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Find Balance
and Calm

Sometimes life and work can be challenging! As a registered social worker & psychotherapist, I am here to help you find balance, confidence, and calm. With my background as a business leader, and certification as a clinical ADHD services provider, I specialize in supporting clients experiencing workplace issues and those living with adult ADHD. I provide effective online counseling services to clients all over Ontario. 

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Counselling & Psychotherapy

Adult ADHD Coaching

Workplace Wellness Consulting

Workplace issues can have a negative effect on your mental health, relationships, career progression, and life satisfaction.

Together we can explore solutions for:

  • Stress & burnout

  • Anxiety

  • Imposter syndrome

  • Interpersonal issues

  • Performance improvement

  • Work-life balance

  • Problem solving

  • Feeling stuck

  • Job loss

ADHD doesn't just affect children in the classroom! ADHD affects adults in the workplace, in relationships, in parenting, and designing a meaningful life. 

The neurobiology of ADHD brains can cause challenges with planning and organizing, completing tasks, time management, and coping with frustration.

By adulthood, repeated experiences with ADHD can cause stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.

Fortunately, ADHD responds well to coaching and counselling. Together we can explore effective, practical, and personalized strategies.

Thriving businesses understand the importance of workplace wellness. Investing in a workplace wellness program has a positive effect on culture, reduces stress and burnout, increases productivity and engagement, and attracts and retains top talent. 

Get in touch to explore a comprehensive workplace wellness evaluation and customized improvement solutions.

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Judith Paterson

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

  • Master of Social Work - Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Master of Business Administration - Hariot Watt University

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy Certificate- Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate - University of Toronto

  • Certified ADHD Services Provider

  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

  • Trained in: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Suicide and Crisis Management, Life Coaching, Community Based Evaluation

Member of: Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)

Hello - welcome! I'm Judith Paterson, a registered social worker and psychotherapist. I took an unconventional path to this profession as I spent a large portion of my career as a business leader before pursuing a second career in mental wellness. I use a light-hearted, collaborative approach to support clients in solving problems, increasing mental wellness, and designing a meaningful life. My approach uses techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and structured problem solving. I hope you get in touch.

Safe, secure, and convenient online sessions

Evening and weekend appointments available

Covered by most medical benefit plans

Free 15 minute consultation

  • I'm new to counselling and psychotherapy, what should I expect?
    When starting psychotherapy, you might wonder what to expect. While some people differentiate between counseling and psychotherapy - seeing counseling as shorter term with specific guidance and psychotherapy as a deeper, more insightful exploration - the reality is that sessions are collaborative and tailored to your needs using the best from various approaches. Our work together will blend supportive conversation with specific, effective tools to help you achieve your goals. Your first session is a welcoming conversation where we'll explore what brought you to seek support and your hopes for our work together. There's no need to prepare any specific information beforehand. Just come as you are, and we'll have a meaningful conversation.
  • I have concerns other than just workplace issues, can we talk about that also?
    Yes, absolutely. While I specialize in workplace wellness and adult ADHD, my experience covers a wide range of mental health concerns and life challenges. It's often difficult to separate different areas of our lives, so we typically address life as a whole. I'm here to discuss any life or mental health concerns you may have. If a particular challenge would be better addressed by another professional, I'll assist you in finding the right person. Please feel free to get in touch.
  • How often will we meet?
    It depends :) This is a very personal decision. Generally, when people are feeling unwell, on leave from work, or dealing with acute performance or life issues, meeting weekly is advisable. For less urgent concerns, many find that meeting bi-weekly is best, allowing time between sessions to reflect and experiment with new strategies. Over time, many reduce the frequency to monthly check-ins for accountability, and eventually, they apply their new skills and perspectives independently.
  • Can you explain the treatment modalities you use?
    I use a combination of client-focused, positive, cognitive behaviour based modalities including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective, structured approach to treating mental health issues by focusing on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. It helps individuals develop healthier ways of thinking and coping, leading to improved emotional well-being and resilience in dealing with life's challenges. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a powerful approach that helps individuals embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty about them. By focusing on mindfulness and committed action, ACT encourages living a life aligned with one's values, promoting psychological flexibility and greater well-being. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a practical and goal-oriented approach to therapy that emphasizes finding solutions rather than focusing on problems. It helps individuals identify their strengths and resources to achieve specific goals and make positive changes in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Do I need a formal diagnosis to explore ADHD solutions?
    No, a formal diagnosis is not required. The tools and strategies we will explore are effective for adults living with ADHD, but they also benefit anyone facing challenges with planning, organization, procrastination, overwhelm, low self-esteem, and emotional reactivity. We can work successfully together whether you are officially diagnosed, self-diagnosed, treated with medication, or not.
  • Do you complete ADHD assessments or prescribe medication?
    While I don't conduct official ADHD assessments or prescribe medication, we can explore common ADHD features and support strategies together. If our discussions lead you to consider an official diagnosis or medical treatment, I will be happy to refer you to the appropriate ADHD professional.
  • How much do sessions cost?
    Sessions are priced at $150 for a 50-minute session, and they are tax exempt. While counseling and psychotherapy are not covered by OHIP, they are typically covered by most medical insurance plans. Additionally, you can declare fees as a medical expense on your income taxes.
  • Do you offer a sliding fee scale?
    Yes, I have a limited number of sliding scale spots available to ensure access to mental health therapy for those who may not be able to afford the full fee. These spots are administered through an organization called The Open Path Collective. If you require a sliding scale spot, please let me know and I will provide you with further details.
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