Linda Hochstetler, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker: Individual or Couples Counselling, Mindfulness Meditation, Spiritual Counselling & Coaching, and Illness, Death & Dying
• 20+ Years Counselling Experience
• University of Toronto, Master of Social Work (MSW), 1993
• Registered Social Worker (RSW) with Ontario College of Social
Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW) - 807353
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Cheque, Mastercard, Visa, etransfer.
Note: Many insurance plans cover these services under psychological services with a registered social worker.
Duration: Short to medium-term, usually only 3-10 sessions spread out over several months, depending on the issue.
Modality: Generally in person, but also available for telephone or video (Skype, FaceTime, or Google+).
I have extensive experience working with people dealing with depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health issues. I have worked in both community and employee assistance programs, and I provided therapy myself, but also supervised other therapists. I have worked with persons with a wide range of issues, ages, and cultures.
More recently, I have been specializing in end of life issues related to illness, death, dying, and loss. I host Death Cafes (www.deathcafe.com) and encourage everyone to talk more openly about their inevitable deaths. I am a Buddhist Lay Chaplain as well as a social worker. I have completed studies in Thanatology and Palliative Care, and worked as a social worker in a residential hospice for 2 years serving individuals and their families in the final weeks and days of life. I have volunteered at both Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Kensington Hospice. I understand the Ontario palliative care and hospice systems, and am happy to help others navigate through the services.
I am an experienced counsellor who likes dealing with individuals, couples, and families. I have helped persons of all ages, from children to adolescents to adults to seniors. I combine many short-term methodologies, like Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, but take the mumble-jumble out and really just focus on positive conversations that bring insight and inspiration for personal change.
I also offer EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), which is an integrative psychotherapy approach to trauma. EMDR is an evidence-based approach that is proven effective in reducing distressing symptoms like panic and anxiety related to motor vehicle accidents, complicated grief, phobias, and other traumatic events. It is also effective for family members of dysfunctional parents and spouses who have mental health (including personality disorders) or addition issues.
I like to help people with change and transition, which really covers just about everything in our daily lives. Examples of this is:
• helping children become healthier teens
• navigating separation and divorce for children and adults, as well as step-parenting and blended families
• coping with job loss and moving on
• maintaining intimacy in relationships as families change
• regaining balance after a major traumatic event
• learning Mindfulness Meditation to face fears and challenges
• choosing healthy lifestyle habits and maintaining them
• starting a mindfulness meditation practice to handle daily stress
• preparing for retirement and then implementing these plans
• facing death and dying with dignity and curiosity
I Have Been Told by Others…
I am a strong motivator with excellent problem solving skills, and I help instill hope for change in others. I create a non-judgmental space for having conversations about what may be difficult topics for you. I welcome ambiguity and conflicting emotional states, and embrace them as normal responses to complex and important questions. I am a sought-after couples counsellor and am told that I help couples learn to speak honestly with themselves and each other, and learn to compromise in new ways that moves their relationship forward and help them get unstuck.
My Goal for You…
I hope you can reach your potential in life, and I want to be a part your journey. Relationships are hard and it’s ok to ask for help to better understand yourself and your needs, and to learn how to communicate with others around their needs as well. I believe I can help you make your life more satisfying. I want to help you deepen your relationships and live more fully.