Vanessa Hazelwood, BHSc., M.A., RP(Q) (she/her)
Associate Therapist, Cherry Tree Counselling
As a licensed psychotherapist qualifying, member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals, and Postpartum Support International, it is Vanessa's sincere privilege to support individuals and couples within a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship. Serving clients in the mental health field for over nearly 10 years in a variety of settings, Vanessa has supported clients having a diversity of backgrounds, walks of life, ages, and abilities, with a range of presenting concerns.
Vanessa’s clients often reach out for support with depression or other challenges with mood, anxiety, trauma, grief, stress, coping with change, and life-balance. Many clients seek support for women’s health issues, including body image, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, reproductive health/mental health, as well as identity and balance in motherhood.
As a perinatal therapist, Vanessa is particularly passionate about working with women and couples through the challenges, transitions, triumphs, and losses that can accompany conception, pregnancy, and postpartum.
In couples therapy, Vanessa enjoys helping partners work through challenges with communication, conflict, intimacy, bonding, as well as balancing roles and responsibilities. Vanessa is invested in helping clients understand one another’s needs more deeply, establish healthy boundaries, and heal from past experiences that create challenges or barriers in relationships with self and others.
BHSc., M.A., RP(Q)
Cherry Tree Counselling
Vanessa's approach builds upon client strengths, while helping clients develop insight and self-compassion throughout processing thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Vanessa can assist with problem-solving and strategizing, as well helping clients develop healthier behaviours and coping skills, including well-rounded self-care. In session, a strength that Vanessa offers is adaptability in meeting client preferences, whether the preference is for structured sessions and homework to help you meet your goals, or a more conversational flow to sessions, drawing on tools and strategies as needed.
Vanessa takes a compassionate and collaborative approach to the counselling process, honouring client’s unique abilities, preferences and needs. She incorporates a variety of evidence-based approaches while tailoring service to meet client-specific priorities and goals. Vanessa has studied Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based therapies, among others. She is committed to offering safe, inclusive respectful services and is open to feedback throughout the therapeutic process to promote an effective and comfortable therapeutic experience.
Vanessa holds an undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology and Health Sciences. She is interested in the mind-body connection and views mental, emotional, and social wellness as imperative to our overall health. Vanessa's Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree and further clinical skills training allows her to bring a combination of education, professional and personal experience to her role as a mental health counsellor. Before serving clients in private practice, Vanessa has supported clients in non-profit community mental health sectors, including a charitable family service organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association, an addiction rehabilitation centre, as well as Student Services at Western University.
Vanessa and her partner have a blended family with a teenage son and two young daughters. Vanessa has lived experience overcoming postpartum anxiety and healing through pregnancy losses, which has inspired her to hold space for other women experiencing challenge, change and loss. Outside of her love for providing psychotherapy, Vanessa enjoys cooking, baking, time in nature, crafting, swimming and hockey.