Sexual Assault Counselling Toronto

 

"Trauma creates change you DON'T choose. Healing is about creating change you DO choose." -Michelle Rosenthall

The Benefits of Sexual Assault Counselling

Are you feeling like everything that happened to you is your fault? Are you wanting to understand more about who you are? Are you having trouble trusting yourself and others? Are you looking for some strategies to help you cope with your thoughts and feelings? I draw on my passion and experience to help you with these topics and more.

Counselling provides a safe, non-judgmental space for you to tell your story, be heard, understood and believed . For many individuals, counselling may be the first time they talk about their abuse free of judgement and blame. Being able to talk about trauma, in an environment like this is the gateway to healing.

In sharing your story you will be able to process your experiences with a new perspective. Together with a therapist you can learn helpful strategies to cope and care for yourself. Counselling can be distressing at times, but it can lead to improvements in daily functioning, self-discovery and self-love.

 

About Me

Laurenne Samuel BA, MA, RP(qualifying)

My name is Laurenne Samuel and I have developed a passion for supporting women who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse. 

Since I was a young girl I always knew that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, I was surrounded by “helpers” in my family and this greatly impacted me. I have worked with youth and families for more general mental health concerns, but for me, there is nothing that compares to working with women in a way that allows me to be witness to them seeing themselves in a new perspective. I am constantly inspired by these women’s stories and the immense amount of courage they have. 

My goal as a therapist is to provide collaborative support to help you recognize your own resilience and strengths and develop new coping strategies. I hope to provide safe and non-judgmental support that promotes self-exploration and healing. I work from a feminist, trauma-informed framework, with the use of different modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

 
I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I have expereience in both individual and group counselling with women who have expereinced sexual abuse and also have experience working with children, youth and families for more general mental health issues.

Our Services

Sexual Assault & Childhood Abuse Counselling:

The effects of sexual abuse can impact all areas of life emotionally, physically, psychologically, interpersonally and the list goes on. While the effects can be debilitating, psychotherapy has been effective in helping survivors of sexual abuse gain more control over their lives and their healing. I provide confidential, non-judgmental counselling and I am here to support you on your healing journey. I use a variety of therapeutic models to best suit your individual needs including a strength-based, trauma-informed approach with components of CBT and DBT.

Other Treatment areas include:

Anixety

Depression

Self-Esteem

More details:

In-Person Toronto therapy and E-Counselling is available to people aged 18 years and up.

Sessions are 50 minutes each and can be scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on your needs. 

Treatment will involve setting goals, exploring the presenting issue(s), discussing symptoms and triggers, learning coping skills and any other necessary interventions depending on individual needs.  

Please note we do not provide crisis or emergency services. Please call 911 or your local crisis line.

E-Counselling services are avalaible throughout all of Canada.

About E-Counselling

In a day and age where everything is becoming digital, E-counselling (also known as online counselling or cybercounselling) is an innovative way for people to receive all the benefits of counselling more conveniently.  You will be provided the same service and care as if we were face-to-face. However, we will be using the method of your choice, through email, chat, video or over the phone. Depending on the services that are needed, we can discuss what option would be best. 

Many studies have found that E-counselling is just as effective as in-person counselling. The benefits of E-counselling are that it is

  • convenient, you save time and money for travel.
  • It's flexible, so sessions can be scheduled to fit your busy schedule. 
  • Accessible.
  • The anonymity that comes from E-counselling is also beneficial to some as it takes off som pressure of being face-to-face to discuss difficult issues.
  • No wait rooms.
  • The benefit of using the email or chat comes from the writing itself. Writing has shown to be a very useful therapeutic tool in the processing of experiences, memories and emotions.  

How E-Counselling Works

Email counselling (also known as therapeutic journaling) allows both the client and counsellor to thoughtfully formulate an email which can produce a very insightful conversation. Each email is the equivalent to a session. This is beneficial because you can send the email at any time instead of having to wait until your appointment and can say everything you want to say, without worrying about forgetting to say something which can happen in the face-to-face interaction. It also gives you the ability to take your time and sort out your feelings and thoughts which can be helpful when processing information. 

How it works:

You will formulate an email, I suggest taking at least 50 minutes to do this, to make sure you include as much detail as possible. 

You will login to your account and send it.

I will send notification that it has been received and then you will hear back from me within 48 hours. 

I guarantee that I will take 50 minutes to formulate my response. 

I hope to hear back within a week to keep the flow of the conversation going. 

*Email is encrypted to ensure confidentiality. 

Live chat allows us to have a dialogue through instant messaging that is live and uninterrupted for 50 minutes. This can be done on your cell phone, tablet or a computer.

How it works:

We will schedule a date and time.  

You will login to our secure system.

The chat will commence for 50 minutes.

Please note the chat conversation is saved in your account, and you may review it at anytime.  

*Chat is encrypted to ensure confidentiality

Telephone counselling takes place over the phone. 

How it works:

We schedule a date and time for our phone session. 

You will find a quite, safe space and await my call. 

Using video is similar to face-to-face counselling because it allows us to see each others body language. Using Zoom, which can be downloaded on a computer, phone or tablet we will engage in a therapy session through video chat. 

How it works:

We will set a date and time for the session.

You receive a text/email with the link to our session. 

You will find a quite, safe space and we will commence our session.

Fees

Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation

Contact me to have a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. This will give us a chance to connect, to address any questions you might have and ensure that we are a good fit for your needs.

In-Person

$ 120 per 50 minute session

Email/Chat

$ 90 per 50 minute session

Telephone

$ 100 per 50 minute session

Video

$ 100 per 50 minute session

Tax is included in prices.

All payments must be made prior to sessions. 

Payment can be received through this site by clicking purchase session above, e-transfer, PayPal or text-payment.  

Services provided are not covered by OHIP. Please check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered for psychotherapy.

Cancellation policy: Please give 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule. Otherwise, you will be charged for the session. Thank you.

 

 

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Currently accepting new clients. If you are ready to get started on your healing journey, contact us to book session by filling out this form or calling (647) 697-3576.