My name is Vanessa Wilkins and I have been a Registered Psychotherapist at HeadWay Clinic since 2012. I graduated from Laurentian University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I also have a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University.
I first developed an interest in mental health in high school. It was clear to me when our school counsellor created positive change for struggling students and close friends. I became very passionate about mental health during my first year of Psychology class at Laurentian University. This enlightened a larger understanding of mental health and its effect on the brain. I developed an interest in child and adolescent development during my undergrad. This led me to carry on my studies in Education.
At HeadWay Clinic, I provide individual, family and couples counselling. I help clients with social and cognitive rehabilitation and exposure therapy. My special interest is working and tutoring children and adolescents. I specialize in treating Depression, Anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and other mental illnesses. It is very rewarding to offer client-centred care in a warm, safe and confidential environment. I am humbled to work alongside a genuine, caring, and diverse group of colleagues. We facilitate and provide psychotherapeutic groups and workshops.
When I am not in the clinic, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family. We are passionate about self-sustainable living by gardening, canning, chicken keeping, hunting and fishing. I am very proud of my outgoing and fearless daughter who will not pass up the opportunity to take on an adventure. Another important role in my life is being a parent to my French Bulldog. I admire the breed, and during my free time, I volunteer at the French Bulldog Rescue Network.
Inspiration and self-motivators in my life are to follow and educate myself with material on self-compassion. More specifically, Dr Kristin Neff, who is recognized as one of the world’s learning experts on self-compassion.
My most valuable resource is:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristen Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD.