It’s all in a name…

The word Patronus is a Latin word with origins in ancient Roman society. A Patronus was a person who acted as a sponsor, protector, and benefactor. More recently this term has been popularized by J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. In this series, a Patronus is used to protect the individual from a creature that causes the person to relive their worst memory resulting in the feelings of intense emotional distress and despair. The Patronus is created out of the person's happiest memory pulling on the creator's strengths to protect them. I chose this name because I believe it is the perfect metaphor for counselling. It is my job as the counsellor to help the client find the strengths and resources within themselves to overcome their emotional distress.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.
— J.K. Rowling
 
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Caity O’Neill, MCP, RCC

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters of Counselling Psychology Degree (MCP) from Adler University. My education and training have prepared to work with children, adults, individuals, couples, and families. My theoretical orientation is a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy. Both are empirically validated approaches to therapy. My goal is first to teach you better tools for coping with emotional distress. Once you feel more grounded and ready, we will work on understanding the root of the problem to produce lasting change. I treat each client as an individual and create a custom treatment plan to meet their needs. I have worked with clients facing a variety of mental health struggles, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, and low self-esteem. I do not want cost to be a barrier to treatment and hold a certain number of spots for sliding scale clients. I want to help you feel happy and unburdened. If you are interested in using my services, please book a free 30-minute consultation, and we can work together to develop a plan for you. It’s the first step on your journey; I look forward to walking this path with you.