Effective as of July 20, 2020, Thrive Counselling is offering in-person therapy sessions again. There is a COVID19 protocol in place that includes increased sanitizing and social distancing. Virtual and phone therapy sessions will continue to be offered. Please choose the option that feels right for you.
COMPASSION, CARE, COLLABORATION, RESPECT
FEELING LISTENED TO AND TRULY HEARD AND UNDERSTOOD
BEING IN A SAFE SPACE OF ACCEPTANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
HAVING SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE ON THE PATH OF HEALING
At Thrive, this is the experience you can expect to have. Individual therapy/ counselling services are available for children, adolescents and adults. As well, couples/ marriage counselling and family therapy are available. I embrace a trauma informed, culturally sensitive practice. I believe that healthy relationships form the foundation of truly joyful lives. Learning how to embrace self-compassion, to deeply connect with a partner/ spouse, to understand the needs of a child or accept support from a parent, is often the path to peace.
All therapy sessions are offered on a flexible schedule.
Therapy services are covered by many private insurance companies, for example Blue Cross Medavie (direct billing available for certain plans)
Green Shield (direct billing available)
However, not all private insurance plans cover social work services/ therapy. It is highly recommended that you contact your insurance provider and ask if social work services are covered, to ensure claims will be honoured. Most plans require you to pay for the therapy session and then submit the receipt for reimbursement.
I am an approved provider for such programs as
Victim's Services Criminal Injuries Counselling
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
Department of Community Services and Mi'kmaw Family and Children's Services
Non-Insured Health Benefits Program
Residential Schools Program
Worker's Compensation Board
295 George Street, Suite 204, Sydney, NS B1P 1J7
By appointment only. Weekday appointments Monday-Friday
Hello! My name is Deanne Matheson. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) and I have been a social worker for over 20 years. I have worked as a clinical therapist for over 15 years. I am originally from Cape Breton but I lived in Ontario and the US for most of my adult life. I have been back in Cape Breton for a few years and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love in a place that has always been in my heart. I am passionate about helping others, giving back and being part of building healthy community. Most of my free time is spent walking dogs or taking my kids to the soccer field or horse barn. I love to read, write, work out and to take in local live music.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Between those two degrees I completed the Social Service Worker diploma at Algonquin College. I have a Master of Social Work, Clinical Concentration, from University of Maryland, Baltimore. I have had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages as well as couples, families and groups in a variety of settings. A significant part of my career was spent working with teens. I have training in a variety of therapies, including Internal Family Systems, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Somatic Experiencing, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) skills, and Trauma Informed Yoga. As you can see, I love to learn! And I am committed to bringing the most effective models of therapy to my clients. I am a trauma informed therapist and I am knowledgeable about the effects of trauma, as well as the most effective ways of healing from trauma. My clinical work is informed by attachment theory, which works from the perspective that our early experiences in many ways shape our current life experiences.