MEET PAUL RIVEST
Finding a Therapist can sometimes feel daunting, even overwhelming. Trying to find the right fit when you only have a few lines and a picture to go by feels a bit like gambling. However, Paul is a big believer in listening to your instincts and that when you are open to healing, you will somehow be directed to where you need to be.
Paul has been a Registered Social Worker for over 20 years and has worked in multiple fields including child protection, children’s mental health, senior care, and medical social work. For the last 8 years he has been a trauma-informed therapist working with individuals struggling with grief, loss, depression, anxiety, and stress. Paul knows first hand that many of us have been touched by trauma in some way, and he strives to create a safe space for individuals to feel supported through their healing journey.
Paul’s emphasis while working with someone is always about establishing the therapeutic relationship, which means helping them to feel safe, comfortable, and supported. Although so many of us present with challenges in the moment, Paul often finds that looking across the full spectrum of our lifespan helps us to discover themes and patterns, many of which began in our early childhood and youth. These themes and patterns seem to find a way of re-occurring until we identify them, and then find strategies that work for us to counter them. Sometimes it is simply the need to heal from something long ago that we have been avoiding, but inevitably it shaped who we are today.
Remember that you are strong and reaching out for support proves this. After all, no matter who we are, everyone needs someone to help them, even if only for a little while.
Paul is a simple country boy who grew up on a farm. Oh, and he can wiggles his ears!