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Kursten Riswold

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Registered Social Worker
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Kursten is here to support you with major life transitions, work stress, self-esteem, and trauma.

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Kursten works with adults who experience uncertainty, self-doubt, anxiety, and hopelessness. She can help you gain insight into your experiences and live with meaning and purpose. Kursten will support you to identify your sources of pain and distress. She’ll assist you to develop strategies to manage negative self-talk and ease challenges or stressors.

Kursten offers a calm, judgment-free space where you can discover what’s important to you and make sense of difficult experiences. She can help you explore your feelings, your beliefs about what happened, and how you were (or weren’t) supported in a traumatic experience. Kursten is genuinely interested in helping you identify your strengths, develop resilience, and create change in your life.

Kursten has 10 years of experience in medical clinics, mental health programs, employee assistance programs, and internet-delivered therapy. Many of the skills and perspectives she shares with you are ones that have helped her in her own life. She’ll help you develop your own skills and strategies so that you are confident in your ability to succeed. Kursten believes that learning and change are lifelong. She puts this idea into practice through continuous learning, self-compassion, and remembering that life is a journey, not a destination.

Kursten enjoys spending time with her family and their cat. When she isn’t catching up on her to-do list, you can find her enjoying music, her partner’s cooking, practicing piano, or trying out art projects from Instagram. She also enjoys listening to podcasts and watching shows while exercising on the treadmill. Other times, you may find her sitting and staring out the window because doing ‘nothing’ is sometimes exactly what we need.

Right for you if:

You are looking for support with stress, anxiety, or depression.
You want to explore the roots of negative self-talk and hopelessness.
You have experienced work or relationship trauma.
You want to live a meaningful life and change unhelpful perspectives or behaviours.

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Master of Social Work, Dalhousie University (2016)

Master of Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University (2011)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Saint Mary’s University (2005)

Biopsychosocial Approaches to Counselling (MACP Graduate Course, Yorkville University)

Theories of Personality (MACP Graduate Course, Yorkville University)

Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approaches (MACP Graduate Course, Yorkville University)

Psychedelics and Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Workshop (Jack Hirose and Associates)

Psychedles (UHN)

The 10 Best Ever Depression Management Strategies Workshop (Jack Hirose and Associates)

Stopping the Noise: Practical Strategies to Help Clients with Panic, GAD, Anxiety and OCD Workshop (Jack Hirose and Associates)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skill Building: Creating Safety, Distress Tolerance, and Relapse Prevention Plans Certificate (PESI)

Psychedelic Medicine: A New Paradigm in Mental Health Conference (Toronto University Health Network)

Certified Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Professional Training: An Enhanced Online Skills Training for Adapting DBT for Everyday Needs Certificate (PESI)

CBT for Insomnia Workshop (CBT Associates Toronto)

CBT for Trauma Workshop and Group Consultation (CBT Associates Toronto)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Nova Scotia College of Social Workers

Alberta College of Social Workers

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How do you describe therapy?
Therapy is a process of self-exploration, capacity building, and actualization that happens within a safe and affirming therapeutic relationship.
What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
I take care of my mental health through exercising, staying hydrated, connecting with friends and family, and practicing self-compassion.
What does good mental health look like to you?
Good mental health looks like having the resources and confidence to manage daily life in a way that reflects personal values and strengths.