What I Do?

“Things for us aren’t always easy. We’ve all been there. As a registered psychotherapist, I specialize in helping adults and couples work through the tough stuff.

For many of us it takes courage to “go get help.” Often it isn’t until the burden of pain, sadness, fear and shame becomes debilitating, that we find ourselves taking a cautious step toward change.

As a professional with 18 years’ experience, I never lose sight of how privileged I am to have earned the trust of those who would share with me their intimate and individual perspectives. I can always assure that my clients will be able to tell their story with dignity, in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Whether the issues are described as anxiety, depression, adjustment, conflict, or fear, my focus is to help individuals and couples find clarity, self-acceptance, and resolution. Through cognitive-behavioural-based therapy, my goal is to ensure that the individual voice is heard and that communication barriers are safely and respectfully redefined. The reward for me is in seeing the smile that comes from people taking back control and regaining quality of life. These things are possible.”

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”

Qualifications

Brigitte Diggins

Registered Psychotherapist | BA

Education & Accomplishments

  • Graduand Academic Medal, McMaster University
  • Cognitive Behavioural Sciences Program – Neurosciences 1 & 2, Psychometry
  • Clinical mentorships 1997-2002
  • Cognitive Behavioural International Training Team (Prisma Health), 1999-2002

Approach

  • CBT-based
  • Eclectic Approach

Professional Memberships

  • CRPO
  • OAMHP

Experience

  • 24 years

Brigitte's Favorite Quote

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Frequently Asked Questions With Brigitte

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.

When I realized that people could help other people and maybe I could too. I realized how much we are alike, despite our differences. We all came from a family; we all carry a template of who we think we are; we all worry; we are all prepared to love; we all suffer pain and disappointment; we all have hope; we all want to be okay; we all need someone else who won’t judge us when things go sideways – but instead listen, help us find our strength, help us see the right goals, and keep going.

I am drawn to people and their stories. But – the special thing is seeing the light of positive change in a person: and knowing when I just made someone relax; hearing a person suddenly talk about noticing a change in their confidence; and experiencing someone feeling good enough to laugh for the first time.

Being hesitant to enter counselling is the most understandable thing in the world! Getting ready to share personal and vulnerable aspects of ourselves is precious; it’s private; and it can take some courage. So of course, it just may be a bit uncomfortable at first. That’s normal. And of course, not every therapist will necessarily feel like a fit. So, the key is to just give yourself a chance to explore slowly – explore the possibilities of building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship with that therapist. When it feels right – you’ll know it.

I am grateful that I have learned to see that the glass is half full, even in thirsty times! Which reminds me – I am grateful for my family – they keep my glass half full.

Trauma sufferers sometimes carry with them a sense of failure – that the emotional pain and confusion they may feel signals intrinsic weakness; essentially, entwining shame and guilt into what is already enough for a person to work through. Emotional vulnerability after trauma, even long afterward, is understood and a normal response to an abnormal situation – it is an understandable no matter who you are.

“You know me. I feel I can tell you anything.”
“You are as advertised … you did not disappoint. I think you are amazing and awesome.”
“I could not have done it without you…”

Brigitte Diggins

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Monday – Friday
    daytime, some evening or weekend hours

Contact

Would you rather cook or order in?

Cooking!

What song always gets you out on the dance floor?

Full out rock! Most Rollings Stones tunes.

What’s your “dance like nobody’s watching” song?

Full out ballet! – The Nutcracker & Pachelbel Canon

Who has had the greatest influence in your life?

My kids. No doubt.

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.

Free 20-Minute Virtual Consultation
Need help booking your free 20-minute consult? (905) 319-1488