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Do you want to create the fulfilling life you’ve always wanted? Be truly happy, feel a sense of purpose, contentment and energized by your life?

Helping to support you to achieve this is our passion and expertise. Unresolved chronic emotional experiences like depression, anxiety, negative body image and relationship conflict can have a dramatic effect on your physical health. We believe that taking a balanced approach is needed for total well being and working on the three pillars of mental health, fitness and nutrition are required to attain this.

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PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH AN EXPERTISE ON HEALTH & FITNESS

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We will partner with you as trusted guides so that we can overcome your emotional and physical struggles by focusing on changing your mindset through psychotherapy.

Our practice is a unique method offering psychotherapy with an expertise on health and fitness. It is our belief that working in one’s environment focusing on the systems that surround a person creates the most sustainable change. From young children to adults, we offer treatment options for people of all ages.

We will partner with you as trusted guides so that we can overcome your emotional and physical struggles by focusing on changing your mindset through psychotherapy.

Our practice is a unique method offering psychotherapy with an expertise on health and fitness. It is our belief that working in one’s environment focusing on the systems that surround a person creates the most sustainable change. From young children to adults, we offer treatment options for people of all ages.

Family therapy. Family playing board game.

MEET YOUR GUIDES

Meet Kristen Marcovecchio, RP, PTS and Kerri Steele, RP, PTS the founders of Whole Self. Kerri and Kristen have been practising psychotherapy for over 20 years.Through the years we have discovered that we are referring our clients out to other professionals for their health and nutrition needs. This causes a barrier for most as it requires more time, additional costs, and most importantly having to develop a new relationship… this is hard to do. We strongly believe that developing a relationship is the first step, and one that a client should not have to take again. Our integrative approach supports our belief that the mind and body must be treated as one and addressed at the same time. At the age of 45 Kristen and Kerri both became Certified Personal Trainers so that they could incorporate physical activity with their clients during therapy.

Our Health and Fitness Journey…..

Portrait of therapist Kristen Marcovecchio

Kristen Marcovecchio

Kristen has had a love for health and fitness for most of her life, playing sports in her earlier years and then transitioning into a gym setting for her workouts in her late teen years. As a teenager Kristen struggled with an unhealthy relationship with food, at times restricting it trying to achieve the “ideal” body image. She learned the importance of fueling her body the right way once she began resistance training. This required eating clean whole foods to achieve the results she was looking for. After starting her family, Kristen felt it was more important to dedicate all of her time to taking care of her family, neglecting herself. She got back on track with her health and fitness following a traumatic event. Kristen recognized the importance of doing this to feel better.

Portrait of therapist Kerri Steele

Kerri Steele

Kerri was raised in a health conscious home where healthy eating and being physically active was important. This however fell to the wayside in post secondary school, which lead to putting on the “freshman 15”. Kerri’s unhealthy lifestyle continued on into her 30’s as her focus shifted to taking care of her family, putting herself last. Kerri began to experience significant pain in her knees and was diagnosed with early onset arthritis, which the Dr. explained was due to being overweight. This was the moment that Kerri realized she needed to make changes to her lifestyle. Kerri started by setting small goals and as she achieved them would set new ones leading to her competing in triathlons and ultimately qualifying and competing in Worlds.

We are excited to welcome Roger Houghton, MSW, RSW to our practice. Roger comes with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of therapeutic methods. Rogers warm demeanour and unique ability to engage clients have made him well sought after as a clinician.

Portrait of Roger Houghton

Roger Houghton

“I have been in the field of Social Work since the early 1980s, and have nearly 40 years of professional practice experience. Clientele have covered the age spectrum from families with infants and young children to older individuals in their post-retirement years. However the bulk of my practice has been with families and adolescents, addressing the myriad challenges confronting the modern family. As with most people in professional practice over a number of decades, I have spent hundreds of hours in the study of various counselling methods and approaches, but the consistent feedback I’ve been given through this time is best summed up in the words of one 15 year old girl a few years back: ‘Sometimes, it’s just nice to have someone to talk to…’.”

