The truth of who we are is innate goodness, and the whole journey is really about removing any obstacle or false belief that keeps us from knowing that. - Alanis Morissette
About Leanne Cameron
I am a Registered Counselling Therapist who has a great passion working with individuals who feel disconnected from their authentic self. Through our upbringing and as we take on increasing responsibilities in our lives, individuals tend to compromise their own core values and beliefs in order to meet the expectations and demands of others, which results in a slow erosion of self-identity and satisfaction with life.
When I found myself at my own personal crossroad in life, I realized I was caught in a destructive victim narrative that was not helping me move forward. I became obsessed with problem solving and accessing various tools to help me shift my direction. Part of my process was learning to define the experiences that I thought were breaking me to experiences that were strengthening me. They became gifts of insight and courage. In this manner the victim narrative quickly shifted to a resiliency narrative and I began to feel more positive and inspired. My personal journey contributed to my sincere desire of wanting to help others understand what their journey can mean for them and that it is never too late to work at improving your life.
A significant part of my practice when working with clients is to review attachment style. Together we explore the environment and circumstances of upbringing, factors that were present, and how individuals have adapted and internalized their survival maps. Until we become conscious of our internalized beliefs and judgments we will repeat patterns in our relationships as well as behaviors that may be contributing to our identified suffering. It is important to become aware of our defenses and irrational beliefs in order to be fully present and make changes in our lives. Healthy coping strategies, mindfulness practice, challenging thought patterns, improving self-esteem, self-compassion, becoming aware of boundaries, are all important factors as one moves toward empowerment and ownership of their life.
Clients will come to me presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, emotional dis-regulation, anger, grief, interpersonal relationship issues, codependency, identifying narcissists in their life, history of sexual, emotional, physical and mental abuse, trauma, issues of self-esteem and addiction and self-harm. It is my belief that once underlying emotions and beliefs are identified, clients have the ability to liberate themselves from destructive patterns and live life more authentically their own.
I have my Bachelor of Sociology from Dalhousie University, and returned to school to receive an advanced diploma in Addiction and Community Outreach. I attended Acadia University to complete my Masters of Education in Counselling. I have worked for the Nova Scotia Health Authority as an Addiction Counsellor and worked as a Clinical Supervisor and lead therapist for two privately run Addiction Facilities in the Annapolis Valley. In my private practice work, I do what I can to accommodate clients schedules. This includes sessions in the evenings or weekends, and in their homes when required. I am a member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association and the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. I am approved with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Victim Services programs, an approved provider for First Nations Health Benefits (NIHB & IRS RHSP), NS Government Employees Union, Veteran’s Affairs as well as some insurance providers. It is recommended to check with your employer to confirm insurance coverage prior to your session.