Counselling for women struggling with anxiety, poor body image and low self-esteem.
Are you tired of feeling like you are not good enough?
Are you bombarded with negative thoughts about yourself, your abilities, and the future?
I understand how exhausting and discouraging it can be trying to navigate life plagued by these painful thoughts and feelings. And that’s why I am committed to helping you move out of hustling for your worth and into self-acceptance and compassion. My goal is to help you heal from the wounds that made you feel worthless and change the narrative that says you will never be enough. Let’s work together to find confidence, peace, and self-esteem.
Areas of Expertise
Anxiety Counselling, weight-inclusive Body Image Counselling and Self-Esteem Counselling using a blend of trauma-informed Psychotherapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
EFT is an evidence-based cognitive and body-based tool that supports the nervous system in moving out of fight or flight and into rest and repair. From a place of safety, the nervous system is then able to change unhelpful beliefs and behaviours and resolve distressing emotions.
In-Person & Online Counselling in Barrie, Ontario
So many women and teen girls deeply feel as though they are not enough, whether they believe they are not smart enough, not talented enough, not skinny enough, not pretty enough... the list goes on. Living with an underlying belief of not enoughness erodes our self-worth as shame, fear, and guilt take over. We may recognize low self-esteem and some of her friends showing up in our everyday lives: body image challenges, people-pleasing, perfectionism, and anxiety.
At Krysta Szkarlat Counselling & Psychotherapy, I am committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment where you can be fully seen and heard without judgment. I invite you to schedule your complimentary 15-minute consultation call to see how we can work together towards your therapy goals.
Body Image Counselling
The pressure on women and girls to achieve today’s beauty ideals is absolutely suffocating. And it can be tempting to believe that our freedom lies in opening up space within these ideals so that we can all find our place within them.
But what if we moved beyond defining ourselves by beauty altogether? What if we could see ourselves as so much more than beautiful? So much more than our appearances? So much more than our bodies?
Drawing from the Body Image Resilience Model*, the Health At Every Size (HAES) framework, and the Intuitive Eating principles, you can find your way forward, out of self-objectification, and into peace with your body.
And I’m here to help.
*Created by Lindsay & Lexie Kite, PhD, Beauty Redefined
Let’s be honest, most of us don’t get far in life before our self-esteem and self-worth take a hit and shame begins to creep in.
For me, it was bullying, rejection, and trauma that planted the unconscious belief that I was not good enough. And to prevent myself from realizing the deep shame I felt, I abandoned myself through perfectionism and people-pleasing. If I could show everyone that I was good enough and keep everyone happy I could quell the shame, the sense of not-enoughness. These behaviours promised me safety, but in reality, they pushed me away from myself. Diet culture also convinced me that I could secure my worthiness by shrinking my body and concealing any physical flaws (heaven forbid we have real human bodies!) and again I drifted further away from myself, this time through disembodiment. I have always tended toward being a bit more anxious, but trauma, combined with perfectionism and people-pleasing, seemed to really push peace out of my reach.
It was the love of God and the support of a trauma therapist that made a way for me to return home to myself, brokenness, and all. It was God’s love and compassion that broke shame’s hold over me and helped me find peace. And it was a really great trauma therapist that supported me to recognize and begin to break the patterns I had fallen into and start to calm my nervous system.
Through all of this, I developed a passion to support teen girls and women who are looking to leave behind the self-doubt, the body shame, and the anxiety, to return home to themselves in the deep realization of their enoughness.
So, that’s my story.
And I’d be honoured to hear yours.
When I’m not counselling teens girls and women, you’ll find me watching The Office with my husband, hunting for my next thrifting treasure, or attempting a DIY decor project.
Qualifications and Education
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying),
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Level 1& 2 EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques),
Ontario Associations of Mental Health Practitioners
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP),
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA),