Victoria Coombes RSW
Registered Social Worker, Play Therapist, Individual and Family Counsellor
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker and UK qualified Play Therapist providing counselling and psychotherapy for children and adults.
I am dedicated to helping clients gain insight on personal challenges and difficulties in order to lead their best life in a healthy and meaningful way. I work collaboratively to create a safe space for clients to be heard and to support them in drawing upon their own strengths and resilience in order to move forward. My professional experiences stem from working as a Social Worker and a Therapist for almost 25 years in hospice palliative care, community organizations, and in private practice. I work with both adults and children.
My practice areas include grief and bereavement, palliative care, chronic illness, stress and burnout, trauma, loss, anxiety, and life transitions. I approach therapy in a compassionate and person-centered way with collaboration and goal setting. My approach is supportive, interactive, and flexible in meeting your unique needs. I help you to determine exactly what challenges you face and support you in finding inner resources to address those struggles at a pace which is right for you.
My work with children includes supporting children living with a palliative parent, bereavement work for those grieving the death of a parent, children with anxiety, and children who have experienced trauma. I offer play therapy for children 12 and under, as well as traditional talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and art therapy techniques.
I have extensive experience in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy with adults and children, a significant post graduate education, and have undertaken numerous additional trainings in order to meet client needs including qualifications in play therapy, complicated bereavement skills training, and solution focused brief therapy.
I am located in the Barrhaven area of Ottawa.
- Counselling and psychotherapy for children and adults
- Play Therapy
- Grief and bereavement
- Palliative care
- Chronic illness
- Stress and burnout
- Life Transitions
- Traditional talk therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Art therapy
- Registered member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)
- Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers #832190 (OCSWSSW)
- BA Honors degree from Edge Hill University in England
- Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work and Psychiatric Social Work
- Post Graduate Certificate in Child Forensic Studies
- Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy