Marriage & Family Therapist
Sandra Elsley (B.A, M.A., M.Ed, MFT)
Sandra Elsley (B.A, M.A., M.Ed, MFT) is a seasoned therapist who specializes in Individual, Marriage and Family counseling and therapy for clients in the Niagara and Toronto regions. For over 30 years, Sandra has maintained a successful and thriving private practice where she has helped countless individuals and couples to overcome relationship and core emotional issues. Most of her referrals come through word of mouth and professionals in the health and wellness field, though self-referral is acceptable.
Sandra's training is extensive and eclectic making her an effective therapist in both one-on-one environments and group settings. In the beginning of her career, Sandra earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from Brock University. She later went on to continue her education obtaining two Masters degrees, the first in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from the California Family Studies Center and the second in Counseling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
Following her formal schooling, Sandra's commitment to mastering her craft landed her a two-year internship at the Interfaith Pastoral Counseling Center where she not only received comprehensive supervision, but also engaged in her own personal and group therapy work. Sandra's belief is that these formative years laid out a strong foundation for her to work with her clients, and while critical to the development of her career, there is much more that she has experienced over time that supports her work and method.
Ongoing, intensive courses in Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy (relational therapy), sound therapy, ancient healing traditions, meditation, spiritual traditions, hypnotherapy, and trauma work are all embedded into Sandra's counseling repertoire. Her approach is intuitive and creative and varies to ensure that each client is treated respectfully and uniquely. Other distinctive methods of Sandra's work include Holotropic Breathwork and "Out of the Box" personal growth tours to areas such as Sedona, Arizona, Peru and the Amazon Jungle.
Prior to entering the world of self-employment as a therapist, Sandra worked for 17 years in the government section with Adult Criminal Offenders. She also has experienced the corporate sector where she became well acquainted with the many challenges, personalities and strategies one must learn to not only survive but thrive within and without.
Sandra's passion is to work with high-functioning individuals who seek personal development and growth through therapy. These individuals are willing to engage in a process of self-discovery and self-consciousness, which will help them to develop the discipline and commitment necessary to create the lives they truly desire.
Issues that she treats Individuals and Couples for may include:
- COMMUNICATION and CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- EMOTIONAL and SEXUAL DISTANCE
- FAMILY LIFE
- STRESS AND TIME MANAGEMENT
As well as:
- WORKPLACE ISSUES
- PERSONAL GROWTH
- CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- UNRESOLVED ISSUES FROM PAST
- TEENAGE BEHAVIORAL and SCHOOL ISSUES
Appropriate referrals provided as required.
Days, Evenings and Weekends Appointments Available.
Zoom calls & online appointments are also available for all local & global clients.
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