The 2014 Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo is fast approaching and we are excited with this years vendor lineup. The variety of vendors that have already signed up ensures that this years event will once again provide quality products, services and information to our city. We want everyone to know more about who our vendors are and how their business fits in to the Expo’s passion for seeing Ottawa the healthiest city in Canada. Between now and the Expo, we will be highlighting some of these amazing vendors. Stay tuned to our blog as we feature our vendors in a special vendor spotlight blog.
Tell us about your business
At Brighter Vistas Counselling Services, which has been operating since 2003, Christine Vestervelt, M.A. (Psych.) M.A. (Past. St.) offers:
-Individual, Couple/Marital & Family Counselling
-Dating, Relationship and Life Coaching
-Premarital Counselling/Marriage Preparation
I’m able to offer all of these services thanks to a dual specialization at the graduate level consisting of both a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counselling (Individual and Couple/Marital). So I provide therapy based on advanced graduate training from both fields, for an approach that has proven to be very understanding, comprehensive and effective. And my rates continue to be lower than the going price to keep counselling/therapy affordable. As well, my services and workshops are covered by extended health care insurance plans. The office is conveniently located in a part of Ottawa that is easily accessed from all directions, as well as more rural areas.
What makes you different than other businesses in your industry?
What sets me apart from other therapists is that I’m the only professional female therapist in Ottawa and surrounding areas with graduate degrees in both Psychology and Counselling, and I have been very successful in helping clients to resolve individual, couple and family issues for over 13 years now. I prefer to not just give clients a temporary superficial bandage solution but to get to the root(s) of the issue so that changes will be long-lasting. As well, whereas I know a lot of therapists encourage clients to follow their heart, I help clients to use their gut instinct instead as I’ve seen the heart lead many people astray.
What clients do you enjoy working with the most?
While I’m open to working with almost everyone, the clients that I particularly enjoy are ones who are open-minded, want to make changes, are willing to do what it takes, who value their mental health and who trust my knowledge and expertise to help guide them to their goals. I’ve also had some very positive experiences with people who were, at first, resistant to the process but later became engaged and made huge life-altering shifts. You can find some testimonials from my clients on my website, www.brightervistas.com, as well as more specific areas of specialty and upcoming/past workshops.
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