Valentina Messier is a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She received formal education at Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin, USA, where she studied Clinical Psychology.
Valentina has worked with clients in both group and individual settings. She has co-facilitated therapy groups for adults with depression and anxiety, many of whom had co-occurring diagnoses such as eating disorders, bipolar, and OCD. Much of her experience has also been working with adolescents and young adults going through their first episode of psychosis. Valentina worked on an interdisciplinary team in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, launching a pilot program geared toward improving the quality of life for individuals experiencing schizophrenia. Valentina also has worked with youth and families presenting with stress related to school and strained relationships, many of whom had also experienced emotional or physical trauma.
Valentina believes that most people yearn for the same things: a sense of belonging and a life worth living. Valentina’s counselling style is one of non-judgment. She believes in treating others with respect, compassion, and positive regard. Valentina believes that it is important to make sure a client feels not only heard but understood. In her mind, the client is the focus, and their needs are especially important. She recognizes that while pain is an inevitable part of life, there are ways to increase joy and meaning each day. Valentina’s approach draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy and Humanistic counselling. Compassion is at the core of all she does. Valentina also likes to teach mindfulness strategies for coping with difficult emotions or situations. In therapy, you will work together to come up with your individual goals, and she will adapt your treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
Change is not easy; it often takes a great deal of courage to seek improvement in your life. Valentina trusts that feelings of discomfort will soon transform into feelings of accomplishment and confidence, after working together on your goals. If you are ready, she would love to support and empower you.
Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and extended health care plans will cover services rendered by a Registered Psychotherapist.