Shannon Freud, Counsellor, MSW, RSW
My counselling approach is client-centred. I have been working as a child and youth counsellor for over 15 years, with a diverse population. I have also worked with various families, to help them identify goals that help them feel like a family again. I work with all ages. Many of these clients have struggled with mental health challenges – some diagnosed, others not. A common issue has been how the families cope with their children’s issues. As a result, I hope to reach those family members… help them find their way as they support their loved ones.
You might notice that my website is focused on parenting… that is my main market. I chose this as a focus, because I searched for resources for parents and caregivers, and found that there was a gap in information and resources for them. I love working with a variety of people, and am open to talking to anyone who feels comfortable opening up to me. Ultimately, counselling is about the relationship we develop – regardless of what led you to get in touch. We can use that relationship to work through your concerns.
With a Masters of Social Work degree, registration with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and membership with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (the two regulating bodies for the social work profession), I practice professionally, with knowledge, accountability and experience. Some areas of expertise and research have been immigrant youth and self harming behaviours, addictions, and the connection between attachment theory and mindfulness. I also have experience working with people with mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety, mood and thought disorders, psychosis and addictions.
My therapeutic approach is casual; I aim to develop a strong relationship with my clients, as that is key for people to open up. And in doing so, I can help you to sort through your thoughts, feelings, and experiences… all the while helping you to explore helpful ways to cope. I want to gain your trust, and understand that there are times when it may not feel safe to open up. Let’s explore this… how it feels to be in this space of uncertainty – wanting the help, and not sure you want to get it out, or how to get it out.
Why I created this website
While parents know their children best, they often do not know how to help them cope. This can further complicate and exacerbate the child’s issues. Parents can be one source of support for their children; as a counsellor and therapist, I aim help my clients develop the resources they need to be there for their kids. Healthy and supportive families create emotionally resilient and well-adjusted children.
You can also check out my profile on Psychology Today
Here’s my profile on First Session (includes a video of me!) https://www.firstsession.co/therapists/shannon-freud
And links to a couple of articles that were written about me: https://www.therecord.com/news-story/2619682-kids-help-phone-offers-an-outlet-for-problems-big-and-small-counsellor-says/