AREAS OF TREATMENT AND OUR APPROACH

SPECIALIZED IN TREATING

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Addiction

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Anxiety

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Behavioural Issues

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Chronic Pain

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Coping Skills

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Depression

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Family Conflict

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Nutrition

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Obesity

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Oppositional Defiance

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Parenting

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Relationship Issues

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Self Esteem

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Stress

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Teen Violence

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Weight Loss

TREATMENT APPROACH

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis. (National Health Service (NHS) of England)

Family / Marital

Marriage and Family Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that addresses the behaviours of all family members and the way these behaviours affect not only individual family members, but also relationships between family members and the family unit as a whole. As such, treatment is usually divided between time spent on individual therapy and time spent on couple therapy, family therapy, or both, if necessary. (Psychology Today)

Systems Approach

Our Systems Approach looks at the clients ecology and how changing one part of the system usually affects other parts and the whole system, with predictable patterns of behaviour. We will assess the boundaries in each system to gain a better understanding of the impact on the client, as well as evaluating and identifying what the client has control over changing.

Family Preservation

Family Preservation is a model of service delivery that emphasizes the provision of treatment in naturally occurring contexts, such as the home and community. It is used to preserve the family as a whole. 

Health and Fitness Psychotherapy

Is an approach that we have developed that encompasses treating all three pillars at once (mental~ health, fitness, and nutrition). We will work with you to develop an individualized plan that is customized to your needs. Sessions could be solely cognitive behaviour therapy in the home/office or could be combined with personal training in the home/gym or combined with nutrition planning and prep in the home.

Learn more about our Group Psychotherapy Fitness Classes

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is often used to address addiction and the management of physical health conditions. This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviours that are preventing them from making healthier choices. It can also prepare individuals for further, more specific types of therapies. Research has shown that this intervention works well with individuals who start off unmotivated or unprepared for change. Clients may not be ready to commit to change, but motivational interviewing can help them move through the emotional stages of change necessary to find their motivation.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.

SFBT can stand alone as a therapeutic intervention, or it can be used along with other therapy styles and treatments. It is used to treat people of all ages and a variety of issues, including child behavioural problems, family dysfunction, domestic or child abuse, addiction, and relationship problems. Though not a cure for psychiatric disorders such as depression or schizophrenia, SFBT may help improve quality of life for those who suffer from these conditions. (Psychology Today)

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that views people as separate from their problems. This allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them, or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. With this new perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behaviour and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems. (Psychology Today)

Strength-Based Therapy

Strength-based therapy is a type of positive psychotherapy and counselling that focuses more on your internal strengths and resourcefulness, and less on weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings. This focus sets up a positive mindset that helps you build on you best qualities, find your strengths, improve resilience and change worldview to one that is more positive. A positive attitude, in turn, can help your expectations of yourself and others become more reasonable.

Anyone with poor self-esteem, or who has emotional issues resulting from an abusive relationship with a parent or partner, can benefit from strength-based therapy. This includes people with serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, who can use strength-based therapy to build confidence and reduce the stress of living with such a condition. Strength-based therapy can be used as an intervention for individuals of all ages, couples and families. (Psychology Today)

Structural Family Therapy

Structural family therapy (SFT) is a treatment that addresses patterns of interaction that create problems within families. Mental health issues are viewed as signs of a dysfunctional family; therefore, the focus of treatment is on changing the family structure rather than changing individual family members. The goal of SFT is to improve communications and interactions among family members and to highlight appropriate boundaries to create a healthier family structure. Families and children at risk, including single parents, blended families, and extended families, can benefit from SFT. (Psychology Today)

OUR SERVICES

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Individual / Couples / Family Therapy

Racially diverse teens/tweens. Teen / tween empowerment.

Youth Empowerment – Building Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies & Healthy Relationships

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Group Therapy Fitness Classes

Women walking in park doing individual psychotherapy fitness class.

Individual Therapy Fitness Sessions

Nutrition and fitness plans. Healthy foods/vegetables.

Nutrition and Fitness Plan

LET’S START THE JOURNEY TO A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER YOU, TODAY!

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