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Grace Johner (she/her)
Registered Psychotherapist

Grace draws from several years of experience working in the Human Resources function of the  healthcare, health insurance and financial sectors. This has provided Grace with an in-depth knowledge for the demands of high-pressure work environments, and an awareness of the healthcare culture specifically. Using this experience Grace can appreciate the stressors and challenges that many are faced with while at work, in healthcare, and the impacts that these can have on their work life, on their personal life, on relationships, and their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Experience & Qualifications

Grace holds a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a Specialization in Psychology From the University of Ottawa, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management through George Brown College.
Grace has previous experience providing individual therapy to adults experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, and work-related and interpersonal issues. Grace has basic training in EMDR, has a certificate in Crisis Incident Stress Management and has experience facilitating trauma debrief interventions for healthcare workers. Grace also has experience providing On-call Peer Support for Hospital staff and as a volunteer Crisis Responder with Kids Help Phone, providing sensitive care and de-escalation to those requiring urgent support. 
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My goal is to help you heal from past traumas, make meaningful changes, find peace and acceptance, work towards a fulfilling life, and empower you to continue this work independently and consistently, long after our
time together has ended.   

My Approach

Passionate about helping you help yourself.
My approach to therapy emphasizes collaboration, with a focus on my client's unique background, needs and goals. This tailored approach borrows from various therapeutic frameworks involving an eclectic mix of strategies and interventions. Primarily, I utilize Dialectical Behavioural (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Emotionally Focused (EFT), Acceptance & Commitment (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), narrative, & solution-focused strategies with a trauma informed and strengths-based focus. During a session with me, my clients will have the opportunity to express themselves and feel understood, explore their thoughts, feelings, & behaviours, gain emotional awareness and new perspective, heal from past traumas, and develop and practice skills and coping techniques.  
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