I help people like you who are experiencing change and challenges in their lives to restore, renew and recover their confidence, wellbeing and resilience. I have a vibrant and diverse psychotherapy practice that is as vibrant and diverse as my nursing psychotherapy experience.
I am an RN, Psychotherapist with over 17yrs of clinical mental health experience and continuing education in working with youth and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, burnout, effects of learning disabilities, ADHD, shame, matters relating to identity (gender and sexuality) and women experiencing post-partum depression. I was the first RN to be a second assessor for gender affirming surgery in Ontario and continue to provide this service in my private practice.
With my extensive healthcare background, my practice is uniquely suited the specific mental health concerns and wellbeing challenges of nurses, doctors, first responders and allied health professionals. I am married to another health care professional and doubly understand the effects of burnout on ourselves, our family and our lives.
After graduating ‘with distinction’ with a Master’s Degree in Leadership in 2018, the last few years of my psychotherapy practice has expanded to include working with those in mid- to C-suite management and leadership positions to addresses their individualized personal and professional mental health and wellbeing challenges. Mangers and leaders carry a heavy weight of responsibility; psychotherapy helps to ease the effects of this weight.
My clients have described me as compassionate, approachable, knowledgeable, patient, authentic, humorous and dedicated. Engaging in sessions with me will help you to better understand what is holding you back from experiencing a healthy and happy life. You will be invited to learn, and practice personalized strategies that will support your ability to better manage your reactions, symptoms and improve your relationships with family, friends, and of course, yourself.
Psychotherapy is for you if…
- Your experiencing a loss of motivation
- Your relationships are strained
- You feel like you’ve lost control
- You are experiencing a big change (job loss, new baby, adoption, going to school, new career, divorce)
- A loved one has died
- You or your partner have a chronic illness
- You don’t feel like you know yourself anymore
- Your family, friends or colleagues have suggested you “need to talk to someone”
- You get angry and irritated easily or more easily than before
- You’ve lost sight of what you want or need
- Your sleep is disrupted
- You feel stuck
Psychotherapy with me is for you if…
- You are ready to talk
- You like humour in your conversations
- You enjoy authentic people
- You want someone to consider your life from a whole-person perspective
- You want to try to help yourself
- You want to make your relationships better
- You are committed to yourself
- You would like a personalized process
If this is you and you are ready to begin psychotherapy with me, please, schedule an appointment here:
I am excited to begin working with you!
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FAQs: Questions Sheena is Frequently Asked
Is an RN, Psychotherapist different than a Registered Psychotherapist?
Yes. And No. Let me explain…
An RN, Psychotherapist is a Registered Nurse who has completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (mine is from Queen’s University) with extra, intensive and extensive training in mental health, counselling and psychotherapeutic interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (this is me). In Ontario, all nurses must be registered the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Psychotherapy has been legislated as a controlled act that only members of 6 Colleges can perform, of which the CNO in one. Registered Nurses in good standing with the CNO can perform the controlled act of psychotherapy (Yes…I am a member in good standing with the CNO).
Registered Nurses can choose to be registered with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) however, this is not a requirement to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy given that registered nurses are able to do so under their licence with the CNO.
Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are not generally Registered Nurses. Although, Registered Nurses may choose to also be registered with the CRPO. Those that are not registered with the CNO but are registered singularly with the CRPO are considered RPs. The members of CRPO are individuals who have graduate education in social work, counselling psychology, etc.
I have chosen not to register with a secondary college. I am proud of my profession and the CNO and am confident in its ability to regulate nurses and protect the safety of patients. For more information, please see the CNOs document on nurses performing the controlled act of psychotherapy here
What are the modalities of psychotherapy that you are trained in?
I am trained in
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
What is your approach to psychotherapy?
What is your social lens?
I believe in engaging in actions which maintain the dignity and wellbeing of all people. This means my practice is grounded in the intersectionality of people’s experience of race, colonization, sexuality, gender, class, discrimination, (dis)ability, health, poverty, education, health equity, rurality, trauma and adverse childhood experiences. I affirm and believe that all aspects of my client’s lived experience influence their words, thoughts and actions.
Is private psychotherapy covered under my insurance plan?
Private psychotherapy is covered under many extended health insurance plans. The best way to discover if it is covered under yours is to check directly with your insurance company. At this time, private psychotherapy is not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Once you have paid for your session, I will provide you with a receipt you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
What might I experience in a psychotherapy session?
In sessions with me…laughter. Authenticity. Down-to-earth talking. And…maybe some tears.
Sessions are structured around your goals and needs both immediate and for the future; all sessions are personalized and tailored to you. We generally begin with a check in, perhaps a mindfulness grounding exercise and based on your needs, various psychotherapeutic interventions may be utilized. These include but are not limited to:
- Thought challenges
- Behavioural activation
- Mindfulness based reflection
- Behaviour modification techniques
- Positive psychology exercises
- Emotion and needs identification
- Problem solving
Ideally, you will come away from each session with me better able to cope with the challenges you are experiences and a deep experience of relief and ease.
Do you see clients online, in person or telephone?
In light of the COVID-19 restrictions, I am currently only seeing clients online or via telephone. Our online appointment will happen on Zoom which is a free online tool. A secure Zoom link will be sent to you for each appointment. I am also available to hold sessions over the phone. Once the restrictions are lifted, I will be inviting clients to attend sessions in my office in downtown Peterborough. Online and telephone appointments will always be available to every client.
Do I need to live in Peterborough to access psychotherapy with you?
No. I am able to provide psychotherapy to anyone who lives inside of Ontario.
How long are the sessions, how much do they cost and how many do I need?
Psychotherapy sessions typically last 60min. The cost per session is $120 CDN.
When we begin working together, I would suggest that you schedule 6-8 sessions with me over a 2 – 4 month period.
After this time, I typically move into a maintenance schedule with my clients. This means an appointment once per month or every other month.
Of course, life happens, and challenges arise, and my clients can choose to return to a more intensive schedule for a while to help support their therapeutic needs during that time.
What hours are you available?
Typically, I schedule appointments during the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 – 9:00pm
Do you have a waiting list?
At this time, I can accommodate most requests for appointments. It typically takes 3-7 days to have an appointment with me.
How do I book a psychotherapy session with you?
I offer my clients the option of online booking. You can book an appointment online by clicking this link: https://appointmentswithsheenahoward.as.me/psychotherapy
If you cannot find a time that is suitable, please email email@example.com and my assistant, Shareen, or myself will be pleased to help find a time that is convenient for you.
What is your cancellation policy?
I have a firm 24hr cancellation policy. You can reschedule your appointment online with the link provided in your confirmation email 24hrs in advance of your appointment. You can also reschedule via email or telephone 24 hrs in advance of your appointment.
You must reschedule your appointment 24 hrs prior to your scheduled appointment time, otherwise, you will be charged the full amount of $120 CDN. .