Ruth Potter Counselling
Ruth Potter, RN, M. Div. (Counselling)

finding hope amid the challenges of life

 Individual, Couple and Family Counselling

You are a unique and valued person, and your story deserves respect.  Sometimes life is messy and we struggle to know how to cope. Whether you are in a stressful situation, or coping with ongoing feelings of anxiety or depression, you need hope. My role is to support you emotionally while gently opening the door a little wider-to hope. Recognizing that we all change and grow can be scary, and also liberating. In the context of a supportive counselling relationship, we learn new ways of coping. These are important skills we take with us on our journey.

Your couple relationship is the most important interpersonal relationship, and it requires care to build a strong emotional connection with your significant other.

We all bring individual strengths and weaknesses along with our personalities and backgrounds to our couple relationship. This is what makes each relationship unique and challenging. Conflict is common to all human relationships, and how we choose to respond can decide the health of the relationship. 

Understanding your partner's inner world will help you to bring out the best in each other. Couple therapy focuses on building attachment, working toward common goals and improving communication.

Children's cognitive development affects their ability to understand their emotional states. Sometimes "small" things can precipitate big emotions!  Helping children to understand and express their emotions in healthy ways can increase self-esteem and promote healthy coping and behaviour. By recognizing children and adolescent's unique abilities and struggles, we can empathize with their emotional needs. Teens often feel increasing social pressure at the same time their brain is entering a period of rapid growth and change. Developmentally appropriate play therapy can help children improve their emotional-intelligence, learn how to self-regulate, resolve conflict, and form healthy friendships. I have a special interest in working with parents to help children and adolescents achieve their potential.