I offer individual, couple, family and group therapy as well as clinical supervision. I work with people from a holistic and collaborative perspective to move towards their preferred ways of being. Together we explore ways to build on existing strengths and enhance compassion, joy and healthy connections in relationships with self and others. Since all experience is made up of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations I offer a holistic, mind-body approach to therapy.
Depending on the particular concerns brought to therapy and personal preferences we may focus more on one aspect than another. As a teacher of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program for over fifteen years, I am committed to assisting others to bring mindfulness into their daily lives. I have extensive training and experience in working with survivors of childhood trauma (including EMDR) and with people experiencing challenges related to depressed and anxious moods.
In my work as a therapist for over twenty-five years, I have felt honoured to share people's journeys. I continue to be inspired by human resiliency and capacity to change - even in the most challenging circumstances. I believe that we 'can't stop the waves, but we can learn to surf.'
I have a Masters in Social Work with a focus on clinical social work and am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers. I also have memberships in: the Ontario Association of Social Workers; the American and Ontario Associations of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I have completed a professional training to offer the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) with Jon Kabat Zinn and am a Certified Yoga Therapist with the American Viniyoga Institute. I am an Approved Supervisor with AAMFT, which allows me to offer training/clinical supervision for Masters level therapists seeking to become registered family therapists/ clinical fellows. Rena Lafleur provides counselling services to insured clients requiring "psychology" services under the supervision of registered Counselling Psychologist, Dr. David Paré.