Welcome to Leona Westra Counselling. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) offering virtual counselling sessions. Some of my specialties are Grief, Trauma and Chronic Pain, but I have also worked with people with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and substance use problems. I believe that mental health is a holistic process and that it requires a holistic solution. I like to focus on the unique circumstances and needs of the individual and to work with them throughout the counselling process.
Please reach out if you feel that my approach to counselling could benefit you.
Loss can be a difficult thing to cope with. You may feel overcome by the feelings of loss and it may be difficult to make sense of it.
That is what I am here for. To listen. To witness your pain. To help you make sense of the process that grief and loss has for you. To help to adjust to life without that person, pet, object, dream and/or ability that you have lost.
Sometimes life can be hard. It can be difficult to figure out where to turn next and what direction would be best for you. Maybe your emotions or memories of past events keep getting in the way of you living the life you want to. Maybe you feel chained to the past, unable to move ahead. Maybe it feels like you just don’t have what it takes to move forward.
That is what I am here for. To listen. To hear your pain. To work with you to build a path forward. A path past the pain and suffering. A path to a greater sense of wellness and purpose. A path that leads to a better life.
The unfortunate thing is that for so many of us, we did not have an easy road. Traumatic experiences have hampered our ability to cope, to deal with what life throws at us. Sometimes we did not have the supportive environment growing up that helps us learn the skills to build good relationships, to tolerate negative experiences, to regulate our emotions, and to feel good about ourselves.
What that results in is the struggles that we are facing as adolescents and adults. The struggles to find ourselves, to find belonging, and to know how to heal ourselves.
That is what I am here for. To listen. To hear who you are. To help you focus on the future and figure out how to build a better life. To help break apart the false beliefs you have about yourself and to help you build a better image of yourself. To help you understand why you are reacting in certain ways and to how to change the patterns to more positive ones. Know that you did the best you could with what you had, but it can be better. That is what I want to help you with. I want to help you build a more satisfying life. One where you feel a sense of wellness and contentment. One where you have a sense of purpose and the belief you can fulfill that purpose. I want to help you embrace the essence of who you are, that true self hidden inside you.
Chronic Pain Counselling
Chronic pain can be difficult to deal with. The pain takes a lot of energy and you have difficulty living up to your expectations of what you should be able to do. You may no longer be able to do what you used to do. You may have to mourn the loss of who you were before your chronic pain and figure out who you are now. You may be disappointed over and over again by what you could not do. What you cannot do can be difficult for family and friends to understand. Sometimes you may end up feeling like you never have the energy to do all people want you to do or what you want to do. It may feel like it’s never enough.
That is what I am here for. To listen. To hear about your experience of chronic pain. To help you cope with the pain. To help you with the process of grief and loss around your losses with chronic pain. To help you with any redefining of identity. To help you understand how to build a life around your chronic pain that is more satisfying. A life that is built around what is important to you and what you feel is achievable.