Kirsten holds a master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University. She completed a BA honours in Psychology from Carleton University, where her honours project on the long-term benefits of practicing mindfulness won first prize at Carleton’s Psychology Undergraduate Research Event. Kirsten’s academic research includes burnout and self-care, mindfulness, and occupational health. She is in the process of certification with the CRPO, and is supervised by a Registered Psychotherapist.
Kirsten has worked in private practice and as a counsellor at the Saint Paul University Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. She has provided therapy to a range of individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, school and work stress, self-esteem, life transitions, burnout, interpersonal and family conflict, grief, trauma, psychosis, and personality disorders. Kirsten completed internships at the Saint Paul University Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre during her master's, and with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board working with children on the Autism spectrum during her undergraduate training.
I believe that effective therapy requires a strong alliance between client and therapist which is why I strive to create a safe and non-judgemental environment where you can feel heard and understood. I am passionate about helping my clients increase their self-awareness and understanding, develop coping strategies, strengths, and self-care behaviours, build self-esteem, and move towards their personal values and goals. My graduate training also allows me to incorporate spirituality into the psychotherapy process. Therapy is not "one size fits all", which is why I integrate therapy modalities including Humanistic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, and Logotherapy to best suit the needs of each individual.
Kirsten is currently offering individual counselling and psychotherapy services to adults and youth ages 16 and up.