What I Do?

I am passionate about clients living meaningful lives with themselves and with those around them from a place of wholeness. Reality is, that we all face uncertainty, disappointment, and distress at one time or another. Amid challenges, we can lose our sense of self and feel misunderstood and alone, questioning if anyone really understands. However, sometimes it can be helpful to speak with a professional who can hear our story, extend compassion and support, and journey with us toward desired change.

For the past nine years, I have supported clients with their mental health concerns in hospital, hospice, and university settings, in addition to agency and private practice work. With a background in maternity and geriatric nursing and overseas intercultural work, I enjoy assisting clients from various walks of life, perspectives, and needs.

I believe in holistic therapy that addresses the mind, body, and soul of clients in the context of family and community. Because each client is unique, I draw from a wide range of therapy approaches tailored to individual needs and preferences. Clients have the option to integrate their faith as it relates to their mental health at their request. Therapy also provides an opportunity to foster self-discovery, develop coping strategies, build resiliency, and find greater meaning in day-to-day life.

Clients I meet with typically come to address the following concerns: relationships, stress, grief/loss, life transitions, caregiving, women’s issues, end of life, career/vocation, or faith concerns. These challenges may present in the client’s personal, family, social, work, and/or ministry relationships, throughout various ages and stages of life.

I recognize that taking the first step toward therapy can feel intimidating. However, you are here. If you are ready to take the next step, I would be happy to meet with you.

I Believe

I believe, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
– Maya Angelou

“Alone we can do little,” however, “together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller

Qualifications

Ann Dyduch

Registered Psychotherapist | BRE, MA, RP

Education & Accomplishments

  • Bachelor of Religious Education
  • Master of Arts, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy
    • 2 Basic Units – CASC – Pastoral Counselling Education Certificate
    • Internship in a hospice center
    • Internship on a university campus
    • Internship in a rehabilitation unit in a hospital
  • Care of Others, Care for Ourselves – Certificate
  • Complicated Grief and Trauma – Certificate
  • Crisis Support in the Midst of Pandemic - Certificate
  • Art-Based Counselling
  • Compassion Fatigue: Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others – Certificate
  • Companioning Bereaved Parents – Certificate
  • When Grief is Complicated - Certificate

Professional Contributions

  • Caregiver workshop for families and professionals

  • Debrief and psychoeducational presentation related to trauma and relationship repair

  • Panelist on college campus: discussed career options in the mental health field

Approach

  • Attachment-based
  • Christian/Pastoral Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Approach
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family / Marital
  • Grief-Informed
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Approach
  • Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Prayer Counselling

Professional Memberships

  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • College of Nurses of Ontario ((CNO) (Inactive status)

Experience

Ann's Favorite Quote

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Frequently Asked Questions With Ann

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

From my mid-20s I felt drawn to help others. As a camp counsellor and young adult leader, I enjoyed spending time socializing with others and supporting them with their emotional and spiritual needs. I heard stories as a nurse from patients and families navigating health concerns and unexpected diagnoses, alongside celebrating joyous occasions. With an increased passion for caring for others on an interpersonal level, I decided to launch into a second career as a therapist.

One of my favorite things about being a therapist is knowing I am making a difference in the lives of others, like when clients say, “I’ve never told anyone this before.” It is an honour to be entrusted with personal stories.

I would inform clients that it is normal to feel stressed about starting therapy for all kinds of reasons and invite them to share their experiences. Discussing possible reasons clients sometimes feel reluctant to engage in therapy might be helpful. No doubt it feels vulnerable to talk about personal and sensitive topics with someone unfamiliar at first. Sometimes there is fear of the unknown or uncertainty about what pain or emotions might come up in therapy. I would commend clients for their courage to explore therapy as an option, reassure them of available services, and support them in their decision.

The only person we can change is ourselves.

In a supportive environment, children need to have their emotions acknowledged, and to learn healthy ways to express their feelings, so they can develop a sense of self and learn to cope with life’s challenges.

We all experience trauma, whether through threatening catastrophic events or accumulative distressing situations. The way each person experiences, responds to, and processes trauma is unique to them.

That I am “calm, patient, get them, don’t judge.”

Ann Dyduch

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
    Daytime

Contact

What activity instantly calms you?

Listening to instrumental music.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Don’t make another person’s emergency yours.”

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

Reading a variety of genres, aqua fitness, trying new recipes, creative writing, brisk walks.

Who has had the greatest influence in your life?

A long-time friend and mentor.

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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