What I Do?

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with 25 years of experience in various settings. Some of the therapeutic approaches I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion, Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Bibliotherapy and Mindfulness-based stress reduction. I endeavour to provide non-judgmental active listening and encourage and support creativity in my clients. I work collaboratively to establish attainable goals and help you make the changes you want to make. If you need supportive counselling to meet some of the circumstances of your life that you cannot change – I can provide self-care strategies to help you. Most of all, I want you to feel heard and supported in life transitions.

I welcome people to call and make an appointment rather than struggling alone with life challenges. I look forward to hearing from you.

My Favourite Children’s Poems (see what I like to do in my alone time)

Boof

Boof’s a made-up word I say.
I say it nearly every day.
It’s very useful when I play.
And when I can’t think what to say.

Boof works well for muttering,
For whispering and stuttering,
For bellowing and sputtering,
Boof’s a useful uttering.

Boof is such a boofy boof.
It’s good for boofing and for boof,
And when you want to boofly boof,
A boof can boofer quite a boof.

Boof is such a lovely word,
Although to some it sounds absurd.
Of all the words I ever heard,
I think boof’s my favourite word

– Sonya Sones

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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

Laurie Erb

Registered Psychotherapist | MST, RP

Education & Accomplishments

  • Master of Pastoral Counselling - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Area of Study: Pastoral Counselling/Marriage and Family Therapy (family systems theory, marital dynamics, foundations of psychotherapy models, family of origin, group processes and leadership, grief support, research design in marriage and family therapy) - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • BA Religious Studies - The University of Waterloo-St. Jerome's College
  • Groups and Workshops - The University of Waterloo-St. Jerome's College
  • The groups and workshops I developed and facilitated in my career are important to me because I enjoy working with groups of people and believe the gr.oup experience can be a great learning experience.
  • Caregiver Groups - Facilitate support groups for individuals coping with a family member's chronic illness, provide educational resources, and arrange for speakers on relevant topics.
  • Process Group - Co-led a process group for women with a dual diagnosis on an ongoing basis to reduce feelings of isolation, increase self-awareness, and develop new ways of understanding and coping.
  • Psycho-Educational Weekly Drop-In Group – CBT Strategies, DBT Strategies, Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed Strategies, and Art Therapy Strategies for depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem issues
  • Mindful Eating Workshop - Co-Facilitated with North Perth Family Health Team Dietician
  • Chronic Pain Management - Six-week psycho-educational workshop
  • Phoenix Survivors Perth Country - Consumer/survivor organization, facilitating monthly meetings/assisting with setting goals and strategies for daily living activities.
  • Family Health Team Mental Health Networking and Education Day, 2010
  • Budgeting for Lean Times with a Reduced Income - Developed in response to the closure of a local factory.
  • "What do I do Now?" - Dealing with Anxiety and Fears-developed in response to the closure of a local factory
  • How to Keep Positive and Build Confidence in Yourself - Developed in response to the closure of a local factory.
  • Dealing with Change in These Changing Times - Developed in response to the closure of a local factory.
  • Moving Forward with Purpose
  • Neighbours, Friends, and Family- Domestic Violence Workshop
  • Myths of Depression

Approach

  • The eclectic use of therapeutic modalities
  • Empathic listener
  • Sensitive
  • Non-judgemental
  • Creative
  • Empowering
  • Collaborative

Professional Memberships

  • CRPO - College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • OACCPP - Certified Member of The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists

Experience

  • 25+ Years

Laurie's Favorite Quote

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance,”

– Verna Myers

Frequently Asked Questions With Laurie

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.

I was in therapy myself. The experience changed my life. My therapist encouraged me to continue my education and pursue becoming a psychotherapist. Also, my friends encouraged me to become a therapist.

Hearing clients tell their stories about their courage in living with what they have experienced. Working collaboratively with people to help them learn new ways of changing how they live.

When a client is hesitant or reluctant to begin therapy, I would discuss the values important to me when working with them, such as unconditional positive regard, respect for them and their situation, and working collaboratively to establish trust in the therapy process. I would express empathy through reflective listening to their concerns and hesitations about therapy.

My experience in therapy and learning, there are different ways of living; I was able to change slowly and live with well-being, be at peace and find enjoyment in life, family, friends, and colleagues.

People – clients and work colleagues

To live well and love my family and friends. And although I know this is part of the physician’s oath – do no harm – I need to live by this when working with clients.

Laurie Erb

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    Afternoons – Early Evening

Contact

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

Reading children’s poems out loud.

What's your "dance like nobody's watching" song?

I love classical music, but oddly enough, my favourite What’s Your “dance like nobody’s watching” song is Thunderstruck by AC/DC, not the lyrics but the driving beat.

Would you rather cook or order in?

Neither. Instead, I would like to have a personal chef. But as that is unlikely to happen, I would enjoy a combination of my partner cooking dinner, ordering in, and going out for dinner.

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