Welcome to Whole Self Counselling

The kind of counselling I practice – whole self counselling – includes attending to the mind, the body, and the spirit as they naturally emerge in session.  Through my 10 years of experience working with clients, and through personal experience, I see how wellness, healing, awareness, presence, development and happiness are rooted and nourished by the wonderful whole self.

When we touch on one aspect, the other parts of our being and lives are also affected.  It is not easy to improve the state of mind if the body is struggling physically.  It is not easy to cultivate a fulfilling spiritual life if the mind is out of alignment with the values of the spirit.  It is an uphill struggle to optimize physical health and well-being if the mind is running a counter-attack.

But taking the whole self into account, clients can move ahead much more quickly.  They can take strides on a stronger foundation.

My website is designed to provide you with an overview of how I work and to help you decide if you’d like to meet with me.  If you have any questions, ideas or feedback as a result of visiting my site, or are considering booking a session and would like to find out if we might be a good fit, I offer a free 20-minute phone call.  You can call me directly at 416 722 5127, or email to set up a time.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Counselling gives you a wonderful opportunity to talk, to explore hidden parts of yourself, and to make eye-opening discoveries about yourself and the others you interact with on a daily basis.

Using a variety of counselling, coaching and therapeutic techniques based on my extensive training in solutions-focused therapy, solutions-focused brief therapy, Gestalt therapy, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and Ericksonian coaching and solutions-focused counselling strategies, I help individuals and couples with the following:

Relationship counselling for individuals
LGBTQ issues and counselling

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Learning about, exploring and coming to know ADD / ADHD
Organization, time management, prioritizing
Decision making, goal formulation

Life transitions
Transitions into semi- or full retirement
Transitions related to children growing up and leaving home
Transitions into work situations after studying
Decision-making related to moving, relocating, changing jobs or career paths

OCD, obsessions
Process addictions including compulsive shopping, Internet use, gaming among others
Eating disorders

Anxiety, angst, worry
Social anxiety

Solutions-focused counselling for parents with children or teens
Family dynamics awareness and communication building

Self-development coaching for personal empowerment

Grief and loss
Counselling to support individuals and families through life transitions

Personal growth
Personal development counselling and coaching

Self esteem counselling and coaching
Building self esteem and self worth

Sessions can help you to get a crystal clear overview of where you stand and how to effectively proceed from here. Many clients tell me, “I want to get clear about this.  I want clarity”.  I understand the invaluable importance of clarity.  When we get clear on the matter at hand, it is a tremendous sense of relief, and frees up energy and brain-power for action. Clients also often tell me, “I wish I had done this sooner”.

Counselling allows you to undergo a shift in your perspective, the way you see your situation, your self in it, and your dynamic with others who may be involved.  You see your situation from intriguing new view points.  Clients say to me, “Wow – I just never saw it like this before!”

This is a great moment.  Through counselling, you can absolutely feel when something shifts – your awareness and knowledge of yourself has taken an excellent leap.  You have now paved your way and can move forward with renewed certainty, confidence and happiness.

In your counselling sessions, you will experience what it’s like to be able to just talk without being judged, by a person who is not invested in your outcomes. Not a family member, not a friend, but a trained, experienced professional who truly cares, and is fully present to hear you, your story, and how you tell it.

“I have worked with Julia on two separate occasions for personal relationship issues.  Julia is by far the most comprehensive counselling I have ever experienced.  Julia has an uncanny ability to cut to the heart of the matter and keep you focused on the issues to be resolved. When you are in your most pain or upset, Julia is the voice of reason and calm, while still getting you to look after yourself and work out what is really troubling you.

It has been my pleasure to work with Julia.  Her knowledge and experience shine through in every conversation and you are left at the end of each session a little wiser and a little more sure footed of your next steps when everything feels like it’s falling apart.  Julia works with you to get you back on solid ground and keep you moving in a positive direction.

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Julia.  I do know that I would not be here to write this recommendation for you to read if it weren’t for Julia‘s wisdom and guidance this year.  Our conversations gave me the tools I needed to move from surviving to thriving at life.”

Client SM

Optimized Counselling

Clients often let me know at the end of a session that what helped them most was my my asking them certain powerful questions.  I ask powerful questions not to “get information”, but to provide you with opportunities to hear yourself and to experience your own unique process of formulating your own answers.

The powerful questions nudge you to think more clearly. You achieve a greater level of focus, and get the chance to dig deeper than when trying to think things through on your own. You gain answers that had been hidden.  Now you have access to them, and more.

In addition to listening carefully and asking you powerful questions, I provide valuable opportunities to optimize the development of your core sense of self.  Clients say this is a very engaging, interesting and revealing process, and is often experienced as the heart of the session.

They say that counselling helps them to:

Gain clarity.
Find relief.
Feel more at peace.
Discover meaning and purpose.
Feel happy and creatively inspired.
Achieve greater confidence.
Gain a sense of mastery and control.
Feel empowered.

“I had counselling sessions with Julia for almost six months and it has been life changing. I love her insight, and her consummate professional skills have helped me to realize my potential. Our sessions have contributed to a true paradigm shift, and this has allowed me to formulate techniques and strategies so that I can achieve my goals in my professional as well as personal life. I am enjoying the benefits and recommend Julia as a life counsellor for those looking to take some great strides forward.”

Client SF