kristy cartwright, m.a. (Candidate)
Availability: Monday (1-9 p.m.), Thursday (1-5 p.m.), Friday (1-9 p.m. alternating), & Sunday (9 a.m. -5 p.m. alternating)
Kristy's services are available at our reduced intern rates. Please contact our office for more information.
Education, Training, & Professional Development
I am currently completing a Master’s of Arts program in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I’m thrilled to be finishing my degree with a practicum placement at New Roots Therapy where I can further my experience in the counselling field and hone my skills under the guidance of experienced supervisors. My education also includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology obtained at Carleton University. I have completed numerous certificate courses and workshops to further my professional development in my areas of interest, including addiction, anxiety, depression, working with families and children and conducting anti-oppressive practice.
I have been working within social services and the counselling field for nearly five years. During that time I have had the pleasure of working with diverse populations and various presenting concerns. My most recent work experiences include counselling adults with mental health challenges in transitional housing and working with families through the Children’s Aid Societies and Parent Relief Programs. I also have three years of front line experience de-escalating crisis and trauma situations, resulting in an enhanced recovery process. Through my work and volunteer experiences, I have become acquainted with and comfortable implementing therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy and mindfulness-based therapeutic techniques.
My Style & Approach to Therapy
I am most passionate about working collaboratively with my clients. I believe in a non-directive approach that empowers and motivates individuals throughout the therapeutic process. It’s important to me to not only address one’s concerns throughout therapy, but also to remind them of their strengths and capacity to contribute to goal setting and problem solving. I always employ Carl Rogers’ core conditions of being empathetic, congruent and providing unconditional positive regard during the course of my sessions.
While I am familiar with numerous therapeutic orientations, I believe it is important to recognize the uniqueness of each client and customize my approach to suit their needs. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. As such, it is important to me to get to know my clients by asking reflective questions and learning what will work best for them and their distinctive needs. I value the diversity in each individual I meet and listen to my client’s story while providing an open, safe, and nonjudgement environment.
I love being outdoors, especially on a sunny day! I have a daughter, a husband and two dogs that enjoy joining me for picnics, days at the park or fun hikes. Yoga is one of my favourite ways to destress and get some exercise. I also love anything to do with music or creativity. I will sing along to any tune that is playing on the radio, and have no shame that I don’t have the best vocal ability. When I’m not taking advantage of the good weather or the karaoke machine, I enjoy curling up on the couch to watch a movie or football games with my family. I also love to get creative by taking up a challenging crochet project on a rainy day or painting.