Elena

Karamanova

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Elena is here to support you with perfectionism, self-esteem, personal development, and stress management.

Elena is dedicated to helping young adults connect with their authentic selves. She also has extensive experience supporting post-secondary students who face academic and mental health challenges. Elena creates an inclusive space that caters to your unique needs and preferences. Together with Elena, you’ll explore your past and present to identify behaviours that no longer serve you. She’ll support you to develop new patterns so that you can live a more fulfilling future. 

Elena understands that life can be complex, and you don’t have to go through it alone. She’ll help you address negative thinking patterns, lack of motivation, and heavy emotions. She’ll support you to develop healthy coping strategies that feel comfortable and have lasting effects. 

With a warm and empathic style, Elena uses a client centered approach. You lead the conversation, and she’ll provide genuine support to help you find a new way of being. Elena offers a holistic, integrative approach to therapy. She draws on evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness-based reduction therapy. She acknowledges the importance of hearing your story and handles this responsibility with great care. She’ll work with you to explore goals and strategies that fit your needs. 

Over the last several years, Elena has worked and volunteered in numerous social service agencies that serve children, adolescents, and young adults. She uses the knowledge she gained in these roles to best support you with your unique circumstances.  Reaching out for support is a courageous thing to do. Elena fully believes that you can overcome your challenges and start a new chapter of your healing journey.

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Elena

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Advanced) , University of Manitoba (2019)

Masters of Social Work, University of Toronto (2022)

DBT Clinical Skills Training (Jack Hirose & Associates Inc.)

Trauma Informed Care (Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute)

Mental Health First Aid (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

MindFIT Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator Training (University of Toronto)

What is Narrative Therapy? (Dulwhich Centre)

Manitoba College of Social Workers

Canadian Association of Social Workers

Q&A

What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
To ensure that I am able to show up for my clients in the best headspace, I often check in with myself to see if I am dedicating time to practicing mental wellness. This looks like eating balanced meals, attending fitness classes at my local gym, prioritizing time to connect with loved ones, and journaling.
How do you describe therapy?
I would describe therapy as a safe space where the client is encouraged to explore their struggles with the support and non-judgemental stance from the therapist. It is a collaborative environment that aims to support and problem solve the various challenges that life can throw our way.
What does good mental health look like to you?
When we feel that we are in a good place with our mental health it often reflects in the capacity to regulate one's emotions, be aware of our triggers, behaviours and thought processes, and have coping strategies available when needed. Good mental health is also the ability to become connected with the mind-body and be able to understand what our body needs from us.

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