Ducks Over the Lake

“Though fairy tales end after ten pages, our lives do not. We are multi-volume sets. In our lives, even though one episode amounts to a crash and burn, there is always another episode awaiting us and then another. There are always more opportunities to get it right, to fashion our lives in the ways we deserve to have them. Don't waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estés



About Counselling

People come into therapy for a variety of reasons. Some may be experiencing difficulty coping with daily stressors, have experienced or are looking to make a major change in life, or are experiencing mental health issues that are impinging on living the life they want. Psychotherapy can help manage painful symptoms, integrate life experiences, and increase aliveness to becoming more passionate about ones life.



My name is Maria Sotos MA, BSc, RYT (pronouns she/her).  I am a Counsellor who practices somatically and spiritually informed psychodynamic psychotherapy from a humanistic, feminist, anti-oppressive, and client-centred perspective. What this means is that I see clients as the experts in their own experience, recognizing their unique strengths and limitations both personally and systemically. I tailor my approach to suit each individual's needs keeping in mind who they are and what they want to achieve. This can help folx regain a sense of power, agency, and responsibility for their lives that can be lost from experiences of abuse or marginalization. I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental space for clients to explore the inner workings of their soul and to guide them on their journey. I am sex-worker, LGBTQ2, and BIPOC positive.

In my practice, I work collaboratively with clients to facilitate the exploratory process of self-discovery and inner transformation. This means clients are in charge of what they want to disclose and achieve in therapy. I understand that the decision to come to therapy can be a challenging for many people and that creating a relationship of trust takes time. My aim is to provide a compassionate, culturally sensitive and socially aware perspective to helping people find more clarity and ease in their lives. Personal experiences of shame caused by traumas big or small can lead to a deep sense of wrongness, isolation, and/or powerlessness in certain individuals because of who they are. Having a sense of belonging and acceptance can be a crucial step towards healing for many marginalized individuals. For others, they have learned to hide parts of themselves under a blanket of internalized shame and/or hatred in order to go on with daily life. Eventually that internal separation can become too much to bear and one's ability to cope with daily life becomes tenuous.



Counselling sessions typically occur for an hour to an hour and a half weekly or biweekly depending on each person’s needs. During the first session, we will talk about what brings you to therapy, what you would like to work on, and a brief personal history.
I offer free phone consultations so you can get a sense of whether I might be a suitable counsellor for you and to figure out how I can assist you in finding more clarity and confidence in yourself and your journey.
My rate is $100 per 1 hour session and $140 per 1.5 hour session. Sliding scale rates may be available from $70-90 per 1 hour session. Extended health benefits may provide some coverage. Please check with your insurance provider for more details.

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I facilitate and run workshops on various themes related to mental health in corporate and public settings. Common workshop themes include but are not limited to: Stress Reduction in the Workplace; Managing Anger; Grief and Sadness; and Building Compassion and Empathy for team building.

Please contact me for pricing and availability




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