Hello. My name is Gabriela Arriola, I’m a Registered Social Worker, and have many years of expertise in counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples and families. In my current practice as a Social Worker, I am respectful of people’s diverse life experiences by valuing their existing strengths with an empathetic and positive approach to the challenges they face. I have worked with people facing multi-faceted issues in their relationships and communities including struggles with abuse, grief, anxiety, depression, parenting, divorce and anger. I integrate client-centered therapy with other modalities including Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
I began my practice in Uruguay and I can offer counselling in both languages Spanish and English. I hold a Master Degree in Social Work, from York University, as well as a Master Degree in Psychology from Uruguay University.
My work at a Toronto agency has additionally given me experience working with families who have experienced separation and divorce. I use divorce specific interventions to help parents manage conflict within their co-parenting relationships and help their children adjust to separation. I also have a strong passion for working with couples to help them break the cycle of conflict, repair the trust and rebuild their connection.
I would be happy to meet with you to give you a sense of my personal style and approach to counselling.