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About Us

Ina Counselling Services (ICS) believes in therapy as a way to manage and cope with our feelings and emotions effectively during challenging times. We offer treatment services for children, youth, and individuals with anxiety, depression and behavioural challenges. It is our goal to offer supportive, realistic, empowering and effective treatment services that honour individuals’ and families’ needs and values. At ICS we aim to work in collaboration with you and your family.

During some of life's hardest moments, we believe you deserve a comfortable and non-judgemental space to explore, feel, cope, and grow.

Our Services

  • Child and Youth Counselling
  • Individual Counselling
  • Parental Support and Guidance
  • Phone and Online Counselling Services

We specialize in:

Behavioural Challenges

We specialize in supporting children and youth (6-18 years old) who have challenges with anxiety, depression and disruptive behaviours at home, school and in the community. We work in partnership with children and caregivers to identify their challenging behaviour, develop a goal and establish an effective treatment plan.

Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life. However, some experience these feelings on a day-to-day basis or almost daily, making it challenging to carry on with daily activities.

Someone with anxiety may experience excessive fears and worries, agitation or a high degree of distress, perfectionism – wanting everything to be “just right” or a tendency to be excessively wary or vigilant. Different types of anxiety disorders include: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Disorder (PTSD), Separation Anxiety, Selective Mutism and Specific Phobias.

We empower individuals to practice bringing their awareness to their feelings, triggers, physical sensations in addition to identifying their experiences with anxiety by utilizing effective strategies and tools to promote confidence, resiliency and transformational healing.

Depression

Depression can manifest in various ways; it is not a one-size-fits-all experience. It can be due to a generalized or specific experience.

Depression may appear in the form of sadness or irritability, a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed, being passive and withdrawn most of the time and in any setting, feeling pessimistic and helpless, extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure, and even physical symptoms such as a decrease or increase in appetite or loss of energy.

Together we will establish an attainable goal. Working with depression often involves acknowledging, affirming and validating our feelings and thoughts. One therapeutic technique involves using tools to reframe our negative thoughts into positive thoughts.

Coping Strategies

We support individuals and families with coping strategies to manage stress, fear, worry, anxiety, depression and more. Together we will explore, identify and tailor coping strategies according to your needs.

Effectively and consistently implementing coping strategies can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Our Approach

Ina Counselling Services encompasses a holistic, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, strength-based, art-based, evidence-based and family-centred approach. We facilitate children, youth and individual counselling through a holistic therapeutic model. We incorporate different approaches including trauma-informed framework, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), attachment theory, solution-focused approach and mindfulness in our practice. We promote a safe, non-judgemental, client-centered and therapeutic environment for all individuals.

Dorothy
During-Gibbs

Founder, Clinical Social Worker and Therapist
CYW, BSW, MSW & RSW

Dorothy is a passionate Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Worker Degree with over 8 years of experience working with children, youth and families of all ages and backgrounds. Dorothy believes in fostering a safe and brave space that welcomes vulnerability, self-compassion and authenticity to all individuals, and that healing & growth can be found through human connection. Dorothy believes no one should ever feel alone on their journey to healing, which is why she aspires to provide guidance to individuals as they acknowledge their strengths and resiliency in achieving their personal goal. Every individual is different, therefore Dorothy aims to guide individuals and families according to their individual needs.

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