Colette Spaulding

(LMSW)
Therapist Colette Spaulding Photo

About Me

Sometimes it’s hard to reach out for help when life gets difficult. I’m so glad you did, and I hope I can play a role in supporting and encouraging you. I’d like to help you learn and use strategies to address your concerns and problems, and to achieve satisfaction, fulfillment, and peace of mind.

The question I begin with is not “What is wrong with you?” but rather, “What has happened to you?” I want to establish a safe, nonjudgmental and compassionate space for my clients to share their personal stories and experiences. We will collaborate to weave together elements of patterns, strengths, and coping skills to increase self-awareness, improve relationships, and promote healing and growth.

Maybe you are struggling with anxiety or depression, or experiencing the effects of past or current trauma or abuse. Perhaps you are adjusting to an important life event such as the loss of a loved one or a significant relationship, a career change, a health issue. Maybe you are having difficulties in a significant relationship. I hope to be instrumental in your engagement in the dynamic process of creating positive change. I offer compassion and flexibility, knowledge and experience. I think humor, as well, is so important! It is a way to acknowledge that, although life can be painful, there is also joy to be found.

I have worked in the mental health field for 14 years. I am experienced and trained in evidence-based therapeutic modalities: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have worked with survivors of abuse, domestic violence, and trauma. I have worked with individuals with mood disorders, OCD, anxiety and depression, co-occurring disorders, and anger issues. I approach each client as a whole person, not just a set of diagnoses, and we work as a team, to match interventions with your particular needs.

I believe I have the skills and experience, and most importantly, the desire, to help you. Thank you for reaching out!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Body Image , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 14

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMSW #6890109723 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Colette for 4 months on issues concerning eating disorders

My life has improved tremendously since I have met Colette. It is very nice to meet with her each week to process things in my life. She has given me many tools to deal with hardship.

Written by M.A. on Apr 12, 2021 after therapy with Colette for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Very experienced and empathetic counsellor. Really enjoyed sessions with her and it helped me a lot

Written by S.T. on Feb 11, 2021 after therapy with Colette for 5 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and grief

Colette is really skilled and I really feel like I've made a lot of progress since I've had her as my therapist. She is nice and warm and she can really make you feel like you are in a safe environment.

Written by L.A. on Dec 25, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

First counsellor ever that I clicked with. Have been trying to get all my friends on therapy too now.

Written by C.H. on Nov 27, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Working with Colette is great! I feel like she understands my anxieties and she has given me wonderful coping strategies that actually help me. Her expertise comes through and you can honestly tell that she knows her stuff.

Written by M.A. on Nov 02, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 7 months on issues concerning eating disorders, and self esteem

I have had the most amazing experience with Colette as my therapist. She is absolutely amazing at what she does. She is empathetic and kind and despite the challenge of trying to help remotely across a phone or video call always so good at picking up on what is going on and offering help.

She has a great sense of humour and so sessions are not just helpful and useful but also so much fun! For me, she has offered the best balance of listening and offering feedback while also being prescriptive when required and offering more concrete steps and strategies to help with my issues.

I cannot recommend her enough, and am extremely grateful to have been matched with her - she has made my therapy experience absolutely amazing!

Written by L.I. on Sep 23, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping disorders

Colette really seems to understand how I’m feeling and how my experiences contribute to what I am struggling with now. She explains well how and why this is happening, and gives me ideas and strategies to consider and try, to help improve how I’m coping.

Written by A.N. on Aug 12, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Colette is a very kind person and a good-listener

Written by S.E. on Jun 15, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

As credibility and quality go, I would be hard suited to recommend any therapist/counsellor as credible as Collette. Professional and down to earth, she manages to reach down to whatever level I am be on, whatever mood, whatever mental state, and connect with me in a way I find reassuring, comforting, and strengthening. Not only is her advice and ideas very thought-provoking, but there is massively practical element to almost everything she says and my interactions with psychiatrists in my own time has greatly increased now I know where I am and where I should be heading for.

It may sound childish or inane, but the greatest thing she achieves is reminding me that at the end of each session, every day, every week, every moment in my life, the aim is to be happy. To live life to its fullest capability, and look back with pride and joy. This is difficult naturally with life being a cathartic concept in itself, but from the soft tone and the same question at the beginning of each session ‘how have you been?’, the self-reflection expands and I feel almost as if, while she learns more about me, and my habits, traits, natures, I do too.

I do not, for even a moment feel like I am blocked out from learning and maturing, and that she deliberately means for me to introspect and grow, and that it is a brilliant thing to do, intellectually, mentally, and in every other way. I feel actively excited to communicate with her, to reel me back from reckless behaviours, and to be praised in learning from my mistakes.

Written by F.E. on May 21, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Empathetic, attentive, supportive, while remaining realistic and reasonable. She makes me feel seen and accepted while holding me accountable to the goals that I set for myself.

Written by K.A. on Apr 27, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Colette is compassionate, patient, insightful and intuitive. She provides a good balance between tangible strategies and concepts in understanding what may be going on while remaining personable, relatable and human. There can be as much structure as needed or we can just go with the flow when needed - a safe, free, and trusting environment. Thank you Colette :) !