Miriam VandenBrink, M.A.

Counselling is an opportunity to find hope for healing, to change and grow, and function better in daily life by making connections with feelings, body sensations, thoughts, and behaviours (including patterns). I prioritize developing a strong relationship with clients as the foundation of my work, and use skills and strategies from different counselling methods to suit each client’s needs and preferences. It is very important that psychologists and clients work well together, because the counselling relationship is the most powerful counselling ingredient. I am compassionate and warm and tend use humour, stories and metaphors in my work with clients. Some of my clients enter therapy to learn skills to use in their relationships, some have challenges with pregnancy or the postpartum period, fertility issues, still others are experiencing loneliness, insomnia, anxiety or grief. I enjoy working with people going through all kinds of life changes or transitions.

Working with couples exploring how to create greater connection, those with interfaith/cultural issues, and parenting stress are some of my particular interests, including challenges in starting or growing families. I enjoy working with a wide range of couples including LGBTQ, those embarking on long-term commitment, and those looking to reconnect after a period of struggle or detachment.

Issues:

  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Fertility
  • Life Coaching
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress

Treatment Approaches:

  • Attachment-based
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples (EFT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
  • Family/Marital
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Relational