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Julie Edwards Professional Social Work Corporation operating as Julie Edwards Counselling Services


What does therapy offer?

Therapy is meant for those who are interested in a deeper understanding of themselves and are in search of a stronger and more focused self. It is a safe and nonjudgmental space that promotes understanding and change. Therapy helps us change our lives. Your time spent with your therapist can help you to shed misconceptions about yourself and the world and help you to function better both in the world and more specifically in relationships. Therapy can help fill that gaping hole inside that some of us feel and help us find relief from emotional pain. It can help you to deal with the stress of living in a very chaotic and complicated world. In general, therapy can help us be better partners, parents, lovers, and people. It can help us find the peace and happiness we deserve.

Examples of issues brought to therapy

  • Feelings of being overwhelmed & stressed
  • A Long-lasting sense of
    sadness
  • Feelings of inadequacy &
    being stuck
  • Intense feelings of nervousness
    or anxiousness
  • Fears & phobias
  • Disordered eating or poor body image
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship distress
  • Life adjustment issues
  • Loss & bereavement
  • Abusive relationships
  • Traumatic events
  • Low self-esteem

Julie’s Education & Specialized Training.

Julie is a master’s level social worker who is registered with both the college and association of social workers. She is a graduate of Carleton University’s Masters of Social Work honors degree program. She was born and raised in Renfrew County and is now providing therapy and counselling services in her own private practice located within Pembroke, Ontario servicing the Petawawa and Renfrew County areas. Julie has also done several years of therapy working with adults, families and groups, treating them for a wide variety of presenting problems while working in a hospital setting.Since 2008 Julie has been providing services to military members, veterans and their families. She has developed strengths in treating adults who are facing trauma. She also enjoys working with youth and their parents. Other areas of specialized training that Julie has studied are; eating disorders/body image, depression, anxiety, personality disorders & anger. Julie uses change driven models such as cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, solution focused and dynamically oriented approaches in therapy. Julie’s compassionate approach ensures that the person remains the centre of the treatment. Given that she is familiar with a wide variety of treatment modalities and communication styles, she can find the style that fits your needs. You may find more details on her training on the web site : www.findasocialworker.ca.

Walk and Talk Therapy

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Beginning in March 2020, Julie has started to offer an alternative to in-office, in-person sessions.

This evolved out of the need to adapt during the COVID crisis; however, also out of a desire to get clients outdoors in nature.

Walk and talk therapy has been described as an intervention that combines counselling, walking, and the outdoors.

Sitting face to face with your therapist in a room, is not for everyone and even sometimes even leads to people avoiding therapy.

The act of walking and moving forward can act as a powerful catalyst to personal change. Clients who feel "stuck" in a situation can benefit from physically moving forward. Walk and talk therapy can speed up the process of therapy and allow the therapist and client to get uncover and resolve issues more quickly and efficiently.

Walk and talk therapy provides bi-lateral stimulation through movement and sound of feet on the ground. EMDR is a well researched form of intervention that uses bi-lateral stimulation to help us process our psychological issues. The act of walking leads to better processing, allowing clients to think more clearly and creatively about ways to resolve problems in their lives.

Walk and talk therapy attends to the mind body connection that we intuitively know matters a great deal in our healing.

While walk and talk therapy does not have a large body of research behind it yet, the therapeutic benefits of being in nature does have extensive research. We are fortunate as residents of Renfrew County, having access to the Algonquin Trail that extends from Pembroke to Petawawa. There are various access points depending on where you live. The road is well maintained and is about 8 feet in width, allowing us to maintain a safe social distance.

The benefits of physical exercises are also well researched. Walking can be an antidote to depression, allowing for the physical release of the stress hormones in our bodies.

Other benefits of walk and talk therapy include;

  • Reduction of anxiety
  • Stress relief and increased ability to respond to stress in your life
  • Increased levels of confidence and self esteem
  • Allows you to have a more restful sleep

You may benefit from walk and talk therapy if you struggle with any of the following issues:

  • If you feel intimidated by face-to-face traditional therapy
  • Life crisis or transitions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss or grief
  • Chronic pain or acute illness
  • Body image issues

Wilderness Therapy

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Wilderness therapy uses the natural world as a platform to assist people in stress reduction and stress management, connecting to deeper levels of themselves and also to other people.   

Humans evolved to live in a natural outdoor environment, not amongst concrete, traffic, overcrowding, buildings, cubicles etc. We now have evidence validated by research that natural environments have a calming effects on mood. Those who are separated from the natural environment may be at a higher risk for developing mood problems.  

Team Building 

Wilderness therapy can also be a powerful tool to assist organizations to reduce stress and improve staff collaboration. These one day retreats can be tailored to meet your organization’s goals. For example, you may want a day focused on strategies for stress reduction.  Staff may also be lead through a variety of activities designed to introduce new concepts, bolster existing knowledge and encourage goals which will assist their production in the work place. 

Taking groups of people outside of their daily environment often fosters more willing and open conversation.  Sharing an outdoor experience allows people to see other aspects of themselves and their co-workers which can translate into stronger working relations and sense of personal competency.


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