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Valley Connections Counselling



Connecting in life's valleys...
                                               

 

Amanda Youssef, MEd, RP, CCC
Registered Psychotherapist
Founder & Executive Clinical Director

Hello, my name is Amanda Youssef, Founder and Executive Clinical Director of Valley Connections Counselling.  I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario , a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Koru Teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation with the Centre for Koru Mindfulness in North Carolina.  I am also a Clinical Supervisor recognized by the CRPO.

I have a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (M.Ed.) from the University of Toronto, and an Honours Degree in Psychology (Hons. BA) from York University.   It is important to me to stay current with my education, and therefore I regularly participate in training and workshops. I have received clinical training in Trauma-informed Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing,  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Imago Couples Therapy,  The Gottman Couples Method, and Clinical Supervision.  I am also a  Certified Koru Teacher in Mindfulness and Meditation.

I offer individual, couples, and family therapy at Valley Connections Counselling at our Main office in Dundas.  I also offer Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy in partnership with Bright Stride Equine in Troy, Hamilton.  My areas of specialization centre around relationships.  I believe that we are wounded in relationship, and that to grow and heal, this is often most effectively done within a relationship as well.  I work primarily with women's issues, including support for the perinatal period and/or traumatic birth experiences, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, mood disorders, and anxiety.  I am trained in three models of couples therapy, and much of my research and client contact is with couples.

I have over 10 years of experience working in the human services sector and mental health field.  I have been working in private practice providing Psychotherapy for 10 years and have over 10,000 client contact hours. I have also been providing Clinical Supervision to Interns, RP's and other Mental Health Professionals for three years.  In addition to my private practice at Valley Connections Counselling, I have been working at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, in the Student Wellness Centre since 2010, providing individual and couples therapy, as well as running a number of groups including Building Healthy Relationships, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy/Emotion Regulation Skills,  A Group for Every Body (Body Image and Disordered Eating), and Koru Mindfulness and Meditation.

I thrive on engaging in work I love.  Being a Psychotherapist and Meditation instructor are integral components of who I am.  I gravitate toward building connections.  I too, have experience sitting in the client's chair, seeking my own therapy and support throughout various stages of my life.  I know the importance of a therapeutic connection.  I strive to be the Counsellor and Psychotherapist that I seek for my own support, and I have modified my practice to build bridges in the gaps I have experienced when receiving counselling myself.

I am committed to making Valley Connections Counselling a safe and nurturing environment in which clients can heal and grow.  I would be happy to hear from you regarding your experiences here or if you would like more information about our services.  Feel free to email the Valley Connections Counselling clinic at: [email protected] 

This is Patronus (or "Troni"), our first Therapy Dog. She is close to retirement, and is occasionally at the office with me.

This is Lachlan, our newest Therapy Dog in Training.  He joins my clients in their Psychotherapy sessions on a daily basis.

Individual Therapy
Couple/Marital Therapy
Family Therapy
Clinical Supervision

Special Areas of Focus

Clinical Supervision
Relationships
Pregnancy
Postpartum/Perinatal 
Parenting
Anxiety
Grief and Loss
Eating Disorders
Body Image
Self-esteem
Stress
Trauma and Abuse
Life Transitions

Therapeutic Approaches

Relational-Cultural 
Dialectical-Behavioural 
Emotion-Focused  
Cognitive-Behavioural 
Imago Relationship 
The Gottman Method 
Mindfulness-Based  
Trauma-Informed
Equine-Assisted

We want to be on the mountaintops, but we're not called to be victorious. We're called to be wise, strong and kind. We are admired on the mountaintops, but we are beloved in the valleys. All the magic is in the space between mountains, where we have to unbecome everything we thought we were and start from scratch. This is hard to do, because when pain comes in the form of uncertainty, our instinct is to scramble out of it, to grab blindly for the familiar. But when we rush out of the valley, we miss gathering all the wisdom, strength and kindness we need for the next climb. We have to learn how to sit by the river and be still enough to claim its gifts.

Glennon Doyle Melton

A Little More About Me...

I am a Mom, to two highly energetic and intelligent daughters.  Becoming a parent changed my world and my relationship with my partner, opened my eyes (while I desperately tried to get some shut-eye!), and daily makes my heart overflow.  


I also have two fur-babies, one of whom is Patronus, our Therapy Dog.  


I love my job and I am deeply grateful for that every day.  I also love to write, swim, and ride horses.