Attachment-based Therapists in Waterloo, ON

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Yoke Kennedy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
My specialized training include CBT, grief/dying/bereavement, EMDR, PTSD, adjustment disorder, attachment-based parenting, infidelity, betrayal trauma and Gottman Couple Therapy.
Life is full of challenges. We don't always have a choice what challenges we face. But we can choose how we view or overcome these challenges. I believe that we each have our own reserve of resilience waiting to be tapped into. Most of the time we have the strength to face these challenges. Sometimes we reach out to our friends and family for support and that is all we need. At other times, these challenges can overwhelm us and our system of support. We feel alone and helpless. When you are ready for change, let me support you in embracing your challenges and turn them into opportunities to learn something new about yourself.
(833) 600-0631
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Waterloo, ON N2L
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Bloom Child & Family Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MA, PhD
Verified
Verified
Our evidence-based treatments are tailored to meet the needs of children, teens and families and include CBPT, EMDR, play therapy, expressive arts therapies (music, art, dance/movement, writing), animal-assisted therapy, sport social work, narrative therapy, attachment-based family therapies among others.
Bloom Child & Family Therapy supports children and their families using creative approaches and evidenced-based practices. At Bloom we strive to provide accessible, quality mental health care for children, adolescents and their families. Bloom therapists are ultra-creative! Play, expressive arts and animal-assisted therapies allow Bloom to make their services accessible to all children and their families. Whether you are coming for family therapy or your child is attending therapy, we believe that family and/or primary caregivers are key to children’s healing and growing. We are looking to build strong and healthy families.
(226) 799-4869
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Waterloo, ON N2J
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Anna Liargovas
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP, RMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I am passionate about emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. I believe in treating the whole person (mind, body and spirit) who is connected to bigger systems of family, friends, community and society. I provide therapy to individual, couples and families experiencing challenging circumstances, and who are looking for a supportive place for positive change and growth. I have experience working with people who present with such concerns as: * Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem * Loss, Grief * PTSD, Childhood trauma/Abuse * Couple and relationship counselling * Parenting & Blended family issues
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Waterloo, ON N2T
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Christina Kahlou
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a previous Midwife, I approach our work with an attachment-based lens.
I believe we all dream to live lives of more and lives of less. More: happiness, peace, joy, health, achieving meaningful goals, and joy in relationships. The opposite is also true, we seek lives with less. Less: stress, illness, negativity, pain, bad relationship habits, trauma, anger, and disconnection. Are you one of millions of 1st generation Canadians trapped between 2 worlds? Is it time to create your own life? Do you experience Anxiety, depression, maternal loss/fertility struggles, growing up "fine but feeling empty", or loveless parenting--all of which can hold you back or instill panic. Small steps can feel overwhelming.
(226) 702-4811
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Waterloo, ON N2J
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Nick Cardases
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, MA, RP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
There are valid reasons behind your behaviour and emotions. We function best in an environment where we feel safe, loved and valued and can develop healthy relationships and a positive sense of self. We can then better explore life from a position of mental and emotional well-being. Perhaps this has not been your experience. Trauma and distress can affect your feelings and behaviour. The hurt may have left you feeling unsafe, devalued and negative towards yourself. You may struggle with poor coping options that have caused harm and suffering to yourself and those around you. You might be finding it difficult to navigate life.
(844) 260-9827
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Waterloo, ON N2L
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Sara Murphy
Registered Psychotherapist, MC, CCC
Verified
10 Endorsed
Verified
10 Endorsed
My therapeutic technique also incorporates Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based, ego state, neurobiological, and attachment-based therapies.
In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Bréné Brown says that “owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do”. It is my privilege as a Psychotherapist to provide space and support as individuals dive into the stories of their lives and do the hard work of healing. Certified in EMDR, and other types of evidence-based trauma therapies, I’m grateful to be able to provide an opportunity for individuals to release the emotional, mental, and physical blocks caused by trauma and other difficult life circumstances.
(519) 500-6722
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Waterloo, ON N2K
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Kerris Oates-del Rosario
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
Verified
My empathic, supportive approach is combined with both symptom-focused and deeper interventions (including those of a psychodynamic and attachment-based nature) and is uniquely tailored to best benefit each client's needs and goals.
I have a passion for helping people attain optimal mental health, thru improved coping with life stressors/experiences and also personal healing/growth. Basically, I want to help you (or your child) thrive! I have extensive training and experience with a broad range of issues and treatment modalities. I am certified with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical & Counselling Psychology (both assessment & treatment) for Adults, Couples, Adolescents and Children. My approach is tailored for each unique client and also allows for the integration of spiritual issues into therapy when appropriate and desired.
(289) 302-8253
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Waterloo, ON N2J
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Willow Grove Counselling Centre For Transformation
Registered Social Worker, BA Hons, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. For some, therapy provides tools to navigate concerns like depression or anxiety while for others it offers a forum in which to explore and strengthen interpersonal relationships. You don’t need to be in a debilitating crisis to get support. Whatever your reason for reaching out you are deserving of support and I look forward to meeting you to discuss your unique needs. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you feel safe.
(548) 483-5552
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Tess Klaver
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Verified
I work from an attachment-based trauma treatment perspective that focuses on the mind-body connection.
I enjoy working with women, trans and non-binary people who have had long-term mental health struggles and a history of trauma. The people I see are often struggling with understanding the impact of childhood wounds, stressful relationships involving difficulty with intimacy or autonomy, coping with the after-effects of sexual violence and/or feeling stuck in emotions such as shame and loneliness. These people may be trying to reconcile their values and desired way of being in the world with intense reactions that seem to come out of the blue. I also do work regarding gender, sexuality and neurodiversity.
(548) 483-6601
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Waterloo, ON N2J
Not accepting new clients
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Jeweley Smith
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RPQ
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Along with these different modalities, I work from an attachment-based and trauma informed lens.
