Lea Ivanitz

Intern Counsellor, Play Therapist

About Lea

During times of stress and uncertainty, reaching out for help can feel difficult, but vulnerability is the catalyst to growth and sometimes we need a helping hand during life’s inevitable challenges. As someone who has navigated many life complexities and experienced the benefits of professional mental health care, I know how powerful this work can be. Creating a safe space for judgement-free exploration to work through your past and present struggles is very important to me as well as working collaboratively to reach your goals.

While teaching high school for twenty years, I developed my passion for empowering youth in discovering their unique abilities, individual worth, and potential. My experiences as a teacher and mother of two have provided me with many skills and insights that I feel will complement my abilities as a counsellor.

There is no “one size fits all” in therapy, so I use a holistic, culturally sensitive, multi-lens approach that includes a variety of techniques and strategies to help understand and work through your specific concerns. With over 400 hours of yoga teacher training, I also bring an understanding of the mind-body connection along with the power of movement, breath, and meditation to my counselling practice.

Overall, my goal as a counsellor is to help others pave a path towards their best life.

For individual or couples, I can provide support with:

  • Self-esteem, confidence, and personal development
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career exploration with youth
  • Parenting
  • Life transitions
  • Burnout
  • Helping parents and children with strategies to deal with ADHD and ADD
  • Assertiveness / Boundaries
  • Trauma and Post-traumatic stress
  • Communication building
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Grief and loss
  • Career planning
  • Access to assessments and diagnosis
  • Referral to local psychologists for assessments and testing
  • Referral to local behavioural consultants and creating a behavioural intervention team
  • Mediation with school districts and IEP planning

Types of therapies and techniques I offer include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Mindfulness and breathing techniques

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