Mia

Arcangeli

MSW RSW
She/Her
PRACTICE FULL
ON LEAVE

Mia is here to support you with trauma, anxiety, and self-esteem.

Mia is passionate about helping you become the best version of yourself. She specializes in anxiety, perfectionism, depression, anger management, trauma, relationship challenges, and self-esteem. Mia is here to help you identify negative thinking, practice self-care, and set healthy boundaries in your everyday life. Emotions can sometimes feel overwhelming, but you can learn to understand, process, and move through them. Mia will both sit with you in the heaviness of the problem and offer tools to help you cope and heal. Mia creates a safe space to lean into those big feelings, which will help you manage your emotions in day-to-day life.

Mia brings her warm, accepting, and down-to-earth nature to therapy. She genuinely cares about you, and makes sure you feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings. She’ll work with you to identify and understand the problem you are facing. Mia’s own experiences with societal and personal pressures allow her to empathize with you and support you in practical ways. 

Mia draws on approaches such as emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), eye movement desensitization & reprocessing therapy (EMDR), narrative therapy, attachment science, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. She values the importance of the mind, body, and heart connection in your journey to self-compassion and authenticity. 

Acceptance, compassion, and authenticity are three words that Mia lives by every day. Mia values play and connection with others for her mental, physical, and emotional health. She believes adventure, creativity, and fun fuel the soul!

Mia offers services in English and French.

Right for you if:

You're looking for support with your self-esteem and self-worth.
You're looking for support to work through trauma.
You want support with relationship challenges.
You find perfectionism is becoming a big challenge in your everyday life.

More about

Mia

Master of Social Work, University of British Columbia (2021)

EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Basic Training (Personal Transformation Institute)

Emotionally-Focused Therapy: Attachment Science Into Practice (Psychwire)

Essentials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Beck Institute)

What is Narrative Practice? (Dulwich Centre)

Making Sense Of Trauma: Tools For Responding To Children And Youth (New Directions for Children, Youth and Families)

Single Session Counselling Framework Certificate – English A (Kids Help Phone)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Q&A

What does good mental health look like to you?
To me, good mental health looks like feeling happy, confident, and proud of the person that I am. When I am able to feel happy with myself, I know that I can rely on myself to get through any adversity or challenges that life may throw my way. Having good mental health starts with knowing who I am and choosing to be authentic, gentle, and accepting of myself every single day.
What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
To take care of my mental health, I engage in activities that remind me of who I am. I spend time with old friends who keep me grounded and remind me of my roots. I snowboard, listen to music, dance, and sing, as those activities remind me of what I love. I turn to my family and friends to share my thoughts and feelings as they remind me of my morals, values, and strengths when I feel consumed by a heavy emotion. Though it can be challenging to engage in some activities we love at the moment due to the pandemic, I encourage myself to tend to my 5 senses every day to take care of my mental health. I eat something tasty (taste), light a delicious and soothing candle (smell), wash my face to feel clean (touch), declutter my working space (sight) and listen to gentle music (sound). My mental health starts with making my environment feel safe and warm.
What would you say to a friend struggling with a mental health issue?
A lot of the time, when individuals are experiencing adversity, it can be very easy to feel stuck in the emotion or the challenge. It can also be easy to lose sight of who we are in those moments as our challenges can feel so much bigger than us. Reminding ourselves of who we are and what is important to us is so important. If we know who we are, we know our strengths, our talents and our skills and are aware of how we leaned into those qualities in the past to overcome adversity. Humans are resilient beings. When we trust in ourselves and our resiliency, even when we might not feel so strong, we can overcome anything.

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