Stefanie Iverson, MC, RCC
Being a “helper” has always been in my nature, which is why I pursued an education in counselling psychology and obtained a Master’s degree in it. I find a true sense of purpose in knowing I have been of service assisting others in their journey to self improvement, providing an empathetic sounding board, and non-judgemental guidance.
In addition to being a counsellor, I am also a mother to 3 beautiful children. I believe that motherhood has taught me invaluable lessons about life which inform my practice and work with clients. Through my own personal ups and downs, and parenting challenges, I have learned about patience, understanding, compassion, and perseverance to a degree which cannot be found in any textbook.
Every person is unique, and so are their struggles. There is no "one size fits all" solution to anyone's problem. I take the time to get to know each of my clients and thoroughly explore the problems they are currently facing. I use an eclectic treatment approach when helping clients figure out what will work for them. Types of therapy I use to inform my practice include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
We all face struggles & hardships in our lives. Usually we are able to resolve these issues and move forward on our own. However, at times these struggles may overwhelm us, leaving us feeling "stuck" and lacking the tools and strategies to effectively cope. These are the times when counselling can be most beneficial.
The idea of therapy can feel daunting to some, and although personal growth is a lifelong process therapy doesn't have to be. As many as 80% of individuals begin to see improvement in as little as one session! While others choose to continue on for a little longer.
I work one-on-one with adults struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief & loss, stress management, life transitions, career counselling, trauma/traumatic incidents, and more.
RELATIONSHIPS & MARRIAGE
"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now." ~ Fred Rogers
Using the Gottman Method, I work with couples to improve their relationship by helping them rebuild their friendship, and by providing them with practical tools which they can use to communicate more effectively and successfully manage their conflict.
Prenatal and postpartum mood disorders do not discriminate. 10% of all women will experience depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy (typically in the 3rd trimester). 50-80% of all women will experience "baby blues", of which 15-20% will develop major depression (this increases to 50-75% with subsequent births). That's a lot!
Prenatal and postpartum mood disorders can occur any time within the first year of birth. The key to successfully overcoming these mood disorders is early assessment & treatment. The sooner you reach out, the sooner you will feel better!
I offer both individual sessions & group support.
"Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you've ever imagined."