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!
15yrs in practice
Additional areas of focus:Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Colette Spaulding. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
For me, this was the best pairing possible. She is very understanding and has a lot of patience with your needs and going through a lot from anxiety and trauma and managing all that comes with it afterward. She has helped me a lot with mourning, and PTSD and my life has greatly improved knowing how to deal with anxiety and specific triggers that made certain social interactions very difficult for me. I 100% recommend Colette.
Written on Apr 17, 2023 after therapy with Colette for 2 years and 7 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and grief
It was such a pleasure to work with Colette Spaulding. She is a really good listener, and more important she understands and supports you, with no judgment. Loved every session we had!
Written on Dec 13, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Colette is very special. We clicked instantly and she is so warm and kind and such a good listener. She made me feel heard and understood. She has made me feel that this journey that I have started will get me to a better place.
Written on Nov 21, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and compassion fatigue
Very helpful and supportive in every session
Written on Nov 12, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Colette is very easy to talk to, tries to best understand the situation by asking good questions and responds with compassion.
Written on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Only therapist I feel comfortable with and I went through a BUNCH
Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Colette Spaulding is such an amazing therapist. She listens openly and has helped me work through some of my hardest times with care and validation. Her expertise helps me see situations and emotions in a new perspective which helps me work through them in a much better way. She also offers great insight and exercises that help me think deeper and use better tools that are applicable in a variety of situations.
Written on Jun 14, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
Colette is very easy to talk to, is an excellent listener and is willing to share things from her personal life to help me accept the way I have handled things in the past. She is empathetic and made me feel better about myself. She validated to me that what I did when my daughter had a traumatic experience made sense at the time so I didn’t feel so bad about how I handled it in the past. This really helped me process what had happened.
Colette helped me start the road to recovery with my daughter by pulling out of me what I needed and wanted and then helping me formulate good questions to start the dialogue with my daughter. My conversation with my daughter was very productive and we have a good start at improving our relationship.
I would definitely recommend her.
Written on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues
My therapist very quickly made me feel at ease and safe to be able to share anything her. She always asks the right questions that help me make some sense of my messy past and my messy feelings. She helps me get a better understanding of myself and become more mature. I would recommend Colette to anyone :)
Written on Mar 18, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
Colette is a kind, patient and introspective therapist. She is an extremely good listener and asks good follow up questions. She is someone who I feel like I can trust and can to about anything I am thinking about. She is an excellent therapist.
Written on Feb 11, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and comp
I am grateful to have been paired with Colette Spaulding. She is extremely understanding and compassionate and has a very warm and welcoming personality. I am thrilled to have started my journey with her
Written on Jan 05, 2022 after therapy with Colette for 2 weeks on issues concerning parenting issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
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 on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Colette for 4 months on issues concerning eating disorders
Very experienced and empathetic counsellor. Really enjoyed sessions with her and it helped me a lot
Written on Apr 12, 2021 after therapy with Colette for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions
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 on Nov 27, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
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 on Nov 02, 2020 after therapy with Colette for 7 months on issues concerning eating disorders, and self esteem
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 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 is a very kind person and a good-listener
Written 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
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 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
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 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
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 :) !
Written 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
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