Vanessa Akello, MSIS, MSW
I started “Connect Psychotherapy & Counselling” years ago to offer a unique place to address the diverse needs of the married, dating, single, adults and children. My goal is for each client to work at their own pace, feel listened to and understand, and address their most important issue. I have over 10 years experienced in helping clients find coping strategies, heal from trauma, build or repair their most important relationships, get postnatal mental health care, and find meaning as they navigate suffering, grief, loss and difficult life transitions.
I have a wide range of specialized trainings to address unique clients needs e.g. Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples; Emotionally Focused Family Therapy for families; EMDR for trauma; Theraplay and Synergetic Play Therapy for children and their parents; and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy for individuals.
I am very big on evidenced based knowledge r.g. the knowledge on nervous system research and its impact on mental health and healing. All my techniques are influenced by Interpersonal Neurobiology and Polyvagal Theory. These two big words mean our body and nervous system hold on to things even though we think we’ve gotten past them. This knowledge helps us to find your inner strength and build safety in the room so we can work on the really tough things and begin to heal.