Welcome to A Place To Heal


You have taken a very positive first step  by clicking onto my website. Making a decision to seek out counselling is not always an easy one.  Despite efforts within society to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues, many people continue to experience feelings of shame or embarrassment in this regard.
There are also many people who see the need for counselling or any additional type of support as a "sign of weakness" - a sense that "I should be able to fix this or do this on my own" type of attitude.
I am always fascinated by this belief as these same people might readily seek medical help for a broken leg but would rather suffer in silence than to acknowledge they are struggling emotionally.

How Can Counselling Help You?

I would like to encourage you to fight against your own fears as well as the stigma placed on counselling and mental health.  This stigma might be reinforced by friends, family, society, etc. Positive mental health can generate incredible change in all areas of your life such as your relationships with partners, friends, family or co-workers.
It can increase your confidence and self-esteem while reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. It can provide you with greater perspective and a clearer idea of what is actually causing you such emotional pain or difficulty thereby allowing you to take more effective steps to addressing these concerns.
It can also assist you in identifying ongoing patterns in your thinking, behaviours, attitudes, relationships, etc., which keep you stuck in a distressing emotional state.

Counselling Can Help!

Counselling provides you with a safe and neutral environment in which to explore these issues. Clients have often expressed concern about "burdening" their friends or family with their worries so counselling provides you with a place to do that without the worry.  
My role as a therapist is to assist you in attaining the goals you set out for yourself in your life.
For more information about counselling, check out my section on "What to Expect" and the section in Articles on "Counselling Information."
There are, of course, different levels of readiness for change and if taking the step to reach out to a therapist for support still feels a bit too daunting, then consider doing some research or some reading into areas you are struggling with.
You can access articles on this website which address a variety of topics and you can also link to my Facebook page which provides additional information.  By doing some personal exploration, you might find some support and relief.
No matter which course you decide to follow, I wish you health and happiness in your journey toward healing and self-discovery.     

Please be aware that I do not provide couples counselling.  I provide individual sessions for adults 18+.


Articles and Other Information

Please take time to browse through some of the articles on the website.  These are designed to bring awareness to certain difficulties people might be experiencing as well as offering strategies to manage them. I will also provide links to other sites which might be able to offer additional support.  Remember - you don't have to be alone with in your struggle for positive mental or physical health.


Books/Recommended Reading

Counselling Information




Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)



Clinical Hypnotherapy

Since June 2018, I have been training in hypnotherapy and I am very pleased to announce that I have recently achieved my Master Clinician Certification and have completed the course requirements to be qualified as a Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist (Daybreak Therapy and Training).
I am now working my way through the Mike Mandel's Hypnosis Academy training to further solidify my learning and clinical skills.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Here is a definition of Hypnotherapy from Psychology Today:
"Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one's own thoughts or meditations. In this state, clients can turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves that can help them make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.
Although there are different techniques, clinical hypnotherapy is generally performed in a calm, therapeutic environment. The therapist will guide you into a relaxed, focused state and ask you to think about experiences and situations in positive ways that can help you change the way you think and behave. Unlike some dramatic portrayals of hypnosis in movies, books, or on stage, you will not be unconscious, asleep, or in any way out of control of yourself. You will hear the therapist’s suggestions, but it is up to you to decide whether or not to act on them."


I often use meditations or EMDR internal resourcing as a way to support the work I do with my clients and to enhance their ability to manage their moods effectively and reduce their stress and anxiety.
Over the past few months, several clients have suggested that I post these meditations on my website as it could provide them with an opportunity to practice outside of our session time.
In follow up to their suggestions. I have added a "Meditations" portion to my website (Under the main tab of "Articles"). I currently have 4 meditations and relaxation audios on my site and will be adding more during the coming months.
If this is of interest to you, please go to the "Articles" Section on my site.  You will then see the "Meditation" section.  You can also click on the Meditations link noted in the section above.

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Karen Searle, M.S.W., R.S.W.
544 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario
K9H 3S2 ~ 705-875-7442


Photo ~ Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba