About Monica Adair, M.A., CCC, RP
With over 10 years experience as a counsellor, Monica has been a valuable contributor to the therapeutic field, both in non-profit and private practice organizations.
Monica has a Masters in Counselling Psychology with a focus on trauma, and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor through Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is also registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration on Grief and Bereavement. Before entering into private practice, Monica worked as a Trauma and Abuse Counsellor and Sexual abuse Counsellor.
Monica is trained in many therapeutic intervention strategies and has pursued additional education and certification outside of her Masters. She is a level II certified Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI) practitioner. She is trained in sex therapy and sandtray therapy. Also, Monica is trained in Somatic Experiencing (Intermediate level).
Monica has also designed and facilitated many groups and presentations in the following topics:
- self care
- dealing with stress
- relationship patterns
- healthy relationships
- identifying & coping with feelings
- setting boundaries & taking charge of your life
- goal setting
- abuse and safety planning
- anxiety and depression
- concurrent disorders
- disaster response
- gay affirming therapy
- eating disorders
- Suicide Prevention in the LGBT Community
At Monica Adair Counselling Services we have adopted a holistic, integrative approach that informs our work with our clients. Monica has read widely and is educated by her own experiences, which have led her to draw certain aspects from the following philosophies,
- Person centred approaches
- Trauma informed practices
- Attachment theory
- Jungian psychodynamics
- Existential psychology
- Somatic Experiencing
- Feminist and anti-oppressive practices
- Transactional analysis and inner child work
- Observed and Experiential Integration
- Gestalt therapy
- Adlerian therapy
In our experience, there is no "one size fits all" in counselling. Drawing from the above approaches, Monica's aim is to personalize each session towards clients' needs and preferences, with the basic assumption that clients are their own "best expert" about themselves and what their needs are.
Our goal is not to "fix" people because we do not view them as "broken". We believe the therapist's role is to engage with clients in an empathetic, supportive, encouraging way so that clients can tap into and learn to trust their own inner wisdom as they open themselves to new ways of being and doing.