing, like its precursor, harm, happens through connection, I believe strongly in the restorative capacities of the therapeutic relationship. .