Laura Chiarenza, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Laura Chiarenza, MA Psych, RCC, Reg#13372

Office Hours: Tuesdays (1:00 pm to 8:00 pm) & Wednesdays (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

For private correspondence please email: laura@stewart-assoc.com
Please note Laura’s office hours – she may not respond to messages until her next scheduled work day.

For all appointment requests / changes email:  admin@stewart-assoc.com

Laura is accepting new clients!

Laura Chiarenza has been working as a Registered Clinical Counsellor since 2015 with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships and approaches that include CBT & Attachment Therapy.  She completed her practicum placement at Stewart & Associates in 2014 and has been an Associate Counsellor since 2015.

Laura is a contracted service provider to HumanaCare, ICBC and RHAP Residential Historical Abuse Program.  Her services are also covered by many extended health benefits plans.  Please contact your plan provider to determine if you have coverage.

Education and Experience

Laura completed her Master’s Degree in counselling psychology at Athabasca University in 2015. Throughout the course of her education, she has studied a wide variety of approaches, including Bowen family systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and mindfulness therapy. Laura has also done extensive research on topics related to interpersonal relationships, such as conflict resolution, parenting issues, sexuality, infidelity, and the impact that the media and popular culture have on couples and their families. In addition to this, her practicum training has given me the opportunity to work with individuals with mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder.  Laura was also a Counsellor’s Aide in 1996 & 1997 at the Willamette Family Treatment Center in Eugene, Oregon.

Counselling Orientation & Philosophy

Laura practices from the premise that everyone brings their own unique stories and experiences into therapy.  She therefore works with clients collaboratively to formulate goals that are grounded in their own life experiences. Recognizing that clients’ relationships to others are an important part of their lives, Laura approaches her work from a systematic perspective that acknowledges the influence of preexisting relationships, community, and values on individuals’ lives and experiences.  She believes that a holistic approach to counselling provides clients with more options and a greater range of techniques and interventions that can be drawn from in therapy. The counselling relationship depends mainly on the client’s willingness to stay the course and be as open and honest as possible. Laura’s mandate, therefore, is to provide clients with a safe, secure, and comfortable place to work through their issues via a relationship that is collaborative, respectful, and non-judgmental.

Language Spoken

English
Italian

Area of Practice

Anger Management
Anxiety
Conflict Resolution
Couple Counselling
Depression
Family Counselling
Gay & Lesbian
Mental Health
Parenting
Life Transition
Transgender
Trauma
Relationships
Self-esteem
Sexual Health
Stress