My name is Saunia Palmer-Nelson and I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I hold a Master of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and completed my undergrad studies at the University of Waterloo.
My passion for supporting others through therapy was ignited while volunteering at Kitchener Waterloo Counseling Services. Prior to that experience, I supported others by mentoring at Every Mind (Formerly known as Peel Children’s Center), taught piano for 9 years with the Ontario Conservatory of Music and volunteered with Youth and Young adults at the Assemblies of the First Born (AFB) Church in Canada.
I provide services through a trauma-informed client-centred, strength-based approach. I aim to enhance the social development and emotional growth of clients in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental, and respectful manner. I never assume I know you more than you know yourself, and I see it as a privilege to support you through any stage of life we meet.
I enjoy music, travelling, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I am a Christian and take joy in the many supports my community church has to offer. I do not discriminate against others of different faiths or beliefs. I share this part of me, with hope that you will not be afraid to ask any further questions, in a future consultation.
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What Is Counselling?
Counselling is a way of helping people solve their present emotional, personal or interpersonal problems. This is achieved through the intentional use of relationship to facilitate improved self- awareness, coping strategies, mood, personal relationships, emotional regulation, and the optimal development of personal resources. Counselling allows you to be listened to without being judged while also being in an environment that is safe, supportive, trusting and accepting.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life (as defined by the CRPO).
How To Get Started
Refining Therapy Services provides 15 minute free consultations via phone.
After our consultation, if you feel I’m a good fit for you and/or your family we’ll book your session(s). However, If you aren’t sure and don’t think I am the best fit to support you, I will do my best to refer you to other therapists, services and/or agencies. I truly desire for you to get help, whether its with me or not.
Therapeutic methods used at RTS
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psycho-therapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, behaviours, and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic process. It is backed by clinical research that has shown it to be one of the most effective treatments.
GTA Mental Health Resources
Toronto Distress Centres: (416) 408-4357 or 408-HELP.
Gerstein Centre: (416) 929-5200.
Spectra Helpline: 416 920-0497 or 905 459-7777 for Brampton and Mississauga residents.
TTY: 905 278-4890; Languages: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese.
Assaulted Women's Helpline: 416 863-0511; Toll-free: 1 866 863-0511.
Kids Help Phone: 1 800 668-6868; Languages: English and French.
Community Crisis Line Scarborough and Rouge Hospital: 416 495-2891 for 24/7
telephone crisis support.
Service borders: south to the lake, north to Steeles Avenue, east to Port Union Road,
and west to Victoria Park.
Durham Crisis and Mental Health Line: 905 666-0483.
Oakville Distress Centre: 905 849-4541 for residents of Halton Region (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville).