Stevie Atkins, Psychotherapist
Counselling in Toronto for your Psycho-Emotional well being
Stevie Atkins is a Toronto based Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and mental health advocate who believes that optimum health is more than just physical health and that humans feel best when caring for their bodies and minds. Stevie is excited to offer counselling services and work alongside a team dedicated to providing integrative care treatments that help keep clients’ aches – both mental and physical.
Stevie brings a warm and compassionate approach and believes in a collaborative, client-centred dynamic that honours the pace of the individual. She is committed to creating a safe, non-judgemental space where her clients can feel encouraged and supported.
Stevie recognizes that no two people are exactly the same and believes that effective treatment should be tailored to the unique needs of the individual. Trained in an Adlerian framework, Stevie takes the time to understand her clients within the greater context of their lives, experiences, and relationship dynamics in order to help them gain insight into root causes of the issues they may be experiencing.
Stevie is currently completing her Master of Psychology at Adler Professional Graduate School with a research focus in women’s psychological health and adjunct treatments of Postpartum Depression. Stevie previous clinical work has included helping clients with relationship issues, chronic pain and injury, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, depression and grief. Stevie is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and is currently a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Simply put, Stevie has always loved working with people. “I’m fascinated by the beautiful complexity of the human psyche and inspired by the resilient nature of the human spirit.”
Her path toward working in this field was a little circuitous though. She explains that “Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist (Q), I worked in marketing and communication. While I loved helping clients solve problems, communicate more effectively, and identify areas of growth for their businesses, I felt like I wasn’t living my true purpose. So, after a career dedicated to the development, growth and well-being of brands, I decided it was time to pursue one that supported the development, growth and well-being of people. And here I am.”
NO PROBLEM TOO SMALL
On a day-to-day basis, Stevie works with individuals who feel anxious, depressed or stressed out in some capacity of their lives. “Whether it is because of not feeling fulfilled in their work life, having issues in their relationship, or dealing with change, we spend time talking about the issues they are facing, and I work along-side them to find effective ways to manage. I also work with new and soon-to-be mothers dealing with the emotional adjustments that can come up during the peripartum period.”
PATIENTS AT THE WHEEL
Stevie’s partnership with patients is key to helping them unlock their own resolutions and insights. She explains, “It might sound counterintuitive, but I would be a terrible therapist if I were providing solutions for my clients. That’s just not how psychotherapy works. What I will say is that a big part of my role as a therapist is to help my clients explore and consider the choices they have, even in situations where they believe they don’t have any.” Sometimes – without being aware of it – we get stuck in the old coping patterns that helped us survive at one point in our lives but are no longer serving us anymore. She believes in “helping clients become aware of what is no longer serving them and watching them bravely lean into what is, is a really empowering experience.”
Also working with clients to become more compassionate towards themselves is very rewarding for Stevie. When a client tells her that they treated themselves with more kindness in a situation when they normally would have been really critical of themselves – that’s a big win in her books.
REST FOR THE WEARY
Years ago, Stevie experienced a really bad bout of sciatica and “wishes I had known about Aches Away at that time!” In a desperate attempt to cure her chronic pain, she tried Iyengar yoga and, to her surprise, within weeks she was feeling better. “I am so indebted to the wonderful and knowledgeable Iyengar teachers in my life who I continue to work with. I am a big proponent of this form of yoga and in addition to practicing, my research focus explores Iyengar yoga as an adjunct treatment for Postpartum Depression.”
In addition to yoga practice, Stevie enjoys being around the people she loves (including herfour-legged friends). “And when I’m particularly stressed, a hot bath is my go-to.” She is keenly aware of the pressure her own occupation places on her as she discusses one of the most significant challenges to her role as counsellor. “Honestly, one of the biggest challenges I see among colleagues in helping professions is burnout. Taking the time to recharge, honour our needs and take care of ourselves is not only essential to our health, but also essential for the work we do. Sometimes that can be especially difficult for those of us who find it easier to do that for others.”
“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf”
Jon Kabat Zinn