Alyson Hirtle is a Registered Psychotherapist with 16 years of experience in the mental health field. Coupling a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, she applies empathy, genuineness, and non-judgement to create safe and comfortable environments to assist clients with life changes. Her experiences derive from working in residential treatment homes with behaviourally and emotionally troubled adolescents to providing personal counselling with students at Georgian College. She deals with behavioural issues which include Coping skills, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting, Self-esteem, Bullying and Relationship issues.
She is an individual counsellor whose treatment is guided by several theoretical models to better assist the uniqueness of an individual struggling with emotions, thoughts and behavioural patterns due to anxiety, depression and interpersonal challenges. Her extensive experience and training has given her applicable knowledge and capability in areas of mental health, crisis management, and those struggling with daily living and life. Her focus is individual client based and includes pre-teens (11 years of age), adolescents, and adults.
Her qualifications include: Registered member of the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Yorkville University (2016), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Saint Thomas University (2000), Professional student member of the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy (CACPT), Graduate level education in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Graduate level education in Biopsychosocial Approach to Counselling, SAFETALK – Training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) – Training, Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour – Training.