COLLEEN K. BEIGHTS, MSW CANDIDATE
I welcome people starting therapy with warmth and openness, striving to make the process comfortable and straightforward. My aim is to get to know you in a space that feels safe and grounded, where you can think clearly, speak freely, and receive the compassion, respect, and cultural sensitivity you deserve.
I believe you know best about your own life and experiences, so I follow your lead, partnering to advance self exploration and discovery of your own solutions. Because every person brings unique experiences, I use an eclectic style of therapy, tailoring my approach to the particular needs of each client. What is universal, however, is my emphasis on a therapeutic relationship based on mutual trust and high regard.
People are inherently resilient, with the ability to heal, learn new skills, and make life-enhancing changes. Through empathy, curiosity, insight, and the occasional use of humor and irreverence, I strive to foster your growth, self-acceptance, self-expression, and greater self-trust.
I believe in the importance of meaningful relationships, fulfilling work, work/life balance, resourcefulness, grit, and self care and compassion, and I aim to help you find greater ease within yourself and in relationships.
Areas of interest include: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and challenges with emotional regulation. I have worked with trauma-affected populations including refugees, survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as well as young adults who have experienced peer victimisation. I also have lived experience supporting family members with significant mental health challenges.
My path to this work has been roundabout: after obtaining an MBA at The Wharton School and working in finance in New York City and London, I discovered that my passion is helping people navigate crises and heal from emotional pain, regaining interpersonal connection and harmony within themselves.
To that end, I am pursuing a master’s in clinical social work, which I will complete this summer (2023). When not spending time with my husband, four children, and our zoo of animals, I enjoy exercise, travel, photography, design, astronomy, and gardening.