A graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Social Work, Stacey has developed her practice for working with couples through her training with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Stacey served for 10 years in the Canadian Forces as a Signals Operator and more recently spent 6 years providing counselling and support services to Canadian Force members and their families in the Ottawa area. She has significant experience working with individuals, couples and families struggling with the personal and family impacts of frequent relocation, deployments and ongoing separation due to work demands.

As a therapeutic approach, Stacey works from a collaboration of emotion focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy and solution-focused therapy. She also incorporates techniques from a mindfulness perspective. Stacey provides counselling and psycho-therapeutic services to individual adults with a particular focus on anxiety, depression, self-esteem, interpersonal issues (including relationships), life changes and multicultural counselling.

Stacey incorporate many different modalities in her practice while working with clients:
Each of these modalities has their strengths and will be used/incorporated based on client’s needs

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy

Stacey has a special interest in supporting individuals impacted by domestic and family violence and has spent 11 years working with community based organizations specializing in providing Violence Against Women Services.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy involves one-on-one sessions with the therapist and the individual. Issues can include, but are not limited to areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, identity, self-esteem/confidence, shame, guilt, past experiences including trauma. The aim of individual therapy is to assess your needs, establish your goals and work towards those goals by exploring the factors that may be impacting and contributing to your challenges. Therapy is done in a confidential and safe environment, free of any judgment where you can feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy and marriage counselling form a specialized subset of relationship counselling. In general, it is a form of therapy that looks to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship.

Why Emotional Focused Therapy?

As a practitioner of Emotional Focused Therapy, I adhere to the philosophy that relationships are at the core of human experience. Research indicates that emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral components of mental and physical health, and that emotionally focused interventions have the power to establish and recreate supportive bonds among individuals. I am therefore dedicated to the understanding and enhancement of couple and family relationships through an emphasis on emotions and their interpersonal impact. I believe that all people can maximize their potential given a nurturing social environment, which I endeavour to foster in my work with clients.

How will I benefit from counselling?

There can be many benefits to engaging in a counselling process. Counselling provides the opportunity for you to explore any situations, relationships, behaviours, thoughts or feelings that may be causing difficulty in your life, and offers support during a crisis or a challenging and difficult time. It can also provide you the space to gain deeper awareness and insight into yourself and others and develop better ways of understanding and coping with problems or challenges. Better communication within relationships can be a benefit of the counselling process.

Stacey Matthews, RSW, RP - Ezcape Spa & Wellness, Orleans, ON

Stacey Matthews, RSW, RP

Stacey is a registered Social Workers and Registered Psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience. Stacey has spent the past 20 years providing counselling and support services to a wide variety of clients.

She provides assessment and treatment services to adults and couples presenting with a range of psychological concerns, including: anxiety, depression, trauma and post traumatic stress, interpersonal difficulties (e.g., relationship distress, attachment injuries, and problematic interpersonal patterns), grief and bereavement, adjustment to loss and change.

Stacey strives to create an atmosphere of safety and respect for all her clients. Her therapeutic orientation is attachment-based and trauma-informed, and integrates emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioural, and interpersonal approaches. She works collaboratively with her clients to set meaningful goals for therapy that are in line with their needs, readiness for change, and best clinical practice.

Stacey Matthews' Services:

Meet & Greet

(15 minutes)

Therapy and Counselling

(50 minutes)

Client No-Show Fee 50.00

Stacey Matthews' Hours:

Tuesday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm

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