Kareana Cook (she/her) is a student clinician who graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies with a counseling specialization. She is currently obtaining her Master of Arts in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Kareana has a passion for empowering individuals to have happy and healthy relationships with those they love drawing from attachment theories to help clients understand why they may be feeling stuck. She understands that every partnership is unique and facilitates clients in finding solutions that will work for them. Using a flexible combination of Narrative Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Kareana helps clients identify and overcome the sticking points and negative cycles they are experiencing to then determine new patterns to reduce distress and foster a secure relational bond with those they love.
Kareana values the importance of sex and sexuality among individuals and in partnerships. Kareana practices from a client-centred approach, especially with those looking for support in navigating issues of sex and sexuailty. Kareana helps clients work through the dissonance between past and current experiences so they can feel confident in embracing all aspects of their identity. With incorporations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy, Kareana helps clients reconnect with their individual strengths so they can be confident in the things that make them unique.
Kareana is known for her abundant energy that accompanies her genuine warmth and compassion in sessions. As an experienced client herself in both individual and couples therapy, Kareana understands the confidence it takes to be vulnerable and accept that metaphorical helping hand. Using an integrative approach tailored to the needs of each client, Kareana creates a safe space for clients to develop a strong bond with her in order to feel comfortable doing the hard work that can be the psychotherapeutic process.
When she’s not in office, you can find Kareana catching up with friends, exploring a new trail with her boys (partner + their two dogs), breaking out a new board game (she has quite the extensive personal collection) or looking after her wedding photography business.