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Amanda Youssef, MEd, RP, CCC

Registered Psychotherapist

Founder & Executive Director

Clinical Supervisor

Certified Meditation Instructor  

Charlotte Grace

2019-2023

Lachlan

2008-2021

Patronus ("Troni"), our first Therapy Dog.

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

Amanda Youssef, Registered Psychotherapist, Executive Director

Hello, my name is Amanda Youssef (she/her), Founder and Executive 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. 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 been working in the human services sector and mental health field since 2009 providing Psychotherapy and Counselling and have over 15,000 client contact hours. I have also been providing Clinical Supervision to Interns, RP's and other Mental Health Professionals since 2016.  In addition to my private practice at Valley Connections Counselling, I worked at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, in the Student Wellness Centre between 2010 and 2017, providing individual and couples therapy, as well as creating and 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: admin@valleyconnectionscounselling.ca 

Amanda's services are eligible for insurance coverage under health benefit plans that cover the services of Registered Psychotherapists.

A Little More About Me...

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

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

I also have two fur-babies, Charlotte Grace, our Therapy Dog and Piper, my cat.  

I love my job and my team and I am deeply grateful for them every day. I also love to write, swim, be near the ocean and walk in forests.

Consultation
30 minutes to meet your therapist
*optional*

Individual Intake and Subsequent Psychotherapy appointments
50 minutes

Couples Intake and Subsequent therapy appointments
50 minutes

Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals 
60 minutes

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