Rebekka Wallace Roy, MSW RSW
Why should patients choose you as their Therapist?
I believe that healing is best nurtured within an environment of humor, creativity, compassion and honesty. My personal mantra is to “be brave, be kind, be present”. Here is how I define these terms:
To be brave is to develop boundaries for our selves. To stand up and articulate how we feel, what we need and what we are experiencing can be scary. However, the act of being brave helps us to stand up for ourselves and others, thereby creating a more compassionate, kinder and loving self and community.
To be kind is to develop non-judgmental, inclusive and loving spaces in our homes, our work spaces and in our hearts. Being kind to others and most importantly, to ourselves ultimately helps us all.
To be present is to turn off the distractions that keep us from having meaningful, authentic interactions with others. To experience the world around us, in that present moment, without judgement of what is good or bad, helps us to notice the feelings that arise and lets them peacefully move through our mind.
Rebekka is a Registered Social Worker, has her Masters in Social Work (Carleton University), Certificate in Sex Therapy (Guelph University) and is currently finishing her training as a certified MBSR Teacher (UC San Diego, Centre for Mindfulness). She is also a member in good standing with the OASW (Ontario Association of Social Work).
What led you to become a Therapist?
I love working with both big and little people. I have always been fascinated by people’s compassion, resiliency, and sincere vulnerability in the face of trauma, suffering and marginalization. Having worked with the LGBTTQQIA community for years, coordinated the Sexual Assault Network, and practiced as an anti-violence counselor in the city, I have seen first-hand how important community, as well as compassionate, evidenced-based care can be in supporting individuals to work through challenges. My work experience certainly informs my psycho-therapeutic practice, as well as my teaching of Mindful Parenting. If anything, it helps me to get to the heart of suffering, resilience and compassion that exists in every family’s experience.
What are the top 3 areas that you specialize in?
- Anxiety and BIG emotions
- Stress Management
- What are you proud of in your practice ?
- I am proud that most of my clients have been able to rediscover their humor, compassion and joy of parenting despite the adversities that they are facing day-to-day!
Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?
I LOVE when families come to me feeling lost and beyond frustrated, and after 1-2 sessions, (re)discover all these incredible strengths that they’ve had all along! I LOVE working with little people who have LOTS of energy and watch them discover moments of stillness and learn the practical skills of emotional regulation and empathy! I LOVE working with teenagers who are riddled with angst and anxiety, and after exploring moments of compassion, are able to work through these BIG emotions and experiences with confidence, creativity and joy.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
I really feel that I’ve become a mindful, present and compassionate mom, partner and community member. It’s taken me a little while to get here, and it’s still a practice, but I can truly say that I have learned to accept what I can change, let go of the things I have no control over and become patient enough to allow things to unfold as they need to unfold – this last part was certainly the hardest one for me as someone who wore the hats of “driven, a wee bit controlling and a definite perfectionist!”
What do you do for fun?
I am a voracious reader (of parenting books and historical fiction). I love art, volunteering and playing with my kids. I adore being in the outdoors and can be found, most weekends, in the forest, either skiing, hiking, or biking! My family and I love to travel, and while visiting the world is more of a logistical challenge these days, our adventures include cooking and eating foods from around the world!
Are your services covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies cover psychotherapy services. Many of them require a referral by your M.D. If you have extended health care benefits, check with your insurance carrier to see if they cover “Certified Psychological Associates registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario” or “Registered Social Workers”
Where can I get more info?
To read more about Rebekka and her workshops please visit her website at www.bebravebekind.ca