• Smart Therapy™

    Telehealth Psychotherapy for Individuals in Kitchener-Waterloo & Across Ontario

    Hi, I'm Rebecca Steele

    Your journey may have you delving into the deeper questions of life; trying to understand who you are, what you want in life, finding a sense of meaning, and what steps you want to take moving forward.

    Are you feeling like you are struggling with setting boundaries with others, or feeling deprived in your relationships? Are you wanting to feel more wholeness, self-esteem, or a sense of empowerment within yourself?

    Perhaps you are experiencing emotional distress and would appreciate some support at this time. My specialty is treating anxiety, depression, and trauma in individuals.

    I am honoured your journey has brought you to Smart Therapy. I am excited to learn about you; I feel privileged to hear your story and to support you in taking healing steps to move forward.

    Specialty Service: 6-Week Schema Therapy Program for Anxiety & Depression

    In addition to on-going therapy services, I also offer a short term 6-Week Schema Therapy Program, designed for any adult dealing with anxiety or depression. Schemas are patterns and worldviews we develop at a young age that impact our mental health.

    This 6-Week Program includes:

    • Pre and post-program surveys to show the changes that have occurred since beginning treatment
    • Identification of all relevant schemas/patterns for you that are impacting your mood and mental health
    • Insight regarding the root causes for why these patterns have come up for you in your life
    • Processing past experiences and challenging relationships related to the root causes
    • Tools for, and knowing the next steps to continue to heal from, address, and change these patterns
    • Encouragement and guidance towards developing more self-compassion and a quieter inner critic

    This 6-Week Program consists of a Schema Therapy-focused treatment, with other therapies integrated including Emotion-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches. 

    This program is currently available through Smart Therapy™. Contact us to find out more information.

    Smart Therapy's Values

    Our values are empathy, insight, freedom, emotional intelligence and a supportive therapeutic relationship to support clients in their healing processes.

    Empathy

    Experiencing empathy allows a person to feel heard and understood, and that helps with developing self-empathy, self-connection, and feelings of wholeness.

    Insight

    Exploring the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind allows us to address multiple layers and reaches one's profound past as well as works towards a desired future

    Freedom

    Begining to heal from anxiety/depression can lead to increased feelings of freedom. Free to: be and know yourself, and discover what you want from your life 

    Emotional Intelligence

    Emotions let us know about our environment and what our needs are. Emotional intelligence allows us to problem solve, ask for our needs, and increase self-soothing abilities

    About Me

    I treat anxiety, depression, & trauma; supporting individuals to develop self compassion, navigate family and relationship dynamics, and establish boundaries

    I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist (MSW/RSW) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC); as a trauma-informed therapist based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, I aim to use an anti-oppressive approach with clients. I am passionate about therapy, healing, health, and empowerment. I pursue these passions by taking a variety of specialty courses allowing me to provide clients with a highly personalized treatment.

    For 10 years I have been a psychotherapist, and have two masters degrees in the counselling field (MA & MSW). I have a special interest and experience in helping women reclaim a felt sense of wholeness and empowerment. I understand the challenges women face in society, and strive to help women of all ages, orientations, cultures, and stages of life awaken to their authentic self. I endeavor to help clients reclaim their personal power in order to have the relationships with others and themself they’ve been hoping for.

    I absolutely believe that you have wisdom of your own, and that is something that I will work toward drawing out in our sessions together.

    Tapping into this is empowering and can give you the ability to deal with anything that comes your way in life.

    Each Traditional Talk Therapy Session Will Involve…

    A client-centered approach where we explore what events, thoughts, or feelings have, or will transpire-either past, present, or what is on the horizon. This includes the encouragement of non-judgemental awareness and acceptance of yourself; to quote Jim Carrey, “Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world.”

    Our meetings work toward exploration of and making personal shifts with respect to the following aspects of your life:

    Cognitive Tendencies/Thinking Patterns

    • Understanding how to manage and overcome catastrophizing thoughts, chronic worry, and anxiety-based or depression-based thoughts; reducing obsessive thinking and rumination, improving self-esteem, body image

    Emotional Processing & Regulation

    • Processing emotionally difficult experiences, learning how to work through painful emotions and begin to learn how to self-soothe and self-nurture. Tapping into the emotional components of your experiences and thoughts

    Behavioural Changes

    • Shifting impulsive tendencies, tackling procrastination or avoidance, addressing alcohol/substance concerns, learning to set boundaries or others and become aware of your own personal boundaries, shifting the behavioural cycle of burnout

    Existential Exploration

    • Exploring worldviews and beliefs, identify personally meaningful areas of life and how these areas can be amplified for you. Identifying and establishing a vision for your life that helps you feel a sense of purpose and excitement for your future. Figuring out what it is that you really want

    Treatment

    I use these approaches to help guide clients through their own personal therapeutic transformation:

    In addition to these traditional talk therapy approaches I offer these optional therapeutic treatments including:

    Feel free to reach out or let me know during a session if you would like to explore these other treatment options

    Specialty Hypnotherapy Treatment: Emotion-Focused Hypnotherapy

    I offer an advanced hypnotherapy treatment that incorporates Emotion-Focused Therapy interventions and which is trauma informed. This extended 80-minute therapy session can help with:

    • Increasing feelings of wholeness
    • Quieting the inner critic
    • Getting in touch with inner resources and the “wise self”
    • More self-compassionate inner-dialogue
    • Processing past experiences and challenging relationships

    This treatment is currently available through Smart Therapy™ as a specialty treatment. Contact us to find out more information.

    Telehealth

    Smart Therapy™ is currently based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, and serves everywhere in Ontario. Counselling services are being offered solely over video and phone.

    Studies have shown there are benefits to distance and virtual therapy that in-person does not offer. One of the benefits is called the “Disinhibition Effect,” meaning people feel more comfortable talking over video or phone about things they otherwise might not have brought up in person. Many people have also found distance therapy to be more comfortable since they can do it from their own home or space.