Louisa

Larocque

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Psychotherapy Intern
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English

Louisa is here to help you with new autism diagnoses, ADHD, and burnout.

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It’s not easy to be a neurodivergent person navigating a neurotypical world. Louisa’s here to help. 

Louisa specializes in supporting people who have been diagnosed with autism or ADHD — or who identify with their challenges. She is passionate about working alongside students, neurodivergent folk, womxn, and adults on their path to inner contentment. Louisa operates on a sex-and-body positive attitude and aims to empower womxn looking to achieve the same.

Louisa is a second-year Master of Social Work student. She has seven years of experience helping people in emergency shelters, supportive housing residences, mental health treatment centres, and private practice. Before her current program, Louisa specialized in psychology and gained a minor in women’s studies from the University of Ottawa. She has also completed an internship at Autism Ontario.

Louisa ensures that you feel seen, heard, and validated in your experience. Her presence is genuine, and she’ll meet you where you’re at. Louisa identifies as a female feminist and works from an intersectional lens. Dignity, humanity, non-judgment, self-reflexivity, least harm, and integrity are key values and principles she upholds in her trauma-informed practice. In session, Louisa uses the “Third Space”, defined by Sandra Alton as “a space of co-creation of new narratives and subjectivities […] that is authentic and centred around equality”. She is on your side. You are not alone.

In her spare time, Louisa geeks out on non-fiction books and collects them to build her mental health library. A typical self-care Sunday for her is a day in her hammock with her pup Roe, a bag of Miss Vicky’s salt & vinegar chips, and a deep dive into lo-fi playlists.

Right for you if:

You are an adult who is newly diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder and want to manage challenging symptoms.
You are a college or university student who feels overwhelmed with academia and *adulting*.
The pandemic pushed you into burnout and you want to begin your recovery process.
You want a safe space to grieve the loss of a loved one.

More about

Louisa

MSW candidate (2nd Year), WIlfrid Laurier University

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Specialization in Psychology; Minor in Women’s Studies University of Ottawa (2017)

Trauma Stewardship: A Workshop on the Fundamentals of Trauma & Vicarious Trauma (Ontario Association of Social Workers)

Psychological Therapies & Work-Related Stress (Ontario Association of Social Workers)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Association for Contextual Behavioral Science)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Ontario Association of Social Workers)

Expressive Arts (Ontario Association of Social Workers)

Narrative Therapy (Ontario Association of Social Workers)

Ontario Human Rights Code Certificate (Ontario Human Rights Commission)

Addressing Youth Depression and Suicidal Ideation in a Post-Pandemic World Certificate (2021 Suicide Prevention Summit - Mental Health Academy)

Contemporary Clinical Suicide Prevention Certificate (2021 Suicide Prevention Summit)

Innovation in Men’s Mental Health: Using Humor, Media and Digital Engagement to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Suicide for High-Risk Men Certificate (2021 Suicide Prevention Summit)

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Q&A

What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
Feeling ≠ Meaning. It's me vs. me in this arena, and I hold the power. What am I going to do next?
What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
Self care Sunday, where I do everything I “just feel like doing” (within reason) without feeling guilty. It is my designated “me-day”.
What does good mental health look like to you?
The ability to enjoy life without feeling held back, guilty or distracted

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