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Leaves Shadow

Carla Csada
Clinical Counsellor/Therapist
Canadian Certified Counsellor


I understand how important it is for you to feel heard and supported during counselling. Building a relationship based on trust and connection is crucial to its success. As someone who lives with a chronic illness, I can empathize with the unique challenges you may face. I respect your privacy and the pace at which you want to share your personal journey with me. Together, we can work towards your goals and make any changes you seek.


I use an integrative therapy approach that is client-centered and focused on highlighting your strengths to move forward. I am passionate about using various techniques and strategies that resonate with your cultural values and lived experiences to help you heal and achieve your goals. I will strive to empower you through active listening, compassion, and empathy.


At The Empowered Mind, we believe that every individual has the power within them to achieve mental wellness.  I am dedicated to providing holistic and comprehensive care that is tailored to your individual needs, and I work with the following counselling modalities:

Trauma-Informed Therapy

The trauma-informed approach to therapy is a way of working with individuals who have experienced trauma, to promote healing and recovery. The approach is based on the understanding that trauma can have a profound impact on a person's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being and that it is important to create a safe and supportive environment for individuals to process and heal from their experiences.

​Trauma-informed therapy focuses on supporting the individual in their journey toward healing, and it may involve a range of interventions, such as mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and art therapy, among others. I am trained to be aware of the impact of trauma and to be sensitive to your needs and feelings. 

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviours. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all interconnected and that by changing our thoughts and behaviours, we can also change how we feel. I will work with you to identify negative thoughts and beliefs to help you reframe them to be more positive and constructive. CBT has been proven to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help individuals develop a more compassionate and understanding attitude towards themselves and others. CFT is based on the idea that many individuals struggle with self-criticism and shame, which can be a barrier to their emotional well-being. I will work with you to cultivate self-compassion and to develop skills for being more compassionate towards others. CFT is effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.


Adlerian Theory

The Adlerian approach to therapy emphasizes the importance of understanding an individual's subjective experience and personal goals, and how they relate to their behaviour and interactions with others. I will work collaboratively with you to identify and challenge negative beliefs and behaviours, and to promote personal growth and self-actualization. Adlerian therapy is often used to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and substance abuse.


Attachment Theory

Attachment theory is a psychological framework that explains how interpersonal relationships are formed and how they affect our emotional well-being. It proposes that early interactions between an infant and their primary caregiver, usually the mother, can shape the child's expectations and patterns of attachment in later relationships. There are four distinct attachment styles: secure, anxious-preoccupied, dismissive-avoidant, and fearful-avoidant. These styles influence how we respond to closeness and intimacy in our adult relationships and can have a profound impact on our mental health and happiness.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative theory is a framework that helps us understand the nature of storytelling and its impact on individuals. It suggests that as humans, we are naturally drawn to stories and use them to make sense of the world around us. The stories we tell ourselves, and in turn, the ones we share with others, have the potential to shape our beliefs, values, and identities, ultimately influencing our self-identity. Our narrative plays a critical role in shaping our self-esteem and self-worth and has a significant impact on our relationships and the choices we make.

Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-focused therapy focuses on finding solutions to problems by identifying the individual’s strengths, resources, and skills, and focuses on finding solutions to problems rather than dwelling on the problems themselves. This therapy is based on the belief that people can solve their issues and that they already have the necessary resources to do so. I will help you identify your strengths, resources, and skills, and to use them to create positive change in your life. The therapy is usually short-term and goal-oriented, and it is effective in treating a wide range of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

Somatic Therapy

Psychosomatic therapy is an approach that explores the connections between the mind and body. It aims to identify and address the emotional and psychological factors that contribute to physical symptoms and illnesses. This therapy involves a collaborative effort between the therapist and the person seeking treatment to gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of their physical symptoms. By exploring and addressing the underlying emotional and psychological issues, psychosomatic therapy can help individuals achieve greater physical and emotional well-being.



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