Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Lafeber.
Hi Emily, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always known I had a passion for helping people since I was a little girl. I remember feeling other people’s pain and suffering as if it was my own and wanting to do anything to help. I quickly learned to understand the concept of empathy. I was and am the go-to therapist friend. I graduated with my Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology and Family/Social relations and later went on to receive my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I originally thought maybe family and child therapy until I started dealing with some personal and familial physical health struggles and recognized the impact this has on a person’s quality of life and overall well-being. I found a passion for helping individuals regain control over their lives by challenging their anxiety and finding self-love, self-compassion, and self-worth. I opened up my own private practice called Blume Psychotherapy & Counselling where I practice from a holistic approach to mental health that considers all areas of an individual’s life and incorporates evidence-based integrative healing practices, such as mindfulness meditation and breathing exercises. I offer virtual psychotherapy to individuals looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to navigate life stressors and overcome challenges. I specialize in helping individuals build the skills they need to move through anxiety, depression, chronic illnesses, and other mental health concerns. At Blume, I start by getting to know the person and meeting them where their needs are. My goal is to make the process of therapy a journey to look forward to.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Receiving financial support for school was extremely challenging. I had to advocate for a student line of credit and push until I received one. This was not an easy task. Nearing the end of my graduate program, my mother fell ill with ovarian cancer and unfortunately passed away before I graduated. I took a month off and did my best to push through the last 3 months because I knew that’s exactly what she would want me to do.
We’ve been impressed with Blume Psychotherapy & Counselling, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a licensed Registered Psychotherapist that specializes in helping individuals regain control of their lives through a holistic approach to mental health care. I specifically work with individuals with chronic illnesses and physical health conditions, as well as anxiety, depression, and self-esteem/body image. Having my own personal experiences with physical health concerns has allowed me to offer refreshing insight and perspectives to my clients and to connect with each of them on a deeper level. I am incredibly proud of my brand and how far I’ve come through the most challenging and tumultuous times in my life.
We’d love to hear about what you think about risk-taking?
In order to get anywhere in life, you need to take some risks, whether big or small. Taking risks allows us to break free from our anxieties that create overwhelm and try to control our lives.
- $130 per 50-minute session (individual)
- $180 per 50-minute session (couples)
- $80 per 30-minute session (individual)
- Website: blumepsychotherapy.com
- Instagram: @blumepsychotherapy
- Facebook: @blumepsychotherapy