The decision to entrust your life story to a stranger is a difficult decision, it is my goal as a counsellor to acknowledge the courage that decision takes and honour your story. Many of us come to points in our lives when an outside voice can help us navigate rough spots in our life’s journey. As a counsellor I work with people to help them over and through those rough spots helping them tap into strengths and skills they have and building on them. I approach my counselling using elements of brief therapy, solution-focused and narrative therapy. In working with children I often use a play-based approach to engage them in the process.
Our life stories are impacted by how healthy we are physically, psychologically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. As a counsellor I am open to addressing your needs in each of these areas with the ultimate goal of assisting you to grow in self-awareness and develop healthy relationships.
My passion is to help children and adolescents along with their families to work through the rough spots and to make their life journey a positive and growing experience. I firmly believe all children need the opportunity to maximize their potential and this is my goal in working with children and their families.
I have experience working with children and adolescents and their families who are dealing with: anxiety, depression, anger management issues, bullying, grief and loss, separation and divorce, social skills deficits, conflict with parents/caregivers and self-harming behaviour.
What experience do I have? I have been working as a social worker for the past 35 years graduating with a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Manitoba in 1978 and completing my Masters of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2012. I have been a member of the Manitoba Institute of Registered Social Workers for 13 years. I worked for Child and Family Services of Central Manitoba in various capacities for 20+ years and just completed 13 years as the Social Work Clinician for Pine Creek School Division. My entire working life has been focused on working with children and their families.
Who am I? I live in rural Manitoba on a farm where my husband and I raise cattle. I am the mother of 3 adult children and grandmother of one (so far). I am active in community working on our local Healthy Community Committee, volunteering at our local youth drop-in, teaching Sunday School and working with seniors.
Patti works in Portage la Prairie and offers sessions during the day and evening.