MSW, RSW, Brampton-Based Psychotherapist (Online) Specializing in Anxiety, OCD, & Other Disorders
About Lauren Fiamelli
MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist
What I can help with
I can help with a wide variety of challenges, including:
- bipolar disorder
- borderline personality disorder
- issues affecting First Nations people
- impulse control disorders
- school issues (including school anxiety and avoidance)
- and many more
Whom I can help
Adults and teens 16+, generally.
My approach to counselling
It’s hard for me to describe my approach to counselling, because I try to tailor it to your specific needs, personality, and story. But I can touch on a few beliefs that (I hope) give you a sense of my philosophy:
– Therapy should be a space where you say what you don’t feel you can say anywhere else. That may take some getting used to, but it’s an important understanding to develop.
– Laughter can be a strong medicine. As one who used to do stand-up comedy, I know how much work it can be to get to a point where you can laugh a little, or at least crack a smile. As one who has availed myself of therapy, I know how some therapists can be a “tough room” and make you feel self-conscious, despite the best of intentions. My hope is to be an “easy room” where you can be yourself and not filter yourself.
– Empathy matters more than just about anything. I’m told I have a high level of empathy, but I would say that is just another way to describe curiosity. If I gloss over too many chapters of your life’s story, then of course some things won’t make as much sense. That is why I hope to cover as many chapters as you would like to share, so we can figure out what the next chapters can be about.
– I operate in an anti-oppressive framework, in recognition of marginalized communities’ and individuals’ unique challenges.
Professional and educational background
My career began in crisis services for a crisis phone line and safe beds facility. I then moved to providing case management for folks with dependencies and mental health issues. During this time I also worked for a walk-in counselling program. I did my MSW placement at a Friendship Centre and helped develop a program using both Western and traditional Indigenous approaches to care. I continued working with the Indigenous population alongside the healers and Elders on a part-time basis after my placement was completed.
I have a BA in Honours Psychology, a Post-Grad Certificate in Concurrent Disorder, and a Masters of Social Work.