Insight Psychological Therapists - Desiree Stewart

Desiree Stewart, Practicum Intern Therapist, CPHR, MAIOP, (She/Her)

With a long standing background in Human Resources, working with individuals within work settings, I am excited to continue my work with clients from the perspective of psychology.

I am passionate about helping people find their joy and overcome difficult situations. I take an eclectic therapeutic approach with cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy and solution focused therapy. During my human resources career I have been affirmed as a good listener and being empathetic and these are behaviours I will continue to provide to my clients.

“I define connection as the energy that connects between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment, and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Brené Brown

*NOTE: our Practicum Intern (Student) Therapists offer reduced rates for counselling support. Please be aware that FEES WILL BE NON-REIMBURSABLE by Extended Health Care Benefit Plans.

More About Desiree Stewart

I believe that each of us have the answers we need within, but at times we require support from another in exploring our perspectives and beliefs, and perhaps seeing our situations from a new lens. We have more resilience than we often believe, and through narrative therapy, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, which are my preferred therapeutic approaches, you will recognize your strengths and learn some new skills as well.

I have worked in the field of Human Resources for over twenty years, working mostly as a generalist and business partner, and partnering with both management and employees. My motto has always been that I worked to achieve healthy and happy workplaces and my motto is the same for individuals; I desire to help individuals achieve health and joy in their lives. Through learning new skills and using your strengths, you can discover healing and passion for life.

The therapeutic relationship I build develops from creating an empathetic stance in which you are respected, listened to, and supported, in order to help you achieve your goals. I consider it a privilege that you choose to be vulnerable with me and that we can work collaboratively on your journey in life.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

What quick advice do you have for people who are really struggling?

When I am struggling I try to slow down. If I am too busy or overwhelmed my thoughts can spiral. It’s important to take time for fresh air, connect with nature, go to an exercise class you love (for me it’s Pilates), journal or meditate. I am introspective so need the time alone but if you thrive with people, perhaps find a trusted friend to have a coffee with and chat a bit about the struggles, just ensure vulnerability is safe with that person.

When did you know you wanted to become a psychologist?

I have wanted to be a psychologist since a young age. However, I found getting into the program was challenging at that time and then life took me on its twists and turns. When I lost my job just before COVID I realized it was a good time to follow my dream. It’s been tough but I have no regrets.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Management degree

Master of Arts Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (In Progress)

Mental Health First Aid

Affiliations

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Certifications

Mental Health First Aid

Indigenous Canada

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Major Depressive Disorder
Couples
  • Becoming a Parent or the Addition of Children
Grief & Loss Care
  • Loss of Employment
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Adolescent & Teen Issues

I have experience in:

  • Blended Family Adjustment
  • Family Issues
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Life Transitions
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Panic Disorder
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Teen's Mental Health
  • Workplace Stress