It is part of the human experience to have ups and downs in life. My passion for being a therapist is holding space for those struggling or navigating through life’s difficulties. As a client centered therapist, it is my goal to provide clients a warm, safe and accepting environment where you can feel comfortable to share your story. Each individual person is unique, and it is important to me to understand all of the aspects of a persons life that make them who they are. Together we will collaboratively develop goals that would be meaningful to you that are realistic, achievable and bring you closer to the life you want to live.
(548) 485-5827
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Katrina McGeorge
Registered Psychotherapist, BAH, MEd
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
*Accepting New Clients * Psychotherapy offers a unique opportunity to engage in self and interpersonal exploration and to make meaningful connections in our lives. It is a place where together, we can navigate life’s many challenges and work to develop strength and resilience. I hope to offer a safe and supportive space in which to process, heal, and grow, and work to bring insight, awareness, and self-compassion into the therapy space. Therapy can be a space to discuss any topic, and focuses on accessing and creating resources, exploring emotions, understanding thoughts and behaviours, and aims to support overall growth.
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Waterloo, ON N2L
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Waitlist for new clients
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Tania Rivers
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified
Verified
Are you in need of more insight into your personal or relational struggles? Maybe you feel like you're stuck in a loop of destructive behaviors, and don't know how to get out. Maybe you notice distance or tension in your relationship, and need to make sense of it all, and become connected again. Maybe you are ready to unpack and process unresolved trauma, and need the support of a professional in a safe and trusting environment.
(548) 900-5653
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Waterloo, ON N2L
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Waitlist for new clients
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Dawn Brannigan Craig
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
I am a clinical social worker providing individual, couple and family counselling for a wide array of concerns. The foundation of my practice is client-centred and relational. I firmly believe that for therapy to be most effective, a relationship must be established between the client and counsellor. I have 18 years of experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, parenting skills, aging, and health concerns
(226) 271-1206
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Waterloo, ON N2L
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Sarah MacDonald
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
What if you could live a life without such intense emotional pain? To the outside world, you seem to be functioning well. Maybe you put on a smile and go through the motions to get through everyday life, but your inner world tells a different story. Each day may feel like a struggle because low mood or memories from the past seem to be a dark cloud that follows you everywhere you go. With specialties in trauma and PTSD, depression, and addiction, I understand that behaviours are often a way of coping with intense pain. My goal is to help you feel like you can cope with life again.
(548) 489-1151
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Waterloo, ON N2V
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By Peaceful Waters
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, 422601
Verified
Verified
Life is difficult. Complex circumstances hit us all, often resulting in a diminished ability for us to live life to its fullest. Unresolved emotional pain and trauma can give rise to depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, and abuse of self and others. By Peaceful Waters therapists combine our professional training and our Christian faith to bring healing and restoration to spiritual, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and relational hurts. We offer a safe, non-judgmental and empathetic environment, nourishing hope and healing, in which the whole person is valued, affirmed and empowered, not just to survive but to thrive.
(226) 910-0979
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Waterloo, ON N2V
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Katherine Sage
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, MTh, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a certified emotionally-focused therapist, my goal is to help you find the strength to meet even the most difficult challenges in your life. In addition to my advanced training in emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), I have a strong foundation in mindfulness-based practices and the science behind our emotional reactions, including the impact of trauma. I believe this approach can offer deep emotional healing and practical skills for leading a calmer, kinder and more purposeful life. With patience and commitment, we can work towards healing relationships, anxieties, depression and major life changes. Free 15-minute consultations.
(249) 500-4913
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Waterloo, ON N2K
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Paula Ferreira
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW
Verified
Verified
‘Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.’ W. Dyer. Sometimes that’s easier said than done though, right? It may not be possible to avoid stress for the rest of our lives, but it is absolutely possible to have the strategies to work through it and the support to facilitate it. My work is centered on helping people figure out ‘life’ - managing relationships with others and self, dealing with big emotions, working through trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, all while honoring and caring for a person’s whole self.
Waterloo, ON N2K
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Michelle Miranda
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP(Q)
Verified
Verified
Congratulations on making the first step to seeking help! This can be a challenging and courageous moment, and it is my goal to help you feel supported in your therapeutic journey. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Art Therapist, and offer therapy to a wide variety of clients including youth, young adults, and adults. I specialize in several areas including, depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, and grief and loss. I believe it is important to provide a supportive and non-judgemental space where together we can explore, promote growth, and help you feel empowered throughout your journey.
(548) 483-6751
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Waterloo, ON N2J
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Bliss Counselling
Counsellor, MA, RP, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
Bliss is a specialized boutique therapy practice where you will receive the assistance you are looking for. Therapists at Bliss can help you gain clarity, self-understanding and compassion for yourself, so you can experience joy, change old patterns and discover new perspectives within yourself. We can help you reconnect to your deepest values and inner strengths to become the person you want to be. We can help you enhance your connections and find new ways of relating to yourself and others.
(844) 402-2950
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Waterloo, ON N2J
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Jennifer Helmuth
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified
Verified
When things don’t work out the way that you’ve envisioned, feelings of sadness, worry, or frustration can take over. You may often find yourself asking, “Why am I not happy?” and experience an overwhelming sense of grief in parts of your life that seem to have shifted. As you move through these changes, it’s hard for you to recognize yourself, affecting your communication and the quality of your relationships. You’re struggling to make sense of what’s happening around you and are in need of more clarity and direction.
(226) 790-3759
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Waterloo, ON N2L
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Attachment-based Counsellors

Is attachment-based therapy the same as attachment therapy?

Attachment-based therapy may be confused with what is called “attachment therapy” (sometimes called “holding therapy”), a discredited and dangerous approach to treating children with attachment disorders, autism, or other mental health concerns. Attachment therapy—not attachment-based therapy—may involve restraining a child, forcing eye contact, and other coercive or abusive techniques. None of these practices are used in attachment-based therapy and the two modalities are in no way related.

What should I expect from attachment-based therapy?

Attachment-based therapy is based on attachment theory, which posits that children’s early relationships with their caregivers strongly influence their ability to navigate the world later in life. Thus, adults who seek attachment-based therapy should expect to deeply explore their childhood, identifying the dynamics or experiences that disrupted their attachment and the steps necessary to overcome challenges that arose as a result. Parents and children should expect to explore the possible factors that disrupted the parent-child relationship and work toward restoring trust and connection.

How long does attachment-based therapy last?

Certain forms of attachment-based therapy, especially those designed for parents and children, last for a set number of sessions; for example, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up, a specific attachment-based approach for young children who have undergone early adversity, unfolds over 10 one-hour sessions. When attachment-based therapy is practiced on adults or combined with other modalities, it may not last a specific length of time; clients may wish to ask prospective therapists how long they expect treatment to take.

Does attachment-based therapy work?

Most of the research on attachment-based therapy focuses on children and adolescents. Some of this research shows a positive effect, especially for attachment-based family therapy (ABFT). Other studies, however, have found that attachment-based therapy is no more effective than other approaches to childhood depression, anxiety, or suicidality. Less is known about the therapy’s efficacy on adult populations.