Registered Psychotherapist, B.A Addiction Therapy Specialist
Ria is a registered psychotherapist who has been working in the field for almost 7 years. She brings knowledge from working with those who have concurrent disorders, behavioural and substance addictions. She has extensive experience working with mandated clients, facilitating anger management and relapse prevention for both men and women. She has a solid skillset to work with those who have involvement within the legal system, and she has experience working with marginalized populations. By using a holistic, client centered approach, her clients explore changing problematic behaviours, thoughts and feelings by uncovering their unconscious meanings and intentions.
Ria received her Addictions Counselling diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming, and has since completed her B.A. major in Human Services from Athabasca University. This bachelor degree encompasses many different fields of study all pertinent to those dealing with addictions. The complementary post secondary programs give her the skills to help clients strengthen abilities that are required for an abstinent lifestyle, and also give her proficient client advocacy skills, which are helpful when clients integrate back into their community.
“I love my role and that positivity shows in my demeanor with my colleagues, and in my therapeutic relationships with my clients. I believe in every one of my clients; that they have capability to live the life they desire. I am compassionate, empathetic and non-judgmental. I encourage and give honesty, and I challenge clients to explore denial, cognitive distortions, and blind spots through various skills.”
ASIST Suicide Training
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Non-violent Crisis Intervention
Kawartha Sexual Assault Clinic Crisis Intervention Training