Laura

Polisuk

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Psychotherapy Intern
she/her
English

Laura is here to support you with self-esteem, burdensome thoughts, feelings of rejection, and challenges related to intellectual disabilities.

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Laura supports adolescents and young adults to build their confidence and self-esteem. Laura also has experience providing individual and group support to young adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. She has conducted female youth empowerment groups on women's issues, confidence, and body positivity. She also has experience in community engagement, crisis intervention, and skill building.

Laura brings her warm, accepting nature to therapy. Laura believes that empathy, humour, and trust are crucial in creating a positive therapeutic relationship with you. She values your experiences and believes you are the expert of your own life. She uses self-compassion, mindfulness, and strength-based practices to help you develop strategies and skills to reach your goals.

Laura believes that negative emotions and thoughts impact your overall health. She’ll help you build on your strengths and develop resilience for whatever life throws at you. Laura strives to create a safe space for you to foster growth, build confidence, share difficult emotions, and strengthen the mind-body connection. Laura values your individuality and will create an action plan just for you.

In her personal life, Laura enjoys dancing, paddle boarding, hiking with her dog, and spending time with the people who matter most. She loves experimenting with recipes and trying new foods with loved ones. She values spending time on things that bring her joy and is passionate about helping others. Laura is grateful to be a part of your wellness journey and will support you every step of the way.

Right for you if:

You want support to manage negative self-esteem and/or body image.
You’re experiencing challenges related to an intellectual disability.
You’re looking for support for suicidal ideation and/or depression.
You’re looking for a collaborative, empathetic, and warm therapist.

More about

Laura

Master of Social Work, Yeshiva University (In progress)
Bachelor of Social Work, Toronto Metropolitan University (2021)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

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Q&A

What does good mental health look like to you?
Good mental health is being aware of your triggers and developing healthy coping skills to manage the stressors in your life. Being in tune with your body and mind can help you heal your past, stay mindful in the present, and be hopeful about the future.
How do you describe therapy?
Therapy should feel safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative. There is no right or wrong thing to say during your session; it should be a time to express your emotions freely and work towards reaching your goals with an experienced professional.
What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
Dancing has always been a source of comfort as it makes me feel grounded and brings joy to my life. I feel like my best self when dancing and creatively expressing my emotions. I am privileged to have a support system that makes me feel safe and brings out my best version. I am grateful to have people who will cheer me on in the good times and be there to lean on during difficult times.

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