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About stephanie

Waterloo Region Counselling Services

      Stephanie Huls, MSW, RSW

     Stephanie Huls, MSW, RSW

 

EDUCATION

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, MSW 
  • University of Guelph Humber, Hon. BaSc in Family and Community Social Services 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Reflection Counselling Services

  • Therapist

Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region

  • Counsellor /Advocate
  • Family Court Support Intern

Sexual Assault Centre of Brant

  • Sexual Assault Counsellor

The Jean Tweed Centre

  • Intake Counsellor
  • Residential Counsellor

Victim Services of Peel

  • Crisis Intervention Counsellor
 
The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

I believe that we all have the capacity for happiness and that certain things in life get in the way of us achieving it. The cause for this might be past hurts, trauma, anxiety, depression, or self-doubt. It could be a sense that things are "good enough" just as they are, or even a fear of hoping for better. These hurt feelings and barriers weigh us down and prevent us from forming healthy relationships, engaging in fulfilling careers, or even identifying what we truly want out of life. Counselling can be an incredibly beneficial way to remove those barriers and work towards the life you hope to live. 

I have a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and am a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I have continued my education by learning about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other strategies that might be beneficial to your therapeutic goals. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a fantastic therapy that has powerful effects of change on individuals. 

I also believe in practicing what you preach and have gone to counselling myself for several years. (I can't ask you to do work that I wouldn't be willing to do myself, right?) This means that I've been on the other side of the couch and know what kind of reservations can come up in regards to pursuing counselling. You are welcome to connect and share with me any concerns that you might have about starting therapy, as well. 

Finally, I spend my personal time connecting with nature, trying to improve my mindfulness practice, and wondering what to eat next. I have also apparently made it my personal mission to plow through all of Paulo Coelho's books.